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How I accidentally produced a film

In creativity, inspiration, learning, stories, upside by Jay Clouse

It’s been about 16 months that Eric and I have been putting out a weekly podcast episode with upside. Along the way, we’ve had all kinds of other ideas — especially different episode formats. One of the formats Eric really wanted to explore was a deeper dive into one city. Bring in a bunch of voices into one podcast episode …

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sell your first cup of coffee

In building a business, learning, sales by Jay Clouse

I love new ideas. New ideas provide that beautiful breath of fresh air from whatever wall you’ve been banging your head into. A glimpse into a new world! I was sitting on a panel last week with Ryan McManus, the founder of SHARE. He told a story about one of his first business ventures — a coffee shop. He fell …

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going out of your depth

In inspiration, learning, motivation, Unreal Collective by Jay Clouse

I felt really dumb this week. Every now and then, I find my way into an event that makes me feel like a total fraud. And this week that was the first annual Capital Camp. Capital Camp is put on by a couple big names in the finance world — Patrick O’Shaughnessy (host of the Invest Like the Best podcast …

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it takes time to become technically good

In building a business, deep thoughts, inspiration, learning, motivation, productivity by Jay Clouse

Last week I wrote about how easy it is to see the exceptional. The example I gave was Evan Spiegel, the then-23-year-old founder of Snapchat, or Mark Zuckerberg…but there is a standard distribution curve for ability in anything you’re interested in. Those at the far right of the distribution curve – people with abnormal results – are very few, but …

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appealing to the discerning eye

In creativity, learning, personal brand, relationships by Jay Clouse

As you’ve probably noticed, there’s a lot of noise around us. HEY LOOK OVER HERE CHECK OUT THIS SALE WHAT IF WE PUT AN INFLUENCER BEHIND IT? ARE YOU LOOKING AT ME NOW? In relative terms, this environment is incredibly new to us. The amount of information we’re taking in all the time is unbelievable — and a huge increase …

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recapping SXSW 2019

In learning, stories, upside by Jay Clouse

Last week I flew to Austin, Texas, for my fourth SXSW Festival. If you’ve never been to South-By before, it’s described on their website as “The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.” All things considered, it’s one of my favorite events. For a few days, Austin becomes a center …

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on the cusp

In inspiration, learning, motivation by Jay Clouse

I’ve felt a strange sense that’s been getting stronger and stronger over the last few months. It’s hard to put a name to it, but I’d describe it as the feeling of being on the cusp. It just feels like the work I’ve been doing for the past several months have landed me near the doorstep of some sort of …

Launching and a new sense of empathy

In building a business, inspiration, learning, marketing by Jay Clouse

One night in August 2012, I felt completely defeated. I had been working all summer towards the launch of my first startup, MarketOSU. It was a simple idea – basically Craigslist for Ohio State students that required a student email to create an account. For months, I had been marketing an August 20th launch date for the website, and checking …