Biz Dev, Entrepreneur, and Dwolla. Previously at Aviary. Forbes Contributor.
Alex has done a bit of this and a bit of that and has shared his journey along the way on his blog. He’s founded SocialRank, he’s co-authored a book, and he’s locked in many deals. Listen up kids, this is the real world of entrepreneurship.
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The biggest mistake I see startups make regarding public announcements is that they assume that just because they exist or that they want to announce something that the press will cover it. Newsflash: Your news is not interesting. No one is going to carbon copy your press release or blog post.
I just ordered the iPhone 6+ 128GB and am very excited. I know it will probably take a few days to get comfortable with the bigger screen but I am committed. I've spoken with a lot of friends about which phone to order and it is nicely split between the 6 and 6+.
I've always been internally conflicted about one aspect of partnerships. That conflict is around whether to selectively partner or try to partner with whomever wants to partner with my company. In the past, I've mostly worked on product partnerships (i.e. an API). With product partnerships you typically want any and every company to integrate your API.
There has been a ton of hoopla about startups and the problem with cash flow and burn. Many big investors are sounding the alarm that late-stage companies are spending too much money. The idea is that if they continue to spend as they have and growth isn't where it should be, they could disappear overnight.
Last week Adobe acquired Aviary. I spent almost two years (2010 to 2012) working in BD and partnerships at Aviary and I'm very happy for the team there. I learned more during the two years at Aviary than I did anywhere else in my career/life and I'd love to share a few of those things here.
I was off-the-grid from Wednesday at sundown to Saturday at sunset because of the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashana (that went into the Sabbath, so a three-day holiday). During my time off, Ello launched. By the time I got online Saturday night it seems that Ello had come, peaked, and went all in less than three days.
We have just hired employee #4 at SocialRank. His name is Ammar Mian and he comes to us from Moxie Communications and graduated from UPenn in 2012. He has also written for Priceonomics and Hacker Rank. He will be running content and working on BD, partnerships, data, analytics, and everything in between.
Last week TechCrunch ran a piece on how Snapchat picked up the director of digital at Nike to win sports partnerships. That person is Eric Toda, an awesome guy that I've gotten to know over the past year working on SocialRank.