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Crack climbing is type two fun. It’s physically challenging and emotionally exhausting. You leave with scars, bruises & tears. It’s the masochism of it all that makes getting to the top worthwhile. The primal celebration is much more meaningful when the battle is literally a vertical climb.  Business is the same. Every day is an uphill battle. You are constantly fighting off the emotional and physical stressors when building a company from scratch. These lessons on the wall, scraping & clawing to reach the top - serve as an invaluable example. We can see that while the crack may not...

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We went on a work trip recently. In a freak situation, Chris kicked his phone out of the car at an abandoned gas station during a quick bio break. It’s shocking neither of us noticed the phone fall or saw it on the ground. We were at least an hour away before Chris realized that his phone was missing. He was in great spirits about the whole situation. It was too late to go back - but we hoped that it may still be there when we came home.  After a weekend without his phone, we made sure to stop...

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There is a reason we double, then triple check in the outdoors. Because despite doing something 100s, if not 1000s of times, we still can make the simplest errors. Sometimes these are complete user malfunctions. Once in a blue moon, I tie my knot wrong at the crag. Maybe my dogs are barking at squirrels. Maybe the crew next to us is blasting distracting country pop. Maybe I am just worked from my last go. Regardless, if the knot’s not right, I’d be severely injured or dead as a result of this careless error. My partners & I need to...

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Classic pitch deck wisdom is 10 slides that tell a compelling story. I’ll add some PUNgnant commentary so you can bring that big deck energy next time you pitch. Pitching demands honesty & clarity. Keep reading for a pitch-ure perfect template. Title Slide. Introduce yourself. Your company. Your mission. Use your mission to whet their whistles with a title wave of emotion. Get them slide-ing to the front of their seats. Use as few words as possible. Problem Slide. Get Houston on the phone with urgency. We’ve got 99 problems but our pitch ain’t one. Make this super simple &...

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