An idea for a new democracy

A late night back in 2011 I got caught up in the Chelsea Manning case.
(In case you haven’t followed it, Aclu.com has made a timeline of the case.)

In short, Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley Manning) leaked nearly three-quarters of a million classified and sensitive military and diplomatic documents to Wikileaks in 2010. She was faced with 22 different charges – many under the espionage act and was facing up to 136 years in prison. But she wasn’t convicted of “aiding the enemy” which brought her sentence down to 35-years. But On May 17, Chelsea Manning was released from military prison after her sentence was commuted by former President Obama in his last week in office. She has been incarcerated for seven years — far less than the 35 years to which she was sentenced, but longer than any whistleblower in U.S. history..

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What to do with your business idea

Alright, so you got a business idea – and it’s genius!

Perfect!

Here’s what I think you should do from here:

  1. Find out if anyone has already thought about you idea
  2. When you idea comes to life, will you be your own customer?
  3. Do you have an edge?
  4. Who do you build the company with?
  5. Do you know how you will generate revenue?
  6. Get feedback from experienced people

Here’s what I think you should do now!

(A lot of entrepreneurs will say that the idea itself isn’t worth much – and what matters is the team, the execution, and the grind.

While that makes a lot of sense, I think it’s critical to not to undermine the importance of the idea and the problem you want to solve, because the idea and the problem you want to solve, should be what brought you and your team together.

Your team should have a common understanding of the problem, your solution to it and a trust in the execution of it.)

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How I landed my first online marketing job (with no experience)

(I just wrote a new post about what to do with your new business idea)

I recently received a very flattering LinkedIn-message from a fellow new-coming marketer named Edith. In short, her question to me was this:

“How were you able to get started on practicing online marketing before having any real credentials to show?”

Edith was okay with me answering this question in public, so here are my own personal experiences, along with some practical takeaways that I hope will be useful to any aspiring marketer. Feel free to skip the intro and go straight to the takeaways.

Edith’s message in full:

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How I find great local tattoo artists in new cities

I recently got into tattoos.

And my past two years has involved a lot of traveling and searching for local tattoo shops in new cities.

In Copenhagen, I found Adam Peoples, Johnny Rhodes & Kasper Libvarth. In Moscow, I found Ruslan Tsvetnov which might be my favorite tattoo artist and in Oslo I got tattooed by Tony Nilsson, owner of Blue Arms Tattoo. If you visit Copenhagen, Oslo or Moscow, make sure to pay them a visit. Their work is amazing.

Before visiting a new city, I’m always curious to see what kind of tattoo artists and styles are there beforehand.

My profession as an online marketer, allows me to search the web more efficient than the average tattoo-enthusiast, yet, I’m still having a hard time finding a good tattoo artist as a tourist in a new city – which is why I’m writing this guide – to speed up the process for you.

The primary tools and websites I use to find tattoo artists are Google, InstagramReddit, Yelp and Foursquare.

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