Thumbnailing ... life as a 501c3 Entrepreneur
Alert: the first Lyceum Debate of 2023 will post tomorrow
I love being an entrepreneur. Taking a leap with a 501c3 is a new experience, but I am thankful for the lessons I learned starting two technology companies in the late 1990s with Jim and Ken.
Lesson #1. Work hard.
Lesson #2. Do everything.
Lesson #3. Prioritize and move forward every day. Have a daily agenda, and get those things done today.
I thought it might be fun to share with you what I am working on this morning & afternoon, as we prepare to publish our first Lyceum Debate of the year — this one is a debate about The Best Ways to Boost Entrepreneurship, with Joni Cobb, Carl Schramm, and Bob Litan. On that note, you should look for it first thing tomorrow at https://theamericanlyceum.org/debates/.
My COO, Robin Deane, set up our YouTube Channel, and, following Lesson #2, we have both become semi-expert on managing the posting and sharing of YouTube videos. I want to learn more about video production, and that curiosity to keep learning and mastering new things is invaluable for an entrep. At least one member of a startup team should enjoy being the jack-of-all-trades. On the other hand, having a partner who can focus intensely on the core product is another vital ingredient (which is why I miss Jim, superstar programmer. He literally had that printed on his business card!).
Since I love design work, I decided to tweak the thumbnail image that YouTube uses for our video. It auto-generated the thumbnail for the first debate, and actually gives you a couple of screen grabs to select from automatically. I knew I could do better, so put together a couple of options using Photoshop. I’m planning to use the first one here, but let me know if you like the others. We can iterate for the next debate!