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A Unique Coffee Blend for Every Restaurant (Business Brilliance #14)

26 September 2019 | 14 Comments

During a recent trip to Kansas City, we enjoyed several delicious brunches. I noticed a trend at every restaurant: They each had their signature blend of coffee, all from a local place called The Roasterie. As I learned more about it and realized just how many restaurants had their own blend, the more I admired […]

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Design Day 2019 Recap

23 September 2019 | 11 Comments

This weekend, Stonemaier Games hosted its sixth annual Design Day. On Saturday, various hosts in St. Louis (myself and a few others) held day-long game days at our homes. On Sunday, the Design Day itself featured designers, playtesters, and gamers from St. Louis and around the country for 10+ hours of playtesting and gaming at […]

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10 Ways Yoga Is Making Me a Better Creator

19 September 2019 | 5 Comments

A few months ago, I wrote about how the challenges offered by indoor rock climbing–a new hobby introduced to me by my lovely girlfriend–were making me a better creator, publisher, designer, and entrepreneur. We’ve continued to climb on nearly weekly basis, and I’m loving it. Recently, Megan has introduced me to yoga, and I’m enjoying […]

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Are You More Excited by Leaked Details or Official Reveals?

16 September 2019 | 17 Comments

I’m starting to wonder if product leaks are a viable and exciting part of any pre-marketing strategy. I could point to examples like the leaked Deadpool footage that resulted in the film getting made or the plethora of iPhone leaks that happen leading up to Apple’s annual announcement. But I can’t speak to them with […]

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Making Your Mark on a Barrel (Business Brilliance #13)

12 September 2019 | 29 Comments

I’m not much of a bourbon or whiskey drinker. But this weekend I learned about a Maker’s Mark strategy that fascinated me, and I wanted to share it my understanding of it with you (this is secondhand information). If you go on the Maker’s Mark website, you can sign up for free to have your […]

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Damned If I Do, Damned If I Don’t?

9 September 2019 | 150 Comments

This is the ultimate damned if you do, damned if you don’t scenario. Jamey got lambasted with Wingspan for “not supporting retailers” because many retailers didn’t get enough copies of the game to fulfill their own pre-orders. Now, Jamey is getting ragged for selling out his own pre-order which is largely due to him allotting […]

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Can a Good-Natured Rivalry Boost Your Business?

5 September 2019 | 25 Comments

I’ve spent the last two weeks craving fried chicken sandwiches. Why? It all started with a tweet from Popeyes suggesting that its new chicken sandwich rivaled that of Chick-Fil-A. The result has been a perfect storm of traditional and social media–I’ve heard about these sandwiches from CNN, the NY Times, The Daily Show, Conan O’Brien, […]

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What’s Your Workplace Love Language?

2 September 2019 | 9 Comments

At a recent wedding, I was reminded of the 5 love languages, one of my favorite concepts for romantic relationships. The idea is that people feel and express love in different ways (gifts, quality time, physical touch, words of affirmation, and acts of service); it’s important to remember that the ways you feel loved may […]

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Tariffs: 3 Thoughts, Solutions, and Strategies

29 August 2019 | 11 Comments

If you’re an American company that makes products in China, by the end of 2019 it’s likely that the US government will earn at least a 10% tariff on all products you import from China. I’m not looking to discuss the problems tariffs present, nor am I looking to start a political discussion. Rather, I’d […]

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