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A Visit With Mr. Money Mustache

On a sunny September morning in downtown Longmont, Colo., 80 or so people are packed into the Mr. Money Mustache headquarters. Pete Adeney, the man behind the blog that helped ignite the FIRE movement, owns the venue, and today, students are cramming in for the "PopUp Business School," a free, 10-day course on how to start a business with minimal costs and develop the skills necessary for success. The vibe is Colorado casual--T-shirts, shorts and sneakers--but energy crackles among the attendees, many of them FIRE devotees with dreams of launching their own ventures.

Adeney makes introductory remarks. He has full-coverage stubble rather than a mustache, although he sported a handlebar in the blog's earlier days. But true to the bold persona he's developed for Mr. Money Mustache, he uses the word badass a couple of times. (The blog's logo bears the slogan "Financial

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