Great companies are built on camera
I do this for a living—mostly through building entrepreneurship programs and running my own cohort based course.
Stuff I’ve built:
Minimum Viable Video: The project that I’m most passionate about these days is a cohort-based course that teaches entrepreneurs how to make videos to get customers and create opportunities.
Actionworks: Consultancy building entrepreneurship programs for Apple, the U.S. Department of State, the University of Texas, and dozens more.
Previously: 3 Day Startup: 10-year CEO journey scaling an education company to 50 countries.
- My partner and I (and her ridiculous cats) split our time between Austin, TX and Savannah, GA.
- Interests: Formula 1, Mexican food, Alvvays, coffee, Nolan films, cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman’s theory of reality.
- I’ve had a hell of a lot easier time building companies than figuring out vulnerability; that came with Personal Boards of Directors.
- I have a mysterious health condition. Sharing this because I’m out of ideas. Maybe you have some.
DM me on Twitter or email me at my name at actionworks dot co (not dot com).
I’m an advisor to a company that makes beef jerky. The founders are Bolivian and their product has done well down there…but the market is small. They relocated the business to Texas and I’ve been helping them get the business in motion. One of the founders shared a story that I can’t stop thinking about…
A “one that got away” shady business deal in Russia…Nine years ago, a colleague-of-a-colleague had a connection to someone who worked under Putin. Putin wanted to beef up Russia’s economic presence in the East as a hedge against the West’s global business dominance. Putin had selected Vladivostok—a port city abutting China and the Pacific—as the next big thing for Russian entrepreneurship.
MBAs, psychopaths, and natural-born salespeople are experts at making the big ask. A position outside of their experience level, the phone number of someone out of their league, free guac at Chipotle, things that others would never consider possible, they do with aplomb.