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    Treat Customers like Good Friends

    Darius at Freshbooks talks about the tension between having fun and being on point with the brand message, and that being the place where brands can do some really cool things.  He also talks about the Freshbooks motto -  treat customers like good friends. … Read More...

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    The Journey of the Entrepreneur: Ramen Noodles to 4 Star Hotels

    Chris Brogan talks about projects that have failed and identifies the learning points.  Another key point to note for entrepreneurs is to try your idea, ask a ton of questions and then execute.  Don't start things in a vacuum. AJ and Chris also talk about risk when starting your new project and … Read More...

  • Become a Sociologist

    In part two of our interview with Chris Brogan we talk about becoming a sociologist. We need keep design with humans in mind. Chris gives some examples of people you should follow that are great sociologists. You can watch part two with Chris on youtube.  You can also catch part 1 of our interview … Read More...

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    Give Your Ideas Handles

    We stopped of in Massachusetts to speak with Chris Brogan.  In part 1 of our interview, AJ went back five years to look at December 12th posts (the day we interviewed him) and talked with Chris about these.  Chris talks about the importance of growing and building your community. AJ also asks Chris … Read More...

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    120 second Small Business Tips: GoTo Meeting

    As our road trip nears an end, AJ takes a minute to discuss the options in online meetings and why we choose to use GoTo Meeting. Full Disclosure – GoToMeeting.com is one of the awesome sponsors of our Rise of the Cubicle Farmer tour, and we have been using them since the day we opened our … Read More...

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    Have a story to tell about rising from the cubicle farm culture? Want us to check out where you work? We'll try our best to get out to you on our trip!

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Tweak your Passion into a Project

In part two of our interview with Saya Hillman she talks about her revenue strategy starting out.  She talks about identifying the goals on her list and tweaking them.  Saya identifies Dance Experiment as one of her goals that she had to tweak to make possible.  She gathered 16 people that she knew but none of them knew each other.  The criteria was that they didn’t know each other, couldn’t dance and were scared to perform in front of people.  She hired a choreographer, rented out a dance studio and practiced with the crew for three months.  There was such a good response that they performed two shows after the first one was sold out.  This is a perfect example of taking an idea and tweaking it into a working project.

Saya offers her advice for aspiring entrepreneurs and people who want to leave their traditional job and start working on something they are passionate about.

You can watch the interview on youtube. If you missed part 1 with Saya you watch it here.

120 second Small Business Tips: webinars

As part of business we offer monthly webinars for non-profits on emerging tech, yesterday we did a webinar from our hotel in Providence.  In this 120 second small business tips video AJ talks about webinars, why we do them and what we use.

You can watch this video on youtube.

Full Disclosure – GoToMeeting.com is one of the awesome sponsors of our Rise of the Cubicle Farmer tour, and we have been using them since the day we opened our company. If you run a small business, you should really consider using them.

What’s your Side Hustle?

Willie talks about his side hustle and how he has transitioned out of his job at Accenture to his personal career, just under a year ago.  He offers some great advice for young entrepreneurs.

You can watch the interview with Willie on youtube.

Im not always CREATIVE during 9am-5pm

While in Chicago we stopped off to talk with Saya Hillman, who requested a stop.  She worked in the non profit space for four years before venturing out on her own.  When she was let go from her job, she sat back and made a list of all the things she wished she could do that would make her money.  Saya has moved forward on many of those initial ideas and made them a reality in her current business.  Saya openly says that she will never work for a boss again and she credits this thinking to a few things, one being the idea that traditional work environments expect you to be fully creative and efficient Monday through Friday during the hours of 9am and 5pm. If you are feeling more creative on a Friday evening that is just not acceptable.

Saya advices entrepreneurs to make a list of your ‘Ideal Utopia’, but cautions that this list will not come try in its entirety.  The list is an exercise to categorize and envision your ideal world.

You can watch the interview on youtube and follow her on twitter.

120 second Small Business Tips: social CRM

On this trip we have met a ton of small businesses that do not have a Customer Relationship Managment system, AJ talks about the importance of a CRM and how easy it is to create and capture new contacts using the iphone app for Batchbook.

You can watch this video on youtube.

Full Disclosure – Bactchbook is one of the awesome sponsors of our Rise of the Cubicle Farmer tour, and we have been using them since the day we opened our company. If you run a small business, you should really consider using them.