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The Age of Metapreneurship

The Age of Metapreneurship 
 by CJ Cornell 

With 100,000 how-to books, dozens of entrepreneurship programs in every city and an expert on every website – it should be pretty easy to become a successful entrepreneur. But something’s wrong.

Techniques and advice that were effective 5 or 10 years ago, will make you an amateur, today. The world changed. Technology and people changed. Yet the field of entrepreneurship hasn’t changed all that much. The old rules and the old mindsets are holding you back. In fact, the more experienced you are, the worse it can get.

The Age of Metapreneurship – is about the future of
entrepreneurship – a future that is just emerging now.
It’s about a new kind of entrepreneurship, and a new kind of entrepreneur …

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A special thanks to those friends and colleagues who read advanced copies, and were kind enough to leave some great reviews on Amazon.com:

… a funny, lively, informative book that examines entrepreneurship in a variety of novel and useful ways. A must-read, whether you’re just starting out in the entrepreneurial world, or been at it for a while.
This is a must-read for founders, business buffs and anyone interested in startup culture.
Well written, timely, and enjoyable.
(read more 5 star reviews)

Inside we’ll explore:

  • Chaos – Entrepreneurship is so broadly defined today that no longer know who and isn’t …
  • Cults – The institutions, programs, and leaders designed to help entrepreneurs, today are failing them.
  • Dots – Entire industries are ripe for disruption (by entrepreneurs) because the old business models are disintegrating. Direct, straight lines, are being replaced by ‘connecting the dots.’
  • Abundance vs Scarcity – and how ‘every abundance creates a new scarcity’ is the new business mantra.
  • Scale – is now a required strategy for every startup – otherwise you risk irrelevance: but scaling now can be far, wide, or deep.
  • Crowds change everything – crowdsourcing, crowdfunding and collective intelligence.
  • Movements – the waves of the network: Join them, start them, leverage them – or risk sitting on the sidelines.
  • The Paradox of Experience:  The more experience you have, the harder it gets.
  • Cultivating Meta-Value and your Meta-Tribe.
  • find out more …

 

THANK YOU for you help and support!
The Age of Metapreneurship debuted in Amazon’s Top 20 New Releases! 

Who should read The Age of Metapreneurship?

  • If you’ve been advising new ventures and guiding them through a bootcamp-like experience – only to see them sputter, and fade away, this book is for you.
  • If you see entrepreneurship in your region brimming, brewing, and percolating -but never seeming to gain critical mass, this book is for you.
  • If you’re an highly experienced entrepreneur embarking on a new venture, this book is for you.

The Age of Metapreneurship is like a collection of pieces to an unusual puzzle: Every time you put the pieces together, they form a different picture that is only for you.

 

 

Getting time and attention from experienced advisors is a rite of passage for the first-time entrepreneur.
Free Advice

Entrepreneurial advisors provide everything from informed feedback, market validation and technical direction, to introductions that can lead to partnerships, investors and customers.

Advisors are often former serial entrepreneurs themselves with well-earned battle scars from risking, failing and succeeding enough times to have sharp
insights into the venture building process. They have a special empathy for the struggling entrepreneur. There’s satisfaction in helping an up-and-coming entrepreneur avoid the same mistakes, and giving them insights that will help accelerate their progress.

Not all advisors have the right experience, and it is very hard for the entrepreneur to know which advisors can truly help their company.  It takes many first dates to find those perfect matches. But advisors kiss a lot of frogs too: Frogs, hunchbacks, maniacs, dreamers, neurotics – and I suspect a few psychotics. Entrepreneurs come in all sizes and for advisors it can be exhausting to try to help them all – particularly those entrepreneurs who don’t really want to be helped, or who are not ready for outside advice.

So, for the entrepreneur about to go seeking advice from advisors, here’s some blunt, very blunt, advice:

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This morning, our beloved pal Cisco moved on to that big playground in the sky.
Heartbroken and devastated doesn’t even begin to describe our loss. If you ever met him even once, he made a lasting impression. He was special, and he probably made you feel special too.
cisco-005If you ever spent time with Cisco, you’d walk away with a custom thesaurus just to describe him: Energetic, Playful, Smart, Mischievous and Loyal. But really, the one word is “Love.” He loved people. He loved life. He loved you.

