Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Our Center for Ageless Entrepreneurs.

The Center for Ageless Entrepreneurs (CAE) is coming together as our new web site.

The goal of this new group is to grow new enterprises based on the scaling power of peer-to-peer networks. 

We focus on those of us in the second half of life.  The CAE is an invitation only group of new and seasoned entrepreneurs who network online and make things happen in life.

Peer-to-peer networks create opportunities, collaborations, and friendships.

The world needs you.  Your community needs you.

Please visit the new CAE web site.  

Sign up there to stay in touch.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Announcing the Center for Ageless Entrepreneurs

Stand by for some exciting news.

I'm working with friends to establish a Center for Ageless Entrepreneurs.

The Center will be housed at The Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator at Slippery Rock University

The Center for Ageless Entrepreneurs will have both a physical and online presence, and be structured in such a way that people at all levels of their entrepreneurship journey, no matter where they live, can join the conversation.

I look forward to sharing more as we get closer to the opening on Jan. 1, 2020.

          Center for Ageless Entrepreneurs
    Exploring Startups in the Second Half of Life


Friday, March 29, 2019

Their Approach to Career Changes? Find a Niche, and Fill It - NY Times

While not specific to older entrepreneurs, there is plenty to learn from here and clearly some great examples for all of us to learn from...

"I decided I was worth the investment,” Ms. Greenwood said."

Their Approach to Career Changes? Find a Niche, and Fill It

Saturday, January 5, 2019

The New 50s: Far From Retirement - working as a "modern elder"

The economy is volatile.  Markets are crazy. You're looking for stability.  

Launching a new enterprise in this environment - especially for those of us in the second half of life - seems like a risk.  My point continues to be that it is riskier to trust others to look out for you than it is for you to look out for yourself.  

Bringing the knowledge and networks you've built throughout your career to a new business opportunity is something that you can manage on your terms, launch at your own speed and begin to build out a life that you have more control over. 

Here is a recent New York Times piece on working in the second half of life.  

I love the idea of working as a "modern elder", coined by Chip Conley.  I also especially love the idea of being inspired by and learning from much younger colleagues.  I've got Mr. Conley's book on order.  Can't wait to learn more.

The article describes approaches and strategies for people in the second half of life moving into new roles in a changing economy.  One great quote from Kimberly Strong who at 52 started her career pivot by searching out new ways to give back.  In the article she describes her effort to mentor young female founders this way:  “Basically, I’m the auntie to the start-ups,” she said, and the beneficiary of “reverse mentoring.”

The closing paragraph describes the opportunity quite nicely:  "At a time when we can Google the answer to just about anything, it’s important to remember that some things come only through lived experience. And there’s a certain magic when older and younger learn from, and with, each other."

This is the role we can play as ageless entrepreneurs.  This is the contribution we can continue to make.  This is how we can continue to learn and grow.

The New 50s: Far From Retirement  -  NYT

"At 52, Chip Conley took on a new job at Airbnb, toggling between being a mentor and an intern in a role that he described as 'modern elder.'

For the next four years, Mr. Conley worked at Airbnb, toggling between being a mentor and intern in a sometimes baffling new role - a "modern elder", as he put it.  As a veteran hospitality executive, he was used to being the "sage on the stage."  But as a newbie in the tech sector, he was ofter the oldest person in the room, learning from colleagues who were young enough to be his children.

It used to be, 50 was a time to begin thinking about retirement. But today, many people in their 50s — myself included — plan to work two or even three more decades. To become modern elders, we have to find new ways to stay relevant and keep our minds open, skills fresh and humility intact."

New York Times Article link

Friday, December 28, 2018

Something to Think About for the Coming New Year: You're Not Too Old to Be an Entrepreneur

The myth that entrepreneurship is only for the young is upside down.

The majority of startups are launched by people over 45.  We have the knowledge, the networks, and the wisdom to put our skills to work on our own terms.

Do you need a New Year's resolution to help make your life more independent and resilient?  You can take early, thoughtful steps in 2019 to make this transition for yourself.

Don't just wish for a happy new year.  Put yourself on a entrepreneurship path to make it a productive new year.

Here's a bit of inspiration just published in Entrepreneur Magazine.  I especially like the idea of older entrepreneurs choosing younger mentors.  I'm doing this with my newest launch and it's paying off wonderfully - in many great directions.

Something to Think About for the Coming New Year: You're Not Too Old to Be an Entrepreneur

Using data from the U.S. Census Bureau and IRS, researchers from MIT and Northwestern University found that 2.7 million entrepreneurs started businesses between 2007 and 2014.  And their average age?  42.  If that’s not surprising enough, the researchers also learned that the entrepreneurs with the highest-growth businesses were even older: 45 on average.

Connect with Younger Mentors and Mentees
Mentors don’t have to be graying old folks who start every story with “Back when I was your age …”
There are plenty of young people, too, who have a lot to offer, including valuable social connections with up-and-coming members of the workforce. After all, networking has likely contributed to your career success thus far. So, keep networking with members of the new generations entering the workforce, and they’ll be a huge help when it comes time to hire top talent. In addition, having a younger mentor or mentee could inspire you to keep an innovative mindset.

Networking that works...
If the word “networking” makes you cringe, relax. You don’t have to attend stuffy functions and scatter business cards to strengthen your network. Instead, help out the people around you as best you can. If you have experience hiring, and a fellow entrepreneur is looking for his or her first employee, offer to take that entrepreneur to lunch and explain the hiring mistakes you’ve made in the past.


Ageless Entrepreneurs have the skills, knowledge, and networks to set sail on their own carefully planned venture.  Make 2019 the year you launch your own vision of that journey.