attitude, unnecessary risk, and 8th grade football

In deep thoughts, learning, motivation, stories by Jay Clouse

I’ve written before about my varsity football record being 5-25 over three years. BUT, we were actually pretty good and mostly undefeated from grades 7-9. What I’m trying to say is, we had some dominating 14-year-old athletes. One of those athletes was our backup quarterback. He was a backup, but at that age it’s more like “second” quarterback, because he …

put on a show

In inspiration, motivation, stories by Jay Clouse

When I was in high school, our football team wasn’t very good. My sophomore year we went 2-8, my junior year we went 2-8, and then my senior year….we went 1-9. Woof. Before all of our games my senior year, we had a team dinner. And during that dinner, we had a local church pastor give some remarks to help …

my gym closed, and I’m upset about it

In learning, stories by Jay Clouse

I had a really sweet deal. By random chance, the gym I worked at while I was in college was across the street from my current apartment. When I moved in, I weaseled my way into a free membership, which I’ve enjoyed for the past couple of years. But about two months ago, the gym closed. And I’m upset about …

exercising agency and influence

In deep thoughts, inspiration, leadership, learning, motivation, relationships, stories by Jay Clouse

Learning to be a leader is one of the hardest things I’ve tried to do. Besides high school sports, my first leadership position was running a college newspaper organization, and I ran it into the ground. It no longer exists. Later on in college, I more successfully ran the OSU entrepreneurship organization, where I learned the important of succession planning. …

my meta exercise

In inspiration, motivation, productivity, stories by Jay Clouse

I’m so stoked that it’s warming up in Ohio and I can get back to comfortably running outside again. My gym closed down a couple of months ago, so running has been the only exercise I’ve been taking while I (slowly) look for a new gym. Running outside is great, because I can feel and see myself making progress. I …

don’t fear a quiet launch

In building a business, creativity, inspiration, stories by Jay Clouse

In truth, I think the word “launch” is thrown around too willy-nilly. Launches are still a thing, and have historically been a thing, but I think it connotes a reality most of us don’t have the luxury of living in. The word “launch” has a feeling of a sort of massive propulsion from 0 to 100 on the drop of …

upside // a podcast about startups outside of SV

In building a business, creativity, stories by Jay Clouse

tl;dr: we launched our podcast, upside, yesterday on iTunes and Google Play. ### You know how cable companies will tell you they’ll arrive within the hours of 9am to 5pm and you just sort of have to wait and hope for the best? Submitting your podcast to major publishing platforms is kind of like that. Eric Hornung and I have …

seeing greener grass

In deep thoughts, inspiration, motivation, stories by Jay Clouse

Yesterday I spent the morning and afternoon in Cincinnati, just a couple hours south of Columbus. I was catching up with my friend Eric, who offered to show me around Union Hall. Union Hall is this amazing facility in Cincinnati that is a hub of their entrepreneurial/startup ecosystem. The building houses: Cintrifuse, a fund of funds designed to launch Cincinnati …