All entrepreneurs can remember back to the days when we had a 9-5 job, a boss, a steady paycheck and lots of PTO. We left that life behind in search of independence, risk with reward, and a spirit of “why can’t I?” So how is it that now instead we work 7-7, have to manage complicated staff relations ourselves, our paycheck is variable, and PTO is laughable at best? This “job” that we have created for ourselves is compromising our independence and what we fought so fiercely for.
The Secret Silver Bullet for Entrepreneurs
Welcome to June and the start of summer! I turned 40 yesterday, and in our last issue of 12Lite, I shared some of my favorite life insights from the last 40 years. At the top of my list is that it takes years to become an overnight success. Anyone successful would tell you this, and they would also tell you that it doesn't happen by accident. It's about intention and just figuring out the next best step that you can take to get there.
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On Turning 40!
Welcome to May, my birthday month! This year it's a big one, I'm turning 40!!! I'm very excited about my 40s, because with age comes wisdom and lots of experiences to inform future decisions... Or at least that's what my grownup self says! :) So as I reflect back and look forward, below are a few of the most important lessons I've learned over the years.
Apple reportedly launching subscription news service - A premium Apple News app
Bloomberg reports that Apple has acquired Texture, known as the “Netflix of magazines” and is now planning to develop its own subscription news service. Texture, which currently offers 200+ magazines for $9.99 per month, will be rolled into Apple’s News team with a new app with subscription option is expected to launch within the next year. Apple has attempted a subscription news service in the past with its Newsstand app. The original app offered digital versions of newspapers and magazines but was discontinued when Apple moved to the Apple News platform instead. There was also a previous partnership with News Corporation to create an iPad only news publication called The Daily. The Daily was discontinued after less than two years with the explanation of a lack of audience to create a sustainable business model.
The Myth of Inadequacy
Welcome to our newly beautified format! Special thanks to my assistant Georgia, for helping us give our 12 series a facelift that looks great on desktop or phone! Hooray for improvements that I don't have to manage! :)
I don't know about you, but alot of my time is spent talking with other entrepreneurs about business, life and the fine line that barely exists between the two. Whether it's clients, colleagues, friends, or those interested in our service, I spend the majority of my time each week listening to entreps explain their problems. There's one key theme that I notice time and time again, and that is consistent feelings of inadequacy.
Rumors point to cheaper iPads and MacBooks this year
Rumor has it that Apple may lower prices on iPads and MacBooks this year. The MacBook Air is also rumored to be receiving a less-expensive refresh. The latest report comes from DigiTimes, which has reported that Apple will launch a new 13.3-inch “entry-level” MacBook late in Q2 this year, though its screen size suggests it may be an updated version of the Air, since the MacBook only comes with a 12-inch display. The timeline also matches with WWDC in June.
Delight the Customer
Happy Friday! I'm finally back in the office after back to back travel and a nasty virus in between! I had the amazing opportunity a few weeks back to attend the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Alumni Summit down in DC. It was jam-packed with entrepreneurial superstars like Richard Branson, Tyler Perry and Warren Buffet alongside legislators like Bloomberg, Rubio and Scott.
Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to partner on US employee health care
A partnership has been announced between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase to cut health-care costs and improve services for their U.S. employees. Together these giant companies employ more than 1.1 million workers and will team up to target technology solutions to simplify the health-care system and remove profit-making incentives. Following the announcement shares of Berkshire and J.P. Morgan fell slightly, while Amazon edged higher. Principals of Amazon, Berkshire and J.P. Morgan noted that the way it will work remains to be seen but they're hoping that their sheer size will help bring the necessary scale and resources to tackle the issue.