Sunday, September 25, 2011

Give me heat

Commandment: Give me heat!

Continuing with the theme of the book “Go-Giver” let's talk about which comes first, heat or fuel. As in the commandment above where the homeless woman is holding an old thermostat in her hand on a cool winter's morn, shaking under the cover of nothing more than several refrigerator cartons.

No luck?

Imagine that... I can. In the Go-Giver, the first law is simply, “The Law of Value.” This law talks of how your worth is a measurement of much you give in value above that which you are paid. If you put no wood in the fireplace, why would you expect heat? Commandments are great when there are sufficient resources to effect the change, otherwise, not so much.

On Friday, we submitted an application for the COSE Business Pitch Competition. In my video I mentioned that we expected maybe three or four submissions from organizations associated [in one fashion or another] with Main Street Startups [MSS]. Guess what? Including the one for MSS, there were five! That we know of... take that Northeast Ohio.

Up on Main Street, we are focused on wealth creation, which remains the shortest path to job creation in America. Any one of these five ventures could create significant wealth and therefore, jobs. Even the nonprofit in the mix. Yes, our for profit incubator [unabashedly profit driven™] could create wealth as measured in the ability to provide services to Northeast Ohio. As an aside, if nonprofit business incubators believe they can launch for profits, then the inverse should be true, right? Actually, it is our focus on good olde fashion Marketing that makes it possible. See Geoffrey Moore's "Crossing the Chasm." But I digress...

Bottom line: want heat [traction, cashflow, profit, etc.]? Give more than you expect. Yet one more mantra alive and well at Main Street Startups.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Leaders do exist

This spot makes you think... or at least I hope it does.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Go. Give. Go-Giver.

This is my new favorite book: Go-Giver

What is so special about this material? I knew the material inside out, before I ever opened the book. But I did very little [so to speak] with the material. FYI: To my knowledge, it is my first favorite for which I only own he Kindle version. But I digress...

Well, long story short: the book has become an event...

Greg Loo a colleague and fellow Toastmaster will present the core concepts this Friday at high noon in Canton, Ohio:

There are only 25 seats to this event.

First come, first to receive. If you have a project in Northeast Ohio that requires a boost, then you need to get to this event. If you have underutilized talent, we could use you. Maybe even pay you!

See you there.

Jeff 'SKI' Kinsey

Monday, September 05, 2011

First Anniversary

I Can See Clearly Now
by Johnny Nash

One year ago today, I conceived what has become Main Street Startups, a business incubator and accelerator for US Citizens. Yes, in fact, the idea started as Main Street Canton. Then within a few weeks, I determined that was too narrow, and renamed it Main Street Stark.

At SXSW in March of this year, with the help of Mike Muhney [founder of VIPorbit and co-inventor of ACT!], one more scope change was in order: to every street [Main or otherwise] in the USA: 

Main Street Startups

How will this next year play out? Stay tuned... better yet: jump in and give us a hand.

Jeff 'SKI' Kinsey
Entrepreneur in Residence

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Who needs Rules

How about "rules of thumb"?

On several occasions I have read passages of Guy Kawasaki's book, Rules for Revolutionaries, but just today completed a thorough re-read of the book. It is even better than I remembered! Of course it was a birthday present to myself... twelve years ago!

If you haven't read it, you should. If you have, you might want to consider re-reading it.

Then maybe we have something in common to talk about. {grin}


Rules for Revolutionaries

Rules for RevolutionariesThis book explains how to create products and services and introduce them to the marketplace. The intended reader is anyone who wants to catalyze innovation and change. Many large companies have used the book to re-energize their product development and research functions. GIST: provides a rigorous manifesto for innovation.

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