*THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED DAILY THROUGHOUT OUR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN
DAY 7 STARTUP ISLAND In 60 Seconds! Ok so we realize we have not been good at updating the days (sorry!) but we have been busy making really cool gear for you and making this video which will hopefully answer your questions…in 60 Seconds!
DAY 2 INDIEGOGO: We expected that our project would spend some more time on the public eye in “Recently Added” instead Kickstarter batch uploaded campaigns right after ours. SH*****T. So we thought, if we are going to have to grass roots the whole marketing campaign why are we jumping through all the disadvantages at Kickstarter where it’s competitor (albeit less known) is way more open to customization. We also launched a better, more informational video, and great preview of TEDxStartupIsland with it. We heard feedback from everyone (which was encouraging but critically supportive!) so we changed the tiers to 2 main support options, added more swag, and really just made everything more bad a$$. 
Be authentic. 
Soundtrack of the day: Rusko
DAY 6: Today we commission the 3D Business Cards, which we are incredibly stoked about. There is a full post below! In addition, we had a great meeting with a Partner at JVP who we requested would advise the Island. Based in Jerusalem, JVP is a very large fund that backs startups in both pre-found and late round (B+C) funding. Very nice guy.  You can read more about him on our investor profile @ Angel.CO. We are rapidly scripting a informative video for the national campaign and decided to hold the press releases until later this week. You can take a look at the LIVE document we are editing here. BTW, since there was no viral jump by launching on Kickstarter we have decided to switch platforms because IndieGoGo is way more flexible and open. Since we have to do the marketing our selves (which we will break down the strategy when we finish this video) then our thinking is, “why use Kickstarter?”
Soundtrack of the day: Come Fly Away, Ben Benassi
DAY 5: Zzzzz…
DAY 4: As emails went out to the interns, we finalized the structure of the new campaign video. We are having a huge conversation about IndieGoGo vs. Kickstarter in a couple of minutes. Here goes! Also, today we had an incredible discussion with Elevator Labs about joining their incubator. Tom was totally supportive and interested. Read the post below for more about Elevator! 
Soundtrack of the day: Timebomb Laidback Luke (Alex Re-Fix)
DAY 3: As of this morning, we have well over 100 likes on our Facebook page. We are so thrilled to see our friends show of support and the momentum will only increase from here on out. We are re-thinking the Kickstarter video because we feel it may not be as simple as we originally hoped it to be. But have no fear! This is the entire purpose of our existence: to try, to fail, to adapt, to move forward, and most importantly, to show how we do that. Within the next few days we will be uploading a new video to Kickstarter with more passion and charisma than ever. We will be breaking down what viewers and donors will be getting from StartupIsland, which was not the strong point of the last video. On the agenda: Devon and Patrick will be scouting for Startup Island Interns today, we will be making final edits to the new video, and as always, the team is continuing to spread the word on this amazing adventure!
Update: We just got back from a firestorm of introducing Startup Island to student organizations all over Pepperdine university. A great experience with amazing people, but we realized a couple things. First, we realized that we are not just looking for marketing interns, were looking for everyone and anyone that believes in the island. Second, the momentum of this crazy idea has been building so fast that we are totally over our heads (and we love it). Third these are exactly the kind of things we needed to realize in order to keep racing toward Thailand. The path to Startup Island has a funny way of revealing itself when we need it most.
Bottom-line: Anyone who believes in startupisland has a place in its construction.  If you’re ready to build, let us know at www.buildtheisland.com
Soundtrack of the day: Happiness by Sam Sparro
DAY 2: Woke up to personal friends backing us $67.18, one request to come speak at a college CSUN, and our new friend Mike Costache wants to feature Startup Island at an Alumni event. We are gathering today to do a Google Hangout to prepare our national rollout out. On the agenda: The Startup Island Interns (starting Tuesday), rolling out to entrepreneur clubs countrywide, submitting our information to talk shows, and getting pictures on the Ducati. 
Soundtrack of the day: Say Anything by Drake.
DAY 1: Campaign went live at 6:30PM, we did a blitz to our local network and received $67.18 in Backing. Went to an LA BDAY party for EGO.TV’s founder Jimmy Hutichenson, who was a boss with a sick home in Bel Air; he also gave everything to charity.  Again, boss. 
Soundtrack of the night: Ambition by Wale. 

*THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED DAILY THROUGHOUT OUR KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN

DAY 7 STARTUP ISLAND In 60 Seconds! Ok so we realize we have not been good at updating the days (sorry!) but we have been busy making really cool gear for you and making this video which will hopefully answer your questions…in 60 Seconds!

DAY 2 INDIEGOGO: We expected that our project would spend some more time on the public eye in “Recently Added” instead Kickstarter batch uploaded campaigns right after ours. SH*****T. So we thought, if we are going to have to grass roots the whole marketing campaign why are we jumping through all the disadvantages at Kickstarter where it’s competitor (albeit less known) is way more open to customization. We also launched a better, more informational video, and great preview of TEDxStartupIsland with it. We heard feedback from everyone (which was encouraging but critically supportive!) so we changed the tiers to 2 main support options, added more swag, and really just made everything more bad a$$. 

Be authentic. 

Soundtrack of the day: Rusko

DAY 6: Today we commission the 3D Business Cards, which we are incredibly stoked about. There is a full post below! In addition, we had a great meeting with a Partner at JVP who we requested would advise the Island. Based in Jerusalem, JVP is a very large fund that backs startups in both pre-found and late round (B+C) funding. Very nice guy.  You can read more about him on our investor profile @ Angel.CO. We are rapidly scripting a informative video for the national campaign and decided to hold the press releases until later this week. You can take a look at the LIVE document we are editing here. BTW, since there was no viral jump by launching on Kickstarter we have decided to switch platforms because IndieGoGo is way more flexible and open. Since we have to do the marketing our selves (which we will break down the strategy when we finish this video) then our thinking is, “why use Kickstarter?”

Soundtrack of the day: Come Fly Away, Ben Benassi

DAY 5: Zzzzz…

DAY 4: As emails went out to the interns, we finalized the structure of the new campaign video. We are having a huge conversation about IndieGoGo vs. Kickstarter in a couple of minutes. Here goes! Also, today we had an incredible discussion with Elevator Labs about joining their incubator. Tom was totally supportive and interested. Read the post below for more about Elevator

Soundtrack of the day: Timebomb Laidback Luke (Alex Re-Fix)

DAY 3: As of this morning, we have well over 100 likes on our Facebook page. We are so thrilled to see our friends show of support and the momentum will only increase from here on out. We are re-thinking the Kickstarter video because we feel it may not be as simple as we originally hoped it to be. But have no fear! This is the entire purpose of our existence: to try, to fail, to adapt, to move forward, and most importantly, to show how we do that. Within the next few days we will be uploading a new video to Kickstarter with more passion and charisma than ever. We will be breaking down what viewers and donors will be getting from StartupIsland, which was not the strong point of the last video. 
On the agenda: Devon and Patrick will be scouting for Startup Island Interns today, we will be making final edits to the new video, and as always, the team is continuing to spread the word on this amazing adventure!

Update: We just got back from a firestorm of introducing Startup Island to student organizations all over Pepperdine university. A great experience with amazing people, but we realized a couple things. First, we realized that we are not just looking for marketing interns, were looking for everyone and anyone that believes in the island. Second, the momentum of this crazy idea has been building so fast that we are totally over our heads (and we love it). Third these are exactly the kind of things we needed to realize in order to keep racing toward Thailand. The path to Startup Island has a funny way of revealing itself when we need it most.

Bottom-line: Anyone who believes in startupisland has a place in its construction.  If you’re ready to build, let us know at www.buildtheisland.com

Soundtrack of the day: Happiness by Sam Sparro

DAY 2: Woke up to personal friends backing us $67.18, one request to come speak at a college CSUN, and our new friend Mike Costache wants to feature Startup Island at an Alumni event. We are gathering today to do a Google Hangout to prepare our national rollout out. On the agenda: The Startup Island Interns (starting Tuesday), rolling out to entrepreneur clubs countrywide, submitting our information to talk shows, and getting pictures on the Ducati. 

