Tony Robbins (left) and Ray Dalio. (Inc.)

Part of the “Entrepreneurship Unplugged” Blog Series: Blog 6

I recently finished reading Ray Dalio’s book “Principles.” At an estimated net worth of more than $17B, Dalio is one of the most successful hedge fund managers in the world, starting out in 1975 from his own home. Bridgewater Associates has since grown to be one of the five largest private companies in the United States.

As with most successful people, Dalio has learned more from his mistakes than his successes. His most painful learning experience occurred in 1982, when Mexico defaulted on his loans. While having correctly predicted the credit…


Tony Robbins (left) and Ray Dalio. (Inc.)

Part of the “Entrepreneurship Unplugged” Blog Series: Blog 6

I recently finished reading Ray Dalio’s book “Principles.” At an estimated net worth of more than $17B, Dalio is one of the most successful hedge fund managers in the world, starting out in 1975 from his own home. Bridgewater Associates has since grown to be one of the five largest private companies in the United States.

As with most successful people, Dalio has learned more from his mistakes than his successes. His most painful learning experience occurred in 1982, when Mexico defaulted on his loans. While having correctly predicted the credit…


“Work hard, play hard.”

Extreme Tech Challenge, Necker Island

Part of the “Entrepreneurship Unplugged” Blog Series: Blog 5

My recent AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit’s largest entrepreneur channel was a great walk down memory lane. One of the users asked me to share my craziest startup story. My greatest experience was meeting Richard Branson in his own paradise, Necker Island.

There aren’t many people I admire for their way of life and business success as much as Richard Branson. As one of the most famous serial entrepreneurs, we’ve likely all read of his “work hard, play hard” approach to business.

“I don’t think of…


“Work hard, play hard.”

Extreme Tech Challenge, Necker Island

Part of the “Entrepreneurship Unplugged” Blog Series: Blog 5

My recent AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit’s largest entrepreneur channel was a great walk down memory lane. One of the users asked me to share my craziest startup story. My greatest experience was meeting Richard Branson in his own paradise, Necker Island.

There aren’t many people I admire for their way of life and business success as much as Richard Branson. As one of the most famous serial entrepreneurs, we’ve likely all read of his “work hard, play hard” approach to business.

“I don’t think of work as work and…


Dubai (Sunrise), United Arab Emirates

Part of the “Entrepreneurship Unplugged” Blog Series: Blog 3

Reflections on Dubai’s Startup Ecosystem from the “Entrepreneurship Unplugged” World Tour.

For those of you who follow me on Medium or any of my social media channels like Twitter or LinkedIn, you will know that I have embarked on a new project this year: an “Entrepreneurship Unplugged” World Tour. If you haven’t had a chance to read about my tour yet, then feel free to catch up here.

I just completed the first leg of my journey a few days ago, during which I spent two weeks in Dubai. In that…


Cape Town, South Africa

Part of the “Entrepreneurship Unplugged” Blog Series: Blog 1

I’m going to find out… 🌎 ✈️ 🎉

Five years ago, almost to the day, I started a new chapter of my life by becoming an entrepreneur. A few months earlier, still stuck in my corporate job as a management consultant, I decided to set aside 60% of my monthly salary to bootstrap my startup. Putting aside this significant amount was only possible because I knew that my corporate job was nothing but a temporary solution. It’s difficult to convey the amount of desperation and fear I felt being stuck in…


Part of the “Entrepreneurship Unplugged” Blog Series: Blog 4

After talking to a friend of mine with entrepreneurial aspirations, I decided to dedicate this blog to an important topic for all entrepreneurs, but early or first-time founders in particular: effective networking. No matter what your skill set is, the success of your business will be largely dependent on your ability to network for the purpose of…

  • finding investors,
  • finding your co-founder,
  • hiring your first employees,
  • getting speaking engagements,
  • developing business partnerships,

and many more. So, any startup needs a well-versed, outgoing, empathetic, and trustworthy spokesperson to accomplish these necessary goals…


Dubai (Sunrise), United Arab Emirates

Reflections on Dubai’s Startup Ecosystem from the “Entrepreneurship Unplugged” World Tour.

For those of you who follow me on Medium or any of my social media channels like Twitter or LinkedIn, you will know that I have embarked on a new project this year: an “Entrepreneurship Unplugged” World Tour. If you haven’t had a chance to read about my tour yet, then feel free to catch up here.

I just completed the first leg of my journey a few days ago, during which I spent two weeks in Dubai. In that time, I was able to learn A LOT about…


Dubai, United Arab Emirates

I officially have a week and a half of my “Entrepreneurship Unplugged” World Tour under my belt. In the past, I’ve occasionally helped young entrepreneurs who were either introduced to me or I met through startup events. However, with this new initiative, it’s different for a variety of reasons! I’m far away from home, tapped into a very different cultural and economic market, and mentoring at leading startup hubs rather than on a one-to-one basis. …


I’m going to find out… 🌎 ✈️ 🎉

Five years ago, almost to the day, I started a new chapter of my life by becoming an entrepreneur. A few months earlier, still stuck in my corporate job as a management consultant, I decided to set aside 60% of my monthly salary to bootstrap my startup. Putting aside this significant amount was only possible because I knew that my corporate job was nothing but a temporary solution. It’s difficult to convey the amount of desperation and fear I felt being stuck in a job that I hated without having a clear…

Marcel Muenster, MD MPH

Johns Hopkins-trained medical doctor | Former healthcare management consultant | Entrepreneur | Mentor@A-Level Capital, General Catalyst, and Techstars

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