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Episode Info: This episode of the Somewhat Frank Podcast, Frank Gruber talks with John Guidos about the current state of affairs with the recent Coronavirus pandemic.  The guys also chat about how to stay positive during times of isolation and suggest to listeners that sometimes it is best to remember to breathe. The discussion was loosely based on the latest newsletter which is shared below. March has come in like a lion. I don’t think anyone expected to see what’s happened in the last few weeks across the globe with the Coronavirus pandemic. It’s been a surreal, unprecedented experience (at least in my time on Earth). While the information is coming in hotter than a Las Vegas summer day, it’s hard not to keep your eyes off of it. That’s why it’s important to take a step back and remember to breathe (while keeping an adequate social distance, of course). That said, if you’re able to, I hope you can work from home for the next couple of weeks. Why? It’s the responsible thing to do. The quick of it is, there are not enough hospital beds to handle the worst-case scenario that this virus can bring. So the best thing to do is to slow the burn and in doing so allow our health professionals a chance to help those that get sick. There’s a great article by Vox that explains the importance of flattening the curve and we can learn a lot about how Tawain has handled the virus in their country. Ok, be safe out there, and please social distance. And as Fred Roger’s would have said in hard situations like this, “always look for the helpers.” Speaking of helpers, a bunch of entrepreneurs & techies worked 24×7 to turn volunteering app VOMO into something everyone & every org can use for free to help out during COVID-19 as it’s more important than ever to be a good neighbor.  ICYMI This past week we hosted our first virtual pitch competition to replace our SXSW event which was supposed to take place on March 14th. You can tune into the event where 14 startups pitched 28 judges for a chance at Startup of the Year glory, prizes, and a potential $10K investment. You can view the full virtual event here. Celebrating (People In My Network) —Sean Percival on his upcoming book (now taking pre-orders) shipping in a month titled, The Accelerator Survival Guide: How to lead, design and execute great programs. —Brittany Heyd for her work in Hawaii which got her recently recognized by Hawaii Business. —Rohit Bhargava has a new WSJ Bestseller book titled, Non-Obvious Mega Trends. Free Thanks to our partnership with the .US domain, you can go and secure a domain for free for your next business idea or startup (this is the perfect time for those new projects!). Just go to this link to sign up for your free .US domain and get started building something cool.  Reading Lasers. —Lasers could cut the lifespan of nuclear waste from “a million years to 30 minutes,” says Nobel laureate Open layouts in offices are now swinging the other w...
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