The tar in the street starts to melt from the heat
And the sweats runnin’ down from my hair
I walked 20 miles and I’m dragging my feet
And I’ll walk 20 more I don’t care
And I’ll wander this world, wander this world
Wander this world, wander this world all alone
I’m like a ghost some people can’t see
Others drive by and stare
A shadow that drifts by the side of the road
It’s like I’m not even there
And I’ll wander this world, wander this world
Wander this world, wander this world all alone
Well I’ve never been part of the game
The life that I live is my own
All that I know is that I was born
To wander this world all alone, all alone
Some people are born with their lives all laid out
And all their success is assured
Some people work hard all their lives for nothin’
They take it and don’t say a word
They don’t say a word
Sometimes it’s like I don’t even exist
Even God has lost track of my soul
Why else would he leave me out here like this
To wander this world all alone
And I’ll wander this world, wander this world
Wander this world, wander this world all alone
–Jonny Lang, “Wander This World”

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Day 2 of Entrepreneurship Winterim #eWinterim

On Tuesday, Jan 10 2012, the Tbird 2012 Entrepreneurship Winterim group (#EWinterim on Twitter) visited some exciting companies in the San Diego area, all involving a Tbird founder or driving force. First we met with Zuumcraft President, Jim Scott, who talked with us about his product (an electric scooter that is between the scooter and electric bicycle space) and gave us a demo. He already has a product built, and is leveraging a manufacturer he met through a third party to produce the initials, with investment from friends and family. He is currently in the fundraising phase, and has some interesting thoughts on the type of investors he wanted.  For Jim, one big donor is the ideal situation, rather than lots of smaller donors. The obvious benefit of one big donor is removing complexity introduced by adding stakeholders to deal with and report too, but the chief negative is the likelihood of that one donor to want to meddle in the day to day issues of the company (not that the small donors wouldn’t also have a propensity to meddle). However does it really matter where the money is coming from? Sure, it is good to target a specific type….

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Day 1 of Entrepreneurship Winterim #eWinterim

The 2012 Thunderbird Entrepreneurship Winterim, which I have been on for the past week, has so far been to San Diego and Los Angeles. This first series of blogs that will post will summarize, one day at a time, the highlights of the visits. Starting on Monday, Jan 9 2012, we got a taste of the entrepreneur lifestyle via alum, and successful founder, investor, and entrepreneur, Howard Lindzon. One of the key messages of the session was that the basic ingredient substrate for a successful entrepreneur (or investor) is subject knowledge depth coupled with passion.  Take StockTwits, Howard’s own company, which he started on Coronado Island in San Diego.  Even though he is in a “small pond” (his words), he has proved that this model can still work because of his subject matter depth (focus), and passion for the subject matter itself.  This disciplined focus was something that he did not necessarily have early on in his career, as he drifted in and out of different phases, ideas, and adventures–he reflected back on many missed opportunities, and how he could have been even more ahead of the curve in his chosen field if he had continued with it from his….

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Organized Chaos

Organized chaos is what I like to call the “on the ground” situation in Egypt and India, and I imagine in most other developing countries, where nothing works yet everything works at the same time.  It is the paradox that comes when basic things break down, yet life still needs to move ahead.  It is the optimization that occurs by individually, each doing what is best for them, that creates a dis-optimization for society.  However, even while not optimal, the state created is functional, so life can move on….

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