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Hard to believe it was 5 years ago my business WeMontage was featured on the Today Show.
On your entrepreneurial journey, things won’t always go as planned. It probably won’t be a hockey stick growth experience for you.
There were issues with our business model and the biz shut down late 2017. The pricing strategy wasn’t right. The lack of focus on businesses (instead of consumers) wasn’t right. And the marketing focus on smaller sizes was wrong.
Today I’m grateful to say the business is relaunched and the biz model concerns are being addressed.
It’s not that you get knocked down, it’s that you get back up, and do so with as little negative energy affecting your subconscious as possible.
Because that negative energy shit is like an albatross.
Trust me on that one.
What are the big challenges with your business model you need to address? What can you do today to take one step towards doing things better?
Is there anything I can do to help you?
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When most people find out I have twins they usually say, “Oh, how adorable!” Listen, adorable isn’t the word I’d use to describe the last five years. The kids were born three months early, only weighed two pounds, we lived in northeast Wisconsin away from family, and I started a business.
The word I’d use to describe the experience is intense.
However, January 2nd my twins, Zoe and Thaddeus, turned five and I’m enjoying them more than at any previous time. Two weeks ago I took the kids to see Mario “The Maker” Magician, and it was easily the most fun I’ve ever had with them.
When I self-published my book in March this year, I approached the project the same way I would launch a new startup.
I published a minimum viable product version of the book.
If you’re not familiar with startup jargon, you’re probably like, “A minimum viable what?”
According to techopedia Minimum Viable product =
A minimum viable product (MVP) is a development technique in which a new product or website is developed with sufficient features to satisfy early adopters. The final, complete set of features is only designed and developed after considering feedback from the product’s initial users.
Now you’re probably like, “What the heck does that have to do with writing a book?”
People always ask how I’m able to get amazing PR for my business or book. The answer is always the same: it’s a combination of luck and hustle; and this was true today when I was fortunate enough to land a wonderful feature in the Huffington Post that did a nice job of telling the story of my entrepreneurial journey.
I emailed Dana, the host of a popular Atlanta business radio show, five times and never heard back from her before landing an interview.
Turns out the email address I was using…she NEVER checks. I finally did get on her show when a mutual friend emailed her for me this past Monday.
A good reminder to not take things personally when people don’t get back to us.
Instead, just keep grinding.
You can learn more about Dana and her awesome show here.
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This is an article I wrote for a family friendly site, Fathers Of Multiples. The version there is PG rated. This version…not so much. Enjoy!
I admit it.
I can sometimes get riled up pretty easily.
Why, you ask? Because, dude, I’m a dad of four and a half year-old twin toddlers, and the founder of a tech startup that after four years, is still trying to get traction. It used to be that my drunk alter ego, Tyrone, would only come out when I was, well, drunk. But because of said toddlers and tech startup crap, Tyrone is pretty much just out.
All the time.
And Tyrone sometimes has to say his piece.
So when Tyrone recently saw an article titled, Cargo shorts are the worst thing a man can wear in the spring and summer — here’s what you should wear instead, over at Business Insider, Tyrone was like, “Awwww hell naw! These non-kids-having fools ain’t gon’ talk $h!t about Tyrone’s go to wardrobe item.”
And because I have young twins, whom I call midget brain cell thieves (I swear I was smarter before I had twins), I don’t have the mental bandwidth to properly tear those cargo-shorts-haters a new one. So, I reached out to a bunch of my dad blogger buddies on Facebook to see what they think.
Below is what some of them said.
This right here is reason number 4,321 why I’m delighted to be back in the ATL.
The Atlanta tech startup ecosystem is alive and thriving.
This week I was blessed with the opportunity to introduce my business, WeMontage, to the ATL tech community via an important and popular monthly event called The Consumer Show. The show is hosted by the Switchyards Downton Club, a place focused on B2C startups. Switchyards is particularly great because most resources are focused on startups that target businesses, not consumers. And they really understand how to build brands, something I’ve been working on since I started WeMontage four years ago.
Making moves in Atlanta, back-and-forth scrambler – Nas, If I Ruled The World
In March, my family and I moved from NE Wisconsin to Atlanta. I went to school in Atlanta (Morehouse), lived here for twelve years, my friends used to come with me when I was visiting so we could make a weekend of it. They stayed at hotels like the Holiday Inn Express Atlanta hotel. In some ways, Atlanta is more like home than my hometown, NYC. The last time I went there, a friend of mine told me about vacation rentals in atlanta which I’d imagine anyone would be interested in having for their vacation time, however, it wasn’t for me back then.
There is also a thriving tech startup ecosystem here with a community of people keen to support snotty little companies like mine. Bottom line, there is lots of opportunity in Atlanta. And when you combine hustle (which I got in spades) and opportunity, magical things can happen.
Here’s a recap of some of the “magic” I’ve been able to make happen in the short time I’ve been here.
Faith is a word I see used a lot in social media inspirational memes. But what does it really mean?
Google defines faith as complete trust or confidence in someone or something. It also defines faith as strong belief in God or the doctrines of a religion.
The bible describes faith as the substance of things hoped for-the evidence of things not seen.
I submit to you that faith is just an empty word to most people. But for entrepreneurs, it can be everything. For entrepreneurs, faith can be the only thing that keeps them going when their business model isn’t working as planned, and there aren’t enough sales and customers to pay themselves sufficiently to take care of their families. And friends, family, and investors are looking at them sideways and telling them to shut down their business because it’s not gonna work.
Because of this, entrepreneurs have more faith than the average person. They have to.
I reached out to three entrepreneur friends (who happen to be women) to get their thoughts about the role of faith on their entrepreneurial journey-here’s what they said.
If you’re an entrepreneur or have a side hustle and think you can’t get PR on you own, you can!
I’ve gotten my business on the TODAY Show three times, Good Morning America, Money Magazine, and lots more on my own.
You CAN do this!