What is an entrepreneur’s primary motivation? What should it be? Why become an entrepreneur? Why keep doing it? Elon Musk, claims entrepreneurship is like, "eating glass and staring into the abyss of death.” Not exactly the way I’d choose to spend my weekdays. So much of the prevailing narrative focuses on ‘how to get rich’ … Continue reading The 5 Whys of Entrepreneurship
Portfolio entrepreneurship is, according to researchers, one of the most interesting types of entrepreneurship. Yet very few entrepreneurs realise it’s an option, and most are strongly encouraged not to entertain it. In my last article I discussed why I think portfolio entrepreneurship should be more prevalent. Below I have included some of the theory behind … Continue reading More Portfolio Entrepreneurs
Aged 38, I had saved enough money not to need to work again. “I’m retired”, I’ve said provocatively in the last couple of years, whilst still remaining cherub-faced (in certain, low-lit locales). This doesn’t mean I’m going to stop working, but now I’m able to work on what I want, regardless of the income or … Continue reading All I’ve Ever Learned About Money
Here's an article and a podcast I did recently for Forbes, now that I'm 'temporary-retired'... https://www.forbes.com/sites/michalbohanes/2018/07/23/founder-not-a-ceo-some-people-need-to-start-companies-not-run-them/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVNyPCaIqZo
In his book Outliers, Malcom Gladwell claims it takes 10,000 hours to become an expert at something. I guess I’m a slow learner, as it’s taken me a mere 148,000 hours to realise the opposite. Namely, that I’m not an expert at something. After running 3 businesses in 5 countries over ~17 years, I’ve come … Continue reading A Founder, Not A CEO
My TEDx is done… Perhaps short for ‘Tom’s Exhausting Diary’, or 'Tom’s Extreme Dichotomy’, the latter encapsulating the hypocrisy felt giving a talk on simplicity whilst living an entirely complex life during the process. Plus ca change. Hopefully my outfit and, of course, the talk itself will help further explain how I feel and what … Continue reading TEDx – Behind the Schemes
A few months ago I was compelled to write an ‘open letter’ (http://bit.ly/1dkuwcA). I suggested I’d organise a ‘sleepathon’ in San Francisco in aid of the homeless. The response has been amazing – if we can get just a few more people to sign up, it looks this event will happen in September! If you’re … Continue reading San Francisco Sleepathon… is coming!