Transformative Books Read in 2015

Book Recommendations for Marketers and Entrepreneurs

Why do I call these “transformative” books? Because transformative learning theory is the process of “perspective transformation.” It has three dimensions: psychological (changes in understanding of the self), convictional (revision of belief systems), and behavioral (changes in lifestyle). I intentionally choose books that fall in one of these three dimensions. My reading last year was […]

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Build Your Network in 52 Lunches a Year

Originally posted on Popforms on May 29th, 2014 When my company, Mixpo, brought the communications function in-house and I was promoted to Director of Communications, our consultant and my mentor Jolie Hunt told me that in order to be successful in Communications, it’s all about relationships. (Personally I think we can swap out “Communications” for […]

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Deliver a Killer Presentation Like Alexis Ohanian, Reddit Founder

On Sunday night Alexis Ohanian, internet entrepreneur, activist, investor and Founder of Reddit, delivered an extremely compelling presentation to aspiring entrepreneurs at the University of Washington. His talk recounted his experiences with lessons learned from innovating online. I was particularly struck by his energetic presentation delivery. Here are tips for delivering a killer presentation: Know […]

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Tips on Entrepreneurship from the Founder of Reddit


Thanks to my brother Carver who is an avid Reddit follower, the two of us had the opportunity to hear Alexis Ohanian, internet entrepreneur most famous for founding Reddit, deliver a motivational, comical and powerful talk at the University of Washington.  Alexis dropped quite a bit of knowledge as he inspired students to choose entrepreneurship, […]

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Ten-step Formula to Rock Your Business Plan and Investor Pitch

Originally posted on Medium on November 29, 2013 I’m frequently asked for my recommendations on the best book to prep for business plan competitions or for creating an investor pitch. My answer is Guy Kawasaki’s The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting Anything. Why? Because it lays out the check […]

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Build Effective Teams, Be a Great Team Member & Incorporate Service

Advice from Code Fellow’s Brent Turner. Thanks to our new CEO Jeff Lanctot, every month my company Mixpo invites a community leader to present to our employees at what we call The Mix. I was very impressed with this month’s speaker Brent Turner, a former colleague of Jeff’s, successful businessman, passionate community advocate and straight […]

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