From Office Break-In to An Amazing Partnership (A Look at My New Office Space!)

Earlier this year, my video studio was broken into. This was the space where I recorded a ton of YouTube… Pat Flynn July 8, 2019 Earlier this year, my video studio was broken into. This was the space where I recorded a ton of YouTube videos, course videos, and livestreams, as well as hosted a lot of team meetings. It was a special space, and I grew to love it very much. But because of the break-in and the lack of security in the business complex where this office was located, I decided it was time to move out and find a new space. Here’s how that process has unfolded, and the exciting new partnership that has emerged! Losing Gear and Dealing with Fear Shortly after the break-in happened, I published a YouTube video showing what happened. I also got a little emotional about it, mostly because it just felt very […]

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Here’s a Sneak Peek Behind the Curtain of How SPI Operates

Take a sneak peek behind the curtains of how SPI operates, from our core values and mission to management to business systems and tools for performance. Matthew Gartland April 8, 2019 Tony Robbins. A primetime news broadcaster. The front-man for a popular band. What do they all have in common? One heck of a team behind the scenes that brings their respective magic to life. Your favorite newscaster, for example, may be a star. But the folks in the control room are the ones running the show. Aaron Sorkin’s show Newsroom puts the chemistry between newsroom team and big personality broadcaster on captivating and insightful display as only Sorkin can. I love it so much not just because the writing is brilliant but more so because of the truths it conveys: big personalities cannot do it alone; uncontrolled ego is a destructive force; mutual deference between authority figures (e.g. between […]

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How to Use Strategic Partnerships for More Explosive Growth

If you’re scaling up, don’t go it alone. These 5 tips can help you form strategic partnerships work for your startup. April 4, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If it’s going to survive, a startup needs to grow. In my experience, strategic partnerships are the best shortcut to the kind of explosive growth a new business needs, to get going. Case in point: When our startup, CrayPay, aligned with key influencers in vertical markets, we gained 15,000 new users for our app in only four days. Of course it’s important never to chase a strategic partnership if the end goal is only about money. That kind of thinking gives one partner an upper hand that can limit mutual opportunity in the long run. Instead, focus on maintaining authenticity and finding the right fit. Steve Case, founding CEO of AOL, pointed to a culture clash as the biggest reason […]

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10 Timeless Business Lessons I Learned During My 7-Year Agency Career (And Why I Sold Mine)

Matt Gartland, CFO and COO at SPI, shares 10 timeless business lessons, from the importance of your people and culture to why ideas alone don’t make a business. Matt Gartland February 25, 2019 By: Matthew Gartland, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer at SPI. If you haven’t heard the news, something special is happening here at SPI. The team has officially forged as one. We’re upping our game with smarter and bigger plans for the future of SPI. (Hello, FlynnCon1!) And all of us as the collective “Team Flynn” community are invited to have a louder voice than ever to help empower entrepreneurs from all walks of life to create a lasting impact with their work. Personally, I couldn’t be more excited to press start on this new chapter! As Semisonic made famous during my youth, “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” Ends are bittersweet. This […]

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5 Partnership Lessons From Bill Belichick and Tom Brady

Neither would be wearing so many Super Bowl rings without the other. February 17, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots are the most successful, iconic coach-quarterback duo in the history of the NFL. I’m a football fan, and anyone who follows the NFL even on a casual basis is likely familiar with the steady praise — or, for non-Patriots fans, hopefully at least grudging admiration — for Brady and Belichick and the debate about how much credit each of them deserves for their team’s phenomenal run of success. Too many sports commentators try to turn this debate into a seriously scientific point of contention, attempting to divvy out the credit between coach and QB in terms of percentages. One person says it’s 80 percent Brady, and the person sitting in the next seat says it’s 80 percent Belichick. My opinion […]

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25 Best Business Partner Duos of All Time

Company: Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company and HP, Inc. — $63 billion combined market value Like many of the successful business partners on this list, Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard met in college. While studying at Stanford, Hewlett and Packard discussed forming a company and eventually founded Hewlett-Packard Corporation in 1939. Related: Jeff Bezos’ Most Outrageous Business Failures From its humble origins as a maker of audio oscillators, HP went on to become a tech giant, producing PCs, printers, software, servers and plenty more. Hewlett retired as CEO and was succeeded by John Young in 1978. Both Hewlett and Packard would play unofficial roles in the company for many years. Packard died in 1996, and Hewlett died five years later. Their legacy lives on, though, as HP is now seen as the first important technology company in Silicon Valley. The garage where they first began building their company in Palo Alto […]

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