I got paid $1,200,000 to wear t-shirts, I sold my last name twice, I wrote the first-ever fully sponsored book, and I'm currently selling my future. AMA!
Hey peeps! I've been doing this entrepreneurial/startup thing since 2007 when I quit my completely biege existence (read: 9-5 job) to dive head-first into working for myself and wearing sweatpants most of the time.
I don't consider myself a conventional person and most of my weird entrepreneurial pursuits over the years are a reflection of that:
2007-2009 - I ran a tiny design firm with a few friends. We started with no connections and eventually designed Kanye West's MySpace page (for 808s & Heartbreaks).
2009 - 2013 - I created IWearYourShirt.com and generated over $1,200,000 by wearing sponsored t-shirts for over 1,600 brands.
2012-2013 - I sold my last name, two times, with an online auction (BuyMyLastName.com) that started at $0 each time and generated nearly $100,000.
2013-2014 - I wrote my first book, but didn't want to make zero dollars like 94% of first-time authors. I created a project called SponsorMyBook.com and was able to make $75,000 before a single word of the book was written. The book, Creativity For Sale, has never been a "best seller" but has made me over $90,000 and sold 10,000+ copies.
2015 - Now - I've sold my future! Yep. Essentially I bundled all my software projects, online courses, books, etc, and built a community for creative entrepreneurs. The project was BuyMyFuture, but is now BuyOurFuture (includes my wife's projects too). As the name would suggest: You buy our future, but then you never pay us again AND continue to get everything we create - for-ev-er!
2016 - Now - I just finished my second book, and have a weird project before it gets published where I'm trying to get a book deal in a weird way: Dear Book Publisher.
I'm the co-founder of a couple conventional startups:
- Teachery (an online course platform started in 2014)
- Spruce Metrics (an analytics dashboard for people who hate analytics)
- YourPack (a social directory for community owners)
- ofCourseBooks (a collaborative workbook tool - sold in 2017)
Over the years I've also had a bunch of failures and bad ideas. I used to be a proponent of hustling/over-working. Nowadays I'm a believer in work/life balance, but only because I know it's something I'll work on my entire life.
My personal motto is: You don't get what you don't ask for.
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