The Core of Startup Island (RECORDING)
We posted about this a couple of times already, but keep in mind you can read the entire framework of Startup Island; what Islanders we are looking at, who we are contacting, what costs we are taking on…everything, at data.startupisland.tv. We reorganized it today, and it’s a lot easier to navigate and understand.
That being said, we have not been as honest as we should be, or as dedicated in recording conversations. From here on out every conversation that has any relevance will be availible on therecordings.tumblr.com. After the epic-fail to record a great conversation with Amir Savar we recorded the conversation with Craig on Money vs. Passion.
Keep in mind too, theemails.tumblr.com has all the emails we are sending. This is about as close as you can get to a self imposed Patriot Act.
After 4 Years, Will I Graduate? Should I? (RECORDING)
[DON’T LISTEN TO IT YET!]
Today, I was going to post a funny conversation we had with a very nervous operator from True Religion on our new audio recorder. We felt the new recorder would help you to connect with the conversations and start to hear what we are hearing…total transparency.
Well today, those plans changed. Due to a weird computer glitch (which my university is hesitant to say is that bad) I had to have a conversation with the faculty about potentially being held back for another semester this fall. No one’s fault but the computer, but just so you understand the gravity of the situation. I am supposed to be graduating this May. I am graduating not because I necessarily believe in a degree, but because I believe you need to take life, your career, your faith, and your actions into your own hands. If college compliments that then great, but overall I feel it is inefficient. I am graduating because my parents and grandparents have sacrificed countless hours of their lives to get me here. It is important to note that, even if the degree may not matter, their love and charisma made me love doing cool stuff…just not necessarily school. (This is not a personal recommendation to your philosophy on education, make your own damn decisions!)
That being said, and for the sake of total authenticity, we recorded 15 minutes of the conversation…
[NOW LISTEN TO THE CONVERSATION]
**LEGAL NOTE he was informed.**
[WHEN IT IS DONE OR WHEN YOU ARE BORED, KEEP READING]
The most incredible part, beyond the conversation, is the man with whom I was talking. Learned eyes, calm spirit, driven, and articulate. Beyond the intense, incredible content (at least for me), the story changes as soon as I asked him if he “did debate?”. He, and the rest of the conversation, did a 180 degree turn. Sadly, this all happens after I pressed the stop recording button.
His name is Hugh Jackson and as the initial tension deflated, with common ground found in a debating history, I continued the post-recording conversation with “So, what is your story?”. He paused. Now, I would argue that the right kind of authentic person will know you’re serious and when it’s casual. He paused, and that’s when the real conversation started.
He is clearly intelligent, and he will also read this post so WHATS UP BRO? SO FLATTERING. It was a long conversation, about 30 minutes post-recording.
If he had one year left, what is the coolest most bad ass thing he could possibly go do:
He wants to do something that gives him enough money to spend the rest of his life going throughout the world raising awarness for missionary programs that actually make great progress.
So what is his real dream?
Go throughout the world and raise awareness for
What could this mean for Startup Island?
Well we might have a new islander on the radar. I asked why the hell he is just there GO DO IT, and the money, people, labor etc will come. Not like he is wasting his time by working now in admissions, but money is certainly a stupid reason to keep you from your dreams because in essence if money has your dreams, that money bought your dreams. Too me, thats not dreaming.
How can thinking like Startup Island change his life?
He gets “it”, whatever “it” is. I am Christian, he is Christian. That does not mean that I am marginalizing anyone reading this post who is not of that belief system, but the point is to say that he is very grounded in his spirituality. I think he is intrigued, but I will keep you posted if he decides to accept my invitation to come to a introductory meeting this Sunday night.
What story is he bringing?
If he is willing to start, just start, his concept of missionary illumination I think that it would give a great faith based story for Christians and a great way to keep a pulse of spiritual innovation for anyone not Christian. There is Kiva for micro-finance ideas, Kickstarter for entrepreneurship ideas, why is there not a service to help crowd fund spiritual ideas? He could, and totally should do it. He is young, articulate, obviously a great sales guy, smart, and for heaven’s sake he is in a cubicle (No offense to you dude, all jobs have sacrifices and maybe the one you want requires it). Keep in mind, all of the future islanders we are looking at is broken down in our islanders section at data.startupisland.tv
All this too say, who would have known the same guy telling you “you can’t graduate” would turn out to be a part of Startup Island.
