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Achieving the Personal Paradise – Looking for Your Success Stories

I recently spent several weeks living and working from a camp on a deserted tropical coral beach in Taiwan as an experiment in remaining productive in challenging - and idyllic – places. It was a truly wonderful experience that ten or even five years ago would not have been practically possible.

Thanks to technological progress, we are entering a world in which the average professional person has access to lifestyle choices previously restricted to the rich and famous – largely on account of no longer being limited by location when working and running businesses.
 
Consequently, I would be extremely interested to hear from others who have also used new technologies, or taken advantage of evolving attitudes to work, to modify their working practices or create new businesses that enable them achieve their own “personal paradise” as a day-to-day reality - one way or another, to greater or lesser extent. 
 
While we hear a lot about these possibilities, there’s not enough information out there from people who have actually gone out and made those leaps of faith to inspire others to do the same. I am therefore attempting to solicit and catalogue people’s experiences identifying and taking advantage of this newly-available liberty. 
 
The “beach-bum businessman” is one obvious example of such a liberated lifestyle, but it would be fascinating to learn what choices others have made – and why, and what the outcome was. Your experiences could educate and embolden others to likewise improve their lives.
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Trust Networks One, Job Security Nil

Job security has always been a tricky thing to deal with, and to write about. On the one hand, traditional job security gives us the knowledge that, as breadwinners, we can feed our families today, tomorrow and five years from now.

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Aegora on the Marketing Mix

We've recently been talking to the multitalented and dynamic Ilise Benun, of Marketing Mentor and Creative Freelancer (conference and blog) fame, successful and prolific author, and all-round champion of the professional freelancer and consultant.

She's been kind enough to feature Aegora on the Marketing Mix blog, and took the time to conduct an interview with me about Aegora and the future of work - for the podcast link, check out the final paragraph of the article. Thanks Ilise! :-)

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A Crash Course in Success: Stanford’s Venture Lab

A couple years ago I was excited to discover that Stanford’s Graduate School of Business was uploading a vast number of its lectures and presentations to YouTube for all to enjoy – what a terrifically valuable and uplifting resource! Anyone choosing to regularly peruse the GSB’s video playlist over morning coffee and croissants instead of soaking up grim disaster and mayhem from the mainstream media would not only achieve an admirable grasp of high-level business concepts, but would also be likely to benefit from lower blood pressure and a sunnier disposition.

So it was with great pleasure that I learned more recently that Stanford had opened up not only its material but its entire educational process to all, by way of its recently-founded Venture Lab offshoot.

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New Features: Tools to Grow Your Network

Once you've created your Aegora profile, you need to build the network of contacts with whom you'll do business. But what if they're not on Aegora yet? We've created the new Tools section to help solve this problem.

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New Features: Profile Creation and Editing Overhaul

Based on user feedback, we've completely re-vamped our profile creation and editing process to make the sign-up procedure even quicker and easier!

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Introducing Aegora

Here's the Aegora introductory video, for anyone who hasn't visited our home page yet!

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Everyone an Entrepreneur

Today we launch the first-ever version of Aegora - a minimal, invitational Alpha, its features comprising perhaps fifteen percent of our "ideal" fully-realized vision. After flipping the switch and going live last night, it still feels strange to see Aegora "in the wild" rather than behind a safe, password-protected barrier.