So you wanna talk about business?
First and foremost, business is a game. We're all playing it in different markets, at different levels, with different people. Once you understand this everything else becomes easier. Props to Naval Ravikant for stating this so eloquently and helping me realize it.
Professionally, I'm a creator, coach, self-taught software engineer and natural entrepreneur. The drive to create and design things is one of my gifts. I've spent the last 15 years using that gift to build web products for start-ups, Fortune 500's, and everyone in between. I still own software businesses to fuel the lifestyle of my choice.
I use this website to occasionally share things I've learned over the years during my experiences and failures. I think that's the part I would share with a beginning entrepreneur - you have to fail to learn anything meaningful in business. That's why I know more about business than most humans. I've simply tried and failed more times than most people.
All that said, I still know nothing. So take my business advice with a grain of salt :)
"My philosophy on business changes with each decade. What I want [now] is very different from what I wanted years ago, or what I imagine I'll want years from now.
Ultimately, my work will support my current lifestyle design."
My current work priorities
SPACE is my newest venture where I offer content and coaching for personal transformation. In other words, I help people find who they really are.
MemberDev is a platform for building custom membership / community platforms. We serve coaches, educators and thought leaders.
Creatency is my private firm for software development and consulting. We take on selective clients and projects that inspire us.
Partner (Previous CTO)
Credo is an online marketplace for digital marketing needs. We help businesses find top digital marketing talent for their next project or ongoing growth initiatives.
My Career Story
Back in 2007 I started my professional journey learning web design in my parents basement... yep, right after I dropped out of my last semester of college. I spent hours in front of my old Dell computer learning web design and anything else I could get my hands on. My younger brother still thinks I was "playing on the computer" to this day.
I soon started picking up clients who needed websites. So I built them websites and slowly created a small freelance business. A couple years later I got my first job as a web developer, and then worked for several other companies in a variety of roles as I grew my skillset.
I spent most of my 20's refining my hard skills at startups, corporations, and various consulting engagements. I learned how to work with teams and develop web software.
Then in my early 30's I started investing in soft skills and entrepreurial endeavours. I learned how to sell, build businesses, exit businesses, and do all the things a small business owner must do.
In some ways this broke me. I experienced burnout and tested my edges in my mid 30's as I was becoming a father and leading several businesses. Then I "woke up" and started asking some of life's bigger questions. This led me down a new path of awareness and understanding in defining what work actually means in my life.
Today I own and lead a few of my own businesses. They afford me the freedom and flexibility to live the lifestyle of my choice. Now I use some of that freedom to share what I've learned as I continue my journey.
I hope you enjoy the content.
Leaders who have inspired me:
- Erica Schreiber
- Philip McKernan
- Jon Vroman
- Naval Ravikant
- James Clear
- Nathan Barry
- Jason Fried
- Noah Kagan
- Elon Musk (of course)
A few business insights:
- 1 Look for work that inspires you. Otherwise, it will always be a "job."
- 2 Surround yourself with people that make life richer, which has nothing to do with money.
- 3 Consistency and extraordinary effort will always pay off.
- 4 Look for ways to give and things will eventually be given to you.
- 5 The relationships and experiences in your life are what create true value, not material things.