Soundtrack of the day: Say Anything by Drake.

DAY 1: Campaign went live at 6:30PM, we did a blitz to our local network and received $67.18 in Backing. Went to an LA BDAY party for EGO.TV’s founder Jimmy Hutichenson, who was a boss with a sick home in Bel Air; he also gave everything to charity.  Again, boss. 

Soundtrack of the night: Ambition by Wale

Here is the thing, if we can rethink the business card, why can’t we rethink the suit? At it’s core a suit is just a piece of armor so we went to literally the epitome of Italian suits: Luigi Bianchi Mantova. I mean come on, “MANTOVA” how much more cigar-in-hand-boss can you get?
Yes, I know we can’t make a holographic 3D suit-REF the business cards. However, wait till you see what we have planned. 
UPDATE: They kindly agreed to our visit to Milan as we completely re-think the business suit. 
Be authentic.
PS: The new video is pissing us off difficult.

Here is the thing, if we can rethink the business card, why can’t we rethink the suit? At it’s core a suit is just a piece of armor so we went to literally the epitome of Italian suits: Luigi Bianchi Mantova. I mean come on, “MANTOVA” how much more cigar-in-hand-boss can you get?

Yes, I know we can’t make a holographic 3D suit-REF the business cards. However, wait till you see what we have planned. 

UPDATE: They kindly agreed to our visit to Milan as we completely re-think the business suit. 

Be authentic.

PS: The new video is pissing us off difficult.

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.

Be authentic.

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.

Anyway, summarizing: 

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. 

Be authentic.

Patrick

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 

Tomorrow morning we are going to meet with Workhouse Capital (I will ask him if we can publish his name after the meeting). The goal is not to get funding, but bring him to believe in this movement. The money will come to this project. Workhouse Capital looks new to the field, but we didn’t approach him until he asked some very interesting and in depth questions on specifically transparency. It looks like one of the guys who wants to change the world, and his VC status seems like cover for “I will make an impact.”
ON THAT NOTE: 
We uploaded readable links to the entire model we have so far, literally you can read the same documents we are working on now with the people, profiles, projects, names, and sponsors/partnerships data.startupisland.tv. Feel free to chip in, send an email, or send a digital high five Hello@StartupIsland.tv oh and guess how much this is going to cost? $1.5M. Bad ass.
Be authentic.

Tomorrow morning we are going to meet with Workhouse Capital (I will ask him if we can publish his name after the meeting). The goal is not to get funding, but bring him to believe in this movement. The money will come to this project. Workhouse Capital looks new to the field, but we didn’t approach him until he asked some very interesting and in depth questions on specifically transparency. It looks like one of the guys who wants to change the world, and his VC status seems like cover for “I will make an impact.”

ON THAT NOTE:

We uploaded readable links to the entire model we have so far, literally you can read the same documents we are working on now with the people, profiles, projects, names, and sponsors/partnerships data.startupisland.tv. Feel free to chip in, send an email, or send a digital high five Hello@StartupIsland.tv oh and guess how much this is going to cost? $1.5M. Bad ass.

Be authentic.

UPDATE: From our bud “Rob” he said that Avicii will not be in Asia for that time. Email is on theemails.tumblr.com.
It Is Tomorrow In Switzerland, and Today Is Avicii.
We shot Avicii’s manager an email, and decided so we don’t clutter up the posts that there would be a new Email’s blog where you can see every email we sent to sponsors, partners, new islanders etc etc. It can be found below by clicking on the pages button the toolbar, or you can click this link here to read Avicii’s managers email (sorry we don’t know his name yet!). The only catch is, some people ask us not to share their contact information which we understand and respect. Essentially UNTIL we get their permission to post direct contact information we can’t.
Here is the link to Avicii’s post, and the new emails section of Startup Island. Everytime we reference an email we will link to it there:
theemails.tumblr.com
And just to get pumped up about Avicii, listen to his mix here:

Be authentic.
UPDATE: As you may note in the email we are thinking of have a DJ Room where you can live tune into to see them mix beats etc.

