We started Strengthen News about 3 weeks ago, and I’m already in love with what it’s brought to my life. Since we launched, I’ve read strength, conditioning, and nutrition articles every day. Even if there was not another human who cared about what we’re starting at Strengthen, I know my time is not wasted by […]

I live in Little Rock, Arkansas. It’s a larger small city with a metro population under 1 million people.  I was born here in 1989, grew up within various neighborhoods (some suburbs and some ghettos), and now I’m back after several years away. At an early age, I told my parents I wanted to leave Arkansas […]

This post was inspired by Max Farrell and all the authors included as resources. Note: Turning an idea into something amazing takes focused execution. That being said, the way we operate and why we do it are most important, so why waste time searching for what to do. Suggestions for referencing: Use frameworks continuously, even after you’ve […]

Product developers and service providers talk about what results you get when you use their stuff based on features or skillets offered. These are important for developing value for your customers as your constructing new offerings or improving existing ones; however, it’s the things that make you feel that are important. These feelings are not […]

Today I feel defeated. Wants and desires have turned around and punched me in my face. My list of expectations for myself continues to grow and frustrations cloud my vision.  I didn’t sleep last night. I missed my routine workout. I tried meditating, but my mind is racing. What are others expecting me to do? […]

I’ve worked at amazing central Arkansas restaurants as a server, busser, dishwasher, and the occasional admin work here and there. Since dining experiences make or break restaurants, you can think of all the activities inside the walls of your establishment as marketing. However, something I haven’t experienced is what it takes to broaden marketing efforts […]

When companies successfully embrace and execute ideas that come from their front lines, their organization is more likely to provide amazing value to the demographic they serve. An amazing example of this is the seventh rule in Sam Walton’s Ten Rules for Building a Business. 6. Celebrate your success. 7. Listen to everyone in your […]

An entrepreneur’s biggest fear is that their solution isn’t working. Whether it’s product market fit or operational viability, admitting that your vision is wrong is a tough pill to swallow. However, if you think of yourself as a problem solver, it’s likely that your current solution won’t be the last. So, instead of spending more […]

The definition of innovation is to make changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products. World famous consulting company IDEO breaks innovation into three overlapping components that make things innovative: desirability, feasibility, and viability. Moreover, innovation can take place continuously or can be drastically disruptive. The disruptive type often results in […]

Startups are all the rage these days, and everyone has ideas to start something new. However, the word startup, derived from Silicon Valley tech culture, can often mean something very different than the genesis of a new business. Stanford professor and renowned entrepreneurial thought leader, Steve Blank, defines a startup as “an organization formed to […]

Winter storms forecasts are somewhat unpredictable. However, these five tips can help you keep your rhythm and make the most of time at home. Don’t risk the drive. Even if you’re the most experienced ice trucker, odds of getting in an accident versus adapting to working remotely are not worth the risk. Revert to digital/phone […]

In 1958, the Small Business Investment Act was passed. This act allowed for the U.S. Small Business Administration to license Small Business Investment Companies or SBICs. This eventually led to private equity innovation, which lead to venture capital as we know it today. However, many potential accredited investors fail to realize the phenomenon of venture […]

Staying up-to-date on current news and information is a vital part of maintaining competitiveness in any market. However, reading articles can become daunting, because the Internet is a fire-hose of content that can easily distract us from our daily processes. That’s why I use two tools that help me categorize information and quickly read it […]

Startup Weekends are a fantastic way to ignite an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Each event is a 54-hour competition where developers, designers, marketers, product managers, and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. Imagine taking that idea about which you’ve said, “Why hasn’t anyone done this before,” and dedicating a […]

What are the things that motivate you, your employees, or coworkers? Author Daniel Pink is an expert on what drives people to succeed. Here are three videos on what drives us most in the workplace: Autonomy Mastery Purpose

Startup community leaders are important because they keep momentum going and accelerate creative collisions, ultimately birthing more startups. This is particularly important as the innovation economy, driven by software development, is vastly expanding outside of Silicon Valley and into regions all across the United States. Also, people with their fingers on the pulse of global […]

Last month, Sony Pictures’ internal computer system was compromised by anonymous hackers, which exposed sensitive data, personal information, and private messages. In a startup culture, we frame ‘hackers’ as good-intentioned people with skills to expose flaws or improve systems. However, malicious people are out there and you want to protect yourself before it’s too late. […]

In 2013, United States undergraduate computer science degree enrollment rose 29.2 percent. This increase could have a number of causes, like President Obama’s coding efforts, the rise in popularity of startup founder stories, or the rapid integration of technology into our daily lives. Imagining a fleet of computer hackers flooding our future employment pool might […]

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn Every day, we engage with a number of people that influence our thoughts and actions. If you’re an entrepreneur or you aspire to become an entrepreneur, the people you work with, the mentors you have, and the ideas […]

On October 10, 2014, Tesla Motors announced that their latest software update for their electric cars includes autopilot features, which can be downloaded within minutes through a wireless service provider on the newest model. This isn’t the first autopilot feature on a car, nor will this update suddenly shift the auto industry to only sell […]

Good fortune is often a misunderstood concept. People and businesses that are considered fortunate or lucky are quite often ones that are prepared to take the greatest risks. As the pace of change increases, and the spread of information continues to explode, you need to embrace serendipity to stay relevant. In fact, we can all […]