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Our Family Business is Entrepreneurship
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Our family business is entrepreneurship?  I couldn’t get this statement out of my head while on my health walk tonight.  The walk took place just outside of Nemo, South Dakota.  The Nances have our own little Griswold Family Vacation happening.  First trip to South Dakota and I have to say, it is really beautiful.  Today’s blog post was a bit of a twisted road...

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Georgia Tech Hackathon
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Georgia Tech Hackathon scheduled for September 19th, 20th, and 21st (2014) in Atlanta, Georgia.  This will be an amazing collection of hackers from around the country and they will descend upon the Georgia Tech campus and take over the Klaus Advanced Computing Building to create, build, hack, rebuild, rehack, get motivated, and most importantly have a ton of fun.  Oh and win big ass...

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The Guide to the Atlanta Startup Scene
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The Guide to the Atlanta Startup Scene.  Have you seen it yet?  Get real, yes you have and so has 8,000+ other people.  Like pound for pound king Floyd Money Mayweather says, “hate it or love it, you going to respect it”.  Of course he is talking about his boxing skills, and what I am referring to is Paul Judge’s article and guide that...

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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
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Essentialism, the disciplined pursuit of less.  If you ever want me to read something you write, just use a word that I haven’t seen (make one up if you have to) and you’ve got me.  I need a shirt that says, “You had me at, What?” Hold on, if someone prints that shirt and wears it to breakfast I promise to pay.  This particular...

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TechSquare Labs : What Have I Learned
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TechSquare Labs : What have I learned?  So, it’s been about 2 1/2 months since the announcement (here are some clicks for Urvaksh) that I would be organizing all my early stage investing and company building activities into a new partnership with The Doctor.  Yesterday David Cummings asked me to share what I have learned so far from TechSquare Labs.  It has certainly been an...

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Tech Square Entrepreneurs : Facebook Group
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Tech Square Entrepreneurs is an open community group for startups, entrepreneurs, founders, and investors that have a passion for Atlanta, Georgia Tech and Tech Square. Consider this a community venue to share startup news, startup jobs, community events and anything else useful to the startup and Tech Square community. Have you joined the group yet? Click Here. Technology Square The name Tech Square is...

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Sky is the Limit Rebelution Lyrics
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Sky is the limit – Rebelution – lyrics!  So, I’ve been listening to Rebelution a lot recently, maybe it is the whole surfing thing, who knows.  I was listening to a song recently and it hit me hard.  I started thinking, wow, how cool would it be to review lyrics on occasion and tie life lessons to them in my blog.  Why?  well, no...

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8 Dimensions of Leadership
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8 Dimensions of Leadership – which are you? Ping me and let me know.  Oh, my fault, your first thought was where the “f” has Allen been – no blogging?  Well, true, I haven’t been blogging.  I’ve been working like I bounced a check, and I just haven’t had the mental space and I’ve been fully committed to not blogging crap, so I’ve been...

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Tech Square Labs in Atlanta : Your Questions Answered
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Tech Square Labs in Atlanta : Your Questions Answered? (OK, the SEO part is done, lol) I can know refer to it as TechSquare Labs.  You’ve got questions, and I hope to answer most of them, but the real answers will only come over the next decade. What is TechSquare Labs? Everyone immediately wants to put it into a box, why, that is how...

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Surfing as a Metaphor for Life
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Surfing as a metaphor for life?  What do you think?  If you are expecting that perfect photo of me up on a surf board this must be the first time you have read my blog (welcome, and thank you).  For the rest of you, please find attached a photo of me completely busting, wiping out, and almost drowning.  My new obsession with surfing will...

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Funny Friday: What is Culture? Really.
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What is Culture? Really.  TGIF not because the weekend is here, but because I am flying home from a road trip and decided to write a Funny Friday blog post.  Its been a long week, Atlanta, Seattle, San Francisco, back to Atlanta.  Somehow I keep thinking that the West Coast is 3 hours away, it isn’t.  (this is an inside joke).  This week’s trip...

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Parenting Wisdom for Dudes
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Parenting wisdom for dudes?  Get ready.  Today is Wisdom Wednesday.  Quick aside, I am really enjoying this new format, sure it is only day three, but funny how when I follow my own advice of a content calendar it is more enjoyable and productive (stop laughing).  Wednesdays are all about exploring and sharing tidbits of wisdom.  I like the word wisdom, why, it confuses...

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2014 the Year of Snapchats
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2014 the Year of Snapchats?  It’s Trend Tuesday, so let’s talk about a big trend that everyone is predicting for 2014.  For the last decade millions (maybe billions) of people have shared almost anything about themselves online.  That bad photo, that drunk photo, that half clothed photo, and maybe the crazy 140 character rant.  Sure some people have gotten fired, a bunch of you...

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Facebook 10 Year Anniversary
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Facebook 10 Year Anniversary – crazy right.  I know.  So it is Monday and the theme is Motivation.  I started thinking about where I was 10 years ago and when I first heard of Facebook and created an account.  I love stories like Facebook for several reasons.  First and foremost, say what you want, but Facebook has changed the world and become a household...

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Relaunch Your Blog with a Super Bowl Ad
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Relaunch your blog with a super bowl ad?  How cool would that be…admit it, you thought for a quick second that I was running a super bowl ad.  Well, not exactly but I have been humbled by all the inquires as to “where is your blog?”  Great question.  When I launched this blog in June of last year I was fully committed to being...

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Unemployable Entrepreneur 2013 Year in Review
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Unemployable Entrepreneur is a blog that I launched on June 7th, 2013 with my very first post “Where Are you Riding Your Bike?”.  When I decided to launch a blog six months ago I was fully committed to being different, totally candid, and real, yes real.  I continue to focus on writing about things that interest me, sharing lessons, but most importantly just “keeping...

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This is How I Work
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This is how I work – alright – I will participate – but – with a full disclaimer: I am actually laughing extremely hard at our lameness.  We have now started “blogging at each other” (admit it, that is funny).  I am actually thinking through who I want to ask, won’t be the usual suspects, count on it…now, read this, then I will tell...

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Mobile Phones on Planes : Good or Bad?
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Mobile phones on planes – good or bad?  Today’s post is really more of a question for my every growing “bloggaratzi” (ha, please laugh, I spent 10 minutes figuring out how I wanted to spell that).  What do you think, you are sitting on a plane, would it bother you if I was on a conference call sitting right next to you that was...

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Giving Good Advice
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Giving good advice – simple right – ha – it is hard.  You know what they say, “everyone knows what you should be doing, even if they aren’t”.  More and more I find myself in a position of providing “advice and guidance”.  As I have worked to transition from a “doer” to a “leader”, I increasingly find myself giving good advice to great leaders....

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Transitioning from Doer to Leader
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Transitioning from doer to leader – get ready, it is really hard.  As with most things in life, this one has a bit of comedy in it, most of the time, not always, leadership opportunities present themselves because you are “doing” a great job, then you start leading and find out, “leading” is not the same as “doing”.  If you read my blog on...

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