The Friday Review

October 13, 2017 Friday Review Comments (0) 282

An occasional Friday post about random things and interesting finds.

Thinking.

The things happening in America right now trouble me in ways I cannot yet verbalize. I cannot help but think that the lack of critical thinking is at the root of many of our cultural challenges. This article in Edutopia, Overcoming Obstacles to Critical Thinking by Randy Kasten strikes a chord. I believe we need to start teaching critical thinking skills much earlier. Maybe we should start in elementary school. Would you agree?

 

Listening.

I’ve been shaking up my podcast listening lately. Among my new favorites are:

  • How I built this with Guy Raz. An interview show with successful entrepreneurs and others about how they built their movements.
  • Longform. Another interview show, but this one is with non-fiction writers who discuss their writing.
  • The Good Life Project Podcast. Jonathan Field’s interview-focused podcast exploring what it takes to live a good life.
  • Self-made man. Mike Dillard’s podcast about men who are striving for greatness.

 

Reading.

I finished Tyler Cowen’s The Complacent Class a few months ago. I’m still distilling my takeaways, and I will likely write a few posts about my thinking on his theories. In, It’s time to think differently about entrepreneurship, I did reference his thinking on cultural segregation and the possible impact on entrepreneurship.

With the required reading for my graduate classes, I’m finding it hard to get into reading much of anything other than magazine articles. Still, next up on my reading list are:

In case you missed it.

I just finished an 8-week graduate class in Advanced Entrepreneurial Finance. I’ve written a lot about business finance from an entrepreneur’s perspective. If you’ve missed those posts and are interested in reviewing them, they’re listed below. I have also included in several of those posts downloadable example spreadsheets for creating pro formas, calculating financial ratios, and determining customer acquisition costs.

There’s also a whole series on Angel Investment from a previous class that I failed to share. You can check those out here: Entrepreneurial Funding

Recently I interviewed  Gregg Smith, Founder of Evolution Business Advisors, Kim Stewart, SVP, Working Capital Solutions Advisor at BB&T about equity and debt financing respectively. Plus, I interviewed Rachael Harper, founder of Vida Calma Wellness for my new Everyday Entrepreneurs podcast.

In the Everyday Entrepreneurs podcast, I talk with entrepreneurs about what it’s like to create, build and grow a business. We examine the ups and downs of startups and small business, raise up the successes, and explore the failures in hopes of offering other listeners some insights on life in a small business.  Occasionally I will offer some tips and insights about the entrepreneurial life from my own experiences.

You can listen below on Soundcloud or subscribe to the podcast on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Thanks for reading. Have a great weekend!

David Harkins is a serial entrepreneur, which is a more professional way of saying he is still trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up.
When not working for himself, he has had a fulfilling career in marketing, advising both large and small companies including several in the Fortune 500 and many of America’s largest nonprofit organizations. In his spare time, he consults, speaks, writes, hikes, explores, and creates art. Although, not necessarily in that order. Connect with him on social media below:

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The Friday Review

May 5, 2017 Friday Review Comments (2) 262

An occasional Friday post about random things and interesting finds.

Thinking.

I’ve become a big fan of economist and professor Tyler Cowen of George Mason University in the past few months. He stimulates broader thinking about culture and business. I don’t read too many blogs regularly these days, but I’ve been following Cowen at “Marginal Revolution” a blog he writes with colleague Alex Tabarrok.

Listening.

My commute is a lot longer than I would like, but the time in the car gives me the opportunity to broaden my horizons by listening to podcasts. Here’s what’s been at the top of my podcast list lately:

And if you haven’t listened to S-Town and enjoy a different kind of storytelling with interesting characters, I recommend it. Caution: There’s strong language in this podcast. If that offends you, you might want to avoid it.

Reading.

I just finished, Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy by Joan Magretta, which was required reading for my Entrepreneurial Creation class. Still, I found it to be a useful tool to understanding some of the complexities of Porter’s tools. If you’re an entrepreneur or a marketer, I would recommend it especially if you’re not familiar with Porter’s work.

I am eager to read these books next:

In case you missed it.

I just finished an 8-week graduate class in Entrepreneurial Creation. Unlike my first class which had us writing blog posts related to the topic of innovation, this blog posts for this class centered around a review of five advertisements in five different mediums. Because those are more academic in nature, I didn’t think the average person would be all that interested and excluded them from the front page this blog. However, if reading my thoughts on advertising campaigns strikes your fancy, here are the posts:

I also interviewed Ahna Hendrix, CEO of Arch Digital Agency (listen to it here). We talked about what it’s like to grow up in an entrepreneurial family, the challenges of entrepreneurship both in the States and abroad, and what entrepreneurs need to know about working with a digital or social media agency.  It’s long but informative.

Note: Ahna sounds great in the audio, but my mic made me sound a little demonic. I’ll work on that before the next audio interview.

Last month I interviewed Burgin Hardin, Senior Counsel the Boy Scouts of America about Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship. I value Burgin’s insights and guidance on licensing and intellectual property matters, plus he brings has a strong grasp of business implications, too.

 

 

David Harkins is a serial entrepreneur, which is a more professional way of saying he is still trying to figure out what he wants to be when he grows up.
When not working for himself, he has had a fulfilling career in marketing, advising both large and small companies including several in the Fortune 500 and many of America’s largest nonprofit organizations. In his spare time, he consults, speaks, writes, hikes, explores, and creates art. Although, not necessarily in that order. Connect with him on social media below:

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