A Unique Meeting With an Entrepreneur

Yesterday I wrote about Vipe, the powerful video marketing service that my friend Adam Peterson founded.  In addition to being a knowledge expert on web-based video, there is another area where my friend Adam sets himself apart — he is a master facilitator of introductions.  Adam recently introduced me to his friend Rajesh Setty, who is an entrepreneur, author, and speaker.

About a week ago, I sat down with Rajesh for a cup of coffee.  I really enjoyed my conversation with Rajesh.  In a little less than an hour, he provided me with some insights and a renewed sense of energy for a few of my own projects.  I appreciate Rajesh’s wisdom and Adam’s thoughtfulness to introduce me to him.

Rajesh has developed a product that I believe every creative thinker should posses — it’s called a THINKBook.  A THINKBook is more than a notebook.  Like a notebook, it allows you to capture your thoughts on its blank pages, but every few pages it provides you with a thought starter to help you keep the creative juices flowing.  Rajesh was very generous to present me with an early copy of the THINKBook as a gift.  I keep it by my bedside, which I believe to be a place where some of my most creative ideas come to me.  (Probably because this is a place where I am most relaxed and I have surrounded myself with other great books.)

Rajesh radiates a powerful positive energy.  He is very accomplished and has a lot to offer.  In our conversation, Rajesh and I spoke of some of his other projects and our conversation turned to a book written by Tim Sanders called Love Is the Killer App: How to Win Business and Influence Friends.  I had read this book back in 2005 and loved it.  After speaking with Rajesh my excitement about the book was rekindled and I went home and began reading it again.  If you are in the business world and have not read Tim Sanders book, I suggest that you do.  Tim will teach you how to elevate your life by sharing your knowledge, network and compassion.  When you do this you become what Tim calls a lovecat.

Tim SandersPrior to my meeting with Rajesh, I have to admit that I had fallen off of my reading habit.  In essence, I had become stagnant.  I am thankful to Rajesh for inspiring me to get back in the groove and to reread Love Is The Killer App.  This is exactly the book that I needed to start with since Tim emphasizes the important of knowledge – you can’t give what you don’t posses.

Thanks to Rajesh, and Tim’s book, I am excited to be back on the greatest learning curve of my life.

Thanks for reading.  I would love to hear from you —

What are some of the great books that you have read? and Who are some of the people that you find energizing to spend time with?

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A Better Way to Use Video to Increase Sales

It’s not surprising that the use of video continues to grow on the internet.  We like the visual.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, than a moving picture can speak volumes.

If you have a sales team that uses video to communciate with your customers and prospects, I recommend that you check out Vipe.

Vipe technology helps you increase the potency of your videos and allows your sales team to leverage your content as effective video sales collateral.  Vipe lets you deliver video content on a customizable landing page.  Here’s an example: http://www.vipepower.com/Company/7MIDYP87JTLL

Clean, simple, effective video delivery.

In addition to posting video content on your website, I recommend using Vipe so that when your video content is shared with prospects and customers, your salesperson’s contact information remains easily accessible from the video landing page. And don’t all sales professionals want to stay top of mind?

Vipe has its pulse on the future of web-based video.  In fact, Vipe’s President and CEO, Adam Peterson, recently wrote an article about the past, present and future of enterprise business video.  His article addresses the pros and challenges for companies who use video in their sales cycle.  Click here to read the article.

Is your sales team taking full advantage of video content?  If you are already using video, or plan to in the future, I recommend that you use Vipe.

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Happy Halloween – The many hairstyles of Bmohr

Depending on how long you have known me, you may or may not know that during my Sophomore and Junior years of college (2002-2004), I had a variety of different hairstyles. They ranged from Mr. Clean bald to a mullet worthy of Brett “Hitman” Hart.

Enjoy the slideshow and Happy Halloween!

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One Week in Denver

Earlier this month, I went to visit my friend Quinn in Denver.  Quinn had moved to Denver about 2 months prior to my trip, and I had a great time exploring a new city with a good friend who knows how to turn every outing into an adventure.  This was my first trip to Denver, and after only spending one week there, I know it won’t be my last.

Monday:

I had an evening flight that landed in Denver around 10:30 PM.  Quinn and his friend Sean picked me up at Denver International Airport (DIA).  DENVER FUN FACT: DIA is the largest international airport in the United States and covers 53 square miles.  The airport is so large that after they picked me up, we drove for a couple of minutes before actually “leaving” the airport.

Quinn lives in Capitol Hill and has an apartment on the 11th floor that provides a phenomenal view of the Denver city skyline that features the golden dome of the State Capitol.  The three of us spent the evening on the balcony drinking brandy, telling stories, and cracking jokes.

Around 1 AM, we decided to call it a night.  I crashed on an air mattress positioned right by the window so that when I awoke the next morning I had a view of the Denver skyline.  It’s sunny 300+ days out of the year in Denver, and this was one of them.

Tuesday: Zoo Day (an extra life at The 1Up)

I was so excited to start exploring Denver that I woke up at 9 AM (without an alarm clock).  I had gone to sleep the night before with no game plan of how I would spend my first day in Denver, so it was time to make a decision.  Quinn was at work, so I consulted Google and my trusty iPhone for local attractions and maps.  I discovered that the Denver Zoo, located in City Park, was within 2 miles of Quinn’s apartment — so within the hour, I was out the door and on my way to the zoo.  DENVER FUN FACT: The Denver Zoo is the 4th most popular zoo in the nation with over 4,000 animals representing over 750 species.  I hadn’t been to a zoo since I was little kid growing up in New York when I went to the Bronx Zoo with my family.  I was excited to go see the penguins and tigers!

