Introducing Pioneer Nation: The Leading Event for Independent Entrepreneurs

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Being an entrepreneur is an inherently personal thing.

Sure you might have other people around that are helping you build your business, but often it can be a lonely place. It can require long hours, financial investment, risk, and the potential to alienate the people around you.

This is completely amplified when you’re an independent or lifestyle entrepreneur. You’re not trying to build a huge team, get funding, or seek a buy out from a big company.

You just want to do your own thing. You want the freedom to live your life. You want to do what you want, when you want…and you want to do all of this while making a difference and not having to worry about money.

Pretty tall order.

I’ve talked to hundreds, if not thousands of people who are either living this lifestyle, or trying to, and there’s one common thread I see in the people who are unsuccessful in doing so.

It’s not that they don’t try as hard, or don’t have good ideas. It’s not that they don’t have money or even the guts to take a risk.

No, the biggest reason people are unsuccessful is due to a lack of community. 

Wait, what?

Didn’t I just go on talking about how intensely personal entrepreneurship is?

Kind of counter-intuitive, but the people who are most successful as independent entrpereneurs are the ones who have a strong community of likeminded people to turn to for support.

In my talk “The Future of the American Dream” I talk about how my friend Ryan was one of the biggest keys to success, because he knew exactly what I was trying to do.

Most people don’t.

Have your friends or family ever called you out for wanting to leave you stable job? Perhaps they’ve even lashed out or talked down to you for it.

In a world constantly trying to hold you back, pushing yourself forward can be really difficult without the right people to support you.

Introducing: Pioneer Nation

Over the last four years, I’ve been lucky enough to surround myself with a lot of supportive people.

However the ones I’ve formed the biggest bonds with are the ones I’ve met in person. Emails are great. Skype calls are great. But until you can shake someone’s hand, have a beer with them, and look em’ in the eye – the bond isn’t truly forged.

The people who have been most valuable personally, and professionally are all people I’ve met in person.

This is the reason I try and go to multiple conferences each year, like SxSW or the World Domination Summit.

As an independent entrepreneur, while those events are valuable, they aren’t tailored to me.  I usually meet a ton of cool people doing interesting things, but usually only 1 or 2 at each event that truly get what I’m trying to do.

In fact there are very few, events that are solely geared towards the independent entrepreneur. Events where they can get tangible, actionable steps for growing their business, while also fulfilling the most important part of their success: meeting other likeminded people.

I’m not the only one who feels this way.

I know Chris Guillebeau does. As does Tyler Tervooren.

It’s because of this that in partnership with them (and Isaac, Jolie, and Nicky), we’ve decided to create Pioneer Nation – the premier event for independent entrepreneurs, small business owners, and freelancers.

A few months back after the excitement of WDS 2013 subsided, we started talking.  What would it look like to have another event that focused solely on solopreneurs and helping them grow their business? Is it feasible? How do we take everything we’ve learned from WDS and apply it to a new event? Is it worth it?

It’s kind of funny how ideas start snowballing and before you know it your throwing down a deposit on a venue.

So for all of those who have been asking me when I’m going to do a conference or live event, the answer is March 26th-28th, 2014 in Portland, Oregon.

Inevitably I know there will be people asking, what’s the difference between the World Domination Summit and Pioneer Nation?

To put it simply, WDS is targeted at a pretty broad audience. It doesn’t matter who you are, if you show up at WDS you’re going to get a lot of value out of it, usually in the form of inspiration and excitement to move forward with an adventure.

Pioneer Nation is truly for the independent entrepreneur, ready to really work on their business.  Because that’s what will be happening this March. This isn’t a sit and listen for two days kind of event. You’ll walk away with the roadmap to the next level in your business.

Want to know who will be there? How much it costs? More details?

Awesome, check out all of the info and grab tickets here.

Robb December 5, 2013 at 9:01 am

I’ve got my ticket! Who else is coming?


