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Chad Kroeger (upper left) & JT speak with the Author (upper right) via ZOOM

Chad and JT are entrepreneurs, comedians and activists with a heart. Their YouTube channel has over 153,000 subscribers and has generated in excess of 15.1 million views. They are a modern Cheech and Chong meets Bill and Ted, without all the weed jokes.

They began their careers by showing up at City Council meetings and using the time allotted to public discourse to lobby for humorous initiatives, such as renaming the international space station after Tom Cruise, in honor of his film “Luna Park.”

In a recent video, the comedy duo gave out free masks in Huntington Beach, California. It was picked up by national news organizations and has generated over ten million views. …


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A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

Social distancing is bringing out the best, and worst, in your coworkers. Unfortunately, the asynchronous nature of remote work can foster bad behavior that would never be accepted in an office and it could worsen, if the current social distancing recommendations are extended.

With each passing week, it becomes more important to address and correct bad remote working behaviors. The longer you wait, the more the bad habits will spread. …


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17-year old Danny Goldberg, delivering groceries to Boomers BLAKE LINDBLAD

A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

Like most Americans, when the severity of the coronavirus became evident, 17-year old Danny Goldberg wanted to do “something” but he felt helpless. However, unlike most of us, he quickly acted upon his desire to help and set up a volunteer service in which Zoomers (members of Generation Z, born between 1995 and 2015) delivered groceries and other necessities to Boomers (members of the Baby Boom generation, born between 1944 and 1964), free of charge. Danny aptly named his group, Zoomers To Boomers (ZTB).

The process is simple: Boomers email their grocery lists to ZTB and pay for the groceries electronically. The Zoomers then pick the items up and deliver them to the Boomers’ residences, reducing the chance of an older person contracting the coronavirus. …


Emma Rose Cohen launched FinalStraw via a crowdfunding campaign in April 2018. The campaign resulted in contributions in excess of $1.8 million. Emma and her team went on to generate FinalStraw sales in excess of $15 million… and then the coronavirus began ravaging the globe.

The FinalStraw is designed for people on the move. The coronavirus suddenly reduced everyone’s mobility. With the worldwide “Big Pause,” the need for a mobile, reusable straw paused as well.

Ever the wily entrepreneur, Emma took what was initially intended as an April Fool’s Day joke and, in ten days, designed a product that generated over $100,000 from Kickstarter backers during its first week on the market. …


A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

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Is it possible that in one hundred years, no one will remember Mark Zuckerberg?

Before you reply, “That’s crazy, Zuckerberg was a major force behind the rise of social media, the most impactful Internet application of his age,” consider that whether or not distant generations remember Facebook’s Founder will have more to do with the degree he attaches his name to high-profile philanthropy, rather than the business impact he’ll have during his lifetime.

It is for this reason that few modern-day entrepreneurs know the story of John Mackay, a man who amassed a fortune comparable to Mr. …


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

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Peak Design closed its ninth Kickstarter campaign on July 18, 2019, generating $12,142,148 from 27,165 backers, averaging an impressive $447 per backer. Once Peak Design fulfills these orders, it will be the largest fully executed Kickstarter campaign of all time. You may recall that Pebble failed to deliver on its infamous Kickstarter, in which backers pledged over $20 million, but the company never shipped its promised product. …


Elon Musk may not realize it, but Heather Hochrein, founder and CEO of EVmatch, is helping Tesla, along with the other electric vehicle (EV) makers, accelerate their growth, by increasing consumers’ charging options and reducing their range anxiety.

EVmatch is doing this by leveraging the sharing economy — matching apartment dwellers, and others EV owners without a home charging option, with privately-owned charging stations.

Heather is deeply committed to creating an inclusive, clean energy economy. Before founding EVmatch, she earned a Bachelor of Science in molecular environmental biology from the University of California, Berkeley. After graduation, she spent five years in leadership roles at a residential energy nonprofit. …


A version of this article previously appeared on Forbes.

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Should Gen Zers go to college? Given the stellar startup careers of non-college graduates like Zuckerberg, Ellison, Disney, Gates, Jobs, Branson and Dell, my opinion might surprise you.

In sports, outliers generate headlines. Basketball stars LeBrone James and Kobe Bryant achieved immediate success in the NBA as 18-yr old high school graduates. However, what about Kwame Brown and Eddy Curry? Ever heard of Jonathan Bender and Darius Miles? Like James and Bryant, these talented players opted to skip college, in favor of a professional career. Unlike James and Bryant, they were journeymen, not superstars.

The same is true in business, where outliers are given an outsized amount of attention. If you believe the mythology surrounding the handful of entrepreneurs who did not obtain a degree, you may think that the path to entrepreneurial success is enhanced by avoiding college. I must admit, I furthered this anti-college narrative with a provocative article about college dropout successes. …


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Michelle Hester, portraying entrepreneur Biddy Mason — Courtesy UCTV

“The open hand is blessed, for it gives in abundance, even as it receives.” Biddy Mason, Former Slave and Pioneering Entrepreneur

At her death in 1891, Biddy Mason’s wealth was approximately $300,000 or about $7,000,000 in today’s dollars. More impressively, the land she owned in downtown Los Angeles is now worth hundreds of millions. Incredibly, this former slave, who never spent a day in a classroom, didn’t purchase her first property until she was nearly forty years old.

Giving Lost Voices A Global Megaphone

I recently augmented my UC Santa Barbara UCTV Innovator Stories series, bringing back to life Lost Voices from unsung entrepreneurs of the past. I’ve focused on entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups, whose stories are less familiar, even to students of entrepreneurship. …


A version of this article previously appeared in Forbes.

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Self-aware startups often learn more from their failures than from their success. Timehop, the photo album for the digital age, is no exception. Created by Jonathan Wegener and his Co-Founder Benny Wong, the company has over 20M users. To put this in is proper perspective, more than five times as many people are Timehop users than subscribe to the New York Times.

And Then The CEO Said, “Go Home”

In 2015, during its early days, Timehop executed a radical experiment. With winter raging outside, it closed its NYC office for two weeks and made all of its employees work remotely, preferably not from their homes. …

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John Greathouse

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