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Hey, I'm Ben!

I build, buy, and invest in businesses.

I've had 2 successful exits. Way more failures.

I try to send one dope email a week called a 1x1x1 filled with learnings and life updates.

I hope Iย can help a handful of people in their career and life path.

Want to learn more about what I'm working on? Visit Pono Ventures.

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Ben's 1x1x1 - July 19, 2024 ๐Ÿš€ - Red Ocean Strategy ๐Ÿ“•

As entrepreneurs, we all dream of the blue ocean. Not the blue ocean that you can see from your vacation villa in Tahiti (maybe next year Ben). We dream of the blue ocean for business that has few to no competitors.

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Ben's 1x1x1 - July 12, 2024 ๐Ÿš€ - Shots On Goal

My business partner and I have a lot of weaknesses. But amidst our graveyard of weaknesses, I think we have a few strengths. One of our greatest strengths - we take a lot of shots on goal.

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Ben's 1x1x1 - July 5, 2024 ๐Ÿš€ - Inspired To Give

The fact that my cousin is 29 and has this thriving business is not what was inspirational. The inspiration, was that he is 29 and is already aggressively giving back.

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Ben's 1x1x1 - June 21, 2024 ๐Ÿš€ - Legacy businesses

I've been thinking a lot about legacy businesses recently. Basically the business equivalent of a family heirloom that doesn't gather dust.

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Ben's 1x1x1 - May 3, 2024 ๐Ÿš€ - NO

The hardest thing for me to say - No.I'm a yes man. Being a yes man can be beneficial, mainly for opening doors and making new connections. Also makes me happy to make people happy.

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Ben's 1x1x1 - May 24, 2024 ๐Ÿš€ - Fire Fast

Once upon a time, I was terrible at firing. I would drag it out with the hope that the team member would improve, or maybe even quit before it came to a firing decision. This was a massive waste of time and money.

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Ben's 1x1x1 - June 14, 2024 ๐Ÿš€ - You want how much for this business?!

Getting your dog groomed isn't the only thing that's expensive these days. Businesses are expensive!

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Ben's 1x1x1 - June 7, 2024 ๐Ÿš€ - My Most Productive 120 Minutes

You lose 36% of your investment in GameStop. "Expected." Then, your dog somehow got into the neighbors yard and ate one of their chickens. "WTF?!" Then you get a flat tire on your way to work. "Classic."

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Ben's 1x1x1 - May 31, 2024 ๐Ÿš€ - Our Super Power

Our Super Power - Speed In Testing ๐Ÿ‡ This mindset has probably saved us millions of $ in time and money.

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Ben's 1x1x1 - May 17, 2024 ๐Ÿš€ - How To Hire

This is what matters when it comes to hiring. There are so many things that make up a good hire. I try to keep my hiring methodology simple.I look for these traits in every candidate:

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Ben's 1x1x1 - May 10, 2024 ๐Ÿš€ - Mindset Hurtles ๐Ÿง 

Shifting my mindset for better performance. Sometimes I feel like a race car driver that's building his car when the race is already 20 laps in. I'm in the wrong mindset in the wrong phase of the race.

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Ben's 1x1x1 - April 16, 2024 ๐Ÿš€ - This company is going to kill my business

I think a lot more about risk than I have in the past. For the bulk of my professional life, I've been "risk-on" (god that was a fun decade) but now I analyze investments, deals, clients, and most importantly, my time, through a n

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Ben's 1x1x1 - April 19, 2024 ๐Ÿš€ - De-risking

I think a lot more about risk than I have in the past. For the bulk of my professional life, I've been "risk-on" (god that was a fun decade) but now I analyze investments, deals, clients, and most importantly, my time, through a n

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Ben's 1x1x1 - March 29, 2024 ๐Ÿš€

Can I give you a check for $50,000 today? Yes please! Sometimes I get attracted to a B2C business but remind myself that B2B businesses are the best for so many reasons. Here is one from a few years ago:

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Ben's 1x1x1 - April 12, 2024 ๐Ÿš€

An investment opportunity came across my desk this week that is much riskier than what I typically consider putting time and money into.

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Ben's 1x1x1 - March 22, 2024 ๐Ÿš€

As more and more of our friends have kids, our Saint Patrick's Day celebrations have really changed for the better ๐Ÿ€.

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Ben's 1x1x1 - April 5, 2024 ๐Ÿš€

Finding the one metric that matters. It's easy to get overwhelmed with data. Number of leads, top line revenue, how many beers are left in the office fridge. The list goes on and on.

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Ben's 1x1x1 - March 8, 2024 ๐Ÿš€

For those of you that are new here, every week I send what I call a 1x1x1.โ€‹ One learning or interesting item from my week. One link to something I found interesting on the internet. One image from my life. Let's dive in ๐Ÿ‘‡

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Ben's 1x1x1 - March 15, 2024 ๐Ÿš€

For those of you that are new here, every week I send what I call a 1x1x1.โ€‹ One learning or interesting item from my week. One interesting item/tool of the week. One image from my life. Let's dive in ๐Ÿ‘‡

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