Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Slides from yesterday’s presentation to Association for Corporate Growth
Note that this speech was “the morning after” Louisville won national championship. It was speech on entrepreneurship to audience of local business leaders (suits).
I talked about our history, current state (Voomly + SwanPowers) and challenges and opportunities in the local entrepreneurial community.
It went well.
Monday, January 7, 2013
“How did you come up with the idea for Voomly?”
I’ve been asked that several times over the last month.
The answer really has two parts:
I have always been, and will always be, inspired by the prospect of empowering individuals to do big things with their passions and knowledge.
It’s my natural state. When I hear someone talk about what they know…what they love…and I see that twinkle in their eye…. I want them to do something with it. For themselves. I want to be a part of it.
Digital goods and services are knowledge, experience and passion transfer mechanisms. The scalability that an individual can achieve through digital mediums is unbelievable….it’s literally greater than the power that Julius Ceaser wielded in his prime.
Combine these with the innate goodness of “price” (which by definition demands an exchange of real value) and you have a winning thesis: Empower individuals to create and sell premium digital content from their knowledge, experience, and passion.
In other words… Voomly is a business-manifestation of myself.
We regretted selling our first company.
DaytradeTeam was a subscription-based business where clients gained access to expert traders’ knowledge and content.
After spending 7 years building the company, the subscription platform, the client base, the content-delivery mechanisms…. we sold it. It was a good deal with a good buyer and we felt really good about it.
But we soon grew to regret it.
Because we realized that we left so much on the table. We realized that we had built this system for ourselves only. We benefitted from it, so did our clients, so did the buyer. But no one else.
We realized, after the fact, that we had built a platform for creating a very meaningful subscription-based business….and only released it to one user…ourselves. “That could have been so powerful for experts in other niches. Damn it!”
So here we are. The platform is ready & growing. So is the user-base.
We can’t wait until a single Voomly Seller is bigger than DaytradeTeam was. It will happen.
I hope it’s you.
Give it a shot. I’ll help you create and promote your business. It’s what I do.
p.s. Yes I eat my own dog food! Swantastic Startups, for help with your startup.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Shit just got real. Introducing…
Voomly … our
newest startup win in progress.
Our CORE is to help you turn your reputation into revenue.
I’ve been Voomly’s first client, using it to power my Swantastic Startups service, which has been both easy and fun to run….and helped me stack some paper in the process.
IF you have an audience (blog/twitter/facebook/etc) and unique knowledge or expertise….
You should start a voomly. It’s free to get started. Our revenue model is a 10% revenue share. In other words, we don’t make a dime until you make a dollar.
Sign up today— we’ll personally help you set-up and promote your product.
Turn your reputation into revenue.
p.s. Voomly is built to plug into existing networks and communities. Let’s work together to turn your community into a marketplace of win. andy [at] andyswan [dot] com for more details.
I’d love to help your startup. That’s why I created my Swantastic Startups service on Voomly…
There are four basic benefits to subscribing:
- Private Q&A access: Email me specific questions about your business, and I’ll give it my best shot within 24 hours. I’m a pretty good resource and sounding board.
- 365 Startup Tips in 365 days: New tip every day. Some are quick-hitters/links, others are lessons learned.
- Expanded blog posts: You obviously like my blog. This is the only way to get more of it. Deeper dives into the topics, war-stories…all backed up with Q&A access to let you reply with your questions about your specific situation.
- Luck. I’m lucky and that shit rubs off.
I know you’re probably expecting to pay an arm and a leg for something like this. And you should be.
But the truth is, this is part of a larger vision for me….and I love interacting with people that want to #win….so it’s not really “work” anyway.
$29/month. Twenty-nine bucks. Not for long though…. the price is going up. Once you’re in at 29 it’ll never go up for you.
Though this is the first announcement of it, I’ve already had a phenomenal response from people that have stumbled on it… I’m really excited to be helping so many people build such a wide-range of awesome startups! It rocks.
So come on and sign up. It’ll be fun. I’ll help your business (current or future), and you’ll help me in my larger quest.
Let’s do it.
p.s. Don’t forget to sign up now for Swantastic Startups and get private access to me for 29 little dollars per month…the price is going up eventually.
p.p.s. Did you know that a good “p.s.” like that one can increase sales tremendously? See… that’s just one of the 365 startup tips of the day :)