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In this episode Jim Hodgson explains how blogging has helped him find new meaning in life, and focused his thoughts to allow him to achieve previously unobtainable goals. Jim has went from being vastly overweight to a triathlete and outdoorsman (recently trekking up Kilimanjaro). We also discuss Jim’s ...
In this episode Joel Runyon explains how he realized it was only his own fears and excuses that prevented him from achieving his dreams. Instead of using excuses for a lack of money, or time, to avoid pursuing his passions, Joel has begun training for triathlons and pursuing the career in internet marketing ...
In this episode Jim Haugen explains that patents are the lifeblood of any tech company and that it is always better to think about what might be patentable (or not) before the first piece of code is written. A little expert advice before a startup begins developing their product can save a lot of potential [...]
In this episode Thomas Wolter explains that starting a franchise can be a simpler and more reliable path to successful to entrepreneurship than starting your own firm from scratch. Franchises come with a proven business model and a turn-key operation (not to mention guidance) to get started. Franchises ...
In this episode Matt Heinz explains that successful sales start during product development. No amount of salesmanship can make up for a product that doesn’t meet customer or market needs. It’s all about understanding your customer. Even the marketing strategies should take the target customer market ...
In this episode Bobby Bakshi explains that unless your employees are fully engaged, and inspired, by the mission of your company that they will only be living up to a fraction of their real potential. It’s the mark of a true business leader that they can find ways to have each team member play to [...]
Ralf Wiebeck shares his insights on how networking events (like the ones he organizes) can be the key to finding leads and growing businesses. Don’t spread yourself too thin… It is better to keep going to the same networking events month after month, establishing firm relationships, than to keep ...
In this episode Neal Schaffer explains that marketing through social media may take a lot of effort, but that every business MUST take advantage of it. Social media is where customers are spending an increasing amount of their time, and no company can ignore that. Even better, socal media provides opportunities ...
In this episode Chris Pirillo explains how business success through social media requires putting your personality out for all the world to see. Bland content, lacking in personality, won’t go very far in a world crowded with media. Chris also tells how the quickest way to get people following you ...
In this episode Michelle Mattia talks about how her own experience of transitioning to becoming an author, speaker and life/business coach from the tech industry mirrors what many people are going through these days as they try to re-define themselves as entrepreneurs. There are no miracle cures for ...
After 30 years of being an entrepreneur in the banking business (starting no less than 3 banks) Jesse Tam shares the principals he has learned about making money. Jesse explains that getting to know one’s own values, and motivations, is the first step on the path to wealth. Understanding the true “value” ...
Travis Brandt explains how sales is a process that can’t be short-circuited. As stressed as entrepreneurs might be about getting that next paying customer, shortcuts to sales will only lead to disappointment. Small businesses don’t have to resort to Glengarry Glen Ross type sales strategies to be ...
Tradtional media firms may be moving at a glacial pace, timidly trying to find their way in the Internet age, but not www.revision3.com. Jim Louderback explains how his startup is already profitably offering internet TV, producing it’s own content and developing sponsors from companies big and ...
Lenora Edwards shares the wisdom she’s gleaned from 20 years of working with entrepreneurs to explain how success requires a willingness to invest in yourself. A burning passion, confidence, and family support are important, but entrepreneurs also have to see themselves as worthy of serious investment. ...
In this episode of Entrepreneurs Northwest Ian Lurie says that businesses have to do their homework before hiring an internet marketing professional. There are no silver bullets for internet marketing, and every business needs a customized strategy.
You can check out Ian’s marketing ideas at http://www.portentinteractive.com/.
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In this episode Joe Gradilla, a member of the Linked:Seattle sports group, talks about his passion for the Seattle Sounders Football Club. The games are cheap, exciting, and family friendly. Colorful touches like Drew Carey and marching bands give the Sounders games a vibrancy lacking elsewhere.
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In this episode the manager of the Linked:Seattle Real Estate group, Jillayne Schlicke, explains why she thinks the Seattle area real-estate market still hasn’t hit bottom. As an educator of real-estate professionals Jillayne gets an inside view of what is happening across the industry, and shares ...
In this episode Bryan Cox sits in as the guest host of “Entrepreneurs Northwest” and interviews Michael Surkan about all the entrepreneurial activities he has been up to, and the new redesign to www.surkan.com, to better help readers find the content they want. Michael shares his ideas about ...
In this episode of “Entrepreneurs Northwest” Donna Reed talks about how entrepreneurs often ignore the skills of program management at their peril. A good PM does much more than just handle scheduling, but works to understand the entire business and product, and helps prioritize work, marketing, ...
In this episode of “Entrepreneurs Northwest” David Meerman Scott explains that the old days of begging, buying, and bugging consumers with crude marketing efforts are over. The only way to get attention in the fractured world of the Internet is to earn it by publishing useful information, ...
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