What is Objectwheel — Fun Movie

•December 12, 2012 • Leave a Comment

http://www.xtranormal.com/watch/14010894/objectwheel-pawz-movie

Fun link to a video about Object Wheel —

Trying to learn how to embed it.

 

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2010 First Screen Shots of Startup Software

•December 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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Early 2011 Startup Video — We have come a long way.

•December 9, 2012 • Leave a Comment

 

Launch date (Objectwheel)

•November 26, 2012 • Leave a Comment

We will soft launch on May 5th, 2013 to a select number of people. We will launch to everybody on August 5th, 2013. This represents over 3 years of work on a project that I’m very passionate about.  I’m hoping to get a launch landing page generated in the next few weeks to start getting sign ups for people that want to be part of our beta testing. We might be beta testing the app as soon as March 2013.

Our app will launch on the desktop first with Linux, Mac, and Windows support. Mobile on Android and IOS will come next.

Its about MOTION not $money.

•November 24, 2012 • Leave a Comment

It’s about MOTION, not $money.

I’m quite certain that you’ve been told by so many people that you need money to create your idea or build your startup. This thinking is all wrong. It’s about motion. The money will come with the motion.

My very very first actual MOTION happened in March of 2010. I posted an idea on Vworker.com, at that time called rentacoder.com One guy offered to do the project for $400.00 It wasn’t my startup, it was simply a piece of it.

At this point I had no idea where I was headed, but I knew I had to move my feet. I had to learn things, I had to get some motion. I knew that it was not realistic to think I would get anything accomplished for $400.00 but guess what? I was wrong. Boy was I wrong. This coder was writing a piece of the program in Java and daily I was thinking, I was drawing, I was making flow charts. My idea was evolving.

I spent months doing things that cost Zero money. I would load tweetdeck and search for the term ‘startup’ in the feed. I searched for ‘angel’ I searched for many terms and started following people that had startups. But I was in such a different space than I am now. My knowledge was so limited. I was LOST. I was in over my head. I knew that the cloud was going to be a big part of the future for any startup so I started playing around with Amazon EC2. Your thinking this all costs a lot of money. YOU ARE SO WRONG.

Over and over I did things that were MOTION. And it was not easy. Nobody is paying me for this motion. I am not getting a dime.

It;s hard

It’s lonely

It’s often sad and depressing

It’s 1am

It’s 6am

OFTEN and I mean often complete pieces of code and programs were thrown in the trash. GONE. never to bee seen again. The coder was often fired. Not 1, not 3, MORE. More. I tried so hard to not use anybody or get any enemies but it was inevitable that along my journey a few bad things would happen and all the people that have been involved have not had a perfect trip. I have made huge mistakes and done a lot wrong but guess what.

its m o t i o n

Its often s l           o                   w motion.

A day turns into a week turns into a month. Before I know it I look up and I’m older.

I just made a deadline for my startup. Actually I recently made 2 deadlines.

Deadline #1

Dec 31st 2012

This is the date my code features set will FREEZE. NO MORE options, no more new ideas. I am done.

And August 5th, 2013

Launch date for EVERYBODY

Is the software going to be ready? No. But is it going to be useful. Yes.

On May 5th, 2013 I will soft launch to 1000 people. At this point I will hit the road in Silicon Valley and See a lot of people. I know a lot of you already. I know who I have my eye on.

Start getting ready for me. I am getting ready for you.

I can hardly contain my excitement!

Some history — Happy Thanksgiving

•November 22, 2012 • 1 Comment

Today is Thanksgiving. I have a lot to be thankful for. Most of all, I’m thankful for the energy and Passion my startup has given me. I’m thankful for the amazing people I’ve met and communicated with through social media. Some of them never meeting them in person but getting a ton of support, guidance, mentoring, and a lot more.

In March of 2010 when I set out to build my startup I had no idea where I was going. I had a really rough idea of what I was trying to do, but that current manifestation is so different than my early thoughts.

The path I’ve taken has zigged and zagged. What a journey.

The last time I took a journey like this was way back in 1995 when I set out to create a product. That product would end up with hundreds of installs and a lot of satisfied customers but took over 3 years to create. It was 3 years from the date I started before I had my first paying customer. I remember the check they wrote very clearly, it was for $2,000 and was a new customer in Sacramento.

