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blog posted 7.14.14

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“Today all you need is an idea and a computer and you can start a business…”

Seth Godin, author “The Purple Cow”

An entrepreneur’s life is a lonely one. Trust me. I know.

You have an idea, you believe in it, you think it has legs … A start-up? Business? Scalable? Your vision tunnels, your focus narrows, the obsession begins. The idea becomes you. Your paradigm shifts, your brain synapses, your pulse races. The possibilities seem endless. You can’t harness the day-dreaming. You own the idea, you talk too much about it, you bore your friends, your family can’t escape you. You work too much, just one more email—one more pitch letter—one more call. You’re fixated, frantic, fanatical. Nothing else matters but this race. With what, you don’t really know or care, but the adrenaline drives you. You believe in this. You must do this.

This idea is your baby. You fiercely protect it. But you must introduce it to the world so it can grow. Let the games begin.

This describes my life since August, 2007. A self-proclaimed music freak, my idea of fun was to make playlists of the newest music. My friends always asked to borrow. I thought other grown ups might like this service as well, so I launched the Valslist music site to make my playlists available to the public. I’ve always been entrepreneurial – my whole family is. When I was growing up, our dinner table conversation was always about what you’d invent or what product you’d improve. In college I had a massive haircut biz (Miami Univ Oxford OH) – $3 a haircut, a dollar cheaper than uptown. I cut everyone on campus’ hair, and I knew all the campus gossip as a result. I had a silk tie business (sewed & sold) during my corporate years. I started Video Tours in ‘81 (I videoed real estate – virtual tours – for realtors). So it’s in my blood, this serious obsession with new ideas. No one was really surprised when I launched Valslist (except that I was 50 and it was the music industry.) Pretty ballsy I know. But whenever I enter a green room to interview a young band, I always open with, “I know I look like your mom in here interviewing you… but I’m getting your music to an adult audience who will never find your music on their own.” Their response is always the same. A very postive one.

Mine was a solo act for the first two years. And I mean solo. Desk, computer, lamp, home office, me. When you work 16 hour days by yourself on something you’re passionate about, you become a bit strange. You get off track…

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