Letters From Bear // Wednesday January 24th, 2018

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So I set out three weeks ago with a rather awkward goal for the new year, and I say that because I have utterly no clue where the passion behind it came from.

The goal was to volunteer at a new non-profit every week for the year.

I have always been a very caring person, and for the most part always happy to lend a hand with whatever was on task, but growing up volunteering just came with this stigma to it, that ‘proper’ people just don’t do it.

However, a few things have changed and impacted me in the…


Letters From Bear // Friday December 13th, 2017

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As a teenager, entrepreneur, and student, the resources available at my fingertips are endless. Sounds brilliant, right?

You could create anything and everything your imagination has the capability of visioning.

But how do you create anything without getting lost in everything?

This sounds like a ridiculous problem, but in all reality, is a serious problem for my generation, and I personally anticipate it being the differentiating factor between the good, and fabulous.

Information and resource overload is frankly, the largest epidemic to ever hit education in the past century. …


Letters From Bear // Friday December 13th, 2017

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As a teenager, entrepreneur, and student, the resources available at my fingertips are endless. Sounds brilliant, right?

You could create anything and everything your imagination has the capability of visioning.

But how do you create anything without getting lost in everything?

This sounds like a ridiculous problem, but in all reality, is a serious problem for my generation, and I personally anticipate it being the differentiating factor between the good, and fabulous.

Information and resource overload is frankly, the largest epidemic to ever hit education in the past century. …


Overnight successes take a few years

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Photo by Nathan McBride via Unsplash

We all have ideas. Some might be great, and some maybe not so great. We want to turn those ideas into reality, but excitement may have us wanting to jump from Point A to Point K, when we need to be taking baby steps.

Maybe you want to display a map and show real-time tracking on your website or app. After doing the research, you might find that paying an engineer to do that could cost anywhere from $10,000 to $1M. This is where the importance of baby steps comes in.

Make that map your goal in later stages. In…


Letters From Bear // Friday October 20th, 2017

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Smartphones as a platform for micro-learning

According to Common Sense Media, children aged 14 to 19 spend more hours on their phone every day than they do in a classroom. And although schools that do ban cell phones or technology in the classroom tend to see a rising trend in their student’s grades, our society will never be able to define that as our solution because it is inadvertently in direct contradiction with the trend that most of those students will predictably have a future in the tech industry. So, the education industry runs into a problem here.

Students across America care more for their virtual…


18-year-old founder and CEO of PixelCutLabs

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Note: The following interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

Tell us about PixelCutLabs.

PixelCutLabs focuses on marketing strategy. We’ve been in business two years and recently redesigned the College Football Playoff Foundation’s website.

Where did the idea for PixelCutLabs come from?

There was never really an ‘aha!’ moment, I’d say. I started with a website I made for my mom, and it snowballed into getting more and more clients.

Who helped you form the business? Any mentors or early business partners?

My parents gave me a hundred dollars to start the business, and my dad paid an additional…


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Letters From Bear // Sunday, October 1st, 2017

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Although it’s a bleak start to a blog post, Gen Z has the sharpest rise in mental health issues, with many seeking help for low self-esteem and anxiety, two amongst many. Approaching strangers is scary, and some can’t handle being in a crowd. Face-to-face communication is key in the real world, whether you’re closing a business deal or giving your order to a Chipotle employee.

So, in a generation with sky-rocketing mental health issues, how can we begin to solve these communication problems?

Well, the best advice I’ve heard from multiple people is this: the worst they can do is…


Letters From Bear // Friday September 29th, 2017

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A good friend of mine once told me that if you’re truly passionate about something, and are willing to do what it takes to make a change in our world, your first step to succeeding in that effort is,

“accepting to sit on your ass and eat dirt without reward or recognition for the first year.”

I know! Uplifting am I right? However in all due honesty, this was probably one of the most valuable and transferable pieces of advice I have ever been given. …


Letters From Bear // Monday September 25th, 2017

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For teenage entrepreneurs and startup founders that we work with worldwide, I often give two rather contradictory pieces of advice.

Firstly, I am known to religiously stick by the thought that there should be little of a founders startup that they don’t (a) understand themselves, and (b) aren’t or couldn’t do themselves.

Now for the first part of (b), this is especially true for those taking a stab at bringing their vision to life with little to no funding, — otherwise known as bootstrapping. With little to no capital behind the development of your vision, it is essential to cycle…

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