Beginning the New Year with a Beginner’s Mind

Beginning the New Year with a Beginner’s Mind

Do you practice meditation or have you ever tried meditating?   I started a number of years ago and have found it to be very helpful for my mental health and overall happiness. One of the key concepts of meditation is to practice what is called “beginners mind,”...
Portraits of Immigrant Voices: Stories of Gratitude

Portraits of Immigrant Voices: Stories of Gratitude

This past August, I got a call from Karla Almendarez-Ramos who manages the City of Richmond’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. She said, “Joe, I need a writer to help me and an artist write profiles of immigrants as a celebration of National immigrants’ Day this...
Interview with Ryan Frederick about His New Book, The Founder’s Manual

Interview with Ryan Frederick about His New Book, The Founder’s Manual

I just finished reading a terrific new book, The Founder’s Manual: A Guidebook for Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur, by Ryan Frederick. I found it to be an excellent resource for startups, entrepreneurs, and anyone who develops or markets new products. Watch Ryan Frederick and I discuss his book in this video interview. And here’s a transcription of our conversation, which has been edited for length and clarity.

Entrepreneurship + Creativity in Times of Crisis: My Story of Writing a Book

Entrepreneurship + Creativity in Times of Crisis: My Story of Writing a Book

“Crisis is opportunity.” You’ve probably heard that catch phrase numerous times. The word crisis evokes for me an anxiety-producing event, such as a financial/job loss, a breakup, a health problem, or political instability. However, when I look up the word on Dictionary.com, it reads, “a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; a turning point.”

Sound Entrepreneurship: Audio Test Kitchen

Sound Entrepreneurship: Audio Test Kitchen

Alex Oana and I first met at St. Olaf College, back when I was a music student (clarinet/saxophone) and Alex an aspiring sound engineer. Alex recently launched his company and eponymous product, Audio Test Kitchen. St. Olaf Alumni Magazine gave me the opportunity to...