I hope you find it thought-provoking
Hence why I asked Collie Buddz about racism in this interview -
We were honest about the hardships, about the lack of capital in interviews and meetings with potential strategic partners as well as potential investors
So we made sure to act the fool by climbing speaker boxes at parties. We were the party guys, not business guys
It lead to learning about Tempo and the plans for the Caribbean tv station
Gary wanted to help. Teamwork -
Ultimately, that’s my fault for not managing that
Why complain about someone going behind your back to the same people when you offered to help?
I was wrong to trust that person. It was my fault. Blame myself.
But I was trying to raise in Jamaica...a country with no true startup ecosystem
I continue to assist and give back.
It was 2008 and our videos were being stolen from the site and uploaded to YouTube.
My brother proposed that we do takedown notices. I disagreed
We could then figure out a way to make money from YouTube after our videos proved popular
It said that only 5% would be approved and they took into consideration your views on YOUR channel.
We applied and were rejected within 48 hours. 😐
I saw that Google was having an all-day event in Miami to explain their various business lines and there would be a 1 hour session about YouTube presented by someone from YouTube
I sat in the front row, close to use presenter, determined to be the first person to talk to him after he wrapped up
He made the intro via email and we set a day and time to talk.
I had gotten a WARM introduction now and finally had an internal champion.
He said that it was rare for people to actually get it
He sent me over the agreement and asked me to sign and FedEx back overnight then introduced me to the PR team to craft a press release.
@CarletteDeLeon helps us with it
This also unlocked special graphics options for those channels, differentiating them from regular ones
He was willing to experiment. He also asked us to use the rental option for “Laugh Jamaica” and so we did
It felt good supporting the country of my birth.
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That taught me about Haters.
Don’t waste your time proving anything to them. They are a waste of your energy and oxygen.
It was confidence-building to know that we could negotiate and hold our own with the best in tech, people that had raised millions and grown their userbase massively.
That does not detract from the many successes we had along the way, the strong friendships we built, the people we inspired and continue to inspire.
Most importantly are the lessons and network gained
1. Do not expect most people to understand you level of confidence
2. Do not expect to be able to always pay your bills on time
3. Do not expect everyone to cheer for you and like to see you win
Why? Human nature! Crabs in a barrel? Jealousy? Envy?
6. Do not expect most investors to get it and cut a cheque. 99% will say no so speak to 100 of them, preferably more
7. Prepare to persevere
9. Evaluate the TIMING of when you launch - Realvibez was early. The Apple Newton was early. The iPhone and iPad were right on time. I think @runliveapp is right on time
Even Steve Jobs had a team. Vision means nothing without a motivated tram to execute it.
12. Dress for success but don’t fake it. Be honest about your shortcomings and financial position when meeting with potential investors
13. Network, Network, Network
14. Read, Read, Read
Always remember what Jesus said on the cross to prevent you from getting angry: “Forgive them Father for they know not what they do”
16. Do not avoid the spotlight. The right people will come to you as well like moths to a flame. Good attracts good. People want to play with someone they consider a winner
These are the people who want 20-30% of YOUR company before they lift a finger. The people who demand “co-founder” status in order to do meetings.
The people who claim that they know people and can raise money
They post pictures with people that they cannot get to and only met once. They jump on bandwagons quickly but have never actually executed a business.
They constantly have people around them abandon them and say the same
I would rather make sure 5% equity was worth 100x in 5 years than ask for 20% today.
I believe that is right
The Greatest Showman on Earth was Ana amazing movie. He did have substance to back it up.
You can hype and have substance. Learn from that film
18. Your family will never look at you as a failure so do not neglect them.
19. Do not drag your spouse into a deal without asking them. The Greatest Showman on Earth taught me that my approach to “asking” my wife to let me go to Berlin was wrong
That was stupid, arrogant, heartless and mean.
I was an ass.
I’m lucky she didn’t pop me and burst my lip right there.
She let me go to Berlin.
Mike noticed that I had become distracted and said go make the save.
I watched The Greatest Showman on the plane and cried because I realized how stupid and mean I had been.
Me of all people.
Money was super tight but we would have to find a way for me to go back for 2 weeks in October and November, unable to miss VC day and Demo Day.
RunLive couldn’t pay for the travel
My return flight was paid for by a high school friend who wanted to invest but wasn’t liquid yet. But he had a credit card 😉
My network came together to make sure
We finally have assets under management but the fees are minuscule until we grow the AUM.
I don’t earn a monthly salary yet like most people. I don’t work a 9-5. I work 24/7 because I dream about this stuff too
I can be a Wizard of Oz that pulls back the curtain and reveals far more than people expected.
If you can’t do that, stay quiet until you can 😉
20. “Measure your life’s success through one word: Love” - Warren Buffett
Does your family love you? Your spouse? Your close friends?
Not the masses, not the media. That’s adoration and it can quickly change for the worst.
Focus on what really matters in life
You can be way better than the old me.
I know that I can.
Peace out and don’t forget...”lose yourself in the music”