Even when he was supposedly an “old” dog – his energy level wore out his playmates, pet-sitters and even little children. When strangers asked how old he was and I replied, 13, 14 or 15, they assumed this meant months and not years. He was always a puppy – his tail wagging wider than his smile-  with the prospects of being around people.

Cisco was not only a fast learner, and by far the smartest dog you’ve ever met – he was smarter than most people. We would often practice and play: I would tell him to sit in another room. He would patiently wait while

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I get bored and cynical every time I read a blog post from a first-time entrepreneur who has “discovered” the 7 amazing secrets to entrepreneurial success.  Usually their amazement is because they were so inexperienced in the first place, and some basic truths about business and entrepreneurship never occurred to them in the first place.  Much like how an 18 year-old living on their own for the first time is amazed to discover that ‘if you don’t pay your rent on time, the landlord will evict you.’ It’s an important lesson, but hardly an amazing secret that now qualifies them as an expert.

SFrustrated-PixleBayo many new entrepreneurs self-anoint themselves an expert because they’ve started out so clueless in the first place. Expertise is not measured in the difference between zero knowledge and what you have just learned – expertise is what you know more, or do better, than the majority – or better than other experts.

OK. End of that preemptive rant.

Now an exception.

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Another day another thousand articles posted by the latest entrepreneurs to achieve a milestone of success: Raising venture capital, launching the flavor-of-the-month iPhone app, or being acquired by Google or Facebook. Inevitably the subject of the article is “I just became mega-successful, and here is exactly how I did it, so you can be mega-successful too.”

Well, they never use those exact words, of course. Most often, these success stories really are more akin to the 22 year old who wandered around Cape Kennedy, opened a door and found themselves strapped-in to a Space Shuttle launch.  When they return, they write a book about “here’s how I became an astronaut, and here’s how you can become one, too”.

When you’re struck by lightning, it’s best not to assume you can teach the world how to harness the power of the heavens.

 

 

Icon of Money in the Hand on Digital Background.Let me start this post by stating how much respect I have for venture capitalist Fred Wilson.  He is easily in the top-5 influential thought leaders in the entrepreneur-investor ecosystem. His blog “AVC” is required reading for everyone on both sides of the table. But today he really pulled the trigger too quickly on a post.

He was postulating about a product idea – where entrepreneurs might pay for a report that lists what each venture capital firms’ investing criteria is, based on their track records  (something that arguably should be on their websites).  Let’s set aside for a moment that he is proposing a $100 fee for each entrepreneur seeking funding, here’s the crux of his argument:

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As an investor, advisor and mentor to entrepreneurs and new ventures, I get to hear a lot of pitches – whether as a judge in a competition, in a boardroom, classroom or a face-to-face pitch. After a while, they all start to sound alike. In fact, when investors get together, they lament (or even parody) how all the pitches sound alike. To be fair, as an entrepreneur, I used to lament with other entrepreneurs on how predictable venture capitalists can be in their responses.

Today, giving more evidence that I apparently have way too much time on my hands – I created this “Pitch Bingo” game for investors and advisors.   The next time you are listening to entrepreneur pitches at an event, click on the Entrepreneur-BS Bingo Game link, and you will get a BS-Bingo card (everyone’s card has a different random combination of entrepreneurship buzzwords).   Cross off the word when you hear it.

 

Entrepreneur-BS Bingo Game CJs Entrepreneur-BS-Bingo

CJ’s Entrepreneur Pitch Bingo

 

The first person who completes a BINGO with a row or column must shout out Zuckerberg!
And Tweet to #CJ-BS-BINGO.

And just to be fair, I’ve also created one called Investor-BS Bingo!   Now entrepreneurs can keep track of the predictable jargon investors mindlessly toss out during pitch meetings.   (notice the phrases “Term Sheet”  or “Yes” don’t appear – since they say it so rarely).

CJ’s Investor-BS Bingo

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