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Fear…and Entrepreneurship

  Last week I attended the Network of Music Career Development Officers which, despite its somewhat inelegant name, is the best conference I attend all year.  (NET-MC-DO, as it is called, is really more like a retreat, and never fails to result in concrete things to implement, ponder, and explore. I highly recommend it to […]

Entrepreneurial Thought: “This kind of thinking…”

It’s always nice when a former student gives you feedback on how you’ve helped them. Recently I asked a student who was at CU a few years ago if he could offer some thoughts on my program and if he felt it had been helpful. I immediately received a very enthusiastic email in response, and […]

Entrepreneurial Thought: Embracing the Gray

I came across an interesting blog this week by a guy named Tom Hood. In it Hood said that the mark of a true leader is the ability to navigate through the gray areas of life. I liked this thought; it resonated with me. See, we often look at life in binary terms – right/wrong, […]

How’s this for a cover letter??!

The following is a cover letter sent to The New Yorker by a young Eudora Welty, recently moved to New York and looking for work. She wasn’t hired. Of course, she went on to literally acclaim, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1973 and a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980. I choose to share this […]

Entrepreneurial Thought: Continual New Beginnings…

As I begin another school year as Director of the Entrepreneurship Center for Music at CU-Boulder, I’ve been thinking about what entrepreneurs can teach students, and particularly music students, about their professional development. And as I was pondering that I got to thinking about “serial entrepreneurs.” See, there are two kinds of entrepreneurs. First there […]

Entrepreneurial Thought: Career building is an imperative

Three articles to contemplate this week: • New York musicians finding work getting more scarce • Kim Boekbinder and the 1,000 True Fans Theory • Bringing creativity back to education These articles were chosen for my weekly newsletter at CU with a specific flow in mind: we start with more bad news about the state […]

Entrepreneurship Pedagogy: a world of approaches

There are interesting tensions in the realm of entrepreneurship education. As I return from my first trip to the US Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship conference in New Orleans, I am struck anew by how divergent and interrelated these tensions are. For starters, there is the perennial debate about what, precisely, entrepreneurship is. Is […]

Entrepreneurship Pedagogy: a world of approaches

There are interesting tensions in the realm of entrepreneurship education. As I return from my first trip to the US Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship conference in New Orleans, I am struck anew by how divergent and interrelated these tensions are. For starters, there is the perennial debate about what, precisely, entrepreneurship is. Is […]

A precious product…

This past Sunday the College of Music presented a 9/11 Memorial concert, and in our remembering of that tragic day I was reminded of something else we musicians must never forget. I was fortunate to have a composition of mine performed by a terrific ensemble of students, led by our opera conductor Nick Carthy. In […]

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