Are You a (Business) Founder over 55?

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Older entrepreneurs make up a significant percentage of successful new businesses. If you’re 55+ business founder, you’re cordially invited to a Meetup hosted by AGENCY’s Founders over 55 Club. The event is free and will be taking place on Thursday, October 10 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. The location will be the Venture Cafe Cambridge, One Broadway in Cambridge, MA.

RSVP via Eventbrite here.

The Founders Over 55 Club is a collegial community of startups and companies run by founders in their encore careers. We are a member-led organization to celebrate and educate each other along our professional and personal journeys to start and build thriving businesses over the age of 55.

Join us at VentureCafe to share ideas, raise issues, and connect with peers who are puzzling over key questions like:

What motivates founders over 55? . . . is it all about the money? the life-purpose? the intellectual, creative and social engagement? mentoring the next generation(s)?

What drives the success of our ventures? . . . is it lifelong experience and wisdom? renewed curiosity? blending the old with the new?

What resources are most valuable/needed? . . . access to capital, markets, and partners? alternative sources of funding for founders who don’t fit the typical VC profile?

What are the practical challenges and best-practices? . . . balancing a healthy lifestyle with the demands of running a successful business in today’s hyper-competitive climate? visibility in the ecosystem – without an ageism bias ??

We’ll start with a Fireside Chat hosted by Danielle D. Duplin, co-founder AGENCY, with Rob Kornblum, startup adviser and author of “Never Too Late to Startup: How Mid-Life Entrepreneurs Create Wealth, Freedom & Purpose” . . followed by breakouts so you can meet each other and add your voice to the conversation.

Come early (5pm) to enjoy beer & networking with the innovation community at VentureCafe!

RSVP today!

What Do Tequila, George Clooney and a New Business Have in Common?

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From the On The Media newsletter:

There’s a lot going on in the world right now that can make you feel down, dispirited, even depressed. That’s why it’s important to hold on to those stories of inspiration. Like the story of George Clooney’s tequila company.

You’ve got questions, we’ve got answers.

George Clooney started a tequila company?
Yes, it’s called “Casamigos,” which sort of means “house of friends. And it’s the craziest story: he actually started it by accident!

I’m sorry, but you might drink too much tequila by accident. You don’t start a tequila company by accident.
Maybe you don’t, but Clooney did. He says he and his friend were drinking so much tequila that they realized they should just make their own. And eventually they were making and drinking so many bottles that they had to get licensed.

How much were they drinking?
About 1,000 bottles a year.

@#!?
Like I said, they really like tequila. That’s why they invented one that you could “drink all day without getting a hangover.”


So, water?
No! Although they do sort of market it exactly like that.

I don’t get what the big deal is here. Some rich guys opened a business, so what?
No, you don’t get it. It’s not about money. As Randy Gerber, Clooney’s co-founder, said, this tequila is about friendship and accessibility. They wanted to make a tequila that was affordable for everyone and “not be exclusive.”

Wow, that’s beautiful. So what’s next for Casamigos? Charity work? Opening the business up to community investment?
Oh no, they just sold it for $1 billion!

Like you do.
Like you do.

By the way, if you’re a podcast addict and into media and communications, “On the Media” is a perfect way to spend a little ear time. Brooke Gladstone and Bob Garfield are my heroes. Check out the site at: http://www.wnyc.org/shows/otm/

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