I’m getting better at the travel itself — finding little tricks and habits to reduce stress and increase productivity on the road. I recently added tethering to my phone plan, so I be fully online anytime anyplace. It’s a beautiful thing when it works — but apparently this week AT&T’s data network crapped it’s shorts; I’ve basically been offline when outside of my little “offices”. Frustrating to have to lose productive time like that, especially when the whole purpose of these Boulder trips is to Get Shi% Done.
16 hour days every day this week — the team is getting it done! Had some great conversations with amazing investors and potential partners; putting the pieces into place to take our company to the next level. I love interacting with all these smart, experienced, and forward-thinking pros. They’re all building something, and going out of their way to help other entrepreneurs, the ecosystem, and Boulder/Colorado. Almost everyone I’m talking to thinks 5-10 years out and inspires me to try to do great things.
And things are definitely rolling along now with Funding Launchpad… first customer is live! More in the pipeline. Our 2012 strategy is working, our 2013-14 strategy is rock solid, and on the plane out here I came up with a great way to get tens of thousands more investors to engage with our platform. We’re also surrounding ourselves with a great network of vendor partners and potential Board members — already they’ve provided fantastic guidance on our strategies and tactics.
It’s been an uphill battle to get here… but I can’t imagine ever returning to cubicle life! The wife will want me to take the whole weekend off, of corse; how do I explain that relaxing doesn’t relax me? (At some point I’ll get the company to the stage where I’m not feeling constant existential dread, right?)
We helped put on a great crowdfunding conference in Boulder this week. I gave a 25 minute talk on platforms; was fairly well received even though I started working on it at 6am the day of the conference… never enough hours in the day. Was awesome to see my team kicking ass this week. Everyone is focused on driving forward every day, and there were several times where most would have said “eh, this can wait until tomorrow” but every time the team stepped up and said “let’s get this updated and sent out before we go” — only makes me more committed than ever to up my own game in some way every week.
I’ve gotten to enjoy doing talks and especially panels and Q&A sessions. Investor conversations too — now very comfortable, especially when I can turn it into a conversation instead of a “pitch”. Fundraising certainly is time consuming, though; will be a welcome day when I can put fundraising on hold and get back to growing the business.
On Wednesday night a reporter from Inc. magazine had dinner with me and two co-founders. He’s doing a deep dive into the whole CF industry; but it sounds likely that we’ll be mentioned extensively in a feature article in a few months. Oh, apparently I’m quoted in yesterday’s Denver Post too — Woo hoo!
Yesterday was demo day for TechStars Boulder; very bummed to have missed the event (conflicted with our CF conference) but at least I got to catch up with the two teams I know (MobiPlug and Ubooly) at the after party. Super stoked to see what they do next!
So: all I need to do is finish this fundraising round, assemble a board of directors, build out the team, establish dozens of deep partnerships including one fundamental tie-up, get 1,000,000 investors on the site, and establish Funding Launchpad as a reliable, robust, friendly, trustworthy, and effective platform for raising money and finding good investments.
All right — the first quarter break is over… Game on.