Sleeping in, best cities for women-led biz, and the state of reading [Venture Kindling]

This Venture Kindling post feature short bits of information I’ve tripped across or developed that can help you light a fire or revive a fire for your venture.

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Kindling from the web:

Sleep in to win. Research has been piling up to suggest that “workers who adjust their work schedule to their individual biological clocks were more productive, healthier and less tired both at work and in their free time.” That, from the BBC report on Why sleeping in could make you a better worker. Up next, how working in your PJs improves efficiency.

Top 100 women entrepreneur-friendly cities. Roughly a third of privately-held businesses in the US are owned by women—9.4 million of them. Finance software firm WalletHub released their list of 2016’s best and worst cities for women-owned businesses. Tennessee scored big with three of their metropolises in the top 10. (Did they just run out?) My hometown, the Twin Cities, missed the top-10 (ranked 17th). Go Twitties! Maybe next year.

The state of reading.  I recently tripped across research from Pew Research that Slightly fewer Americans are reading print books. That headline didn’t surprise me. What did was that the average American reads 12 books a year. Personally, I think that’s high. But if that inspires you to dust off one of your nightstand props up to keep up with your peers, imagine what motivation you’ll have knowing that young adults, aged 18-29 are more likely than their elders to read. And we thought there was no hope.

Latest personal kindling:

Get personally disrupted. My podcast co-host Armin Assadi and I had a great time this week interviewing Whitney Johnson about her book Disrupt Yourself. Check out this week’s podcast.


“”Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.”

— Frank A. Clark


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