Entrepreneurship has always been a major cornerstone of my life. At times it has given me extreme flexibility with my time and finances, but also at times has been a source of much stress and responsibility.
My first foray into owning a small business happened when I was 12, from the loving guidance of my parents. We called it “Jon’s Lawns” and honestly I had no idea what I was doing.
My parents helped me print flyers, taught me how much to charge, lent me some money to buy equipment, and helped build a trailer for me to haul all of my equipment behind my bike.
I eventually grew the business to 56 clients and 3 employees, before I finally sold the business to a friend. I learned a lot about hard work and learned the foundation that would shape my life.
Next, I was extremely lucky to have been mentored by internet juggernauts like:
- Paul Allen: Founder of Ancestry.com (ACOM)
- John Richards: The first person to take the Yellow Pages to the Internet (BCOR – Formerly InfoSpace)
- Roger Andrus: Executive Director for the UtahAngels (Funded companies like SkullCandy and Omniture)
Over the past 8 years, I have been involved with an array of startups covering reputation management, web hosting, and dental marketing software.
All of which has led me to my favorite startup, TinyTorch.com, where we help business discover, create, and share content to their favorite social networks.
Now, I invite you to join me on my journey, so that you may get a glimpse into what it’s like to be an entrepreneur.
I don’t expect anything in return. This is just my way to pay it forward. To help the most people possible.