FEATURE STORIES

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YOUR WORK IS NOT YOUR LIFE

by Howard Tullman -You can’t be all things to all people; you can’t dance every dance; and, throughout your life, you’ve got to make hard choices, sacrifices, and compromises, and then you’ve got to live with them through thick and thin for a very long time.

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INJURIES TREATED BADLY

by John Jonelis – Kids are dropping dead on the athletic field. Dead! These are our kids—those highly cherished and precocious little brats, grades K-12. Just a few years back we suffered a miserable year—120 deaths. Here’s a huge problem waiting to get fixed.  Tonight I get to see Tyrre Burks, founder of TEAM INTERVAL tell us what he proposes to do about it.

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THE GIRL WITH THE BLACK LEATHER PANTS

by John Jonelis - This is a winner. You wanna wow the judges? Win the crowd? Get your game face on, kiddo! Hit ‘em with real passion, overflowing personality and a canon shot of enthusiasm.

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ROUGHING IT

by Mark T Wayne - “Don’t you want to feel safe?” asks Rosalind Russell.  In response, Clark Gable knits his brows. “I never have. What’s it like?”  Vigorous travel is a grueling sport! One anticipates deprivation and hardship on any trip of significance. One seeks adventure! Exhilaration! One does not select air transportation to wrap oneself in a safe cocoon. No sir! Air travel exists for one and only one purpose. SPEED!

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CLOSER TO HEAVEN

by Mark T Wayne - My instinct for survival goes into full panic mode. With wisdom born of a long life, I fumble with my seatbelt. I wish to disembark this flying coffin—IMMEDIATELY! My hands shake and over my loud objections, before I can set myself free, the props are spinning!

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FISH STORY

by Mark T Wayne - Fishermen are liars! After a superb day of fishing in the Canadian Wilderness, I prepare to utter my first exaggeration when Jonelis comes in with this monstrous THING. Look at it sir! This stretches all limits of credulity!

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LIES ABOUT PARADISE

by Mark T Wayne - I recognize a sharp character flaw among outdoorsmen of all sorts—an uncontrollable urge to exaggerate—particularly after an excursion to a wilderness such as northern Manitoba. Permit me to treat you to a few horror stories of the Great North Woods. I promise to debunk them all.

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PERSUADING A GROUP

by Paul LeRoux – General George Patton, leading U.S. Army general in World War II said, “No one is thinking if everyone is thinking alike.” WARNING – This article will contradict what most believe about speaking to a group.

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WHIZ KIDS

by John Jonelis – You don’t want to compete with this kid. Believe me. Just watch his intensity as he pitches his business to some of the private equity luminaries in the city. I’m a judge at this event and try not to show my feelings of awe as he answers all the tough questions in a pressure-cooker environment without so much as a flinch. There’s an intimidating team behind him too. They’re all in middle school. Middle school!

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THE QUICK NO

by Douglas Yau, PhD- When asked for funding, one of the most frustrating things investors do to a startup company is give them the “Slow No.”

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THE ANGEL EDGE

by John Jonelis – Compare seed round, the angel round, and the venture round to a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Notice that Angels make up the good stuff in the middle. And yes—according to studies by the Kauffman Foundation—Angels make the best money.

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CHICAGO SPEEDS UP

by Michael Gardiner – Startup companies graduating from a prominent accelerator in Chicago raise an average of $1.5 million in outside capital. That’s one impressive statistic. Then we have 1871 with 50,000 square feet of space. So what’s the difference between an Incubator and an Accelerator? And where does 1871 fit?

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FROM ZERO TO HERO

by John Ortbal – 40% of venture backed companies fail. 40% yield moderate returns. 20% or less produce high returns. That small percentage is responsible for the venture capital industry consistently performing above the public markets. So what separates the zeroes from the heroes?

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