I returned home from the zoo right around the time that Quinn was returning home from work.  Tuesday evening – it was time to start exploring Denver’s night life.  Quinn and I called up Sean and his girlfriend Sam to invite them to join us.  Our first stop was a bar named The 1Up. (The 1Up may have been the reason that Toby Keith sang I Love This Bar).

As the website describes it (http://the-1up.com),

“The 1Up features over 30 vintage arcade games (1985 and older), 2 lanes of “Original” Skee Ball, and 8 pinball machines. In addition to our mechanical games we also offer “Giant Jenga” which can be played on any table!!”

AND…all games cost a quarter. Yup! 25 cents to play 4-player Pac-Man, BurgerTime, Paperboy, and 8-player X-Men (while enjoying our favorite beverages.)

And Giant Jenga is genius!  Here are some pictures to prove it:

Quinn and I have the ability to add a bit of flair to even the most ordinary activities, and we like to look for ways to invite others to join us.  We were soon playing competitive Jenga with the neighboring tables — playing to see who could build the tallest tower within 5 minutes.  As the rounds progressed, the rules broke down, and the craziness increased.  At one point Quinn ended up catching the tower before it fell.  I saw this as an opportunity to keep building.  Quinn was wearing an Irish flat cap, and due to the flat-nature of his cap, it provided a perfect platform to continue building.  We built another several rows on top of Quinn’s head, at which point Security began circling our table.  I guess they had never witnessed competitive Jenga in their bar.

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Off to Denver

My flight leaves in a few hours. I’m heading to Denver for a week to visit my friend Quinn who moved there a few months ago. I’ve never been; so I am really looking forward to exploring a new city, and anytime I get to spend time with Quinn it is a guaranteed good time. I’m sure I will have some stories to share in my upcoming posts.

So here are a few fun facts that I learned from Googling Denver:

  • Denver is one of only two cities in America with eight professional sports teams.
  • There were originally three separate towns, with three separate names, where Denver now stands. In 1859, the other names were dropped in return for a barrel of whiskey to be shared by all. (Cheers to that!)
  • Denver brews more beer than any other American city. (Cheers again.)
  • Denver receives 300+ days of sunshine a year.

So in summary: Denver = sports, beer, and sun! Here I go!

If you’ve been to Denver (or possibly live there) and have any suggestions for things to do or places to see, please leave me a comment.

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Hair for Halloween (a picture slideshow)…

Depending on how long you have known me, you may or may not know that during my Sophomore and Junior years of college (2002-2004), I had 10+ different hairstyles. They ranged from Mr. Clean bald to a mullet worthy of Brett “Hitman” Hart. They have all been captured by camera. What has happened to these photos you may be asking…

Did Brian hire a loyal Sherpa to hike them up into the Himalayas with the hope that they will remain hidden forever? Did he bury them deep within the hollows of a cave where only Osama may know of their existence? Have they been launched into the cold vastness of outer space so that they will never be discovered again?

Of course not! I have carefully reviewed my photo collections, and I have compiled what I believe to be the 50 best pictures that capture the chaos that I manifested in my mane during these years.

On October 31st, in honor of Halloween 2011, I will post the Scarey Hairy slideshow on my blog. It may terrify you. It may shock you. At the very worst, I hope it entertains you.

Stay Tuned.

Brian

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The CD Time Machine

Can you recall which was the first CD you ever purchased?  I find that songs, artists, and albums can transport me back in time to memories associated with certain people, places, and events.

I first started getting into music around the time I was in 5th grade. It wasn’t until I was about 11 years old that I started to develop an interest in music, could identify certain songs by artist on the radio, and had a desire to start my own CD collection.

My first CD ever was the Spin Doctors’ album Pocket Full of Kryptonite.  It was a birthday gift from my friend Joe Azznara.  It was my first CD ever!  (I didn’t even have a CD player yet.)  Joe’s gift spurred my first steps down the path into the world of music.  That year a CD player appeared as the top item on my Christmas list.

That Christmas, along with a Panasonic 5-disc CD changer (that was big league! Thanks Santa!), I received my 2nd and 3rd CDs from my parents — soundtracks from The Lion King and Forrest Gump.

I’m lucky to have a January birthday.  With 3 CDs in my collection and my birthday within 30 days of Christmas, my twelfth birthday provided an excellent opportunity to continue building my collection.  My best friend Steve Conigliaro gave me Tom Petty’s Wildflower album.

My birthday party was held at an indoor roller skating rink with all of my 6th grade classmates invited.  It was a blast!  Also, most of the gifts I received were gift certificates to Sam Goody.  I invited Steve to join me on my Sam Goody shopping spree since I appreciated his taste in music and wanted his help in selecting the right albums to expand my collection.  Now, when you are 12 years old, and you have over $200 in gift certificates, you feel like a baller.

Here are some of the CDs I purchased that day:

  • Aerosmith – Get A Grip
  • Dave Matthews Band – Under The Table And Dreaming
  • Green Day – Dookie
  • Hootie & The Blowfish – Cracked Rear View (mistake! I know. Guilty. But I still kinda like Hold My Hand and Only Wanna Be With You)
  • Jimi Hendrix – Woodstock
  • Live – Throwing Copper
  • Nirvana – Unplugged In New York
  • Offspring – Smash
  • Pearl Jam – Vitology
  • Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
  • Rush – Moving Pictures
  • Soundgarden – Superunknown
  • Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers – Greatest Hits
  • Woodstock ’94 (double disc)

With my twelfth birthday in 1995, most of the albums I purchased were from 1994. To this day I will contend that 1994 was one of the best years for music released to CD.

Please leave me your comments.  What CDs take you back in time?

I look forward to hearing from you.

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