I’m Gabe.I like to make things.Here are some examples.
The basicsI like to build things.I like to solve problems.I don’t like being bored.I like to learn.
So what does that mean?Always building something to solve aproblem.
Example 1:ProblemI wanted to listen to Pandora.com radio andtie it into Last.FM, a listening tracking service.Turns out ot...
Example 1:Solution:1I created a solution and released the sourcecode and documentation to the world foreveryone to use.I t...
Example 1:Solution:2What people wanted was a service.Nobody wanted to be taught how to fish, theyjust wanted dinner.So I bu...
Example 1:Results          Seriously!                       Te                          ch                             C  ...
Example 1:ResultsPeople were really happy.Donations pay for the overhead.Over 12 million songs have been played through th...
What did I learn? There are real problems that haven’t yet been solved. If you solve a problem you’ll make people happy. H...
Example 2:ProblemI was going to networking events and meetingpeople but getting manageable or useful datafrom the interact...
Example 2:SolutionDevelop a platform to facilitate exchanginginteresting and dynamic information whenmeeting someone.Requi...
Example 2:The RealizationI realized this project was bigger than myselfand needed support.If I wanted to succeed, I had to...
Example 2:The RealizationI had to position myself to focus on what Icared about.I left my job at a big, evil, well payingc...
Example 2:The Realization   A Startup!           Gasp
Example 2:Step 1                             Would you                                           like to know             ...
Example 2:Step 2      Would you                    like to know                        more?Fake a prototype.
Example 2:Step 3Then what?Work for a long time on something you hopepeople will use.Doubt life choices.Eat ramen.Doubt lif...
Example 2:Step 3Discover microwave burritos.Put your passion ahead of friends.Put your passion ahead of sanity.Lose all se...
Example 2:Step 4Launch.By accident.
Example 2:Step 4Expect the best/worst.Take pride in small victories.Spend a lot of time supporting new users.
Example 2:ResultsTo be continued...Hollrback is gaining traction but there’s a longway to go.
Example 2                                       Would you                                              like to know       ...
What did I learn? I had to give up a lot. It’s a roller coaster ride of extreme highs and lows. It probably hasn’t been he...
Things I learned aboutmyself. I like to build things. I like to solve problems. I don’t like being bored. I like to learn....
Thanks!                                                  Le                  .c om                              t ’s      ...
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  • University of Lincoln Entrepreneurship Talk

    1. 1. I’m Gabe.I like to make things.Here are some examples.
    2. 2. The basicsI like to build things.I like to solve problems.I don’t like being bored.I like to learn.
    3. 3. So what does that mean?Always building something to solve aproblem.
    4. 4. Example 1:ProblemI wanted to listen to Pandora.com radio andtie it into Last.FM, a listening tracking service.Turns out other people did too.
    5. 5. Example 1:Solution:1I created a solution and released the sourcecode and documentation to the world foreveryone to use.I thought this was a good idea.It’s not what anyone wanted.
    6. 6. Example 1:Solution:2What people wanted was a service.Nobody wanted to be taught how to fish, theyjust wanted dinner.So I built a hosted service for the world to use.
    7. 7. Example 1:Results Seriously! Te ch C run ch !
    8. 8. Example 1:ResultsPeople were really happy.Donations pay for the overhead.Over 12 million songs have been played through theservice.
    9. 9. What did I learn? There are real problems that haven’t yet been solved. If you solve a problem you’ll make people happy. Happy people give back to support you. Making people happy is addicting. Don’t underestimate the press machine.
    10. 10. Example 2:ProblemI was going to networking events and meetingpeople but getting manageable or useful datafrom the interaction.Unable to realistically manage anything fromthese interactions later.Need better ways to ask for cute girls’ phonenumbers.
    11. 11. Example 2:SolutionDevelop a platform to facilitate exchanginginteresting and dynamic information whenmeeting someone.Requires mobile clients and a web application.
    12. 12. Example 2:The RealizationI realized this project was bigger than myselfand needed support.If I wanted to succeed, I had to treat it as morethan a hobby.Applied to a local incubator in hopes of findinga co-founder, mentorship and some seedcapital.
    13. 13. Example 2:The RealizationI had to position myself to focus on what Icared about.I left my job at a big, evil, well payingcorporation to do freelance and work onHollrback.Before I knew it I had started...
    14. 14. Example 2:The Realization A Startup! Gasp
    15. 15. Example 2:Step 1 Would you like to know more?Visually try and prove out the idea in ameaningful way to gain support.
    16. 16. Example 2:Step 2 Would you like to know more?Fake a prototype.
    17. 17. Example 2:Step 3Then what?Work for a long time on something you hopepeople will use.Doubt life choices.Eat ramen.Doubt life choices again.
    18. 18. Example 2:Step 3Discover microwave burritos.Put your passion ahead of friends.Put your passion ahead of sanity.Lose all sense of reality.Every day is/has a battle.
    19. 19. Example 2:Step 4Launch.By accident.
    20. 20. Example 2:Step 4Expect the best/worst.Take pride in small victories.Spend a lot of time supporting new users.
    21. 21. Example 2:ResultsTo be continued...Hollrback is gaining traction but there’s a longway to go.
    22. 22. Example 2 Would you like to know more?But it’s come a long way since that first video.
    23. 23. What did I learn? I had to give up a lot. It’s a roller coaster ride of extreme highs and lows. It probably hasn’t been healthy for me. Always looking for the next “win”.
    24. 24. Things I learned aboutmyself. I like to build things. I like to solve problems. I don’t like being bored. I like to learn. It’s only worth it to me if I’m passionate about it. It’s not about money. I can’t go back.
    25. 25. Thanks! Le .c om t ’s as be g fri kan end eg ab s! Scan my Hollrback Card and feel free to contact me at any time!

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