Entrepreneurship

Forte Labs 2022 Goals

Every year since I was 21, I sat down each year to write down my personal goals for the year. This was my most important ritual for over 15 years, a realignment on the True North of my deepest values, principles, and dreams. This year I sat down to do it once again, and noticed

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The 4 Identities of a Teacher: Reporter, Expert, Mentor, Role Model

When you decide to share what you know with others, your own learning takes off like a four-stage rocket.What are those four stages?I once learned of a framework for the evolution of a teacher’s identity over time from Brendon Burchard, an influential online marketer and teacher.It gave me tremendous clarity about my own progress as

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The New Building a Second Brain: Brand Reveal

When I started my professional career, I had only the most vague sense of how visual aesthetics related to business. I knew there were brands that I was inherently attracted to, such as Apple. And I had a fairly good sense for what was beautiful, from a childhood spent in museums and art galleries with

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Forte Labs Operating Principles

These are our 10 operating principles at Forte Labs. #1 – We are in business to serve We are in business to serve, and our financial success comes as a side effect of the positive impact we make on people’s lives. #2 – Our word is our bond We are accountable for our word –

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The Keystone Course Accelerator: Cohort 2

The online education industry is blowing up. Projected to grow by 247 billion dollars by 2024, online education is now known simply as “education.” Years’ worth of growth is happening in months as traditional institutions struggle to keep up and everyone from K-12 students to college students to professionals desperately seek ways to connect and learn

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Why I’m Investing in Maven

I’m proud to announce my investment in Maven, the first platform to specifically enable creators to deliver live, online, community-driven educational programs to people all over the world. Online education is exploding. Udemy reported a 260% increase in its annual recurring revenue in the first six months of 2020. Coursera raised $130 million in new

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Why I’m Investing in Circle

When I created my first online course in 2013, online learning was a lonely affair. Platforms like Skillshare and Udemy were exploding in popularity. But the vast majority of courses at that time were one-way: information flowed only from the instructor to the students. There was no expectation that a student would get to know

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Bacon-Wrapped Business: Buying and Selling Online Courses

In this interview, I spoke with Brad Costanzo, the host of the Bacon-Wrapped Business podcast.  This was a two-way interview. We spent the first 35 minutes talking about Building a Second Brain, the methodology I teach for personal knowledge management. I summarized some of the main ideas and shared some good ways of getting started

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My Goals for 2021

Drawing from Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of my 2020 year-end review, here are my business and personal goals for 2021. Business Goals Grow my email newsletter list to 100k This is an ambitious, but achievable goal based on the results I’ve seen from email-based marketing over the past 18 months. As I’ve written and talked about

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