I just attended an amazing event called PopUp Business School:
I first learned of PopUp at the Ecuador Chautauqua where I met one of its founder, Alan Donegan. Alan is the most incredible public speaker I’ve ever seen. He could talk for an hour about paper clips and completely captivate the audience. He’s that good. Plus, he’s a great guy. I’m honored to call Alan a friend.
When I heard that Alan was coming to my neck of the woods to run PopUp, I knew that I had to see what it was about firsthand. Here are some quick facts about the school:
- Alan and his team teach how to start a business over the course of two weeks.
- The emphasis is launching in the most lightweight way possible (minimal money, quick and efficient). There are no 100 page business plans. The goal is to start making money in 2 weeks, not 2 years.
- The course is completely free. There are no up-sells of any sort. The class is funded through sponsors.
Attending PopUp was an amazing experience. Alan and his team (including Simon, Jack and Henry) taught marketing, sales, website building, SEO, networking, and confidence (I need this one). I’m a better person for having attended.
As amazing as the class was, the crowd was just as awesome. And I shouldn’t have been surprised.
I’m fortunate to have met some amazing people through various financial independence pursuits and events:
Mr. Money Mustache Tractor Beam: I live in Boulder County, home to MMM himself. The MMM Effect/Tractor Beam attracts like-minded folks to the area. They come out of the woodwork here in the same way I do for offers of free beer.
Gatherings: Building on the above, we have great, local meetups. Folks frequently open up their backyards, BBQ grills and beer supplies to random strangers. We have an awesome little community here in Northern Colorado. (shout out to Michael and the Fort Collins Meetup group [NoCo FI/RE Fighters]))
Ecuador: I met amazing people at the shindig that Jim Collins puts together. Many of these folks have become good friends.
And the PopUp Business School was no different.
During the day, Alan and his team taught efficient business. During breaks and in the evenings, we discussed anything and everything including:
Note: Pay special attention to the items in bold and the corresponding links. Most of those sites did not exist before PopUp. They were created in class. How cool is that?
- Amazing children’s book: Work Your Body, Grow Your Brain
- Camping: Get outside!
- Coffee brewing: Stop with the $5 cups of coffee and brew at home!
- Dentistry: This is one I’m involved in. My friend M and I will provide resources for locum tenens dentists.
- Drumming: Take lessons with my friend Kale!
- Exercise (deadlifts, P90x, favorite bicycle routes)
- Feminine Financial Coaching: Hannah has found an awesome niche here!
- Financial Independence (duh!)
- Gluten free: Find gluten-free restaurants!
- Hypnosis: Need help with breaking bad habits? Give Lori a shout!
- Consulting: Need help with you nonprofit?
- Recipes: How awesome do these recipes look!?!
- Solar power:
- Sports: Support your favorite sports team with a crazy wig!
- Table tennis:
- Tiny homes
- Travel arbitrage
- VOIP consulting services: VOIP Service Guide
- Website tools
Oh yeah, we talked business too. During the first week, someone made a random comment that caused my business partner and I to change the direction of our project. We’re more excited than ever and will launch before end of year. When I’m not working on the blog or breaking up fights between the children, I’m thinking about use cases, Ruby on Rails and designing the database. But I digress…
Amazing things happen when folks in our community get together. I know that the PopUp Business School will become an inflection point for many of the attendees. I’ll let you know in a year if it was for me too.
And you don’t have to go to conferences or Ecuador or PopUp to discover your tribe. If you haven’t found your people yet, seek them out. The MMM Meetups forum is a great way to start building your own community.
Don’t be afraid to reach out. If an introverted weirdo like me can manage to find a couple of friends, you can too.
Join the 10s who have signed up already!
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