This has been on my mind for the past couple of weeks as I started a new job. I have been asked by a couple people on advice for their careers. How I went from Ryerson to where I am now. The answer I tell everyone is that its been a lot of luck and timing. I wanted to lay out the route that I took to where I am now in hopes that it provides some clarity on the decisions one makes when sorting out their careers. - Read More -
I wont waste your time…I’ll take a brief look back at my previous resolutions and look forward to 2013.
- Travel to San Fran
- Develop a website
- Develop a mobile app
- Learn how to play the guitar
- Learn how to surf
Out of all of those, I managed to develop a website (thanks to HackerYou). This is actually turning into a side project that I hope to continue evolving over the next year. I would personally scratch off San Fran that list too as I subbed in a fantastic SXSW adventure that cemented some of my earlier assumptions of how awesome and small the Toronto tech community really is.
3 months ago I went down the path to learning a new skill in a new way. I wanted to develop a website of my own, and had no clue how to do it. I figured I could easily find a developer friend who could spare the time to help out. Easy task, right? Wrong. This proved no luck, and thankfully so. It made me desperate. Desperate to build no matter what. So I came across HackerYou (justification for the course is detailed here). Today, I am very proud to kind of launch LiiftMe. This was an idea that I had kicking around for the longest time and just wanted to get something tangible up to talk to people and discuss the idea. Validate if people would use it, validate if the revenue sources were strong, and just see where it goes. If it busts and no one uses it, I can deal with it.
You learn a lot about yourself in 50-something hours over the course of a weekend. You are crunched for time and need to create a viable (and validated) business in a weekend. You think it’s not too hard, but you quickly realize why companies take months to do this. Pressure is placed on every member of the team to produce an MVP and a business. Delegation and trust is built with virtual strangers.
This past weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in Startup Weekend Toronto with some extremely smart people in their own areas. Our idea was Fantasee, a more customized approach to fantasy analytics. We zeroed in our target demographic early on, and started prepping the team in all of their roles. I was in charge of strategy and validation.