PS: MONEY SHOULDN’T OWN YOUR DREAMS. If you agree, post that on your FB status. Because WTF, those are the last things money should have a hold on. And just to lighten the mood, here is a sick song that I am raging to
We will have the 3D development frames up tonightish so you can see what it looks like, but for those of you who we have not told yet, every islander wears a unique Dogtag with two red LED countdown timers encased in matte black steel. The top countdown is the user-determined time till you achieve your next big goal; winning a challenge, launching a concept, etc. The bottom one is only set once and estimates the remaining time you have in life—the calculations will be another post.
The goal of the LifeBreath DogTag is to remind you to live life to the fullest, and invest wisely every moment you have. It’s stylish yet attention getting presence gives opportunity to introduce the authenticity of Startup Island and your involved in it.
All that too say, we googled how to use Alibaba (a potential option for connecting with foreign outsourcing firms) and discovered the high risk of fraud. So we traveled around the web for a while reading prototyping how-to documents when I finally remembered Apple released a document describing all of the technology component companies they use. WA LA! We will go down that list with the developed wireframe and get price quotes.
These things are going to be so bad ass, ceramic fused steel so they are heavy and tangible. A special weighted battery, which will power the small displays for 40+ years, and a waterproof casing will make this so cool.
GoPro is BroPro or MaybeSo
I have not been as transparent as I should, I need to get better at this openness thing. We received a follow up email from GoPro which offered 40% off any GoPro Camera. After talking with Craig several times, and leaving a voicemail with the guy at GoPro we think there are two problems:
1- Even though we could just buy the cameras and go for it, the point is that we started with a domain, phone line, and some great conversation. Using our own money for these cameras differentiates us from this beginning because that money (albeit a huge blessing) is from other beginnings (other projects).
2- We want to work with people who believe in the higher values of transparency in business and authenticity in early Startups. We see this as a practice that should be adopted by the whole world. It is more than cubicle hatred in an office, it’s hating the fact that once you become successful your job is to defend the legitmacy of your title and in doing so continuously isolate yourself. GoPro makes a camera that can keep up with you when you are at your best, in the water, snow, and sand and they do a kick ass job at this because they believe in the higher value that you should be able to share and capture your most amazing moments.
At Startup Island we believe that amazing moments are both physical and intellectual therefore we want cameras that can be there in both which is why we approached GoPro. Clearly this is great branding for GoPro but that’s not the point, the point is that if they believe in capturing all of the extremes in your life they are the brand for us. We see for GoPro the same transparency as you see in us. We want you to know the GoPro guys personally, to know the intricacies that go into their cameras, and understand that they are real people building a kick ass product to share your life while investing the remaining time of theirs. The first step from them is a nod, not to us, but to entrepreneurs who work transparently and openly.
In order for us to keep our vision and to truly start from the beginning we want a real face to face hangout with them not discounts.
It looks like this:
1. hang out with the sponsor team at GoPro.
2. We all become friends (who will work together in the future on all sorts of stuff).
3. Of course they give us cameras, but that is not the point. We could just take the discount and go, but then we lost touch with a bunch of cool guys who clearly “get it” for heaven sakes they called a voicemail back from what must have sounded like a crazy man, “Hi, blah blah we have this island, and we need some sweet cameras from an extreme camera company.”
4. You realize “holy sh$/*t that is awesome, I want to make something really cool now.”
5. You realize that being honest, dropping titles, and working hard leads to kick ass stuff.
6. Above all, you think different, and the farther you go down that path the greater a gift you make to the world.
7. You solve cancer. (Or do some other bad ass thing)
Therefore the world was informed that extreme is captured by GoPro cameras, but more importantly that relationships and openness leads to the best work environment. And of course some awesome GoPro staff come check out the island, because they are our friends and fellow believers in openness. Also, GoPro rocks, as soon as they know us, GoPro will be on the island. I will keep you all posted on what they decide…I know we need cameras so you can start seeing this happen. I am at Kairos Society For the next two days hit me up if you want to learn more about the island and you live in NYC.
Be authentic, love,
UPDATE 1: Left a Vmail right before leaving for Kairos on Thursday.
UPDATE 2: Just emailed our guy in the GoPro office this post…will keep you posted.
Just got off the phone with this awesome bro Matt who is hooking us up with some sweet GoPro cameras deals and some secret stuff that they are not comfortable with us telling people, but CALM YOUR SH*T :p he said we could tell you in a couple of weeks.
CAMERAS BABY! GOPRO!
Now onto getting the DogTags…Love all of you.