I’m a pretty big fan of e-sports. I follow one LOL in particular Double Lift or Lift Lift. He came from a traditional Chinese who literally disowned him because he wanted to play video games. He believed in his talent enough to try to make it. And he did. He’s brand is worth a lot. Probably at least close to a million. And he plays video games. I’ve seen most if not all his interviews, and it still surprises me how hungry he is to win. He’s not like most video gamers… he has a simple goal, to be the best… I can appreciate that.
I’m blessed. I have a great set of parents and an enviable life. I have a lot. The one thing I don’t have is a software I can sell for millions. That would be neat. And is my next goal. I’m not going to sugar coat this…. the software isn’t want I expected it would be at this point. In fact… it’s not remotely close… There is no other way to say it… except it failed. And I failed. I failed to manage the development team… instead they managed themselves. Which makes no sense… since they are developers making a PPC tool. Not a great plan.
I’m weird… if you read any of my blogs you will know that. Things that should drive me… mainly money… really don’t. I’ve paid off all my student loans. And I don’t have auto loans. I am debt free and have a significant chunk saved in non-interest funds…. I know… not the best. I feed on negativity. The more negative someone is, the more it fuels me to be better. There’s no better story then the one I’ve told many times… before. How I got started in PPC.
I replayed fire emblem awakening. It was fun. 10 hours of non-stop playing… essentially my friday night… instead of going out to the amazing event… haha… Pass. Anyways, I’ve optimized the game and can unlock all the characters. And grind them at the highest levels within the shortest period of time. At some point… I stop enjoying the game… and I only continue to playing purely for optimization. It’s sort of neat being able to play a game “perfectly.” Anyways…. onto tonight. I did go to the gym. And I just got back. It’s 1:37am… I want to at least make 4 more blogs tonight mainly because I feel guilty for not making my guttulus videos. When something messes with my schedule… it really messes with it.
Today wasn’t the greatest day. Saturday I was out most of the day doing errands. Sunday… yeah. Is almost over. Anyways, I accidentally smashed my iPad onto the floor. No use crying over spilled milk. Moved on already. The same philosophy I have with development and PPC. If something doesn’t go right, fix it or move on. No use harping on what went wrong or why. Failure is failure and it’s always ugly. And no excuse makes it better…. At least it wasn’t my macbook… that would have sucked.
No movie better summarizes inbound marketing then Filed of Dreams. “If you build it, he will come.” But will they actually come? Remember you are one of many. There are companies who do what you do…. or things so similar to what you do… it’s not that different. Sales is not easy. I spent 4 hours each Sunday doing it. And 4 hours each Monday. You have to be consistent and not give up.
There are many things to like about startup life. There’s a lot of freedom. Some people want to work in a startup because of the life style. Some want the money… hint… there’s not that much. Others do it because of the entrepreneurial spirit. The never dying flame that you can make it. Regardless of why… it’s a plunge and commitment. Not a path for the weak of heart. Startups fail all the time… If you ask Forbes, it’s an 80% failure rate within 18 months. Crazy high number…
I spent my first $20 dollars on instagram advertising which is really just Facebook advertising. I lost followers… I’m not sure how that’s possible… but it happened. I’m learning…. I have to develop a more clear instagram account. I don’t really know who my audience is. And I don’t have a tone set for the account yet. Lots of things I need to fix… Right now it’s just a hodge podge of my interests. Which doesn’t… work on instagram. You need laser focus.
I’m not sure what the title means. I thought it would make a good title. This weekend has been a mess. Productivity wise, it’s not been bad. No weekend when I set up my youtubes and this blog is all that bad. Combined that’s like a day of work. And I learned a new linkedin strategy. I didn’t get to exercise… at all this week. And my schedule is complexly off. I’m not feeling great. The weather changes are a bit much. And I’m generally not in the best mood… I get grumpy when my schedule is altered.
People are inherently selfish… this is true. They will do what’s in their best interest. It’s part of being human. Therefore, a smart company will align an employee’s interest with their own. One of the worst parts of owning a startup is training. Training people is hard. It takes time and resources. And even with the perfect student… you can fail. And after you are done training… they can leave for green pastures. This happens a whole lot with developers. Especially with ones who think they are better than they are.
There are days I don’t want to do anything… like blog. or make videos. On these days I still force myself to do these things. Mainly as a testament of consistency. If you do something long enough… you will eventually get there. Even when progress seems incredibly slow. I wanted to talk about laziness and how it’s incredibly destructive of a startup. The model behind a startup is everyone tries as hard as they can and hopefully we get rich. Well.. because every employee has multiple responsibilities, when things fail, it’s difficult to pinpoint who failed. Rather it’s the team that fails.
One of the keys to making it as a startup is to not panic. Things will inevitably go bad… sometimes get worst. You have to keep your head up and keep at it. Consistency trumps everything else in terms of importance. Panic alters consistency and therefore productivity. Some people are incredibly bad at handling adverse situations. You don’t really want them as part of your startup… Startup life is a constant state of panic. I’m not sure why someone with a low tolerance for chaos, would want to join a startup.
