"Scouting Deals? Use These Apps" -
““It’s super hard to tell what’s going to be successful,” my source said, “I download them, and test the apps and then contact the founders, ask[ing] them questions about how it’s going, why they built it (i.e.what problem they’re solving), and where they see it going. In addition, the scout said that they check blogs and AngelList to find out whether or not early stage influencers or biggies like Sequoia had already invested.”
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference. — Robert Frost
(Source: leilockheart, via hiten)
Yet another great lesson on how to optimize your Facebook marketing is by learning about the Facebook Marketing API. Knowing the basics of how to implement this API into your apps and advertising campaigns is important.
As I’m sitting here at Facebook HQ in Palo Alto, I am realizing the importance of utilizing the Facebook Open Graph API into every application. It’s abilities to make everything social, interactive, and viral is brilliant.
So it’s been quite a journey since my tent in Afghanistan (will write a post about that later), where I started pursuing entrepreneurship full-time. There has been StartupList, BetaCandy, IdeaKick, LA Beta, StartupWeekend, and now Swaydar, and Vets in Tech, which has all kept me busy. Busy learning what I’m doing and not doing, correctly. Along the way, I’ve had the privilege of being included in some amazing social circles. Some elite entrepreneurs, investors, socialites, and influencers, who inspire me to simply work harder. They’ve each given me their perspectives on how they reached their current height, and I’ve done my best in absorbing as much knowledge as I can.
Now is my time to find my focus and pursue my passions. I’ve prioritized, organized, and now cut out some projects. I’m left with StartupList, Swaydar, and Vets in Tech. StartupList is growing organically and I’m actively engaging with local startup community connectors to become curators for StartupList. Effectively bringing their local communities online. Swaydar will be my full time venture, as it’s a timely initiative to promote the growth of your online social influence, by connecting you with goods and services for doing so. Vets in Tech is yet another project that is better for a group of like-minded Veteran entrepreneurs to pursue. Team Rubicon is already on that path, so I will be joining their team in a capacity to guide their technology division. Bringing the resources and mentorship to Veterans looking to engage in entrepreneurship focused on technology. Yeah it may sound like I haven’t completely focused, even so, it’s at a manageable point for me.
Now that I’m in San Francisco, have things prioritized and organized, it’s time to get shit done. Have any thoughts? Hit me up on Twitter or Facebook :)
Keep Calm and Carry On. (Taken with Instagram at 255 king st - Avalon Mission Bay)