UPDATE: From our bud “Rob” he said that Avicii will not be in Asia for that time. Email is on theemails.tumblr.com.

It Is Tomorrow In Switzerland, and Today Is Avicii.

We shot Avicii’s manager an email, and decided so we don’t clutter up the posts that there would be a new Email’s blog where you can see every email we sent to sponsors, partners, new islanders etc etc. It can be found below by clicking on the pages button the toolbar, or you can click this link here to read Avicii’s managers email (sorry we don’t know his name yet!). The only catch is, some people ask us not to share their contact information which we understand and respect. Essentially UNTIL we get their permission to post direct contact information we can’t.

Here is the link to Avicii’s post, and the new emails section of Startup Island. Everytime we reference an email we will link to it there:

theemails.tumblr.com

And just to get pumped up about Avicii, listen to his mix here:

Be authentic.

UPDATE: As you may note in the email we are thinking of have a DJ Room where you can live tune into to see them mix beats etc.

PROTOTYPING LIFEBREATH

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.

…..And this is SO BAD ASS. Totally perfect for the vision of being transparent and just sharing your story. Maybe the real tag is BE AUTHENTIC, BE STUPID. And we are uploading their video to be our banner video right now. Also, its not like we are not going to call this guys immediately. They have a campaign out now for Diesel Island. WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

Be authentic (and be stupid - Diesel),

Patrick, Craig

Here is the email we just sent Contour, I know we need Cameras so all of you GoPro lovers relax for a second we still have not heard back from them and will let you know when we talk with them again, we are just moving to find options to make sure you guys don’t miss what is coming. AFFECTER LAUNCH! NPA .PRESIDENT and some surprises from new Islanders After almost a year in R&D, we will tell you not just how influential you are….but how influential you WILL be….IN 3D!! I attached a screen of the launch page above.
Ok kidding about the 3D part, but it feels like cinema has resulted to tacking on 3D to old plot lines for monotonous gain. Ex. Star Wars 3D remake.
How authentic are we? So authentic.
Patrick
—

Dear Contour, 



I am writing on behalf of a group of entrepreneurs going to Startup Island in Thailand in October.




It is an incredible place, as cool as the name implies, where the most innovative products and services are developed on a reality TV show that captures the feasibility of entrepreneurship and open transparency of hard work while trumping patents, business titles, sleep, and paperwork in general. 


Patrick McConlogue: 858.382.3043




PHILOSOPHY


I believe companies are groups of people pursuing a common goal or gift back to the world. We believe that entrepreneurship can happen, and that students, clients, accountants, electricians, can do this. You CAN sell your company, you CAN build a bad ass app, all of those stupid titles are normal people…we are normal people. That is why we are coming to Contour, in the next 270 days we are going to fund and build Startup Island, with $1.5M, 27 people, 13 startups, and 13 incredible Rockstarpreneurs, posting the entire concept online in a free reality TV with every story of every startup involved. So, I am not some CEO RAH TAH TAH of Startup Island, I am a 22 year old young man who works his ass off and do what I love. I am tired of putting everyone done with the companies I do or have done, because they are not accounting books, nameplates, and paychecks, but passions of mine.


On January 20nd 2012, we started with a smartphone and an idea. And we posted a picture of registering the domain StartupIsland.TV 2 days later. And when we do this Island, in total authenticity, and it works, we will have proven that anyone can.




WHY CONTOUR


That is why we are coming to you. Just to be authentic, we went to GoPro first because I saw them at a Ski Resort. I am not trying to pit them against you, we literally left a VMAIL and a rep called us back in 15 minutes and offered 40% off all their products. Clearly nice guys, but the problem is, this is not enough to prove that anyone can do this. We need 6 cameras to start watching 6 entrepreneurs, and having received investments in past companies of mine I could have easily have just bought the gear. But we need to do this with a smartphone and an idea, and buying the top GOPRO camera (6 of them) even at 40% off to record us going to the island would cost over $720. Not money a college student could stomach. So…we Googled other extreme cameras that can handle our trips out to thailand and meetings with, for example the founder of Admob HOLY SHIT or Zappos CEO (NAME DROPPING!!) and Contour we found next. 




