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635699779046947883 courtneyklein October 31, 2015  by Vahid Dejwakh

Thoughts on Leadership: Courtney Klein from SEED SPOT
"Great leaders lead with their heart first"
Last updated October 31, 2015 at 1:55 PM.   [Comments]


I met Courtney Klein in 2005 when we were both undergraduates at Arizona State University. She was already making waves in the entrepreneurial community because of the momentum she was building behind her organization, Youth Re:Action Corps (now New Global Citizens), which sought to empower youth to change the world. Over the years, she became not just a source of inspiration for me, but a good friend and colleague.

In 2012, she co-founded and is now currently leading SEED SPOT, a nonprofit incubator that helps other social entrepreneurs
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Viewmultimediadocument?multimediadocument id=154634&role=2 September 22, 2015  by Vahid Dejwakh

Proof of Concept: The First Step All Startups Must Take
Finding and Distinguishing Your Usefulness in a Crowded Marketplace
Last updated September 22, 2015 at 5:03 PM.   [Comments]


I love bread, even though it doesn't love me back. If you make bread--especially a baguette--I will eat it, love you, and my stomach will hate me. If you make a gluten-free bread, however, I will eat it, love you, and not have to face a remonstrating stomach--so I will love you even more.

Anyone who has an idea for a startup is like someone who wants to become a baker. You gather some ingredients, get a recipe, buy some necessary tools, and perhaps even accumulate all the necessary skills.

But until (1) you actually make the bread and (2) someone else tastes the bread and likes it, you are still not a baker, but just another person who dreams of making bread. There's no
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C11781b8 5442 4005 acee 3f60cd640d07 September 8, 2015  by Vahid Dejwakh

Man as the Quintessential Meaning-Craving Being
On Happiness (and the pursuit thereof), the Search for Meaning, and Purpose
Last updated September 14, 2015 at 10:58 AM.   [Comments]


The Declaration of Independence, adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, begins with the words:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

Although there is some uncertainty as to what inspired Thomas Jefferson to write these words--whether it was John Locke, the Virginia Declaration of Rights, or some other source--there is no debate that they
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Title September 7, 2015  by Vahid Dejwakh

Beta 2 is now up and running with new features
Last updated September 7, 2015 at 4:51 PM.   [Comments]


Thanktime beta version 2 is now live. Much has been improved since we released version 1 last month, thanks to your insightful feedback:

  • The email with your thank note now includes a beautiful background and image, to make your thank note stand out even more

  • In general, Thanktime now has a much cleaner interface

  • The ability to add your first and last name (under Settings), so that your emailed thank notes are that much more personal. (First and last names are otherwise not released publicly)

  • The ability to choose to either continue receiving emails whenever someone thanks you, or to stop receiving emails an . . .

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The Twenty-first Century Leader
Are the skills required for leadership in modern society changing?
Last updated September 5, 2015 at 3:42 PM.   [Comments]


The days of fearing Y2K and its gloomy aftermath are behind us, and we are now well into the twenty-first century.

This century has already given us two extremes of characters and leadership styles, in two different and opposite realms of human organization. The political realm of the U.S. presidency (supposedly secular) witnessed the extremes of George W. Bush's folksy, religious, cowboy-esque, decisive, gut-based, and simplistic style, as well as Barack Obama's eloquent, nuanced, inquisitive, rational, and professorial style. Some have
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Forest road August 21, 2015  by Vahid Dejwakh

How I Developed an Entrepreneurial Mindset (Part 2)
Embarking on the road of action leads to creating value
Last updated August 26, 2015 at 1:42 PM.   [Comments]


The Pat Tillman Foundation's Leadership Through Action (LTA) program at Arizona State University began with introspection. Pat Tillman, we learned, was a man who deeply valued honesty, and particularly being honest with himself. As participants in the LTA program, we began to rigorously ask ourselves some hard questions, especially about what makes us tick, i.e. what issue(s) we are passionate about. For me, the answer resounded loudly, "Spreading justice and prosperity in the world."

The second component involved taking a concrete action to tackle the issue(s) we found ourselves to particularly care for. This led me to become involved with my campus' African Student Associa
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Forest road August 18, 2015  by Vahid Dejwakh

How I Developed an Entrepreneurial Mindset (Part 1)
My process of going from majoring in Religious Studies to starting a company
Last updated September 1, 2015 at 4:28 PM.   [Comments]


I majored in Religious Studies in college. Not exactly the best degree to help you navigate through the business world of product development and deliverables, sales and marketing, accounting and finance, and organizational structure and management.

To further complicate things, most people equate religious studies with theology. They imagine that the following pic
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Vahid board August 15, 2015  by Vahid Dejwakh

Introducing Thanktime: Maximizing thankfulness since 2015
An open letter from me to you
Last updated August 26, 2015 at 1:55 PM.   [Comments]


Life moves fast. I lost my dad when I was twenty-one. There are many things I wish I had told him. I wish I had expressed to him how grateful I was for his years of hard work as a construction worker and HVAC technician. I wish I had told him how thankful I was for the way he encouraged me to be of service to others. I wish I had thanked him for teaching me the value of being thrifty and of saving. I wish I had thanked him for teaching me how to work hard and never give up.


   Sometimes it's difficult to thank people in person. We think it may be a sign of weakness. Or maybe we think people will think we are being cheesy or childish. It's hard to find the right tone . . .

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