Last week I spoke with a local gym owner/friend I have been in touch with regularly since the crisis began. I could sense her view of the future was changing and I wanted to understand why. When I spoke to her in late March she had about 4 months of operating cash reserves in a…

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I recently interviewed Shelly Bell, founder of Black Girl Ventures, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding access to community, education, and leadership development for Black and Brown woman founders. We spoke about the painful and unacceptable racial disparities in the distribution of the Paycheck Protection Program as an example of the gaps in business. She pointed out, we…

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Then as we all now know, sometime around the end of 2019 the Coronavirus pandemic began, disrupting the global economy and shuttering small businesses around the world. Very difficult, for sure, but why was this such a sudden and destructive blow to small businesses after so much progress post-2008? Too little cash reserves and too…

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Friends, At the end of March, I took my 2020 business and personal goals and put them aside. It was clear, everything had changed and the year I planned was not the year that would be. While it’s still jarring to recall how quickly it all changed, I’m increasingly excited to see how the great…

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This is the end. The end of our naiveté about just how connected we really are. The end of invincibility and thinking our money, our power, or our status can protect us from everything. This is also the end of some relationships. And most certainly the end of some businesses, some careers, hopes and dreams,…

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For most of us, this is the Black Swan event that will define our career. How are you doing so far? I was in the early years of my real estate business when 2008 hit and I learned a few things I’ve been deploying the last couple weeks I thought I’d share. Speed matters. As…

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Who can adequately describe the last seven days? Experiences like this are beyond language and will be told best by artists, philosophers, and historians in the years to come. I’ve been in emergency triage mode this week speaking with our teams, securing our finances, cutting expenses, canceling commitments, and brainstorming ways to make lemonade out…

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