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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…