Imagine you’re sitting on a treeJoe branch on a nice sunny day… 🌞


Life is a big long balancing act…

(Source: Walt Disney Studios)

#1: “I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I’ve been.”…


Starting a podcast is one of THE most effective networking tools I know…

And you DON’T need any fancy mikes or headphones 😉 (Source: Unsplash)
  • You can meet people in ANY industry you’re curious about
  • One-off meetings turn into a brand you can show off again and again
  • You have an incentive (fame) to offer the other person
  • And tools like Anchor.fm make it easier than ever to get started 😀

Step #1: Choose a Theme (1/5 Difficulty)


And it slows production for EVERY device you can imagine.

The swollen phone battery… a dreaded sight in all too many homes. 😭 (CC-BY-2.0)


Help others

STOP thinking


Key Takeaways:

  • As a student, the world’s doors are open to you. This isn’t school. You CAN ask for help.
  • Find EVERY single way you can to test your ideas. Aim to make your validation process THE big story you tell when you talk about your business.
  • Large market = lots of money? Not if you try to do everything and end up with nothing.


Key Takeaways

  • Look for problems in areas you’re uniquely interested in or that you’re uniquely aware of. The solutions will be all the more innovative.
  • Not having many resources at first is GOOD! It helps you not waste time chasing ideas or products that aren’t the best.
  • Be VERY specific about the values you’re not willing to bend on. For the other nice-to-haves, give yourself some flexibility to grow into them :-)


Key Takeaways

  • Sometimes, typical ‘entrepreneurship’ advice doesn’t work for social ventures. People’s incentives might be different for a social cause.
  • For student founders, there’s really no better environment than a university with a strong focus on entrepreneurship :-)
  • For student founders, teams can sometimes have strangers or people that aren’t aligned on the same vision. This was okay in school projects, but needs to be fixed UPFRONT in a business.


Key Takeaways

  • Don’t just get excited about a solution because you have the skills to pull it off.
  • Your ‘side’ talents before entrepreneurship become the niche no one else can occupy.
  • Don’t try to get everything done yourself. This isn’t school. But if you’re willing to take a risk, it’s ALL about trusting yourself.


Abbott and Costello, “Who’s On First” (1953).

Madhav Malhotra

Cofounder at The Plastic Shift. Learning how to create a sustainable planet. Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/madhav-malhotra/

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