First Impressions are critical, we know this. Recently in a network I’m a part of, I participated in a cohort that lasted a month with one goal: Improve an introduction.

Whenever I’ve given introductions in the past, I had one of 2 problems, I’d give too much detail or I hyper simplified. My background is complex, but aren’t we all? Depending on the setting, I may say that I build software or run a cleaning business or produce a podcast or write blogs. Worse than picking one of the above, I would sometimes try to squeeze in all the above.


Virtual Reality is still in the early adopter phase; so when most people use it they don’t see it’s raw potential. After holding dozens of events, even interviewing one of the most important tech CEOs of the modern age- we have seen what will make VR more powerful than a Zoom call could ever be…

Last Thursday on The Vance Crowe Podcast, we published our first interview recorded in virtual reality, set in our own custom environment. We interviewed Jim Rutt. Jim was the CEO of Network Solutions during their fifteen billion dollar acquisition, a former chairman of the Santa…


“Courage is the first of human virtues because it makes all others possible.”

— Aristotle

Courage is under attack by the status quo. The status quo is encouraging the collective to virtue signal fear. A collective virtue signaling fear can grow only wide, not tall. How can we go back to building tall?

The Purpose of Fear

Fear does the perceiver no good past its ability to alert you to danger. Fear is the evolutionary instinct that dumps the body with adrenaline in the face of danger and helps us transition into fight or flight mode. Fear is a trigger.¹ A trigger should elicit…


Building in Public

There’s a growing number of founders and companies in the start-up sphere that tote how they are ‘building themselves in public’. The idea is that doing this will give founders not only an infinite supply of things to talk about, but also help them build trust with their customers, users and audience. The reason that this idea comes to mind is because constantly inside the AVN, we see Christina Hudson Kohler building her self in public.

She does this by sharing her far out goals in addition to progress as she moves towards them. From her small wins to bigger…


The Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading Standards will go before the Illinois State Board of Education on December 16th for a vote, and onto state lawmakers should it pass. The register contains a set of teaching requirements for primary school educators, which suggests how diversity should be made to be part of the curriculum.

The proposal reads like a Critical Race Theory training mandate inflicted at the k-12 level as opposed to when entering post-high school education and career paths where it’s often more prevalent. …


Miriam Hoffman is the type of individual that when you collide with her, you won’t be able to help but receive a budding motivation to do what you can to promote her along her path. Miriam has a unique blend of humility and confidence that gives her a clear edge when it comes to her personal development. She’s also recently become one of 6 National FFA officers and the first out of Illinois in 14 years. …


I’m have a growing concern regarding censoring of perspectives that are counter to the broader narrative.

I think we saw a modest version of this with Coronavirus when it rapidly became outside the Overton Window to consider the possibility that it had a synthetic origin. We may be seeing it over the next few weeks as information continues to surface surrounding the recent election as well. To reveal the truth at scale, it’s important to maintain the ability to consider all possibilities in a civil way. …


I’m Benjamin Anderson, executive producer for the Vance Crowe Podcast. This is the first of an on-going series of articles that reveals the Easter egg ideas from the podcast. Here, I will explore the ‘why’ behind concepts mentioned on the podcast, otherwise you may only get the ‘what’. I want these deeper dives and info riffs to help us build a tighter relationship between you the listener and us the podcast creators. Please feel free to send me a note, feedback and especially constructive criticism to ben@articulate.ventures.

On his recent podcast with Jeremy LaKosh, Vance mentions my Peter Theil Paradox…


The Daily Manifest in Visualize Value’s own words is — a distillation of the “best of” many different habit tracking apps, journal formats, coaches and time management systems. Everything you need, nothing you don’t. Subjectively to me, it’s been a habit forming tool and a system for personal accountability. You can check out the tool here and ask yourself, “Why would I pay $20 for a product I can copy from the images it uses to promote itself?” …


It’s not uncommon for me that I enter into a stall in action because I focus too deeply on the latter 2 words in the title rather than the first. Whether it’s 30 minutes or multiple hours, often carrying into my evening or until I go to sleep, there have been moments where I’m unable to choose a definitive course of action because I’m too distracted by the loop in my internal dialog asking myself what I am doing and why I am doing it. …

Benjamin Anderson

I am a disciple of experience. I’ve done many things in my pursuit of novelty, the constant in this pursuit being my direction, which is always forward.

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