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Five Reasons for Startup: Common Good
Social Entrepreneurship, Profit First, Head vs Heart, Inherent Good, Always Be Good
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I like good people. And I love people who do good. But I'm not going to come out and be all Yeah, go for it. Make the world a better place through startup.

If you were expecting that, I apologize in advance.

I've always been skeptical of social entrepreneurship or startup for the sake of doing good works. Startup with a cause? Awesome. Startup FOR a cause? Raised eyebrow.

Look, I'm a good person, too. Just like you. I do good things. I'm not saying don't blend your personal causes with your startup. I'm saying don't build a startup around a personal cause and expect that the magic of good to be what gets you over the finish line. It very well may and I hope it does. Just don't be naive. All the rules for survival still apply. All of them. You can still waste people's money in the name of charity. If you build something to help others and it fails, that's not OK.

As an entrepreneur, you have to separate business from personal. Always.

But I'll also be the first to tell you that common good should be a big part of your startup from day one. Because if it isn't, then you're no better than the powers-that-be you're trying to take down.

I know. It's a paradox. So let's dive in.

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THE SHOW: Why Startup is Like Being an NFL Quarterback
Episode 3.1 featuring 49ers QB Thad Lewis
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This episode features a very special guest and extremely cool human being: San Francisco 49er quarterback and entrepreneur Thad Lewis. Aside from being a working NFL QB, Thad founded TL9 for his future after football and as a way to give back to the system that got him where he is. He's not alone as an athlete entrepreneur, and that's because there are a ridiculous number of parallels between sports and startup. We start covering them here.

Thad is funding TL9 himself. He's also overseeing all production, marketing the company -- hell, he's even shipping hats himself at the moment. You need to go to thadlewis.com and buy a hat, if just because Thad will be the one sending it to you.

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How To Find a Problem For Your Solution
The Startup Show - Episode 6.7
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In Episode 6.7 of The Startup Show, Joe Procopio (Automated Insights, ExitEvent), Jon Colgan (Veeto, Cellbreaker), and Andy Roth (RocketBolt) talk to NeuroPlus founder Jake Stauch about how his amazing brainwave tech struggled to take off until he found the right problem for his solution.

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A Startup Culture of Entitlement and Sexual Misconduct
The Startup Show - Episode 5.2
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In Episode 5.2 of The Startup Show, we get three dudes together to talk about sexual harassment, because how could that go wrong. But in all seriousness, this discussion should be uncomfortable, and it's necessary, for everyone, including these three dudes, to push the conversation forward.

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