My new journey, with my startup has not produced a dime. Its only cost money. And so much time. What I’m trying to do is very different than the norm I’ve done. Many have said how does a guy that created business applications, come up with an idea like this.

The idea first came to mind back in 2004. At this point I wanted to create a database product that could hold information and mutate like a virus and share information. I dabbled with it and a few helped me embed code inside a database. When the table was opened this code would automatically run. I had big plans for this technology and it was the very start of the road to my startup.

In 2004 I also was working with Windows CE and was learning about version 5.0 at the time and outlining a lot of technology that was to similar to the Iphone of today. I remember having a meeting with a VP at Mitec and drawing on their whiteboard trying to get funding for a new product and telling them about my ideas. They went to China with my ideas and decided not to move forward.

The problem at this time was a delivery mechanism. My idea needed a way to spread and social media didn’t exist as we know it. The cell phone was the closest solution at the time I could come up with regarding my idea. I needed something else.

More time goes by.

In 2010 I remember the Facebook explosion hitting everybody. I remember standing somewhere and it hit me. The world was connected. Not only was it connected with Facebook but with Twitter as well. Exactly how Facebook and Twitter fits into my equation and my startup doesn’t really matter the point is we are connected. I don’t have to have your phone number to communicate with you. There are several ways I can communicate with you now.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Mike

Much need blog post!

•November 16, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The growth of knowledge I’ve acquired in these last months has been both rewarding and frustrating. Sifting through all of the jargon is not an easy task. I’m hopeful I can give back to the startup community and teach some of what I’ve learned.

The first book I recently read is Brad Felds’ book called “Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist. http://tinyurl.com/asoos7k here is a short link to this book.

The 2nd book I have read (not finished yet) is called “How to Create the next facebook” http://tinyurl.com/a262nx2 and can be found here. Tom Taulli has put a wide variety of information in this book and I highly recommend both of these books.

The material in these books has been great.

I’ve made a great new connection with @smarkowitz who was mypoints.com founder. He’s an excellent angel and mentor to work with. I highly recommended him. Its very strange how connections are made. Steve is the brother of Roger and I’ve been hearing about Steve for years from his brother. Roger is one of my clients and his company uses a product I created daily. Angels and connections can come from all sorts of places and you have to keep your ears open and continuously open up doors with networking.

Steve shared Angel.co which is AngelList. A great group of people lead by @davemcclure He explained many aspects of the startup process and encouraged me to get my 12 slide Deck Together for my next pitch. I pitched him via skype and learned a lot from that pitch. He also explained details about convertible Notes and how they have a cap. This knowledge made me less scared of incubators and organizations like 500 startups and Angelist. All along I was worried about selling out a huge equity portion but this investment vehicle helps with this process. Its explained in both Brad and Tom’s books.

My actual startup has made a lot of progress also. We don’t have a prototype yet but each day that goes by we get closer.My conclusion related to my own startup is “I need a prototype with 1000 users and feedback” This is no easy task.

If I attempt to get funding before this hurdle I’ll be forced to give away too much equity in my company. But its a real balance act is knowing what features to leave out and what features to put in. I’m really close to finalizing some very important things in the software and Freezing the feature set.

I have a great team of coders and mentors spread out all over the world. Many of these people I’ve met through twitter searches and finding like minded interests through blogs and forming connections.

As of this date I haven’t accepted any money from a single Angel although its been offered. I turned down a sizable sum of money with a 40% straight equity arrangement. Remember when you accept money this money comes with strings attached and new relationships. It just wasn’t the right fit.

I know for sure without a doubt that my startup is going to launch and when it does it will not be a blip on the radar. I say this with a biased opinion but I truely believe nobody has attempted a software product like we are creating in a lot of years.

Here is a graphic of a brain storming session related to my startup. This is NOT the product, its merely a glimpse into some of the features we are working on and thinking about as well as connections. YES I know its too much. But as Tom’s book says, you might as well go for a 2 billion dollar company and end up with a 50 million dollar company. Is that all bad? The founder of this 50 million dollar company should be able to escape with 2-3 million and gain a healthy living while doing this.

This road is not my plan. My plan is much grander and bigger. And like other startup founders before me I have many road blocks in my way.

 
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