Liz asks: Do you have a Coach?

When I first started Single-Sourcing Solutions in 2005, I didn’t know anything. I thought I did, of course. When I look back from where I am today, I can honestly say I didn’t.

I was lucky, though. I got connected to a group of local entrepreneurs who would get together monthly to solve problems together. Each of us had our own business. Each of us were solving the same problems in different order. The group was led by an experienced Silicon Valley advisor who specialized in working with early stage startups. People who were at the top of their technical game and needed to learn things like how to fill a sales pipeline or how to find a good match in a co-founder. The critical skills necessary to launch, build, and sustain a new business.

Shortly after that, I found a partner who was also great coach. Continue reading “Liz asks: Do you have a Coach?”

Do You Feel Lucky?

Last month at STC Summit, someone came by our booth and we got to talking about the TC Dojo. The TC Dojo is a webinar series we started 4 years ago. It works like this: First, we poll the community to find out what they want to learn. Then, we recruit experts to teach the topic, or an aspect of it, in a short webinar. We record the sessions and post the videos to YouTube. And we don’t charge for any of it.

This person asked me how we make money off it. I told her, “We don’t. This is part of our community service.” The puzzled look I got in response reminded me of an article in The Atlantic, “Why Luck Matters More Than You Might Think” that I had seen only one week earlier.

In the article, Robert Frank describes how generosity and public spirit is affected how much someone attributes luck to their own good fortune. It’s a phenomenon that social scientist researchers have been looking at, too:
Continue reading “Do You Feel Lucky?”