Start With Why by Simon Sinek

I've been out sick most of this week so I decided to pick up Simon Sinek's Start With Why and Guy Kawasaki's Enchantment.  Hoping to read them tomorrow when I'm feeling a little better. I love Sinek's notion that people don't buy what you do but rather why you do what you do. It's the reason why … Continue reading Start With Why by Simon Sinek

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Oregonian Opinion post: A New Slant on Racism

Currently, my band is fighting a battle with the United States Patent and Trademark Office over the right to register a trademark on our name. It's been going on for four years now. Today, the Oregonian published an opinion piece that I wrote talking about the case. You can read it here. I suppose in … Continue reading Oregonian Opinion post: A New Slant on Racism

The New Year: It’s All in Your Head

Today, your Facebook and blog feed is probably not unlike my own:it is full of reflections, resolutions, and promises of a new start. However, remember that the new year is all in the mind. Time - and the calendar we use to measure it with - is all just perspective. Because the biggest time zone … Continue reading The New Year: It’s All in Your Head

Do Graduate Schools’ Political Leanings Concern You?

I recently did an interview with US News: Education. The article was released today, Graduate Schools' Political Leanings Concern Some Students. The report that "Simon Tam, an MBA student at Marylhurst University in Oregon, says it's important for applicants to consider all aspects of a prospective school's culture. "It can be a more enjoyable experience to find … Continue reading Do Graduate Schools’ Political Leanings Concern You?

What Would You Write in 500 Words?

I was blessed to have been selected as a "luminary" on the site, inspiremetoday.com, which has hosted inspirational words of wisdom from the likes of Seth Godin, Sir Richard Branson,  Guy Laliberte, and many others. I hope you'll take a moment to check out the piece I wrote and share it with others. What I wrote today … Continue reading What Would You Write in 500 Words?

Comparing a Music Career to Opening a Food Cart

I often like to compare business practices of other industries and to take the lessons learned to apply it towards a music career. The other day, I was thinking about the food industry and it was so much like our world in music. I grew up in a very entrepreneurial family and started helping my … Continue reading Comparing a Music Career to Opening a Food Cart

2012 Email Marketing Predictions

I was one of nine Marketing specialists whose brains were picked in order to get our predictions for the future of email marketing. If you're interested, you can pull up the report from MailerMailer here: Email Marketing: What's in Store for 2012? Enjoy, I hope you find good information there.

Apple Inc. reported its best-ever financial results for its first fiscal quarter Tuesday... Apple’s cash pile of $97.6 billion is: -enough to buy Dell, Yahoo, Motorola Mobility, Activision Blizzard, Best Buy and Netflix together, all at a 10% premium. Apple’s revenue of $46.33 billion is: -more than the individual gross domestic product of 105 countries, … Continue reading

How to Get a Sponsorship for Your Nonprofit, Fundraiser, Event or Project

While conducting music business/marketing industry panels across the country, I’m often asked one question more than anything else: “How do I get an endorsement?” Other variations include “How do I get a sponsor?” or “How do I get free stuff?”My philosophy is that if this is your point of view, you’re probably already doomed. Sponsors … Continue reading How to Get a Sponsorship for Your Nonprofit, Fundraiser, Event or Project