In May 2012, my mom Pauline Middleton Allis passed away from an unexpected brain tumor. She was a social worker from Yorkshire, England. Following her passing, I became even more motivated with the clear recognition of the brevity of life, and dedicated the rest of my time to:
a) working with an inspired passion to make a difference in the world through technology and entrepreneurship
b) documenting what I learn as I go so I can share it with others who are interested in entrepreneurship and making a difference
The following summer I started documenting what I had learned so far about life, the world, and entrepreneurship in a slide deck and video. The result of the project was an 832 slide powerpoint deck and five hours of video titled “All I’ve Learned by 28.” You can download the original slide deck and watch the videos below.
At age 16, my mom gave me three books that changed the path of my life (Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich, Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad, and Thomas Friedman’s The Lexus and the Olive Tree). These books guided me toward being an entrepreneur with a focus on global issues and giving back.
I love mentoring teenagers and 20-somethings but can’t meet with everyone one-on-one. I wanted to create these slides to share what I’ve learned in a format that can reach young people globally who want to make a difference. The content is designed mostly for those aged 16-30, though the sections on entrepreneurship and the world may be interesting to people of all ages.
The content from the project has become the core of the material for the book The Startup Guide: Building a Better World Through Entrepreneurship out of which came this web site. Enjoy and feel free to share!