I was first exposed to this idea while in college at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut. The idea: Putting Yourself In Uncomfortable Situations Here’s what happened… A Story I’ll Never Forget I remember I was sitting in an international business class and I was not particularly enjoying it. I was...
Looking for new business books to read? Looking to increase your business prowess? I’m always on the hunt for a new book to get lost in that (1) tells me an amazing story of how another entrepreneur built their company or (2) teaches me hard skills that I can take...
As I’ve transitioned into the world of online hiring platforms, I’ve had a number of companies to look up to as we’ve built the foundation for what has become FreeeUp. If you aren’t yet familiar with FreeeUp, it is an online hiring platform where we connect reliable, talented freelancers with...
It’s the first week of January in 2016, one year ago. I’m at an interesting place in my life where I am starting three new ventures in the year of 2016. I have two ideas for new businesses that I’m interested in starting and I have the desire to bring my...
This is the story of how my business partner, Nathan Hirsch, and I have gone from Amazon experts to building a remote hiring platform for the eCommerce industry, FreeeUp. Keeping it short and sweet, I’m telling the story in under 600 words. Nate and I met at Quinnipiac University in...
“For the first time in Barkley history, three runners are out on the 5th loop.” I started watching “The Barkley Marathons” on Netflix this past week. I’m always looking for a new, exciting documentary that brings me somewhere outside of my comfort zone. I’m a passionate runner and so when...
Looking for the next best set of self growth books to help you advance your mindset as an entrepreneur? I’ve been studying and practicing self growth best practices for the past 5+ years. If you’re someone intrigued by the purpose of life and how you fit into the grand scheme...
If you don’t already know, the idea for ConnorGillivan.com came in early 2015 as I decided that it was time to start publishing my thoughts to the public through my own site. The Pre-Work I spent the first few months researching blogging to fully understand what it was, how it’s...
Introduction As I’ve been reading The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson, I’ve become transfixed by the impact that the Internet has had on the world since its discovery. I’ve taken time to think about the many tech companies that have risen...
Introduction to eCommerce in China This past weekend, I needed a new book to read so I turned to my bookshelf where I collect all of the books that I’ve read and that I want to read. I always have a backup of new books and one in particular caught...
Exclusive Interview with Connor Gillivan about eCommetize If you’ve been following my columns over the past week, you’ll know that we are amidst a three piece series evaluating the growth of my three ventures in Q1 of 2016. Read about the growth of ConnorGillivan.com and FreeeUp. In this final piece...
Getting to Know my Ventures Last column, I started a three piece series focused on evaluating the three ventures that I’m currently building. Read about the first quarter for ConnorGillivan.com! In this column, you’ll get to know FreeeUp a bit better and understand how it’s been growing in the first...
Evaluation and Reflection is a Must As you may be able to tell from my columns, reflection and active evaluation is a key ingredient to building myself as an entrepreneur. I’m a strong believer that you must fully understand yourself in order to make a true impact on others. In...
Friday Book Summary and Review As a continued effort to add true value to your life, I have decided to dedicate each Friday on the site to summarizing and reviewing a book that I have read throughout my life. I will focus on books that have had the greatest impact...
Over the past two months since the start of 2016, I have been focusing my content on the Four Pillars of Startup that I carefully created last summer. Throughout my columns, I have given you a glimpse into my life as an entrepreneur, but I haven’t revealed the full picture....
As an entrepreneur and dreamer, I have always been influenced and intrigued by the lives of others. From a young age, I took a deep interest in reading biographies and autobiographies to better understand the psyche of the individuals that had such a profound impact on my view of the...
Introduction Before I dive into the many topics that keep an entrepreneur up at night, I’d like to thank Matt Barry for suggesting this column topic in this past November. I love interacting with my community of readers and am always happy when I have the opportunity to address one...
Since making the difficult decision to re-structure Portlight, the first online business that I helped build over the past three years, I have been spending a significant amount of time reflecting upon my experience and identifying what I learned that I can take with me into my next venture. I...
This week, I’ve been focusing on writing a detailed outline for my book applying the Dreams into Reality theory to building a business from the ground up. I’ve gotten to a great point where I break down building a business into 4 key pillars. Pillar 1: People – Anyone that...
Today, I would like to ask the question, “How?” “How will my visions of writing, clean water, and teleportation come true?” “What events must come true in order for my visions to become a reality world where I am thriving?” As a writer… I will need to start a blog and...
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