The best entrepreneurs I know are scrappy, resourceful, and are hustlers. They identify a problem and will not take impossible for an answer. They make things happen, but rarely if ever by themselves. They are capable of surrounding themselves with strong team members, advisory board members, board members, vendors, and good support from friends and family. One of the best ways to recruit strong team members, advisers and “friends” of the startup is through conferences.
For the first time, Inspired Startup is giving away one free ticket to Think Tank in San Diego including $500 in cash to assist in your travels totaling a prize that costs $3,500. Also, Inspired Startup is giving away one free ticket to Startup Day in Seattle. Read on to find out more…
I go to specific conferences (not many), the ones where you can meet key folks face to face in the industry you are in. In fact, some of the conferences, I won’t even pay to get in, I’ll stay out in the lobby and just hang out meeting folks in and out of sessions. I’ll go to dinner with key folks (paying for dinner is much cheaper than attending the conference), and to evening parties with them as well. By attending the right conferences, I’ve met some tremendous people and built some long-lasting friendships as well. My tip – plan out your next year and identify which conferences will drive your business and attend them. If you can’t afford the ticket, go and be intentional about meeting people there. If you’re scrappy, you’ll have a ton of fun and build real value for your company. Or, if you are a true scrappy entrepreneur looking to startup a new online venture – you can win a ticket to the hottest Internet conference called Think Tank held in San Diego.
Think Tank is already sold out and attendees are all successful online entrepreneurs. You will be challenged in your thinking, your approach, and your execution of your business. You’ll come away energized and ready to take your business to the next level. You will be inspired. I’ll be attending and hope you will be my guest at the conference. All you have to do is blog (if you don’t have one, start one!) about your startup’s single biggest challenge and your thoughts on how to solve that challenge. If you don’t have a startup, blog about your biggest challenge to starting that new venture and how you’ll solve that problem. In the comments below link to your post and I’ll be sure to read your post. I’ll select the best post by August 31st at noon PST. This is a $3,500 value to a sold-out conference and is open to anyone over the age of 21 in the US. No purchase necessary:)
For the 2nd best post, I will be also giving away a ticket to Startup Day in Seattle which is led by some of the best and brightest in online marketing. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend. But, this event is not to be missed. It is a full-day session and includes opportunities to meet in an advisory setting as well.
Some additional thoughts – I’ve only been blogging for a short period of time, but have found it extremely helpful in getting my thoughts down on “paper.” If you haven’t started a blog, consider starting one today and entering the contest, it will help keep you accountable to focus on the most important issue in your business or soon-to-be business as well as keep you accountable to solving that main issue. I’d also encourage you to “syndicate” your post and get it out in the open as much as possible so that you get others thinking about your problem as well and for others to keep you accountable. Here are some simple ways to “syndicate” your post:
1. Make sure your post is on twitter. Tell your friends to “re-tweet” it.
2. Make sure it is on your facebook update.
3. If you have friends that blog, perhaps have them “steal” the entire post and re-post on their site with their thoughts and link to you.
4. Add your blog to your signature line on your email.
5. Ask me to link to it. Better yet, ask Neil Patel.
There really is no downside to entering. It helps you focus your thoughts and put it down on paper, gives you a huge opportunity to help your business by winning a spot to ThinkTank or Startup Day, and you will be making a difference in the lives of those who really need it in El Salvador. It’s a win-win-win!
For more information and details on this contest, please visit http://www.purposeinc.com/pwp/future-hope
UPDATE: A big thanks to everyone who took the time to enter the contest, you’ve helped make a difference in the lives of many in El Salvador, myself, and the readers. I think I’ve read each post at least 5 times and I’m excited to announce the winners of the contest and I’ll also be doing a longer post on this well later. So, the 2nd prize with a free ticket to Startup Day goes to Joe at Vori.us with a great post on how to handle the problem of money with 4 solid operating principles. Great post Joe! And, the grand prize winner with a free ticket to ThinkTank and $500 cash to help with travel expenses goes to Gyutae of Winning the Web. His thoughtful post around handling the problem of passion in a startup was spot on – it’s hard enough doing a startup, without real passion you just won’t make it. His thoughts around maintaining your passion by staying in community with other like-minded folks resonated with me, it’s why I get involved with EO, Thinktank, Future Hope – it keeps me energized, motivated, and passionate about startups. More to come later. Again, thanks everyone for participating! I hope it was as rewarding for you as it was for me.