Entrepreneurial Reads

Written by Verne on August 27th, 2007

In my post about how to be a better creative writer I prescribed reading more as my #1 tip. And as I fully ramp up into my full-time entrepreneurship, one thing I’m really looking forward to is bulking up my RSS feeds on blogs and sites that surround marketing, design, and of course, entrepreneurship. Not only has frequent blog reading helped me to amass greater knowledge from those who know best, but it’s also helped me connect with like-minded individuals that inspire me with their perspectives on this glorious lifestyle we proudly share.

So as I grow my roster of feeds, I wanted to share with everyone some of my favourite blogs. If you’re an aspiring marketer, designer, entrepreneur (or all three), I recommend that you give these sites a read.

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Goodbye, Hello

Written by Verne on August 23rd, 2007

Today, life begins. Again.

It’s been a great four years but I’m happy to close off this chapter of my life. Through the journey, I’ve come to discover my life’s passions and have been fortunate enough to meet a lot of great people that have helped me realize them. I’ve joked a lot about this $40k piece of paper I’ve now quasi-deservingly earned, but in reality, it represents some of the greatest assets I am proud to say I own today.

Management Building, University of Toronto at Scarborough (courtesy of Ken Jones)
My home away from home for the past 4 years.

As of 10:23 am, I’m a deskless, 9-5-less, ambitioned-filled, full-time professional entrepreneur (if there is such a thing). I’m a free man!

To give more purpose to this post beyond letting out a rare and sappy rant, I thought I would jot down a list of to-do’s to jump start the celebration.

Lots to do in the weeks ahead. The agency has its fair share of work too, including a redesign and a few projects to launch. All in all, I’m embracing the adventure ahead with a big smile.

Guy Kawasaki on the Art of InnovationWith that, I’ll leave you with a kick-ass presentation by Guy Kawasaki who preaches on the Art of Innovation. Out with inventions, and in with innovations. Get in the know and maybe we can all wear snazzy shirts like Guy someday.


I Heart Art

Written by Verne on August 20th, 2007

My passion for design still stems from my love for drawing. Check out these great anime renditions of everyone’s favourite cartoon characters (courtesy of Space Coyote).

Anime Simpsons

Anime Futurama

Anime Calvin & Hobbes

An inspiring company culture

Written by Verne on August 18th, 2007

Lip Dub – Flagpole Sitta by Harvey Danger

Who wouldn’t want to work in this environment?

4 ways to stay focused

Written by Verne on August 17th, 2007

Whether you’re running a company or studying for the last set of undergraduate final exams you’ll ever write, or both, staying focused on the task at hand can be tough… especially when there are about a million other tasks waiting to be “at hand”.

I’m definitely the type to keep busy – often too busy – and over the last few years, I’ve picked up a few tricks that have helped me retain my sanity while managing to-do lists longer than my girlfriend’s shopping list.

For all the overloaded entrepreneurs and freelancers out there, here are 4 ways to stay focused.

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