With Heavy Heart – My Tedx Talk is Live

If this headline has you confused – I understand – stay with me for a few short paragraphs.

I have debated back and forth inside my head whether I should promote a Tedx talk I did last year at Duke.  My process is, if I am in doubt then don’t do it.  So I sat on it. But I recently had reason to go back and view it.  You see, I wrote a book I am close to publishing and as part of that new journey they asked me about all of the different media resources I bring to the table.

The Tedx talk got mentioned as the inspiration of my book.  The talk and book is called Build The Fort.

So, here on a Friday afternoon, I am proud to share with you a Tedx about the decision to do a startup and the lessons I learned as a 10 year old.  In the talk and the book I relate my experiences with building forts with Jimmy Doyle, Danny Moore and my brother, Timmy.  Like Richard Dreyfus in Stand By Me, “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12. Jesus, does anyone?”

Well my friend, Danny Moore died yesterday after battling cancer for a year.  So I thought I would tell a little of his story while sharing with you my Build The Fort lessons.

I hope you enjoy it.


Speaker, investor, mentor, startup founder. One of 3 or 4 Co-Founders of MapQuest (sold to AOL for $1.2B). Managing Director of $25M Venture Fund in late 90's. CEO, COO or President of various companies ranging from $200k to $20M in size. One of two Managing Directors of The Startup Factory (35 investments across 7 cohorts), founder and MC of the Big Top Reverse Job Fair and national writer and speaker waxing poetic around startups and startup communities. Currently EIR @ Techstars with Brad Feld ~ Startup Communities, to help community leaders around the world grow their startup community.

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