Abbi Whitaker: Reno’s bottom-of-list status rings false with those who live here

Great post by my good friend Abbi: Reblogged from Reno Rebirth Blog: I received an email on Friday from the editor of PR Daily asking me if I wanted to comment on a recently released Forbes-commissioned survey which cites Reno as one of the cities with the unhappiest workers behind Boulder, Colo. Yes, that's right. Boulder. The mountain town that's home to Powder magazine and Brad Feld, and was recently picked as one of Money … [Read more...]

Project Vesto – A call to arms

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Out of the ashes of recession A state born of the battle, reinvents itself Makes opportunity in a deserted land Turns loss into opportunity And gives new life in an empty void $100,000 pooled To start new hope To launch a new Nevada business Not what the Project wants What we the people need Not California rebranded Not in Nevada for the sake of a state-shaped logo But because we are from here We were born in a great struggle We … [Read more...]

Elko to Host Startup Weekend for Entrepreneurs

Reblogged from SWElko: Elko to Host Startup Weekend for Entrepreneurs Startup Weekend Elko will connect local innovators and startup enthusiasts to share ideas and launch companies ELKO, NV – Startup Weekend, a national grassroots business-launching event, is coming to Northern Nevada, September 28-30, 2012. Startup Weekend Elko will connect local entrepreneurs, developers, designers and startup enthusiasts with mentors and … [Read more...]

One Sand-Skeeball-Sculpture at a Time

Building sandcastles and other sand structures is incredibly similar to being an entrepreneur. Everyone on the beach has the tools and resources to do so right in front of them, but few try for one reason or another. Perhaps some have never thought to try, they do not have the creative vision. Others might think it a cool idea, think back on times as a child, and say, "Well I will be shunned by society if I try; and I'm likely no good at it … [Read more...]

Are MBA’s a Waste of Time for Engineers?

What society thinks I do, what my former coworkers think I do, what my friends think I do, what my parents think I do, what I think I do, what I really do

I know the feeling, wanting to get out of the monotonous routine, get out from the cubicle, and get away from your boring boss that has been working for the firm for 30 years. I've been there and I am seeing more and more that many engineers get that same itch. That need to use the other half of your brain, to engage that creative nature that has been suppressed. The desire to act on a vision, build with your hands, mix it up, do what feels … [Read more...]

With So Many Ideas, Where Do You Start?

Directional Marker for South Pole & Stewart Island in New Zealand

STEP 1 As a starting point, one great piece of advice I received about ten years ago came from a quasi successful man in his sixties. He said, "Make sure you write down all of your ideas. Make a journal of your daily thoughts, ideas, and activities; you will be amazed at what you come up with." I haven't been religious about the daily journal, but the times I have more than proved the worth. Human brains are definitely powerful memory-storing … [Read more...]