SHINE: What does it mean to be an entrepreneur?

by Karrie Kohlhaas on August 17, 2009

in Cultural Commentary,Recommended Reading,Video Blogging

Over 500 entrepreneurs were involved in the making of this movie. SHINE is an exploration of what entrepreneurs go through to find and maintain their independent lifestyle. I was both interviewer and interviewed and had an amazing experience being on both ends of SHINE. Find out how I view the path to entrepreneurship. You might be a little surprised by what you hear…

I’d love to read your comments below.

SHINE Official Trailer 4 from Dan McComb on Vimeo.

SHINE will debut in Fall 09 in Seattle.

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Holli August 26, 2009 at 1:18 am

Hey, I really enjoyed stumbling onto this while seeking a look at your logo.

My thoughts: I think that the trailer is well done and I look forward to watching the full feature. However, I do think that a man should have been included in it. Culturally, men have been placed in this formula where they get a “stable” job and support a family or buy a house, a boat and a nice car. While I admire and applaud all women who become entrepreneurs, I think it is a more natural and acceptable thing for women to do..though perhaps because they have no other choice. Our nation was founded by entrepreneurs, and historically men have gone from cowboys to those seeking jobs for a stable pension. As that ideal is collapsing, it is every man and woman for their own self.

Again, I admire all entrepreneurs and love some of them in my own family – cheers to those who made this film!


Karrie Kohlhaas September 9, 2009 at 6:47 am


Yes, men are included in the film and if you are interested, there are three other trailers for SHINE online with men’s voices included. You can get to them by clicking the link below the video where it says “SHINE Official Trailer 4”.

It would be a shame not to include both men and women in a film like this as each have important voices and experiences to share. I know that as an interviewer I had a difficult time ending the interviews because the stories were so beautiful, profound, compelling and for the reason that I believe people really need to be heard. I think entrepreneurs spend a lot of time in the trenches and to have a moment to just simply tell their story is really a powerful reminder, confirming for them the reasons why they took the leap.

I’ll announce the release of SHINE when it happens. There will probably be a party at Fremont Studios to show it and it may also be released online. They are keeping us in suspense about the details.

Thanks for your note!


matt Lawrence October 23, 2009 at 12:27 am

I love the analogy, Karrie. I could tell that you did too–as though it even kind of took you by surprise. It’s funny what a camera can bring out in a person. I’ve watched it happen during an interview when someone says something that is true, yet it is spoken in a unchartered way.
SHINE seems like it was an exciting project to work on. I’m eager to see it, especially as someone who is beginning a new business (yet another coming out…)


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