The Inevitable Box – A Founders LIVE Conversation with Author and Entrepreneur Clarke Allen

I recently sat down with entrepreneur and new author Clarke Allen to talk entrepreneurship and the process of writing a new book. Clarke has an incredible entrepreneurial story, one he shares throughout his newly released book called The Inevitable Box. The wide ranging conversation covers topics such as why Clarke choose entrepreneurship, (or did it choose him?), how Clarke got started in his business, how he managed the ups and downs of founder life, how he lost everything and built his company back to where it is today, as well as his experience through the book writing process and what it’s like to get something published.  You can grasp the sense of purpose Clarke has in both his approach to business as well as writing this book.

This conversation was especially exciting for me as he was honored to have written the Foreword of the book, a story Clarke and I touch upon in our conversation. Listen here.

More on The Inevitable Box.

More on Clarke Allen. 


Podcast: My interview on The Startup Sessions with Michael Knouse

I’m very humbled to share a recent interview I did as a guest on the Startup Sessions Podcast, where I talk about my current projects and how I go about the craziness of founder life. I enjoyed my conversation with Michael Knouse (he was a recent guest on Founders LIVE as well!)
I hope you find it helpful.

My Interview on Launch To Greatness (Podcast)

I was honored to be a guest with Dan Mori on his podcast Launch to Greatness. I talk about how I became an entrepreneur, what led me to start Founders LIVE and where I see it going. It was a fun and engaging conversation and I hope it help you in some way as well.

Click here to visit Launch To Greatness and hear our conversation.

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Don’t Miss LivenUp – An online Entrepreneurship Festival on 7/15

Something cool is brewing on Founders LIVE.

We are announcing a new monthly event called LivenUp, a 1-day virtual festival on Founders LIVE that brings together the entrepreneurial community.

The first one takes place the entire day of this Friday, July 15th, starting at 8am. Mark your Calendars, and check out the schedule to determine which talks you’d like to tap into. The purpose of the event is to infuse wisdom, energy and connectedness into the larger community once per month. We think it will achieve that, and a whole lot more!


The festival will consist of:

  • Four live streamed keynote conversations (a special guest + me) occurring throughout the day, live streamed on the site via Google Hangouts. If you cannot view them live, you will have access to various pieces of the content after the event.
  • Topics covered: Entrepreneurship, Branding, Marketing, Podcasting
  • A startup video pitch competition where viewers vote on their favorite to determine the winner.
  • Viewer generated posts and content relevent to the day’s topics
  • Group and one-on-one chat sessions so you can meet other people
  • many other small activities sprinkled in between for the community

The Keynote conversations will be unique, authentic and REAL, given from entrepreneurs or industry experts, in-depth perspectives on how to live and grow as an entrepreneur. They will be viewed via livestream on Founders LIVE. There will be live messaging/chat for viewers to communicate during the talks, as well as serving as a mechanism for asking questions to the guests at the end of their conversations. Members are also encouraged to submit their own content, posts, videos, etc.. on the home feed to add variety to the event.

LivenUp will create a critical mass of energy and interactions between entrepreneurs as well as provide content to be dissected and talked about on the platform over the preceding weeks leading up to the next LivenUP event in August.

Attendees gain full access to LivenUp and the Founders LIVE online community with their monthly membership subscription to Founders LIVE.

LivenUP July Keynote Guests

8am PST

Jonny Cadden – “Why Entrepreneurship Matters To The World”Business Rocks

Jonny is an entrepreneur, designing a global tech, music & investment festival series to inspire the world through his massive entrepreneurial event called Business Rocks. He will talk with Nick about why Entrepreneurship matters in this world, and how one can best get started.

12pm PST

Heather Wilde – “Finding Your Inner Unicorn”


Heather is a multi-award-winning Mentor, Advisor, Author, Speaker, Presenter and Credentialed Coach that works with Executives, Leaders, Business Owners and Entrepreneurs. She helps entrepreneurs find their inner Unicorn, even though she hates the recent use of the word. She will talk with Nick about how each and every one of us have a unique thing – our own Unicorn – that we need to find, identify and share with the world.

2pm PST

Michael Knouse – “Discovering Your Voice With Podcasting”

The Startup Sessions

Michael Knouse is a Business and Performance Coach for small business owners and visionary entrepreneurs. After spending 14-years in the software industry and being involved with four startups from various industries, Michael decided to focus on what he loves most – mentoring and coaching other business builders to find their focus and transform into high performers. He will talk with Nick about how to leverage podcasting to not only discover but extend your brand voice across the world.

4pm PST

Nicole Lamont – “Going Beyond Marketing”

Beyond Brewing Consulting

Nicole is a leader in creative thinking, who innovates current processes on the front side of your company. She assists in determining what is your brand identity, and how will this effect the future strategies as you grow your business. She will talk with Nick about issues in marketing today, and how startups can think strategically as they come out of the gate.



250 Members and Beyond

One month and one week into existence, Founders LIVE has officially hit the 250 member mark.

This is a great milestone (one of many to come) and all of us should be proud of the initial growth thus far given it was a soft launch with zero media or marketing. Thanks for all the help in taking action, you guys rock!

If you would allow me a few minutes, I will expand on what I have learned in the short time launching Founders LIVE and what I envision for the next phase of growth.

You may recall when I announced the launch of Founders LIVE I was opening it up for free registration for a limited time – the first 100 members, then it became first 200 members to join would get Founders LIVE memberships free for life – and then turn on paid subscriptions as we built it out. That is still true today, and it’s still free to register as of this publishing so go tell that friend you’ve been thinking would love Founders LIVE right now (maybe even use the share buttons at the bottom of this post!).

