Creative, Innovative, Hard Working, Driven, Inspiring.
Google any of these personality traits and you’ll consistently find they represent two types of people- entrepreneurs and musicians. While comparisons are not often made, there are stark similarities in both ‘professions’. Here in LA we rub shoulders with some remarkable people from both walks of life on a daily basis. These are people who set a benchmark for how we aspire to live our lives. Here’s the special sauce that these people have to make them a cut above the rest.
“This is how LA works: You can meet absolutely anyone you want, but you only get one chance so you better have a damn good reason for doing so.”
This was a timeless piece of advice our team was given in our first few days here. It sounded so cliche that it couldn’t be true. After three weeks here, this is proving true time after time. The togetherness, overlap, and openness between what we’ve described as the LA ‘Bubbling Pot’ is incredible, and we have definitely reaped the benefits thus far.
So we did it. We packed our bags, jumped on a plane and are now in our second full week in sunny Los Angeles. Sounds simple, but the truth is that moving a company across the country is no easy feat. It takes a significant amount of planning, effort and most importantly justification. Why did we move and how did we make it happen? All answered here in three ‘simple’ steps:
If you would have shown the Blurr team this quote before March 2015, we would of laughed and light-heartedly agreed. Now, there’s few quotes we agree with more. Because, without Alcohol, in all fairness, there wouldn’t have been ‘the’ party, without ‘the’ party, there wouldn’t have been the idea, and without the idea, we wouldn’t have embarked on what has turned out to be the most remarkable, life-changing journey of our lives.
‘The’ Party (February 7th, 2015)
After throwing an insane Australian Themed Leaving Party for a buddy going on a study abroad (guess where?), we were left the next morning in the same situation as virtually every other College kid on a Sunday; hungover.
We always get the question – How are you doing it? How are you managing to grow a thriving business whilst remaining as a college student and playing a sport?
The question for us has never been ‘how are we doing it?’ but rather ‘why are we doing it?’ We ask ourselves that daily, and while our ‘Why’ always remains positive and thriving, the question answers itself and we keep on working.
One would expect the standard blog written around juggling a lot of priorities to be all about “working 24/7, constantly grinding, just getting through it, no social life” – the usual jargon. We aren’t denying this exists and huge sacrifices have to be made on a regular basis, but in our view giving that insight isn’t valuable, and working hard and grinding is simply a given. The past year has undoubtedly been the best and most enjoyable of our lives… here’s why and how this next year will be even better.
One of our team’s definite strong suits is producing engaging, entertaining presenting decks. We’ve had more than enough practice whether it was at SXSW, IPO Pitch or Pitchathon; and always receive great attention and traction from whichever crowd we present to. But an Investor ready deck is a whole different ball game. How do you produce a deck, that in 10-15 static slides is going to make an investor sit up and take notice, bearing in mind they’ll probably quickly view it while scrolling through their emails. Here’s what we have learned when creating ours.
It’s been a whirlwhind month for the Blurr team. We’ve launched with a bang and realized that users love Blurring! More importantly, we’ve been getting some fantastic feedback from our users, and have truly seen the value Blurr provides. Undoubtedly, people love getting easy access to memorable pictures around them. We’ve seen why users love it so much- and that’s so they can share to Social Media! Our users have access to every picture taken around them, which provides a larger selection of quality photos to choose from. That’s certainly better than the two awkward selfies they used to have in their camera roll after a party. Users are using Blurr as their one stop shop to source the best content created around them, and sharing that to social media.
Well, we’re here. The Blurr team has made it to the 30th year anniversary of SXSW and it’s about to be epic! By the end of your tenure it’s gonna be pretty hard to remember anything we did, never mind capture all these unbelievable memories.
That can be said for everyone of you at SXSW, and that’s why its an absolute must to download Blurr, our new hyper-located public photo-sharing platform that is pitching in the final of Student Startup Madness at SXSW.
Imagine having access to every picture taken around you at SXSW, and you can save down any-one you like permanently — you can thank us later.
We’ve all been there… the ‘Omg there should be an app for this’ moment. The glorifying moment the lightbulb goes off, and you imagine your idea becoming the next Facebook.
That moment happened basically a year ago today for the Blurr team. As we find ourselves on the verge of launch, we have compiled the 7 most valuable lessons we have learned thus far.
1. Stick With Your Vision
What is your vision? In one sentence, how do you sum up why you’re doing what you’re doing? Make this the backbone of your idea, product, and company. Any action taken should be directly in line with that vision. You will be inundated with inbound from friends, family, advisors, and investors giving you an opinion about how you should run your company. Take everything in, but be selective over which advice to take seriously; this is imperative to get from idea to launch. Be disciplined about making changes that are in line with your vision, and you’ll find yourself making consistent progress. Continue reading “Got that Billion Dollar Idea? 7 Lessons Learned Outside the Classroom”
*Blurr is currently in private beta, make sure to sign up at yourblurr.com to hear about our expanded beta and launch.*
To be told ‘good job’ is the single biggest hurtful compliment one can receive. It gives the illusion of progression, self-betterment and exceeding expectations when in reality there will be countless others performing at your level; subsequently signing you off to a life of unknowing mediocrity.
Throughout Blurr’s journey thus far we have become intent on doing more than a ‘good job’. From validating the problem, to creating the product, to planning our execution, our ideas and actions are received with sparing failure or immeasurable praise — and yes we’ve experienced both. Continue reading “Stop Doing Just a “Good Job””