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Rock-climbing helps CEO scale new business heights

Jessica Billingsley, co-founder and CEO of Akerna, starts her day with a cold shower and bulletproof coffee for breakfast. When she’s not engaged in CEO challenges, she challenges herself with rock climbing, alpine skiing, running and Ashtanga yoga–all balanced with a meditation practice.

Learn more about how this wonder woman strikes a balance in my Q&A for the Denver Business Journal. You can read the whole Q&A by following the link below:

https://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/2019/08/16/life-in-balance-akerna.htm

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Jessica Billingsley climbing above Clear Creek near Golden.

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How landscapers excavate deeper meaning in life: “humanature”

Dig Studio, based in Denver and Phoenix, coined the word “humannature” to speak to the environment connecting human beings and the natural world. Increasingly, scientific research indicates many benefits nature brings to people.
For this article, I interviewed Laurel Raines, who earned her landscape architect degree from Harvard University and is the “mother plant” of Dig Studio.
The firm designs both public and private landscapes, including Paco Sanchez Park in Denver. Paco Sanchez launched Denver’s first Spanish-speaking radio station in 1954, and went on to serve as a state representative. His namesake park designed by Dig Studio celebrates his life with a broadcast and musical theme: a gramophone slide, a microphone tower, guitar pick climbers, a record stage and three sound wave pods.

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View the article online here:

https://www.coloradoexpression.com/featured-stories/dig-studio

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The art of collecting art

 

Collecting art can prove daunting, but professional curators and consultants can help. Ann Benson Reidy takes the guesswork out of purchasing or selling, installing or shipping fine art. I interviewed her for this feature in Colorado Expression magazine and particularly appreciated this quote:
“Really be fearless in looking at what art can do for your soul and your personhood and your thinking,” she said. “Art can release you into a different state of contentment. Art can really help with perspective and outlook on life.”
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“Art can release you into a different state of contentment,” says Ann Benson Reidy.

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Civil engineer shares tips for hiring a landscape firm

Just about anybody can call himself or herself a landscape designer, but if you’re hiring a firm, you want a company with experience, know-how and a solid reputation in the industry.
For my feature in the June/July 2019 issue of Colorado Expression magazine, Chris Silkwood–a civil engineer who also is co-owner of B. Gardening Landscape Design–offered tips for hiring a firm. 

You can read the article on the Colorado Expression website — and there’s no paywall to slow you down. Just click the link below.
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EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist Simer Mayo names favorite business book

Simer Mayo grew up in India, and he now conducts business in the U.S., Costa Rica and the Philippines from his base in Scottsdale, AZ.
During our interview for his profile in the Denver Business Journal, he listed his favorite business book: “The Dream Manager” by Matthew Kelly.
Asked what he’d be doing if not an entrepreneur, Mayo said, “I’d be playing guitar by the side of the street. That’s my second passion. And I don’t play guitar at all.”
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Sider Mayo said of being an entrepreneur, 
“On this journey, you have to evolve, grow, learn to fail and fail fast.”

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EY Entrepreneur of the Year Seth Anderson lists his favorite business book

Seth Anderson has a sweet story about his first experience as an entrepreneur. As a boy, he had a crush on a girl and bought a bouquet of suckers for her. But on the bus, he sold the suckers to the other kids for twice what he paid.
For my Denver Business Journal profile of Anderson, an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, Anderson offered would-be entrepreneurs this advice: “Just keep following that dream.”
And he noted his favorite business book: “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High.”
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Seth Anderson defines and entrepreneur as “somebody willing to take risks and provide opportunities for others.”

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EY Entrepreneur of David Stubenvoll shares his favorite books

For the Denver Business Journal, I conducted a series of profiles featuring EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalists, including David Stubenvoll, CEO of Wowza Media Systems. Stubenvoll’s impressive academic credentials include an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, a JD and an MBA, so I was curious about his favorite books. He singled out Nassim Nicholas Talebas a favorite author.  “His whole body of work had the biggest effect on me, but especially ‘Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets’ and ‘The Black Swan.’ Also, [Nobel Prize-winner] Daniel Kahneman’s book ‘Thinking, Fast and Slow.’ “
Also of note, Stubenvoll practices meditation, which he listed as one of his key elements of success. 
 
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