Paid subscriptions are indeed on their way. The current functionality is not where I’d like it and I am awaiting a technical update to take effect so the registration and payment process is a seamless as possible. It should be implemented within the next month so until then, share away and let your friends know this thing is open for free just for a limited time more.

Launching Founders LIVE has been an incredible experience for me. The biggest thing I have learned during this first month is how much people actually crave community. This might be elementary to some of you but for me I am quite surprised how much we as humans desire to belong and be a part of something larger than us. It’s just human nature to want to belong and connect with others; to explore and meet new people; to learn new uplifting and positive things each day. A community. A group of like minded people. A collective that talks the same language and is heading in the same direction for the same reasons. That’s what we are building here on Founders LIVE and the feedback thus far has been centered on how cool it is we together are forming this unique virtual community around the entrepreneurial spirit.

One of the other things I learned has to do with the word “Founder.”  The word has numerous connotations and meanings. Some of you may not directly identify with being a “founder” or call yourself one when talking with others. You might even say “oh, I’m not a founder…” as if to be hesitant to self identify with the word. I don’t fully understand that position given what I do – and given I started this platform called Founders LIVE – but regardless it is a feeling some have and I respect it.

Yet I don’t believe it. I actually DO think you are a founder. I think most – if not all – people are founders in their own ways. Yes Founders are people who start companies but they are also much more than that. Founders are creators. Founders are starters. Founders are dedicated people working on things that bring value to the world. Founders are leaders who influence others and bring out the best in people.

Any of those sound like you? Being a founder is a way of thinking and a way of life, not just a title on LinkedIn because you started a company.

It seems to me the word Founder is a little scary due to people like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and other highly successful, famous and wealthy people who are leaders of very large organizations. Many of us simply cannot see ourselves in a similar light as those individuals because the media has warped what it means to be a founder. The “myth of the founder” – wiry haired (usually young white male) who is working 20 hours a day in their garage – has also played into influencing how we view ourselves as founders or not. If you don’t fit that stereotype, it’s easy to think to yourself you are not a founder.

I’d like to urge you to drop the assumption you are not a founder – or that founder is something to not be embraced. If you have joined this platform already, you have self selected as a founder. If you are hungry everyday for wise and helpful information you can use to move yourself forward, you are a founder. And if you are one of the millions, no billions, of people creating things in this world – be it a painting, a song, a technology, a company, a non-profit, a family – you are a founder.

Welcome home. And in the end if you really don’t feel you are a founder, sticking around and getting to know the founders on here will give you better insights on how we think, act and work.

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My vision for what’s ahead is as ambitious as it is exciting. And I think is well within reach. I believe Founders LIVE will be the new destination for entrepreneurial education, entertainment and encouragement.

I started Founders LIVE as an effort to create a new approach to content creation and community engagement. The realization came when I noticed blogging was really just one->many and not much of a social experience. Also, that experience was really just about me and my work. Not others.. I quickly realized there’s a better model. I determined to create a platform for creatives, entrepreneurs and go-getters to connect with like minded people and if desired, be provided a channel to display their talents – be it crafting pithy nuggets of wisdom, writing blog posts, conducting interviews, distributing podcasts or creating fascinating videos, art or music. More importantly, I wanted to create a central channel for others (outside the network) to find this type of valuable content and in the process maybe become better people. And to open a space where all of us creatives can see and be seen, to read and be read, and to hear and be heard. I believe everyone has a unique set of talents. Founders LIVE allows you to share yours, and discover other talented people and enjoy what they have to offer.

The 3-5 year horizon I envision for Founders LIVE is to become a thriving media property specifically created around entrepreneurship and creativity. Replacing the current lean-back entertainment of TV shows, Founders LIVE will embrace new forms of participation media such as live mobile streaming, live events, blogging and writing, commenting, messaging, sharing, content curation and social interaction. All this in one channel specific to founders and the greater entrepreneurial population around the world.

Within this property, Founders/entrepreneurs – as well as others that simply want to learn and be entertained – will be delivered hyper relevant content around aspects of starting companies, creating products, art, music and anything that tugs at the creator’s soul urging to be brought to society. I envision this channel to be truly authentic, built for entrepreneurs by entrepreneurs, with content generated and crowdsourced by the community as well as curated by the Founders LIVE team so as to retain a high level of quality aimed to add value to the people subscribing to it.

Also, Founders LIVE will become the default “social network” (if we can even still use that term) for any would be/existing entrepreneurs, a must have platform to be active on if you want to move forward. LinkedIn has become too corporate-y, professional, recruit-y and spammy, and really only serves as your new resume. And now owned by Microsoft! Founders LIVE should serve as both one’s channel to display their talent/work as well as the most authentic, safe and enjoyable space for creatives to connect with others who see the world as they themselves do.

For the near term, I’ll be starting the new live streaming experience shortly with a new monthly event specific to this community. I won’t dive into too many details soon but rest assured it’s going to be cool, fun, entertaining and most of all uniquely ours.

I am excited for what lies ahead. Honestly – and I am not just saying this – you should also be as honored and as excited as I am to see something like this form right in front of your eyes, because you will gain just as much value, connections and experience from this platform as I will.

Here’s to 250 and beyond!

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Interview: The Myth of the Lone Entrepreneur

cover170x170I was recently interviewed on a new podcast called Planet Business in a wide ranging conversation titled The Myth of The Lone Entrepreneur. We covered many things, from my early career transition, to my newest project(s) to how to deal with failure and depression resulting from challenging times as an entrepreneur. It was a great conversation, and one I think many will find interesting and entertaining.

From their page:

Nick Hughes, the visionary behind Founders LIVE! and Feature Friday, gets real with us about the ups and downs of Entrepreneurship. Nick shares how he stepped into to the role of entrepreneurship through organizing community events and creating platforms to learn and share with fellow leaders in Seattle and beyond.