Devin Reams wearing a teal shirt in front of a teal sign that says 'trouble'

Howdy! I’m Devin. I’m sensibly impulsive, consistently non-committal, and passionately impartial. I’m a technologist living in Denver, Colorado.

Can Entrepreneurship be taught?

The question is straight-forward: can entrepreneurship be taught? Unfortunately the answer is neither black nor white. The problem being entrepreneurship is an area that area that requires some expertise, some experience, and sometimes pure luck. Some argue that entrepreneurs have inherit traits that make them more capable of starting a business, producing a good, or executing a service. On the other hand, Entrepreneur magazine says entrepreneurship can most certainly be taught. In fact, they rank the Top 100 Entrepreneurial Colleges each year demonstrating the academic resources dedicated to teaching entrepreneurship. Can both sides be right?

What are our priorities?

I’ve had a bit more free time lately. I took the summer off (between graduation and my full-time job) and have spent a lot of time playing, relaxing, reading. All the things I didn’t have time for just a few weeks ago. Do you know what you’d do with an extra day of free time? Just one more day each week: how would I spend it?

Noah’s visit

My buddy Noah came out to visit last weekend (as he mentioned). He wasn’t here to see me but he did live on my couch. Here’s a Flickr set documenting the excitement (Chipotle).

Let My People Go Surfing

I just finished one of the best un-business business books by Yvon Chouinard, founder and owner of Patagonia: Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman. The book is described as the “long-awaited memoir/manifesto from [the] legendary climber, businessman, and environmentalist…” and the book encompasses one man’s three interrelated world views.

Creating a daily agenda

One of the most useful habits I’ve begun is very simple. It’s helped me accomplish more each day. It’s helped me feel accomplished before I go to bed. The best part about this technique? There are only three steps!

Community Next: Viral Marketing

As you may know, I helped Noah organize a conference in February. Now, Adam is organizing the next Community Next: The premier conference on viral marketing! Learn how to grow your site/business to a millions users and more… The morning sessions will feature panel-style discussion with the afternoon turning to group breakouts.

The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

The full title of the book is: The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, How the Culture of Abundance Robs Us of Satisfaction. Here it is on Amazon.

Parents raise Spelling Bee Chumps

I took a class at CU called “School and Society.” We discussed home schooling and how the largest argument against the kids being anti-social is the fact they spend time with others in the community.. ie: Spelling Bees. This interesting video encompasses a lot of what I’ve thought about home schooled children: 1) they don’t know how to be social, 2) they believe they are better than other kids, and 3) they think competing with peers is suitable interaction. The best part? It’s not really their fault. I think a lot of parents are doing their children a huge disservice. When you raise kids they believe what you say; they see what you show them and learn what you teach them. Education, religion, values… wow. It’s not until many many years later you get to decide this stuff for yourself. That was a fun realization.

Boulder Startup Weekend

Can you build a startup in a weekend? Probably. Boulder certainly has the people that can make it happen. That’s why we’re going to try July 6th – 8th. From *We</p>

Can I get part-time benefits?

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