Two Weeks to Demo Day

From the first moment I heard about Gazelle Lab, I was excited and secretly jealous of all the participants. There was plenty of time to apply, and the companies wouldn’t be chosen for another two months when I did apply, but the excitement was undeniable. Here was this totally incredible Tech Stars network, building companies, fueling the fire that burns at the very heart of America, and consistently delivering on its promise to create disruptive technology companies. To think I could have a chance to be a part of that was a dream I never expected would come true. Now, here I am, co-founder of one of six stellar teams, all with common purpose and steel resolve. We’re not going to stop pushing the limit of what is possible. Dare I say, we’re redefining “possible.” I am awe-struck and humbled by the convergence of such dynamic, diverse individuals and continually inspired by their tenacity and willingness to do whatever it takes to see their visions crystallize.

Over the past several weeks, I’ve seen basic concepts with no core business value or identifiable market converge into some of the most compelling opportunities I’ve heard about in years. Some are leveraging mobile technology. Most are web-based businesses, finding their unique verticals and dominating them, one customer at a time. All are visionary, disruptive forces in the region and, soon, the country. If you would have told me a year ago that I would be working together along-side such potentially revolutionary players, I would have laughed in your face and complimented you on your imagination. Today, I am living that crazy idea. We’re taking everything we know about the world, all of our collective experiences, laying it all on the table, and saying, “I’m all in. Let’s do this.” And the best part is, we’re hearing the exact same thing from our customers.

Things are moving so fast for Red Hawk Interactive that we’re having to tell content producers that the lead time on bringing their content to market is 60 days minimum. We simply don’t have the manpower to handle all the logistics. It’ll be 60-90 days before we start to see the fruit of today’s labor, but we will see it, and if our backlog is any indication, we will be struggling to keep up with it. From where I’m sitting, as the guy in charge of delivering a quality service and managing the folks who make that happen, I could triple the revenues we’ll see in 90 days if I had a $50k bridge loan to hire two developers right now. In all seriousness, we went from one potential content partner to three eager content partners in a week, each with several unique shows or channel content.

The market is ready. They’re placing orders today. They want deployment by the end of the year, and we’re going to deliver on that promise.

I think of Gazelle Lab in much the same way as I think of nuclear fission. When there is a critical density of experience, expertise, and vision, an inevitable explosion results, the effects of which can not be predicted or overestimated. This is going to be bigger than any of us can possibly imagine.

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