On the island we will have labs, teleconferencing, computer systems, and we need to eat. We are reaching out to incredible companies to do this, and I got to have a great conversation about Startup Island with the CTO of the White House. We are after Virgin Atlantic for flights, Sony for TVs etc etc. 




SPONSORSHIP


We are interested in offering 34 hours of video and several product placement options for sponsorship with your cameras specifically. Depending on what we can logically do we would also consider signing an exclusivity agreement for our extreme stuff. We cant start showing the story until we get them. Right now you can read everything on our live Tumblr feed.





Either way, whoever is reading this, you were meant to read it. Remember what Steve Jobs said about looking in the mirror in the morning and being passionate about what you are about to do that day. If that is not you, seriously, join us. Even if not in person, in practice. Even if this has nothing to do with Contour, one more person who believes in openness and transparency and passion in the work they do is worth a million cameras. 




We posted this email up on the live feed http://startupisland.tumblr.com.




"Be Authentic."




Patrick

Here is the email we just sent Contour, I know we need Cameras so all of you GoPro lovers relax for a second we still have not heard back from them and will let you know when we talk with them again, we are just moving to find options to make sure you guys don’t miss what is coming. AFFECTER LAUNCH! NPA .PRESIDENT and some surprises from new Islanders After almost a year in R&D, we will tell you not just how influential you are….but how influential you WILL be….IN 3D!! I attached a screen of the launch page above.

Ok kidding about the 3D part, but it feels like cinema has resulted to tacking on 3D to old plot lines for monotonous gain. Ex. Star Wars 3D remake.

How authentic are we? So authentic.

Patrick

Dear Contour, 
I am writing on behalf of a group of entrepreneurs going to Startup Island in Thailand in October.
It is an incredible place, as cool as the name implies, where the most innovative products and services are developed on a reality TV show that captures the feasibility of entrepreneurship and open transparency of hard work while trumping patents, business titles, sleep, and paperwork in general. 
Patrick McConlogue: 858.382.3043
PHILOSOPHY

I believe companies are groups of people pursuing a common goal or gift back to the world. We believe that entrepreneurship can happen, and that students, clients, accountants, electricians, can do this. You CAN sell your company, you CAN build a bad ass app, all of those stupid titles are normal people…we are normal people. That is why we are coming to Contour, in the next 270 days we are going to fund and build Startup Island, with $1.5M, 27 people, 13 startups, and 13 incredible Rockstarpreneurs, posting the entire concept online in a free reality TV with every story of every startup involved. So, I am not some CEO RAH TAH TAH of Startup Island, I am a 22 year old young man who works his ass off and do what I love. I am tired of putting everyone done with the companies I do or have done, because they are not accounting books, nameplates, and paychecks, but passions of mine.
On January 20nd 2012, we started with a smartphone and an idea. And we posted a picture of registering the domain StartupIsland.TV 2 days later. And when we do this Island, in total authenticity, and it works, we will have proven that anyone can.
WHY CONTOUR

That is why we are coming to you. Just to be authentic, we went to GoPro first because I saw them at a Ski Resort. I am not trying to pit them against you, we literally left a VMAIL and a rep called us back in 15 minutes and offered 40% off all their products. Clearly nice guys, but the problem is, this is not enough to prove that anyone can do this. We need 6 cameras to start watching 6 entrepreneurs, and having received investments in past companies of mine I could have easily have just bought the gear. But we need to do this with a smartphone and an idea, and buying the top GOPRO camera (6 of them) even at 40% off to record us going to the island would cost over $720. Not money a college student could stomach. So…we Googled other extreme cameras that can handle our trips out to thailand and meetings with, for example the founder of Admob HOLY SHIT or Zappos CEO (NAME DROPPING!!) and Contour we found next. 
On the island we will have labs, teleconferencing, computer systems, and we need to eat. We are reaching out to incredible companies to do this, and I got to have a great conversation about Startup Island with the CTO of the White House. We are after Virgin Atlantic for flights, Sony for TVs etc etc. 
SPONSORSHIP

