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Ep. 012: How To Be A Founder (Russ Finkelstein): What you need to know before you decide to start your own nonprofit, private company, consulting practice, or other startup

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Have you ever thought about striking out on your own? Maybe you want to start a nonprofit, a private company, or a consulting practice. Perhaps you want to be “solopreneur”--a one person startup.
Whatever road you choose, you need think about carefully about the road ahead. Being a founder offers many benefits, but you should be clear about why you want to do it and understand what it takes to succeed.
This week on Find Your Dream Job Mac talks with serial entrepreneur Russ Finkelstein. Russ was co-founder of Idealist.org, as well as several other nonprofit and social good ventures. He also mentors entrepreneurs who are working to build their own startup organizations. Russ has experienced success and failure as a founder and shares his experience with our listeners.
In this 37-minute episode you will learn:

The good (and bad) reasons for starting your own organization
The importance of mentors, advisors, and people whose opinions you can’t ignore
The different stages of the startup process, and how the role of the founder changes
When to go it alone and when to partner with a co-founder
The three questions you must answer when starting a new organization

This week’s guest:
Russ Finkelstein (LinkedIn)Founder and Managing Director, Clearly NextAdvisor, The Talent Philanthropy ProjectCo-Founder, Idealist.orgPortland, Ore.
Listener question of the week: 

I'm thinking about self-employment but not sure if I’m ready. What are the big issues I should consider to make my decision?

Do you have a question you’d like us to answer on a future episode? Please send your questions to Cecilia Bianco, Mac’s List Community Manager at cecilia@macslist.org.
Resources referenced on this week’s show:

ChrisGuillebeau.com
Pioneer Nation
World Domination Summit
The $100 Startup
ClearlyNext
The Talent Philanthropy Project
Idealist.com
Ashoka.org
Land Your Dream Job in Portland (and Beyond) - 2016 Edition

If you have a job-hunting or career development resource resource you’d like to share, please contact Ben Forstag, Mac’s List Managing Director at ben@macslist.org.
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FULL TRANSCRIPT
Mac Prichard:   
This is Find Your Dream Job, a podcast that helps you get hired, have the career you want and make a difference in life.
I am Mac Prichard, your host and publisher of Mac's List. Our show is brought to you by Mac's List and our book, "Land your dream job in Portland and Beyond." To learn more about the book and the updated edition that we're publishing in February, visit macslist.org/ebook.
Thanks for joining us today. This week on Find your dream job, we're talking about how to be a founder. Have you ever thought about striking out on your own? Maybe you want to start a non-profit or a private company or a consultant practice. Whichever option you chose, you need to think carefully about the road ahead. Being a founder offers many advantages but you need to be clear about why you want to do it and understand what it takes to succeed.
Our expert desk this week, Russ Finkelstein has helped start two organizations. One was quite successful, the other one failed and now he's part of a third start-up. Later in the show, Russ will share his story and his dos and don'ts for founders.
But maybe you don't want to start your own organization. Maybe you want to be a solopreneur, a one-person start-up. Ben Forstag will join us and he'll discuss a book and resources you can use to launch your own venture for $100 or less. Cecilia Bianco, as she does every week, answers our listeners' question and this week, she'll share with you five key questions you need to answer before you leave your day job and start your own show.
So how about you two, have you ever thought ... Ben and Cecilia about after Mac'

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