I haven’t always thought of myself as entrepreneurial, but looking back over the course of my life, that is probably the best way to describe my lifelong passion for creating and sharing things that matter. I started my first “business” when I was nine years old, selling baseball cards out of my bedroom. It was a terrible business as my customer acquisition strategy was completely reliant on how hospitable my parents were feeling. In the eighth grade, my entrepreneurial spirit took a different shape as I watched the 2000 election, mesmerized by the romanticism that characterizes the launch, rise, and fall of presidential campaigns. Planning on launching a campaign for President of the United States in 2024 (self-confidence was not an issue for me), I started my career down a political path, taking my first “real job” at the age of 17 managing a countywide campaign in Hillsborough County, Florida (in my hometown of Tampa). Winning that campaign made me think I was addicted to politics. Years later, after numerous political jobs and an internship in the Bush White House, I realized that it wasn’t politics I was addicted to; it was launching things that mattered and winning. I started my first (real) business, Direct Media Strategies, in 2009 – an “online communications agency” that helped political campaigns, causes, and corporations use the Internet to win. In 2011, Direct Media Strategies was “acquihired” by Engage – deemed a “mega interactive agency” by Mashable. At Engage, I had the privilege of evangelizing our suite of software products that were used by some of the world’s most premier organizations.
In 2012, opportunity came knocking and I knew it was time to start-up again, this time launching Citizinvestor.com – one of the first crowdfunding platforms for government projects in the world. Today, more government entities have chosen Citizinvestor as their crowdfunding platform than any other platform in the world. I recently released my first book, Startup Stories, which chronicles the first two years of Citizinvestor’s life along with a series of lessons I’ve learned about what it takes to launch a company, grind through startup life, and grow a business from the ground up. The book has reached the #1 Best Seller spot in numerous categories on Amazon including Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Christian Business.
More important that “what I do” is “who I am” as a person. As a Christian, I see my career as an opportunity to point others to The First Entrepreneur – God Himself who created value out of nothing and showed us what creativity is. My favorite roles in life are that of husband to my wife Kara and father to our newborn baby girl. I love travel, books, photography, and design. But most of all, I love creating and sharing things that matter.