Sean December 5, 2013 at 9:30 am

Yeaaaah! That’s what I like to hear :)


Monique December 5, 2013 at 9:55 am

Wow! That looks like it will be so much fun!


Navid Moazzez December 5, 2013 at 10:59 am

This is so awesome! Unfortunately I can’t plan this far ahead now since I live in Stockholm and have to consider flights to get there etc., but I will for sure attend either this event or WDS next year. Looking forward to it!

This looks like a lot of fun too, and finally connect with you and many other incredible entrepreneurs :)


Chris Guillebeau December 5, 2013 at 2:52 pm

This sounds awesome. I’ll try to make it!



Dan December 5, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Freakin’ rocksauce Sean this looks fab.


Jenny Sansouci December 6, 2013 at 9:54 am

I’ll be there, and this blog just made my heart burst with excitement. :) #possibilities


Mike Katz December 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm

If Chris is thinking about going, then so am I! I just wish Portland were a little bit closer to New York…..


Chas December 7, 2013 at 12:47 am

There has been a strong connection between New York and PDX for a long time. I have a friend who is a very successful voice instructor that teaches in Manhattan, and another one that teaches dance there. We also have a replica of the Statue of Liberty in Milwaukie (a suburb of Portland). Here are a few facts about flights between the two cities.~


Flight #148, operated by Delta Airlines, was the flight with the most delays in 2009, with 3 minutes average delay between flights from Portland to New York.
Delta Airlines carried a total of 50,687 passengers from PDX to JFK in 2009.
The shortest flight distance between Portland and New York is 2454 miles.
Delta Airlines, JetBlue Airways operate the shortest flights from Portland to New York.
The largest aircraft servicing flights between Portland and New York from Delta Airlines is the B767-3/R built by Boeing with 216 seats.
The average aircraft occupancy on flights from Portland to New York in 2009 was 83.58%.
There were 75,949 passengers that flew from Portland to New York in 2009.
In 2009, there were 2 airline companies operating between Portland and New York.
The smallest aircraft servicing flights from PDX to JFK for JetBlue Airways is the A320-1/2 built by Airbus Industrie with 150 seats.
Delta Airlines, JetBlue Airways offer flights from Portland, OR to New York, NY.
The shortest flight between PDX and JFK takes about 278 minutes.
The oldest aircraft servicing trips from Portland, OR to New York, NY in 2009 was Delta Airlines’ B767-3/R from Boeing which started flying in 1990.
88,598 seats were available on flights from PDX to JFK in 2009. Of those seats, a total of 75,949 passengers flew on all flights from PDX to JFK that year.
JetBlue Airways offers the shortest flight times from Portland to New York.
The average flight time from Portland, OR to New York, NY takes about 282 minutes.
The newest aircraft servicing PDX to JFK in 2009 was Delta Airlines’ B737-8 from Boeing. The B737-8 started flying in 1998.
Delta Airlines operated flights from PDX to JFK using 3 types of aircraft in 2009.
(Source: FAA & BTS 2009 Databases)

P.S.~ Is there a better word for STOKED? Guess I’ll stick with that.


Jeff Goins December 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Really excited you guys are doing this!


Todd Dosenberry December 6, 2013 at 10:46 pm

This is REALLY awesome. I’m 99% game – I just need to double check my schedule ad then I’ll be buying the early bird ticket if it’s a go for me!!

Maybe I’ll speak at the second one. :)


Michael Knouse December 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm

Congratulations on what you guys (and gals) have put together. This looks nothing short of amazing. I’m in! See you there at the end of March.


Bill Kuper February 24, 2014 at 10:46 am

Hey Sean,
I’m signed up for PN and eager to go… but I know WDS tix go on sale tomorrow and am debating whether worth it to do both. Any further insights to share?


Sean February 25, 2014 at 9:22 am

Bill, both will be very different events. PN will be very hands on business focused. WDS is more inspirational, but a much bigger group to connect with from around the world. If you’re able to, I’d do both and then for the future see which one feels the best to continue with.


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