Friday, April 13, 2007

Back from Aspen

Yeah, so... I was gone; gone to Aspen. I went skiing, did some fine dining (SkyHotel), walked around town, enjoyed a few cups of Ink! Coffee, saw John Legend perform at the Belly Up Aspen, and meet some real incredible people (entrepreneurs). I must confess that I fell in love with Aspen. Gosh...my ultimate dream would be to buy a place out there (10 years from now?).

So, I apologize for the week-long intermission between postings. I assure you that I'm well-rested, energized, and ready to dish out some great content!

But, here's what's been on my mind...

While in Aspen, I stayed in a condominium that provided a local cable program called Plum TV. Before visiting Aspen, I was partially familiar with the station, but it wasn't until I started watching the footage that I was transformed, and compelled to discover the story behind this great, entertaining channel.

For those who are uninformed, Plum TV was started by young entrepreneur Tom Scott, founder of Nantucket Nectars, who envisioned a niche local station that would exclusively cover major vacation spots in the U.S., such as Nantucket, The Hamptons, Martha's Vineyard, Vail, Telluride, and Aspen, highlighting the events, styles, activities, and people surrounding these great sites. Tom graduated from Brown University and went on immediately to start a general store called All Serve in Nantucket with his friend Tom First.

But what I found most fascinating was his ability to get a "jump start on things," right out of college knowing that he wanted to start a business, whatever it would be, with the explicit intention of never wearing a tie (or being an ivy-league, corporate sell-out). Instead, he took the unconventional route, followed his passions, had fun selling juice (in his little red sail boat) around Nantucket Island, and later established a well-respected, and profitable brand.

Tom Scott also provides a great example of why an entrepreneur's career isn't limited to just one successful business. Being an entrepreneur allows you the chance to make a business out of any of your interests or passions. As soon as Tom had grew Nectars into a viable business, he decided to reach further and start a new-age television channel. In essence, Scott was always open to growth.

This has lead me to realize my true calling, an entrepreneur: one who thinks differently, takes risks, create new ventures, and starts early. In the pursuit of my dreams, I'm about to take an unprecedented risk in the coming week. Once plans are finalized, I will announce it on my blog.

Stay tuned.
-AK

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