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Top 5 Gardening Questions We Can’t Answer

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Winterizing Your Garden Each week, the team pulls together our favorite questions that we’re dying to find answers to, and this week we’re digging in the dirt and pulling out some fascinating questions about gardening. We know a lot of you are getting ready to save your plants from the harsh winter climates, so keep an eye on this question for tips on winterizing your plants now so they’ll be ready for new growth in the spring. One site we’ve found for great tips on this is Garden In Minutes which has a great step-by-step method for winterizing a garden. We especially love this tip: “Weeds, sick plants, and dead materials should be removed from your garden regularly to prevent disease and insect infestation. Insects WILL lay eggs in dead vines and plants, and they WILL survive through the winter and hatch in the spring. Insect eggs are resilient, therefore they must be disposed of before battening down the hatches.” A little fun fact we learned this week thanks to our experts: Some houseplants are temperamental about being moved, so be sure to take caution when prepping your houseplants for the winter. Can you help shed some light on these other gardening questions? Are all fallen leaves good for composting? What trees should I plant in my yard for the most colorful autumn in years to come? How can I start a vegetable and fruit garden in my backyard without it being too labor-intensive? What are some good indoor herbs…

Creating Startup Momentum – Part 2

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Marc: “Do you know the best thing about startups?” Ben: “What?” Marc: “You only ever experience two emotions: euphoria and terror. And I find that lack of sleep enhances them both.” A famous conversation between Ben Horowitz and Marc Andreesen of Andreesen Horowitz. It’s been four and a half months since a lunch meeting that changed the course of Sage from idea to realization. The amount of ground I’ve covered in the startup world in a few short months has absolutely astounded me. The strong relationships I’ve built in a short time because of shared blood, sweat, and tears are like none other that I’ve seen in my 20-year career in information technology. Founding a startup is hard. It’s a constant struggle. You’re always either overwhelmed or teetering on the edge of being overwhelmed. Having that shared experience with other founders just seems to knock down emotional walls. The age-old (sage, if you’ll pardon a pun) advice about seizing an opportunity when it presents itself never goes out of style. Six months ago, I had that opportunity present itself to me in the form of a new introduction, Jonathan Katz. Before I get to that, let me finish the backstory of how I came to meet him. After joining Philly Startup Leaders (PSL), via their Slack channel, I began to read through and post a few comments here and there. I was mostly getting my feet wet but also trying to establish relationships with new and interesting people. The startup…

Creating Startup Momentum – Part 1

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Inertia is a funny thing. We’ve all learned Newton’s first law of motion — objects in motion tend to stay in motion AKA the ‘Law of Inertia’. The founder’s world is all about forward movement: getting to the next step, creating the next social media post, finding the next LinkedIn connection that can open new doors to funding your startup. How do I create that continuous forward motion? What are the concrete steps I need to take to establish motion? How do I recognize opportunities and take advantage of them as they present themselves? The goal of this article is to tell my story of the conscious steps I took to create that initial motion. I read any number of articles about creating goals and writing them down. But taking those goals and turning them into something real ultimately required a deliberate approach and mindset. I wanted to get Sage into motion because I posited that once I had it moving forward, it would be harder to slow it down. Five years after my initial idea for this Startup, it became painfully clear to me that it's the strategy of your strategy that moves the needle. My advice? Always imagine your ideal end state first and then work backward to plan the necessary steps to get there. An upcoming post will deal with backwards planning and the clarity it can bring to any project. It is a tool I use constantly today. Envision Your End State However, visualizing my end…

A Critical Attribute for Every Successful Founder

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I’m sure we’ve all heard the term “blind spot” before. Whether in business or your personal life, it’s usually a jarring experience when someone refers to one of your own blind spots. Typically, the term comes up when you’re struggling with something and a “coach” or friend points out that it’s a blind spot for you. The term has many names such as unconscious bias, weakness, fault, oversight, etc. But the optimistic and most useful way to look at it, in my opinion, is to label it self-awareness or a lack thereof. When I think about a personal blind spot of mine, it’s usually in a negative fashion as a personal fault. If I think of self-awareness and not having it in a particular area of my personal or business life, it’s a skill or attribute I can learn or improve upon. Self-awareness is the single greatest attribute any successful founder can bring to the table. Self-awareness is absolutely critical for any successful entrepreneur. I’m normally pretty adept at it in my work and personal life, but sometimes I fail. And when I fail, it’s an epic fail. The concept of Sage was one of those times where I really just couldn’t let go of a thought. The thought was “I can do this myself”. How did that thought manifest itself in my own founder’s experience, you ask? Determining What is Realistic The idea for Sage came to me about 7 years ago. I was in the midst of tax…

How do you define a Startup?

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An interesting question always pops up when I’m reading books and articles about Startups. What is a startup? What defines a startup and how do you differentiate it from any other business? The best definition I’ve seen is from Eric Ries’ book, The Lean Startup: A startup is a human institution designed to deliver a new product or service under conditions of extreme uncertainty Eric Ries, The Lean Startup I think any business founder is always starting from some level of uncertainty. Startups in particular typically deal with this huge earnings upside, but also, a complete fog hanging over our ability to quantify what a business could be worth. It’s part of the fun and also, part of the challenge. It can be frustrating, but it also drives the biggest innovators to succeed. Because of this, one of the challenges I’ve always found is staying even keeled from day to day. Despite personally being a very even keeled person in life, the founder experience just seems to rattle you from time to time. It’s important to find outlets for your frustrations. To me, that should include getting a little inspiration on a daily basis. Quick aside! If I could provide one good piece of advice to other founders, it would be to get up from the computer or couch, take a walk, and find some inspiration at least once a day. Note I just came up with the idea above to use our “Sage” glasses to denote tips, recommendations, and important callouts.…

The Journey begins…

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This is the beginning of Sage’s blog to document our journey from idea conception to eventual realization and ultimately, success. It’s nice to meet you, dear readers. My name is Peter Yeargin. I’ve been working in the IT field for my entire career, and pretty much, my entire life. I didn’t begin getting paid for it until after I graduated from Clemson University with my degree in computer engineering. But I did have a TRS-80 from the time I was 4 years old. I remember those days fondly as I was learning the basics (pardon the pun) of basic programming, figuring out how to move my cursor around on a “graphical” screen, and changing text colors. My favorite experiences were dialing up with my 1200 baud modem to bulletin boards, taking my turns on the first versions of multiplayer online games, and then heading off to school in the morning. Galactic Warzone was the name of one of those games and it was absolutely addicting to a little kid getting his first experiences in the online world. I also had a few cartridge games like Dungeons of Daggaroth, a game made famous through the publishing of the book, Ready Player One. This one also consumed countless hours as I tried to make it down to level 5 and defeat that evil wizard. But I digress. We’re here to talk about the founding of Sage, an on-demand advice platform. Before I get into what Sage really is, I want to explain…