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Dana Severson

Minneapolis, Austin & SF
As seen in:  Inc.

Marketing @l00tapp Cofounder - t.co/TfNUOOpjE2 (@StartupsSpeak). Founder @NotDickinaBox. Former CEO of Wahooly. AngelPad '13.

Serial Entrepreneurs Have a Shiny Ball Problem

inc.com — Ask most people if you should spread yourself thin or focus, almost 100% of the time they'll tell you to focus. More over, they'll tell you that if you want to succeed, you need to eliminate all distractions and give 110% of your energy on a single effort.

The Secret Fears of an Entrepreneur

inc.com — We entrepreneurs keep a lot of things bottled up inside. We tend to want people to think that we're on top of our business and everything is going exactly as planned. The truth is, we often have very rational concerns about what we're doing and how we're doing it.

What Entreprenuerial Fear and Failure Look Like

inc.com — Almost one year ago today, I wrote an anonymous post titled, We're Shutting Down and I'm Scared. It was a raw and unedited glimpse into my fear and failure at the exact moment I was feeling it. Until recently, nobody knew it was written by me.

How an Entrepreneur Should Handle Haters

inc.com — "Your track record is HORRIBLE!! It's like you are trying to harvest everyone's data. I wish you luck but you've become a massive joke among everyone. Next you will be selling male thongs. Be sure to post a picture of yourself in it! You could make it a Christmas card with the sausage in your hands too."

Entrepreneurs Suck at Relationships

inc.com — It took me almost 40 years to figure out who I was and what drove my behaviors. Why did it take so long? Because I never took the time to figure it out sooner. But, this year, there was a moment. An event.

Startup Fundraising Lessons for the 99%

inc.com — I came across an interesting post awhile back titled, " Was Y Combinator worth it". While it's a fascinating analysis on the value of YC, one thing stuck with me: This doesn't provide any value for the 99 percent of us that don't have the YC stamp of approval.

How a Sole-Income Earning, Non-Tech, Thirty-Something (With Kids) Started His Company

inc.com — In the summer of 2011, I had an idea I could not get out of my head. Something I thought about every waking hour of the day. The thought of what it could become put me to sleep with a smile on my face every night.

What it Feels Like When Your Startup Has Massive Traction

inc.com — When what you're doing is validated by new signups, social endorsement, enthusiasm, press and massive interest, it's incredible. You begin to truly believe what you've been telling yourself--that this is going to be a wild success. It's almost surreal when it's happening. You feel unstoppable to some degree.

Founder Depression, a Suicide Note and the Importance of Anonymity

inc.com — Awhile back, we ( Startups Anonymous) received an alarming submission from an fellow entrepreneur/founder--it was a suicide note. For many reasons, we chose not to publish the submission on the site, however here is an excerpt: "I am about to make my company a co-beneficiary of my life insurance.

The Greatest Lesson I Never Learned -- Don’t Go Into Business with a Friend

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