We are interested in offering 34 hours of video and several product placement options for sponsorship with your cameras specifically. Depending on what we can logically do we would also consider signing an exclusivity agreement for our extreme stuff. We cant start showing the story until we get them. Right now you can read everything on our live Tumblr feed.
Either way, whoever is reading this, you were meant to read it. Remember what Steve Jobs said about looking in the mirror in the morning and being passionate about what you are about to do that day. If that is not you, seriously, join us. Even if not in person, in practice. Even if this has nothing to do with Contour, one more person who believes in openness and transparency and passion in the work they do is worth a million cameras. 
We posted this email up on the live feed http://startupisland.tumblr.com.
"Be Authentic."
Patrick
WORKING WITH THE WHITE HOUSE & THE .PRESIDENT PLATFORM
Had an incredible conference call with the CTO of the White House Aneesh Chopra. Although he is leaving his post very quickly, he has left behind some bad ass incubator stuff among other things. Through a series of events we bumped into a member of the Social Media team, who about hearing about the National Presidents Association (a college network of 500,000 students me, Craig, Simon, and Zack Jenkins [you don’t know him yet but you will!] run) the White House will be sending important initiatives directly to us at the NPA for syndication.
On that note, yesterday announced the new “.President” platform which is a community of our technology initiatives within the NPA. It’s one login to a wide array of software and opportunities to engage college students. The content from the DOE is going out on the network now, and we are currently working with the Dept. of Education to bring you your very first app challenge for education.
What I have not told them yet, is I think there should be a universal app store for the government where each department has engaging and interactive applications availible for a range of smartphones to allow for increased awareness of some of the really cool stuff the government is up too (who would have thought!) I am thinking: www.app.gov right?? right??? I will let you know how the talks go, but literally on the conference line last time was the head of the DOE, Aneesh, and now we just need to pull in the DOE and DOD. 
Be authentic. 

WORKING WITH THE WHITE HOUSE & THE .PRESIDENT PLATFORM

Had an incredible conference call with the CTO of the White House Aneesh Chopra. Although he is leaving his post very quickly, he has left behind some bad ass incubator stuff among other things. Through a series of events we bumped into a member of the Social Media team, who about hearing about the National Presidents Association (a college network of 500,000 students me, Craig, Simon, and Zack Jenkins [you don’t know him yet but you will!] run) the White House will be sending important initiatives directly to us at the NPA for syndication.

On that note, yesterday announced the new “.President” platform which is a community of our technology initiatives within the NPA. It’s one login to a wide array of software and opportunities to engage college students. The content from the DOE is going out on the network now, and we are currently working with the Dept. of Education to bring you your very first app challenge for education.

What I have not told them yet, is I think there should be a universal app store for the government where each department has engaging and interactive applications availible for a range of smartphones to allow for increased awareness of some of the really cool stuff the government is up too (who would have thought!) I am thinking: www.app.gov right?? right??? I will let you know how the talks go, but literally on the conference line last time was the head of the DOE, Aneesh, and now we just need to pull in the DOE and DOD. 

Be authentic. 

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,

Patrick

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. 

Here is the Summit Series video for last year so you get the idea, we will upload Basecamp’s as soon as it’s done.

Me and some of the islanders (Simon &  Craig) were blessed to work with Summit Series at their latest world-changing event in Tahoe called Summit Series Basecamp. It was incredible, but most importantly it was transparent; titles were dropped and amazing entrepreneurs played with mountain lions, danced 9000 ft above sea level, and opened up some really cool new plans to impact the world. From chilling with the Mafia Wars crew, to hanging with with Zappos’ CEO Tony, people were above exploring new ways to improve on business. To help you get a drift of SS we embedded their video.

Be authentic.

Summit Series Basecamp

Basecamp

Basecamp

And thanks to Anneke Jong for some of the great photos!

GoPro BROPRO

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.

GOPRO

CAMERAS BABY! GOPRO!

Now onto getting the DogTags…Love all of you.

Patrick