Unpluggd

Find out what happens... when really brilliant people... start getting real...While I completely changed the narration to MTV's Real World (it amazes me that I watched the first season on MTV) that is the best way I could sum up the Entrepreneurs Unpluggd event I went to the other night at the Chopin Theater. It was an evening of sparkling wit and scintilating presentations.

The first presenter was Emerson Spartz who is the founder and CEO of SpartzMedia. The man is a bloody genious. No, he really is. I'm not going to go into his bio, except to say that he accomplished a lot by the time he was 12, and just continued on that trajectory. While one would think that brilliance is intimidating, Emerson Spartz has so much passion for what he does, he is also a self-proclaimed nerd, that you can't help but be inspired by him. He spoke about opportunities and ideas, but those need to be backed up with data. The man loves data.

Jill Salzman is the founder and CEO of Founding Moms and she is a pistol. She also did a Ted talk, which makes her a rock star in my book. Jill saw a need, women who were mother's and entrepreneurs were isolated, and she started a Meetup group. Then she just kept expanding even when conventional wisdom said expansion was wrong. As she said, go with your gut.

Matt Matros is, as he stated, the Managing Member of an LLC, for Protein Bar. His message was similar to Jill's, he saw a need, followed his passion and now he's expanding his business. Matt advised us to set goals and follow them. He said to look at the data, but you only need 80% of the data to make a decision, so go do it. Matt noted that Paulo Coelho in the Alchemist says “When a person really desires something, all the  universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.” That is how I am trying to live my life.


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