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I started my blog as a means to develop my seemingly rapid and disconnected thoughts into a communicable, organized form. I also find writing is a useful exercise for building emotional resilience in sharing these thoughts with the public. I find it frightening to be so exposed, yet also exciting to see what kind of response I get from people. Plus, it’s revealing to look backward to reflect on what topics I’ve written about over time as my story unfolds.

State of the Startup: June 2016

By jimflannery | July 15, 2017

There are lots of books written by successful people looking backward at their careers and I always thought it would be cooler to have one from the perspective of someone when he’s down and out and clawing his way to the top. Of course that book would only become an interesting read if the author…

My Interview on ‘Youth on Subjects of the World’

By jimflannery | May 31, 2017

Last week I was invited to be interviewed by two unschoolers, Neil Karkhanis and Martin Harvey-Olson, on the CCN webshow ‘Youth on Subjects of the World.’  It was an honor to be their first non-teen guest!  We spent most of the two hours discussing our gripes with the education system and my path to developing Open Source…

Lessons learned via temazcal ceremony in the Mayan Riviera

By jimflannery | February 25, 2017

I have been traveling living the “tech nomad” lifestyle since the fall of 2016, a little over a year.  Most of my travels have been all around the US but I finally took a solo international journey during January and February.  It’s interesting because when I was younger, I had no desire to travel.  Whereas…

The importance of admitting you are wrong (and by the way, competition blows dogs for quarters)

By jimflannery | January 15, 2017

The last few months I’ve found myself reflecting on many of the perspectives I’ve taken and decisions I’ve made… and realized I’m usually wrong. As a bit of a stubborn, self-righteous and arrogant person, it can be painful to admit I’m wrong. I also find admitting I’m wrong to be an incredibly powerful tool.  …

How to quit school and get a real life and education

By jimflannery | October 31, 2016

Warning: just for full disclosure, this blog post is essentially a 2,500 word advertisement for an amazing book I finished reading called “The Teenage Liberation Handbook: how to quit school and get a real life and education.” If you have the utmost of faith in my ability to choose books, you can skip all this…

Advice to someone struggling with mania

By jimflannery | October 17, 2016

I got a message from someone via a Tumblr account I had abandoned long ago asking for some advice on what to do during their current manic episode.  Since my last blog post advising someone about mental health issues got such a good response, I thought I’d post this one too.:   I have bipolar…

Advice to a parent after her child’s 10th psychiatric hospitalization

By jimflannery | September 14, 2016

I don’t tend to think of myself as someone who should be giving parents advice. Mainly because I don’t have children.  And I’m also not any kind of authority on mental health.  But I recently replied to a parent’s post in a private Facebook group whose daughter had just been hospitalized for the 10th time after voices…

How I became an entrepreneur (and why I may not stay one)

By jimflannery | August 15, 2016

Sometimes people ask me how I ended up down the career-path I’ve taken of being an entrepreneur.  I can tell you almost exactly when it happened – when it clicked – that this is “who I am” or “who I want to be.”   I was a senior in college studying biomedical engineering and was…

Seven Dirty Words you Can’t Say on LinkedIn

By jimflannery | July 6, 2016

Sh*t, p*ss, f*ck, c*nt, c*cks*cker, m*th*rf*cker, and t*ts……   Sorry to leave you hanging, but to read the rest of this fantastic post you’ll have to visit a delicious new site I created called Entrepreneurs Anonymous: an anonymous peer support group for entrepreneurs.   To visit the site and connect with other entrepreneurs, follow this link:…

An experience of writer’s block

By jimflannery | May 10, 2016

I haven’t written in a while and thought it would be a fun exercise to walk through an explanation of why. It could be called “writer’s block”, but, to me, that suggests I don’t have anything to write about or that the words just aren’t “flowing.”   In actuality, there is much more to it,…


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