Archive for the 'Entrepreneurship' Category

5 Ways to Drive More Sales to Your Print Shop

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

I just wrote another article for Printavo discussing ways to increase sales for your screen printing business. Although specifically geared towards the screen printing community, these methods can be applied to any number of businesses and organizations. Check it out HERE.

New Article for Printavo

Sunday, April 14th, 2013

I just wrote an article for Printavo, a new screen printing software company. In the article I try to provide some food for thought to those considering getting into the screen printing industry. While the topic is screen printing, the information can be applied to most business ideas. I encourage you to check it out regardless of what your interests may be. Read it HERE.

And I Quote…

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Stay far from timid
Only make moves when your heart’s in it
And live the phrase “sky’s the limit”
– Notorious B.I.G.

Hardly Working: Start-up Guys

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Yes! My partner, Bruce, recently turned me on to this video from CollegeHumor.com. This is absolutely hilarious! Must watch!

What’s Your Story?

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Presentation is so important. Whether you are trying to develop a company, product, or your personal brand, its is crucial that you have a story to tell. In order to give yourself the best chance to succeed at whatever it is you are doing, your odds will increase when you are in control of your message. Make sure people know what you want them to know.

Beginnings: The MidState Years

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

I’m not a very reflective person. I tend to take moments for what they are, and then I move on from them as I look forward to what is coming next. Usually, I am so caught up in the next phase of whatever project I am working on that I rarely get to sit back and think about what I may have experienced or been able to accomplish. Now that I’ve taken my talents to Corporate America, I am completely removed from my prior projects, and I have found myself a bit more thoughtful about those earlier days lately.

I can remember my friend telling me he wanted to start a website and he wanted me to partner with him on it. I was totally down, but I told him if we were to do this it had to be done right. Super official, completely legit. He agreed and we got to work on what would eventually become MidState Hoops LLC, my first venture. We were just a couple of kids. I was 16, he was 15. Our goal was to do something the state had never seen before in regards to high school basketball.

Our presentation was motivated by innovation. We believed that if we covered the sport and the state in a way it had never seen, we would grow our audience. Sure enough, our audience grew, as did our influence, and business opportunities. The latter was a bonus that we never thought about when we started. The opportunity to generate revenue was an afterthought in 2004 at inception.

From an early age I believed I would run a company, but I never thought about starting multiple companies. I did not realize that was something that would interest me. Looking back I clearly was developing a serial entrepreneurial pattern that I can’t say I realized about myself until my early 20s. I believe the earliest signs of this came from the iterations we were always going through with MSH. It seemed like every 10-12 months we were trying to refresh our brand, image, features, and products. We were never content with what we were doing. We were constantly evaluating ourselves in search of what we could do next, and how we could build on our success.

Our desire to do something new was an early indication of a desire to do different things in different categories beyond basketball. Constantly trying to improve something is only one step away from applying the same thought process to anything else that may come to mind of interest. These miniature idea blitz must have progressed my thinking beyond what I was currently working on into the possibilities I could reach out and grab.

MSH taught me a lot of things. I believe it is during this time I began to learn what to look for in a business partner; what type of people can work well in certain roles and situations.  This was instrumental in my later projects where I had to find talent to help me operate the companies.

I also learned that acting on ideas is important. Doing what everybody else is doing does not guarantee success. At most it offers an opportunity to function in a stable environment, with no chance to survive in a highly evolving one. Whether it pertained to high school basketball or something completely unrelated I learned that I should pursue the idea if I felt strongly about it, and its viability.

This is probably one of the most important lessons from the MidState Years. When people ask me how to start something I usually tell them if they believe in what it is they want to do then they should try to do it. It may work, and it may fail. At least you will know, and the lessons that will come from that experience can’t be taught in a classroom, from a book, or from a public speaker. Even if you fail you’ll be glad you tried, and the next time you have an idea you will be that much closer to knowing how to make it work.

John Jay on Creativity

Sunday, October 16th, 2011


Thanks to my favorite show, Mad Men, I have a certain fondness of advertising agencies. I believe so much can be learned from the way they can portray and give life to products. Here is industry leading Wieden+Kennedy’s Global Executive Creative Director, John Jay, giving insights into creativity. True words of wisdom in this video. Check it out.

The Possibilities of Technology & Education

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011


My professor showed this video in our Business Intelligence class. It shows Salman Khan of the Khan Academy at TED 2011.Khan quit his job at a hedge fund to start the organization. Since then it has received funding from Google, and includes Bill Gates among its list of endorsers. Khan is changing the way students learn; first through his Youtube videos, and now with valuable data that allows the progress of students to be observed and analyzed. Khan’s new work is an example of what the use of technology can bring to today’s education. Check this out.

Where To Now?

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Life is difficult. The farther you get, the closer you think you are to everything you ever dreamed of. But the farther you get, the more you have to overcome. Is it possible that the more you obtain, the more you have to lose? Is this where stress comes from? You get so far and you are afraid of the trip back down? If we are fortunate enough to keep going on this journey let us maximize our time, and do all that we aspire to along the way.

My partners and I sold our screen printing business towards the end of 2010. This left a major gap in my entrepreneurial framework. I was very grateful to sell the business and move forward, but the new space that became available left a question of what to do now? I had other ventures that were operating before this business was formed, but once it came along it became a pivotal focus.

The timing also left me with a question of how I should pursue new potential ventures in the future. Like many who are actively thinking of new ideas and approaching how to begin startups, I am usually generating thoughts of what may be possible just ahead. However, with graduation just around the corner, and corporate America waiting in the wings I wondered if maybe it was time for me to lay off starting something new.

I sat around for several months after the sale leaning towards the thought that I would just go to work and evaluate things then. It worked for a while, but I began to have urges to create something. I dabbled with the founders of one startup to see if I would be willing to make a quality commitment. During this time It became clear I would like to try to get back into the arena.

What I have realized is the ideas will always flow. Why not pursue them? Where will they lead to? I do not know. Will the next one be enough? Unlikely. I don’t know why we chase a dream that seems to compound over time, as if what we already have achieved merits we need more. But perhaps the point of our dreams was the journey to get there, and nothing more.

The Impact of Government Regulation on Business

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Last week I had the opportunity to listen to a panel discussion here on campus. The event was put on by the College of Business and sponsored by State Farm. One of the panelists was their Chairman and CEO, Ed Rust Jr. Executives from British Petroleum(BP) and Coventry were also part of the discussion. I found the event very interesting. All the executives gave valuable insight to the business community’s perspectives on the government’s intervention into the private business arena. I continue to contend that one of the best parts of college are the speakers you have the ability to go and see. The great minds of today are more than willing to enrich the minds of tomorrow. It is our job to be receptive and attentive to their knowledge.