Hi Paul, I want to be your     next Associate!
solving problems with technology is my              superpower.  I want to make a dent in the universe.    here is why I’d...
after graduating from college in 2008, I completedthe world’s toughest outdoor survival school...
30 days in the desert with a blanket, a knife, and a poncho      You learn a lot about yourself when you risk it all
It wasn’t long until I entered the “real     world” and started selling...
BEER!            Built relationships w/ a customer base of 1000 retail stores               Designed incentive plans for a...
beer is great and all, but my passion istechnology. So I struck out on my own to start...
Designed the user experience & game mechanics                 Built a badass team             Ran customer development Bus...
we were accepted into the Branderywe were one of five teams in the country invited to pitch at the Clinton Global Initiati...
then came the “pivot”...
Leap uses the power of social support groups to help youreach goals - fasterI worked with our designer to deliver an addic...
Then it was time to fundraise.with few connections, I headed out to SF...
it was an amazing experience                   pros                                         cons    Tasted failure and I’m...
I spent almost 2 years bootstrapping to pursue     my vision of being an entrepreneur...
I love hustling, traveling, using technology toimprove lives, building relationships, taking action,                and he...
Why should I be your next Associate?      Deep understanding of & involvement in the startup worldVery strong product focu...
If you think there is a fit....
Let’s talk!   more about me                  what I’m reading                        what I’m learningtwitter             ...
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James Dickerson

  1. 1. Hi Paul, I want to be your next Associate!
  2. 2. solving problems with technology is my superpower. I want to make a dent in the universe. here is why I’d be a great fit @ Lightbank...
  3. 3. after graduating from college in 2008, I completedthe world’s toughest outdoor survival school...
  4. 4. 30 days in the desert with a blanket, a knife, and a poncho You learn a lot about yourself when you risk it all
  5. 5. It wasn’t long until I entered the “real world” and started selling...
  6. 6. BEER! Built relationships w/ a customer base of 1000 retail stores Designed incentive plans for a team of 14 salespeople Helped define sales strategy for a $50mm/yr business Rolled out new products with promotions, tastings, eventsRelationships are everything
  7. 7. beer is great and all, but my passion istechnology. So I struck out on my own to start...
  8. 8. Designed the user experience & game mechanics Built a badass team Ran customer development Business development - signed up 12 great companies Investor presentations, product iteration & strategypeople liked our team & product, hustler + hacker + designer...
  9. 9. we were accepted into the Branderywe were one of five teams in the country invited to pitch at the Clinton Global Initiativeand through my own hustle, I was able to get 12 awesome beta tests including...McKinsey & Company UDI’s Gluten Free FoodsRockfish Interactive Paycor
  10. 10. then came the “pivot”...
  11. 11. Leap uses the power of social support groups to help youreach goals - fasterI worked with our designer to deliver an addictive and funuser experienceMy marketing strategy acquired 20,000 users within a monthof launch...With a $0 budget.Hustled to line up bloggers, press, high value users, andexecute a social media strategyAchieved a lot with limited resources
  12. 12. Then it was time to fundraise.with few connections, I headed out to SF...
  13. 13. it was an amazing experience pros cons Tasted failure and I’m still standing Couldn’t raise the funds we were looking for Brought on some amazing advisors Here’s why:Hustled to get in front of amazing investors 1. Weak business model 2. Traction wasn’t strong enough Built a strong network Greatly improved my pitching skillsLearned a ton about the fundraising process
  14. 14. I spent almost 2 years bootstrapping to pursue my vision of being an entrepreneur...
  15. 15. I love hustling, traveling, using technology toimprove lives, building relationships, taking action, and helping others.I want to bring my skills to a team with a global impact.
  16. 16. Why should I be your next Associate? Deep understanding of & involvement in the startup worldVery strong product focus, have taken two products from idea to reality I can wear a lot of hats Working knowledge of Ruby, Rails, HTML, CSS Whenever I’ve visited your office, I’ve always admired the culture at Lightbank.
  17. 17. If you think there is a fit....
  18. 18. Let’s talk! more about me what I’m reading what I’m learningtwitter Inspired - How to Create Products Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS, Javascriptlinkedin Customers Love by Marty Caganblog Meditationjmdickerson2@gmail.com Start Small, Stay Small - A Developer’s Guide to Launching a Startup

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