In the last leg of our four-hour Board Meeting on June 23, 2020, I played this video; in my mind the only decorate way of announcing one of the hardest decisions of my life. As I turned back towards our Board, so began the ‘ugly crying’ phase of saying farewell.

I have been building Co.Labs for almost 7 years of my life. Very few people know the true story of how Co.Labs was built, something I shall document in its thematic entirety one day. In short, it took 3.5 years to get the idea funded and 3.5 more years…

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For as long as I can remember, I have woken up each morning determined to build things of real value in this world. 12 months ago, I woke up, and for the first time in my life asked myself “why?” This Article is the culmination of what I have learned since asking myself that simple question.

The catalyst

At 2 pm (CST) on April 30th, 2020, my life changed. This was the result of a conversation with a man I have never met before, and through a Zoom-call to boot. The man, Randy Fisher, reached out to me on LinkedIn as a…

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I think about this question a lot…like a lot, a lot.

Having founded and operated a technology incubator/accelerator for over 3 years now, I have met with over 500 founders in one form or another. Of those 500+ founders, I have had the privilege of working closely with 90 of them on a daily basis. That means at least 90 founders of 90 startups, all determined to change the world and operating under the unshakable (and not so unique) belief that they are the 1% that will build Uber reincarnate.

Herein lies the problem, statistically the vast majority (like 95%…

Jordan Dutchak

Tech & Economic Development Entrepreneur. Terrible Typer. @colabsyxe

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