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Peter Koehler

Be First

Paraphrasing Gabby Reece from her conversation with Tim Ferriss:

Be first.

The first to smile.
The first to say hello.
The first to say something nice.

Try it. It makes you happy.

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December 20, 2015

11 notes on raising money for your startup

Earlier this week I was on a panel for the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network about preparing for investment. I sat on the panel with Brad Zenger who happens to chair our Board,and Terry St. Marie, who is one of our investors (indirectly through the Oregon Angel Fund).

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We had lunch and a conversation with 15 early stage entrepreneurs, almost all . . .

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December 19, 2015

To Gramps

My Gramps died last Tuesday at the age of 86. You can read his obituary here.

Grampsy and me in Tumalo.

















I love this part:

Peter lived with unending humility, sweetness of heart, dry and clever humor, loyalty and love. He gracefully demonstrated the true meaning of appreciation and gratitude through his actions and words every single day, to his very . . .

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November 29, 2015

Our New Moral Dilemmas

There is a runaway trolley barreling down the railway tracks. Ahead, on the tracks, there are five people tied up and unable to move. The trolley is headed straight for them. You are standing some distance off in the train yard, next to a lever. If you pull this lever, the trolley will switch to a different set of tracks. However, you notice . . .

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November 28, 2015

Second Nature

Is up to you

The term second nature connotes a layer over one's "first nature."

While first nature may be immutable (a debate for another time), second nature describes behaviors, habits, and automatic responses that we can practice and learn with nothing more than intention and time.

When you google "second nature" - you find . . .

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November 02, 2015

Can vs. How Can

A mental framework

In a recent episode of On Being with Krista Tippett, the guest, Ellen Langer, describes a mental framework she recommends.

Rather than asking "can I do X?", ask yourself "how can I do X?"

She sums it up nicely:

When you ask yourself 'how do you do something?', you are bypassing your ego in some sense, you are . . .

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September 29, 2015

Sunday Roundup

What I have been reading and listening to

Here are some of the things I have been reading and listening to in the past few weeks.

BOOKS:
I am currently reading: On The Move: A Life by Oliver Sacks
I recently finished: The Martian by Andy Weir
Before that I read: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
I have been slowly browsing through: Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

PODCASTS:
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September 27, 2015

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