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The Curagami Idea & How You Can Help

The Curagami Idea & How You Can Help | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it

After a year and a half we can finally SEE what Curagmai should be and why. We just wrote 12 pages explaining what we finally see and will gladly share with anyone who is a glutton for that particular kind of entrepreneurial - dreams pain. 

If you don't mind reading ROUGH drafts and sharing your expertise and ideas we would welcome input, ideas for partners and...well anything. Email Martin(at)Curagami.com and we will send you a Google Docs link and look forward to your feedback (and promise to do the same for you when asked). 

Thanks, Marty  

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When Your Co-Founder Has Cancer... via @1918

When Your Co-Founder Has Cancer... via @1918 | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it

In January I received a call from my friend and mentor, he asked me to join him in starting a new company. Marty is in his mid-fifties and has cancer, multiple sclerosis and a work ethic that would

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So thankful for this inspirational note from my Curagami (http://www.Curagami.com ) Co-Founder Phil Buckley and the many stories, notes of encouragement and shares Phil's post is prompting. I head to Ohio State again soon for treatment of my leukemia and do so with a pocket full of inspiration, new friends and courage. Thank You. M

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Hero Marketing & Personal Branding Podcast Interview w/ Curagami Founder

Hero Marketing & Personal Branding Podcast Interview w/ Curagami Founder | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it
GetSocialHealth.com Janet Kennedy interviews Curagami Founder & cancer survivor Marty Smith on startups, crowdfunding, social media & curing cancer.

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Hero Marketing
Little did I know when I quit my Director of Ecommerce position and decided to ride a bicycle across America to help cure cancer that I would discover "Hero Marketing". I thought there would be an epiphany somewhere in Utah as we rode 3,300 miles across America, but fell on the idea of Hero Marketing.

Hero Marketing is easy to understand. Do amazing things that require risk and you have a chance for reward. Do average things with little risk and you will discover a long line of people who are already there.

While this podcast interview doesn't discuss personal branding and Hero Marketing as much as it covers startups, crowdfunding and our most recent startups Tech Cures Cancer (live on UNC and blog coming soon) and Curagmai (content marketing tool for merchants and content marketers). Hero Marketing is the core of our conversation.

What about you? Have you realized BHAGs (Big Hairy Audacious Goals)? Share your BHAG accomplishments and we will curate in.

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How To Hustle Like 50 Cent: 5 Lessons For Street-Smart Entrepreneurs | Visual.ly Infographic

How To Hustle Like 50 Cent: 5 Lessons For Street-Smart Entrepreneurs | Visual.ly Infographic | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it
An infographic that carefully breaks down the core elements of 50's outrageous success as a business mastermind, into 5 actionable lessons. Get your h
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Great infographic and had no idea 50% of things 50 Cent is up to. Great tips.

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Start-up of You, Personal Branding Visual Summary

In commemoration of a year in print, we present the Startup of You in visual summary. The last year has continued to demonstrate how work and careers need a new entrepreneurial mindset for everyone, not just entrepreneurs.


Via ukituki, Fred Zimny, John van den Brink
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The hardest thing to know is when an idea becomes TRUE. Personal Branding's tipping point is now behind us, but just because we aren't on the "bleeding edge" doesn't mean we can't find and share cool personal branding resources and ideas (like this one). M 

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Shepard Fairey's Patch Heads To Space & Your Ideas Can Too [Video]

Learn how to get your research onboard this iconic flight at http://engt.co/VUT4nP Learn more about how this patch came to be at http://fctn.tv/blog/casis-mission-patch-shepard-fairey/...

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Cool, thinking of crazy space research ideas to submit now.  Startups noe the grants available. Now I'm wondering how we can cure cancer from space (lol). 

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What States Have the Best Tax Rates for Small Businesses? North Carolina Ouch But ...

What States Have the Best Tax Rates for Small Businesses? North Carolina Ouch But ... | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it
The top 10 best state tax rates for small businesses and the 10 worst state tax rates for small businesses.
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Wow North Carolina is on the WORST list here, but this list and post shows there is more to starting up a company than taxes. Try finding VC support or a good CTO in Alaska or Montana.

I'm sure VC and great CTOs exist in all of these states, but I'd rather pay higher taxes and have what is needed to create a company (I've created 4 companies in NC).

NC has COLLEGES and a growing investment community. We aren't Austin or Boston yet but we have large numbers of people starting companies and supporting those who do.

Our taxes may be higher than some of the "best" states, but you get what you pay for. Being an innovator and entrepreneur is easier where you don't have to burn resources to establish the startup road. This is why the rich get richer such as Boston, Ausin and Silicone Valley.

