Archive for the ‘Business’ Category

An open letter to DC, MD, and VA entrepreneurs about Bootstrap Maryland

March 29, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

PrintTo the Greater DC & Baltimore Technology Community:

You may have heard about the Bootstrap Maryland Conference.  Here’s a little background on why I’m holding this event, and how I hope it will add value to our community. If you’re not interested in the back-story but are curious about the event, you can skip to

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SXSW lessons, photos, and action items

March 26, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

All hands in, at SXSW Bowling SXSW is the best and most daunting conference for me.  Best because so many relevant people attend; most daunting because there are at least ten options for every hour.

Now that it’s over, the following are lessons-learned and things I’m doing now to still make the most of SXSW 2009.

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Heading to SXSW Interactive? 10 quick ideas to make sure it rocks

March 10, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

Scoble, Spence, and Caveman This is my third conference this month, and I’m loving it.  I think there’s an approach to making the most of large events.

I’ve been lucky to meet some awesome people.  It’s not like that’s too hard, but I’ll share what I do to make it easier.  (I’ll try to skip the SXSW stuff I’ve seen others covering, and will instead link to them)

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A step back from online participation to look at other paths

February 19, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

Factory It’s easy to see Twitter and blogging as necessary ingredients to getting a message out, building thought leadership, or acquiring customers.  There are thousands of examples of this.

But I think there are just as many examples of success without transparency or online participation.  Before your diet consists solely of the 2.0 Kool-Aid, it’s worth thinking it through.

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Little bit of productivity, great bit of happiness

February 6, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

Suzanne and I, 1985 Applying concepts of productivity to simply work more is missing the point.

Tonight I delivered a presentation at Ignite Baltimore that addressed applying concepts in productivity to make for a happier life.

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On themes, jealousy, and focus

February 4, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

Jared Goralnick, Madison When you enjoy and are good at a lot of stuff, it’s easy to take on many things…but difficult to truly kick ass at one.

If you have a web browser or a newspaper it’s hard not to notice just how much further along some people are than you…at least in some way.  Inspiring at times, it can also be depressing.

Well, I’m tired of this.  And I have an idea.

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A resolution to consider: ask more questions and meet more success

February 2, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

image You’re important.  You’re smart.  But you don’t know what you’re doing.

And that’s okay.  Because you can find out how to do things right pretty fast.  And I don’t mean by opening your web browser.  How about asking the person you’re working with?

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6 concrete lessons-learned in online relationship-building, as presented to the GBTC

January 27, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

image No matter what you do, online or off, your success will directly relate to the relationships you build.

I’ve gotten to know a lot of great people through the web, and the following are both observations and tips.

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“The company you keep” part 2: forcing success upon yourself

January 12, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

Gary Vaynerchuk & Loic Le Meur, two sources of inspiration I’ve talked a great deal about the effects of surrounding yourself with people who are where you’d like to be, who are experts, and who you respect.

Now here’s the trick: use those friendships to force yourself to be accountable, and ultimately successful.

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Switch up your influences & build relationships: blogs to cut & add in 2009

January 8, 2009 by Jared Goralnick

Newspaper stands in Cambridge, MA (flickr: wili_hybrid) Radical change does not happen every day, but when it comes to your influences and relationships, it’s easier than you think.

If you’re like me, much of your information comes from the web, and you choose who to subscribe to.  And if you’ve been online for a while, there’s a good chance that those you paid attention to way back when are less relevant to who you are today.

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