Boulder Beats – What I Learned By Starting My Own Business

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A few weeks ago I met a former coworker – someone I’ve been fortunate to learn a lot from over the years – for an after-work cocktail. We discussed business ventures, new projects, and past experiences. Our conversation made me reminisce about the run my former roommate, Josh, and I had as owner/operators of a bootstrapped entertainment business.

Josh and I were fortunate to learn a remarkable amount in the three years we spent operating the company. Almost ten years later I find myself exercising the knowledge from those experiences frequently in both my personal and professional life. I haven’t written much about Boulder Beats here on The Bern Blog, so I am going to take this opportunity to share a handful of key learnings from my time running and growing a small business.

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Making A Move

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I realize it has been a little while since I posted here, but it’s mostly because I have been trying to figure out how and when to write this article.

In mid-September I resigned from my position as Digital Strategy Manager at Breakaway, where I had worked for the previous year and nine months. The decision was by no means easy. I am incredibly thankful for my time there, and I learned more than I could have imagined when I accepted the role just under two years ago. The opportunity to be exposed to such a smart group of coworkers, partners, and clients is one that I am incredibly fortunate to have had so early in my career, and it undoubtedly contributed to my personal and professional growth.

So, why did I resign from my position at Breakaway? A few weeks ago I accepted an offer to join Fenway Sports Management as Manager, Digital Strategy and Partnership Development. This is a new role at the organization, and developing it is going to require a lot of work. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to build something from the ground up and make an impact across the company. Not to mention, working with FSM’s portfolio of blue chip brands and partners will be an incredible experience.

I am ecstatic to officially join the team on Monday morning, and I can’t wait to get started.

It’s safe to say things are going to get pretty quiet here on The Bern Blog for a little while, anyway. Once I have settled in I am sure I will have countless new topics to write (complain) about. Until then…

It’s Time To Kill “Do-Not-Reply” Email Addresses

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How often do you receive an automated email from a company you do business with, only to see that it was sent from an address like no-reply@bigco.com or donotreply@hugeco.com? If your email inbox looks anything like mine then you probably see this a couple times a week. These emails frustrate me beyond belief, but probably not for the reason you think.

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