Having started 4 companies here I've found the colleges to be a huge help in creating an ecosystem where startups are understood and for producing some big winners such as SAS (started at UNC) and Sharefile now owned by Citrix started just after Duke.

Having Duke, UNC and NC State within a stone's throw of one another creates the kind of ecosystem that you want to LIVE in and start a company. Alaska is too cold, Utah too Mormon and Nevada too hot for me I don't care what their taxes are.

I pent weeks traveling through Utah and Nevada during Martin's Ride to Cure Cancer our 2010 ride across America to cure cancer and can't imagine living in Utah or Nevada.

Utah is beautiful but desolate. I've never felt so alone on a "highway", a good feeling on an early morning bicycle ride a lousy feeling if you are starting a company. Nevada was so depressed I'm not surprised their taxes are so low. Nevada is a one trick pony and their alliance to gaming makes the sate untenable for living for many.

I realize these are someone baseless prejudices since I only rode a bicycle through these states, but this list proves there is more to starting companies than taxes.

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What Inspires You? @Scenttrail Speaks About RRLL At Healthcare Startup Weekend 8.8.14

What Inspires You? @Scenttrail Speaks About RRLL At Healthcare Startup Weekend 8.8.14 | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it


Inspiring Startups Friday Night
"Your job is to inspire everyone," Todd Mosier one of Triangle Startup Weekend''s creators explained a week ago. That got me thinking about what inspires me and I came up with a few ideas:

* RISK - Someone willing to walk the wire like Man On A Wire Philippe Petit who strolled between the World Trade Centers. Inspiration goes up with the STAKES.

* REWARD - Not the "reward" itself but the story of how reward was achieved is inspiring.

* LOSS - There is never a free lunch, so LOSS and our human bullheaded stubbornness to keep getting up is inspiring.


- Handicaps & Odds & Humor - I think of HOH as a subset of "loss" or perceived loss. My cancer made be better and stronger, but most perceive having cancer as a loss or as a negative.

In David & Goliath Malcolm Gladwell notes how many high achievers are dyslexic. When a dyslexic reads or a cancer survivor rides a bicycle across America we believe in our ability to be successful too.


Humor is important in all of these ideas but especially in handicaps and against long odds because LAUGHTER on the other side of the Rubicon, over where it is safe and the experience exists in the retelling, signals our triumph over pain.

* LOVE - Knowing love exists inspires our ability to love and be empathetic.

The problem is NO ONE expects the Spanish Inquisition. We miserably don't know what we don't know. Do I think our Startup Factory Funded startup Curagami is in the middle of an ecommerce revolution? Yes, but we can't KNOW for sure. When an inspiring thing is happening you often are blind to its inspiration.

Tomorrow night I will share experiences from starting 4 companies, riding a bicycle across America after being diagnosed with leukemia, the creation of our latest "movements" (TechCuresCancer & Curagami)  and my intention, desire and WILL to never, ever give up.

Hope you will be able to join us in downtown Durham Friday night. Should be inspiring :). M

PS. What inspires you?

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Startup Factory - Most Capitalized Accelerator in Southeast - Live Your Dreams

Startup Factory - Most Capitalized Accelerator in Southeast - Live Your Dreams | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it

Fall 2014 Application Deadline is Monday 6.30.14:
http://thestartupfactory.co/

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Life Without Fear...Possible? Phil Says YES!

Life Without Fear...Possible? Phil Says YES! | Personal Branding Using Scoopit | Scoop.it

This is a great post from my http://www.crowdfunde.com co-founder Phil Buckley. He asks a great question, "Imagine if you could get control of the part of your brain that throws the switch on fear."

Think about that for a moment. Life without fear. Phil points out that much of what creates fear makes non sense at all. When we live in the moment and experience life, even at its roller-coaster-like pace and furry, we aren't naturally fearful.

We embrace, take on and commitment.

We get in trouble the more we THINK, add in the expectations of others, also called SHAME as Phil points out, and give up our natural power to baseless fear. Phil shares interesting insight into the company we are creating and the journey we are on. Are you on such a journey too? Share it and we will curate into CrowdFunde.

What are your fears?


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Why You Shouldn't Find A JOB [trending on G+]

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4AM Waking Dream About Startups, Content Curation & Why You Shouldn't Find A "Job"
Not sure if I slept last night (lol). Working on my +Triangle StartUp…
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After an allnighter I am paying for today I wrote about startups, waking dreams and why you are never "out of work". Sometimes you are paying yourself to do what you love, but you are never out of work since work is life and vice versa. 

The last thing you ever need is a "JOB". Jobs suck. Jobs are things you do for money and you shouldn't spend any longer than necessary trading something of HIGH value like your time for something of low value like money. 

Jobs are OUT, movements are in. Join movements. Contribute to movements. Love movements, don't get a "job". 

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