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Xmersion 5 - TEDx Kalamazoo Talk (2015)

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This is the slide deck I was to use for the TEDx Kalamazoo talk in September 2015. The talk was to be on XMERSION -- being wholeheartedly committed and engaged in what you do in startup communities. However, the talk was never given in public, since I wasn't feeling well. Maybe in the future I will give the talk. In the meantime, I have provided the slide deck for everyone to better understand some of the thoughts behind why individuals should focus on being XMERSED into their startup community if they want to increase the vibrancy of the community (and their endeavors).

XMERSION: http://xmersion.com

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Xmersion 5 - TEDx Kalamazoo Talk (2015)

  1. 1. [    ]   an  essay,  not  a  scien,fic  study   being  WHOLEHEARTEDLY  commi6ed  and  engaged  in  what  you  do  in  startup  communiAes   John  M.  Mueller  
  2. 2. STARTUP  COMMUNITIES   New  /  young  companies  that  grow  create  the  NET  new  jobs   in  the  United  States   Vibrant  startup  communi,es  are  where  these  gazelles  are  started   Vibrancy  =  energy,  excitement,  and  movement  
  3. 3. Heidi  Neck,  Dale  Meyer,  Boyd  Cohen,  Andrew  Corbe6  (JSBM,  2004)   A  Taxonomy  of  the  Components   of  the  Boulder  County  Entrepreneurial  System    
  4. 4. Daniel  Isenberg  
  5. 5. Hwang  and  Horowi6  (2012)   Let  the  weeds  grow,  community,  trust,  emo,onal  connec,ons,     collabora,on,  bringing  people  together,  keystones   The  Rainforest:  The  Secret  to  Building  the  Next  Silicon  Valley  
  6. 6. STARTUP  COMMUNITY  VIBRANCY   •  Feld   “  Boulder  Thesis  “  Feld  (2012)  
  7. 7. “A  Stay  Factor”   WMU:  Understanding  Startup  CommuniAes  Course   (Spring  2015)  
  8. 8. Organiza,on   Local   Startup  Community   INDIVIDUAL-­‐FOCUS   Team   Individual  
  9. 9. Immersion  (of  an  individual)   •  Complete  involvement  in  some  ac,vity  or  interest   •  Source:  Merriam-­‐Webster  dic,onary   •  Similar  defini,ons:  engaged  wholly  or  deeply         – Learning  a  language   – Experien,al  learning   – Virtual  reality  
  10. 10. [    ]  being  WHOLEHEARTEDLY  commi6ed  and  engaged  in  what  you  do  in  startup  communiAes   …adding  the  ,me  component  with  “commitment”   A  deriva,ve  of  “immersion”:   …in  the  startup  community  “zone”…  
  11. 11. •  How  can  you  trust  someone  who  is  not   wholeheartedly  in  it?   – On  a  sports  team   – In  a  family   – In  a  job   – In  a  musical  band   – In  a  community…   OBVIOUS,  YES?  
  12. 12. WHY?   •  Increases  Imagina,on   – imagina,on  -­‐>  crea,vity  -­‐>  innova,on   Imagina,on  starts  with  engagement  “   -­‐-­‐  Tina  Seelig,  professor   “  
  13. 13. •  Constantly  Learning   I  didn’t  get  just  to  visit  space:  I  got  to  live  there.  A  funny   thing  happened  on  the  way  to  space:  I  learned  how  to   live  be_er  and  more  happily  here  on  Earth  “   -­‐-­‐  Chris  Ha`ield,  astronaut   “   WHY?  
  14. 14. This  was  quite  possibly  the  most  exhilara,ng  adventure  of  my   life,me,  partly  because  I  moved  through  my  fear,  but  mostly   because  of  how  I  moved  through  it:  fully  engaged.   “   -­‐-­‐  Dave  Romanelli,  author   “   WHY?   •  More  Enjoyment  
  15. 15. In  other  words:   WHY?   HAVE  FUN  AND  LEARN   being  FULLY  commi_ed  and  engaged  helps  an  individual    
  16. 16. 1.  Just  Show  Up   HOW?          80%  of  life  is  just  showing  up.  “   -­‐-­‐  Wood  Allen,  actor,  writer,  director,  comedian   “  
  17. 17. 1.  Just  Show  Up   HOW?          80%  of  life  is  just  showing  up.  “   -­‐-­‐  Wood  Allen,  actor,  writer,  director,  comedian   “  
  18. 18. HOW?   2.  Use  All  Your  Senses  
  19. 19. HOW?   2.  Use  All  Your  Senses  
  20. 20. HOW?   3.  Leave  Your  Ego  At  Home,              But  Make  It  Personal  
  21. 21. HOW?   3.  Leave  Your  Ego  At  Home,              But  Make  It  Personal  
  22. 22.         4.  Remove  Nega,ve  Judgment   HOW?  
  23. 23. HOW?   5.  Don’t  be  in  a  rush  
  24. 24. HOW?   5.  Don’t  be  in  a  rush  
  25. 25.             6.  No  Goals  /  No  Expecta,ons   HOW?  
  26. 26. Happy  people  live  secure  in  the  knowledge  “   that  the  ac,vi,es  that  bring  them   enjoyment  in  the  present     will  also  lead  to  a  fulfilling  future.  “   -­‐-­‐  Chris  Ha`ield,  astronaut   -­‐-­‐  XMERSION  IS  LIVING  IN  THE  PRESENT  -­‐-­‐  
  27. 27. [    ]   an  essay,  not  a  scien,fic  study   being  WHOLEHEARTEDLY  commi6ed  and  engaged  in  what  you  do  in  startup  communiAes   XMERSE  YOURSELF    and  allow  ac,vity,  serendipity,  and  success  to  thrive   in  your  startup  community     John  M.  Mueller  
  28. 28. HOW?  

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