This Jersey Girl Loves Rocky Mountain Pizza!!! Must Be The Nutmeg…

Are you ready to hear my super-cool brush with fame?

So, while watching “The Internship” the other night, I was inspired to share one of my favorite clips from the movie.  Then I tweeted it.  Hashtagged it to DEATH.

And then, something insane happened.  One of the actors in the movie picked up on one of the hashtags and tweeted me!

So now, Bruno Amato (Sal, the very proud owner of Rocky Mountain Pizza) is chatting “on the line” with yours truly!!!  Turns out that he also plays Coach Simmons in “Austin and Ally“, another fan fave in the Luciani household.

How small is this world??

Sal & The Interns on iMDB (Because They Won’t Let Me Snag The Picture!)

Bruno also mentioned that he’s going to be acting alongside Jennifer Aniston in “Horrible Bosses 2” as a police officer/sex addict.  He didn’t tell me that last bit, I looked it up on iMDB.  LOL!

And because we’re old pals now, Bruno (@LIBERAL_ACTOR) let me share one of his own pics from Twitter!

Nice To Have Or Need To Have? Don’t Count On Mom To Make The Final Call

I came across a great article on Silicon Moon about how to most effectively gauge market interest in your product or service.  The original article was posted to Venture Beat.

Key question – Does it disrupt the numbing normalcy that we’ve grown used to in our daily lives?  Because if it doesn’t, there’s no market for it.  Period.  So, pick a new hobby.  Seriously.

Have you ever heard of the Mom test? A great article on The Startup Toolkit says that you should never run an idea past your mother because in her eyes, everything her child does is fabulous, therefore she’s not in a place to poke holes in it.  And if the idea stinks, she won’t be honest with you for fear of crippling your creativity and drive.

Not the case with my mom.  She’s probably the ugliest friend I have.  She shoots holes in EVERYTHING.  It doesn’t matter that I’m her daughter.  That never stops her from voicing her opinions.  That’s pretty much the opposite of the typical motherly response.

Jeez, it would be nice if she threw me a bone now and then.  She could preserve the remaining few shreds of my self-confidence.

Here’s another interesting point…even if you have the OMG idea, if you’re not passionate about it, it’ll still be a hard sell.  Because really, if you can’t believe in your product, no matter how good it is, how can you create a need for it?

It’s difficult.  Think about it, people who are super-dedicated to their efforts have a kind of contagious enthusiasm about them.  It can make the idea seem better than it may actually be, just because they are so driven.  Don’t get me wrong…it’s not going to apply to EVERY idea out there just because someone’s excited about it.  A person can be passionate about an organic edible handbag but that doesn’t mean people are going to actually buy it (or eat it, for that matter).

Am I right?

 

Steamy Teaser Alert For Unlikely Venture!

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I love these teasers SO much!  They breathe life into my characters, even though I’ve been involved with them for quite some time! I’m super excited, can you tell??? November can’t come fast enough!!!!

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You Take A Picture & Post It…On The Line. Let’s Call It….Exchange-O-Gram!

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The Internship is my current favorite movie.  The first time I watched it, I was really tired and had way too much wine so I didn’t fully appreciate the humor. The movie has some classic scenes, but this one is my fave.  I got such a chuckle when I watched it earlier that I needed to […]

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Would You Please Sign My Kindle??

Courtesy of www.villagebooks.com

Okay, I spend a lot of time covering ideas that others have but here’s one I’ve mulled over… People love autographed copies of books, especially books they actually enjoyed reading.  But how does that work if your library is in electronic form and all of your books are downloaded to a Kindle or Nook? No […]

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Caffeinating Sand Hill Road

The minimalist décor of a Blue Bottle café in Oakland, Calif.

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Having a business on Sand Hill Road just opens up all sorts of possibilities to fledgling entrepreneurs. Close proximity to a boatload of venture capital means that your brick-and-mortar may actually qualify for some of it, IF you can prove you have the right vision and strategy. Case in point?  Blue Bottle Coffee. If you roast […]

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Scoring The Holy Grail…Must Channel Your Inner Indiana Jones!!

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I read a lot of interviews in Entrepreneur magazine.  A LOT.  If you haven’t already picked up on this, I am obsessed with all things start-up, Silicon Valley and innovative.  Unfortunately, my own endeavors led to one pile of handbags and a second, larger pile of debt.  But I’m still an entrepreneur…and as such, I need […]

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Help Me Celebrate The Upcoming Launch Of Unlikely Venture!

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Yay!  I’m officially kicking off launch preparations for Unlikely Venture this Fall! Help me celebrate by entering the celebratory giveaway!  For a Facebook like, A Twitter follow or a Booktropolous Social friend request, you get a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card! Click Here For A Chance To Win A $25 Amazon Gift […]

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Oh To Be Young And In Love….But When Is It Ever That Simple?

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I love stumbling upon a great book, one that draws me in immediately, one that I cannot put down, one that elicits both tears and laughter.  As authors, we strive to bring this experience to readers.  Ryan Ringbloom seems to have it down to a science. I read Panic on the heels of Flaw, my very first […]

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Are You Creating Something Disruptive? If Not, Get Back To The Drawing Board!

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I’m a lot of things.  Patient is not one of them.  And it cost a boatload of cash for me to realize that rushing toward the finish line without a solid pair of running shoes is the surest way NOT to win the race. You see, back when I decided that I was going to […]

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