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New Book: The Lean Entrepreneur by Brant Cooper- You WANT This Book

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The Lean EntrepreneurEver wanted to know how to apply startup/technology know-how to your new company? My good friend and author, Brant Cooper, is releasing his second book, The Lean Entrepreneur on February 26.

Check out what people are saying:

“This fascinating new book shows that at the intersection of disruption and lean company thinking, there is a new world of: lean entrepreneurship — empowered individuals who bring the world kicking and screaming into the future. I can’t wait.”

— Paul Kedrosky, Kauffman Foundation Fellow

Read from Scott Case.

“The lean entrepreneur cruises at 50,000 feet with a view of the context we are operating in today’s economy. At the same time, it dives deep into key ways the new startup tools, frameworks and mechanisms can be leveraged to take advantage of a world filled with uncertainty and opportunity.”

– Scott Case, CEO Startup America Partnership

And here’s what Startup Superstar Brad Feld had to say:

“The Lean Startup methodology has become a fundamentally critical approach to creating and building a startup. Brant and Patrick explain in a very accessible way, with extended case studies from a variety of exciting, contemporary startups, with awesome bonus illustrations from everyone’s favorite robotic dinosaur, Fake Grimlock. If you are a startup entrepreneur, this is a must-read book for your startup journey.”

-Brad Feld, Managing Director, Foundry Group; co-founder, TechStars; and creator of the Startup Revolution series of books

Check out this video for more info:

Buy Now and Get This Special Offer.

Brant said he’d do something special for my readers. So, he is running a massive pre-order campaign charging toward a national bestseller. The Campaign ends this Monday, February 11.

What does this means for you? It means there’s little time left to help put money in your pocket!

Check out The Lean Entrepreneur bundles here:

If you’d like to have him to come speak Lean Startup to your organization, contact Brant at  or call him directly 510-501-4796.

The Power of Now

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Cover of Cover via Amazon

I was turned on to Eckart Tolle by friend and big-thinker, Dmitry Shapiro.

I read The Power of Now twice now because it’s truly an incredible look at the mind, and how we might calm the thoughts in order to truly live in the moment. Personally, it has helped me in my relationships and running my company. It allows me to stay focused on what “is”, instead of what’s continually running through my head. If you get a chance, I recommend it.

I gave the book to a friend a while back. She recently wrote me this email back. It’s a good testament of how it’s helped her, so she agreed to let me post her email here.

“Hi there,

I know you’re busy, but I just wanted to send you a quick note.

I have made it almost through the entire “Power of Now” book and wish so much that I would have been less stubborn and read this things years ago when you started to. Heck, if I’m wishing…I wish I would have read this when I started to read! It might have actually altered the path of my entire life, let alone our current situation, in a good way.

None the less, as skeptical of it as I was at the start, I cant put it down. It’s describing me and my thoughts so perfectly that I’m finding myself underlining every sentence in the entire book. I never realized before just how damaging my thought behaviors have been. I can honestly say that they have single handedly caused me so much pain, unhappiness, and fear throughout my entire life.

I’ve always known that I’ve had the power to control my thoughts, but never have I learned HOW. It’s so enlightening to understand that your mind is the key to true happiness, but also the culprit to extreme unhappiness and borderline insanity. I’ve experienced so much unhappiness by my thoughts, that at times they’ve absolutely consumed me. And now, having a better understanding of how to silence it and alter the dysfunctional patterns that it has automatically ran on, is so freeing and peaceful!!!

I’m not quite finished with it yet, but so-far the last couple weeks have been a real eye opener as far as how I’ve lived my life and how poisonous my mind has actually been during it. I’m a person that lives in the past and it’s such an obvious, yet difficult thing to condition your mind not to live there. Especially when it no longer exists. Watching my thoughts and letting go of the judgments, constant analyzing, and fear they inflict has been liberating. I understand now! I understand just how much this book changed your life. I understand it, because it’s changing mine…little by little. =)

I just wanted to tell you thank you! Thank you for being so persistent in encouraging me to read it and thank you for giving it to me. It may just be the most important and greatest gift anyone has ever given me. Jeez! I sound like a ridiculous advertisement to get people to read this thing. Part of it could be due to the fact that I Just got back from the most amazing yoga practice, and I think I’m turning into a spiritual freak! It’s partially your fault….and I love it!

Just thought I’d share. I may sound like a weirdo, but I don’t f*cking care anymore. I AM A WEIRDO!!!!

Hope you have a fantastic rest of the week.

The Journey…

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Here’s an opening quote from Steven Gary Blank, taken from his book, “The Four Steps to the Epiphany“:

“All new companies and new products begin with an almost mythological vision – a hope of what could be, with a goal that few others can see. It’s this bright and burning vision that differentiates the entrepreneur from big company CEO’s and startups from existing businesses. Founding entrepreneurs are out to prove that their vision and business are real and not some hallucination; to succeed, they must abandon the status quo and strike out on what appears to be a new path, often shrouded in uncertainty. Obstacles, hardships, and disaster lie ahead, and their journey to success tests more than financial resources. It tests their stamina, agility, and the limits of courage.”

True, very true. What I’m finding is that although the path seems empty, there are a lot of other people walking (running, more like it) on the path. None of us are alone – and the road’s been traveled before.