Sheena Lindahl and Michael Simmons met their third day of college and started dating on their fourth. Today their start up, Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, takes business lessons on the road.
What's the Latest Development?
When Michael Simmons made $40,000 his senior year of high school working 10 hours per week, it completely changed his paradigm of what was possible as a young person, he says. Just a few years later, he and his girlfriend, Sheena Lindahl, launched their company. "The couple began speaking about entrepreneurship—at college campuses, high school groups, and other organizations, and they built a website to promote themselves. In 2006, their start-up became Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour."
What's the Big Idea?
Selling the idea of entrepreneurship has become a lucrative market in its own right: "Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour now organizes 100 entrepreneur events, conferences, and panels a year. Speakers include Ryan Allis, 27, who leads iContact, a $50 million e-mail marketing company, and Scott Becker, who sold his InviteMedia ad firm to Google for an estimated $80 million last year, when he was just 23. Lindahl, who handles operations, is president, and Simmons, the big-idea person, is chief executive at Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour."
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We take fewer mental pictures per second.
- Recent memories run in our brains like sped-up old movies.
- In childhood, we capture images in our memory much more quickly.
- The complexities of grownup neural pathways are no match for the direct routes of young brains.
In the face of seemingly unstoppable gun violence, Americans could stand to gain by looking to the Swiss.
- According to a recent study, the U.S. had the second highest number of gun-related deaths in 2016 after Brazil.
- Like the U.S., Switzerland has a high rate of gun ownership. However, it has a considerably lower rate of deaths from gun violence.
- Though pro-gun advocates point to Switzerland as an example of how gun ownership doesn't have to correlate with mass shootings, Switzerland has very different regulations, practices, and policies related to guns than America.
It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?
- Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
- Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
- Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.
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