My life hasn’t been easy. It’s been interesting… A lot of things I learned on my own or in spite of other people. I’m glad I had those experiences. It taught me to endure through difficult times and to choose the difficult path. It’s never the end goal, just the journey. Which brings me to this blog topic. Startup life tests your will to endure. Not everyday is fun or easy. The highs are really high and the lows are pretty low. It’s less stable then a job at a corporation. But what you put into it… is yours. And that’s something you can be proud about.
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Children set extremely high expectations for themselves. They want to be movie stars, baseball players, and tech gurus. At some point these expectations… or dreams… are tempered with more “reasonable” ones. This is the natural result of life. There are ceilings and doors everywhere we go. For the few who still set high expectation… society doesn’t like it. Most articles go on about how setting goals shouldn’t revolve around numbers. These articles denote a paradox. If you set a goal and the goal has no teeth… then why set it?
One of the worst characteristics traits I have.. is I buy things I know I have no useful. Case in point… books… I don’t really have the time to read them… but I can’t stop buying them. I order them from Amazon… from eBay, and if a local store has a few hundred… I think nothing of making an offer for everything. Literally… every book in the store… The other thing is cards… Although I’ve been much better recently… a result of being too busy to really care. Cards are on the lower end of importance. I guess there’s one more…. anime related things. Which will make February an extremely expensive month.
Here’s something I’ve been wanting to write up for some time. I run kick starter campaigns… and they are not what you think they are…. purely marketing and sort of scummy. The key to a successful kick starter is making sure you fund it yourself… about half way. If you sent a goal of $10,000 you should have $5,000 in guarantee funds within the first 48 hours. You want to trickle it, so it seems naturally. Create multiple accounts or give friends/family the money to “fund” your item. This will trigger kick starters not… fully optimized algorithm and boom you are on the front page. Once on the front page you can collect the remaining $5,000 easily…
I teach coding to elementary students. It’s a lot of fun. Basic HTML… no CSS yet. During computer class. I believe everyone can learn coding and PPC. It’s not difficult and with the internet you really don’t need to go to school. Online classes were great and I felt I learned at a much faster rate than if I signed up for a class. I was thinking of signing up for classes at UH… but the scheduling didn’t work with my job at the time.
My mentality over the past 3 years has been everyday is an adventure. After my “corporate” job as a comptroller… I wanted to do something different. That was marketing. The first agency I worked… I will described as an interesting experience. PPC and development were not valued. Social Media and Graphic Design were the two areas the agency focused on. The team ratio was interesting… 20% sales 35% graphic design 35% social media 5% PPC & 5% developer. Social Media Specialists and Graphic Designers were the overwhelming majority of the team.
Goal 1: Read 50 books. I own a few thousand… they just sit there. I wish there was a word for buying a book and not reading it…
Goal 2: 7,500 linkedin connections. I need to go to events and socialize in person more. I have business cards now… that’s making a huge difference.
Goal 3: 3,500 Instagram followers. I like instagram it’s a lot of fun. I’m going to take it more seriously from this point on.
The biggest difference in 2016 is I’ve saved some money to spend on Social Media. I do PPC for a living.. so it’s only right that I practice what I preach. I’m excited. It’s not going to crazy amounts of money… but enough to make a large difference. I have so many social media platforms…. Sometimes… multiple accounts on the same platforms. Here’s the current break down and where I’m going to put my money… at least according to the current marketing plan.
The old Acura RDX 08 has been great… However… it’s 7 years later. If I was really spend thrifty I would wait until 2017…. But then the car would be 8 years old. The only bad thing about saving for a new car is I should theoretically eat out less. In 2015 I ate out around 400 times including lunch, breakfast, and dinner. The average bill was around $15. This is according to Mint. If I eat out 75% less which Mint tells me is about right… I should be able to save $4,500 a year. I find these numbers difficult to believe…
Let’s be serious… I need to get my iPad back. It has the one game I play. I promised my mother an iPad Pro. But Best Buy ran out of the 128GB she wanted. This was an oversight on my part since I didn’t realize that they could run out of iPads… For whatever reason my Best Buy has lots of stock all the time. I called a few times inquiry when they will have them back in stock… to this… they told me to Kingwood. Which I’m not going to go to…
Mondays… consist of an odd combination of work at home and work from a remote office… which sort of defeats the purposes of work at home. hahaha. Mondays are also the day I get the most inquiries about jobs. I felt this Monday would be slower since it’s the holiday… but it wasn’t and probably won’t ever be.
Art was something I enjoy immensely. Ever since I took art classes in elementary school I’ve love sketching and drawing. I took manga drawing classes in middle school and high school. Those were a lot of fun. My senior project was a Manga series which I published online. There’s something about creating your own characters that’s very appealing to me. In many ways it similar to having your own startup. You live the adventure.
This website is only about 6 months old. I created some previous content a while ago… but the website it self is new. It was a struggle to get it up and running…. the server kept crashing. My original concept for it was much grander than it’s current form. I was going to have an entire video series much like Teamtreehouse for PPC. However… that didn’t happen. I wasn’t able to spend as much time on it as I thought. After resigning from my previous agency… for all types of reasons…. I planned on spending the next 2 months working exclusively on my website. I’d save enough money to do so and was looking forward to redoing the entire thing.