Thursday, May 5, 2011

Thank You e-mail to Gary Vaynerchuk


I would first like to say THANK YOU for...
1) coming to VA Tech
2) speaking at Tech pro bono
3) being the most interesting speaker I have heard in a long time
4) bringing charisma
5) the cool & creative stuff you gave to the students
6) ..and for really caring about the students, and staying up until every single student had a chance to talk to you, it really shows a lot of character.

In all honesty, it is people like you.. who saw an opportunity, worked their ass’s off, had a little luck, kept working their ass’s off, made it big, AND THEN “paid it forward” ..that people like me, look up to.

I really think more college kids should hear your story because I think you hit the nail on the head, on so many topics. Coming from someone who takes pride in being involved with technology before most other people, you really know your stuff. I could talk all day with you about what and how technology is going to be used in the future (near future). Coming from someone who is also an Entrepreneur, you have a great story that can/will encourage others to do something other than the 8-5 job.

I started my own company about 2 years ago.. and things worked out pretty well in the end, (I merged with another company, Crunchy Logistics.. didn't make any financial profit off the merge, but I am profiting very well in experience/knowledge.. lol) And although I am not making it big, when I share my story with other people, especially the students in the E-Club (Entrepreneur Club), their eyes light up and I can see the wheels turning.. what I am trying to get at, is that when I was in their shoes and heard other peoples stories, and when other people hear our story of how we became an entrepreneur, it helps them figure out what they want to do and encourages them.

I just thought you should know that :)

**This is the 1st half.. the rest is business**

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Okay guys, I was going to tweet this, but after trying to break up my tweet into 2 tweets (because I was over the limit), I needed to do justice to the cause and explain whats going on.

I was lucky enough to meet GaryV in person after what I am sure was a long day, and I was told I should e-mail him... Well if you have been doing PR for as long as me.. which isnt that long at all, you have quickly learned that trying to talk to the people in charge.. the people who ultimately make the decision, basically the head honchos, is hard.. it is hard to be able to talk to them.. ill tell you another story later down the road about Jeff Han.. basically how the father of multi-touch blew me off and I will never forget it. He PROMISED me an interview for a school project... while on the phone with Jeff he said "Just e-mail me the questions you would like answered"... I e-mail them to him, a week later nothing, so I e-mail him again and a week later nothing.. So I start calling.. my project is overdue, not like he said he would do it for me or anything. It got to the point where I called him everyday, multiple times.. and left messages, and still nothing, I would have gladly taken a "no, aaron, Im busy" ..I would have even taken a Fuck you answer. It was just the simple fact that he never got back to me, that I will never forget about. (Well jeff, move over because you made me just that more determined)

IT IS ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE. Unless you are talking to a small company, that you will get a chance to have direct conversations with the CEO, and that is why I think this whole concept is of "Husitle 2.0" f-ing cool.

Because it is now 3:39am and it is taking me 2453451324512x longer to write I am going to wrap this up with this: The 24 hour promise is bold, and in principle freaking awesome, but with a auto response video explaining that he is just one person and cant always get to your e-mail right away, we will double the amount of hours to 48.

SO if I/we get a response in 48hrs, it is just as good as if I we got it in 24hrs, at least in my book.
I sent my e-mail at 1:45pm.. so lets see what happens!!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

my Next big shift in life

Wow... Things are going to be different,

After my little adventure to Orlando this past weekend, meeting Gary Vaynerchuk, and finally taking my prescribed medication for ADHD.. which I had stopped taking for awhile to give my body a break, I came to the realization that I can + should get more out of life. From now on, I... am going to keep a better web presence!

Here is what I am going to do:

1) At least twice a week, I am going to host a online show, that will last at least 5 mins. I am not 100% what its going to be about, but it will most definitely involve technology. I realized this weekend that, I have a lot of shit to talk about, and its actually interesting and useful.

2) I will update my Blog.. this blog... at least twice a week, and it will be primary focused around my opinions and ideas.

3) I will update my twitter... which I don't even really know how to use very well (they recently made some changes) at least ONCE a day. My twitter will act like my "status update" what I am doing, what project I am working on, random ideas that suddenly pop in my head.

4) I will use facebook for primary personal reasons.. except the fan pages, which are for work. I will upload my pics to facebook. My rules for facebook are.. and have been, that I will only be your "friend" on facebook if I know you.. and are someone I could have a beer with.. or any other adult beverage.

5) Youtube and Viemo... I will be using you guys to upload my show to.

6) Blogger.. I am going to use you as my website until I figure out what I want to do about a website.. I am thinking Wix or Wordpress

7) Phone.. you as well as blogspot/blogger will keep the glue together. You guys are my central means of communication. I promise to use my phone in the most efficient way possible, with apps and settings that only help that efficiency. And.. I will try... to never let you die

8) Phone.. I am already very good at this, but just to share with the world, I will never let a miss call happen... unless I either cant hear you.. or I am in a situation where answering my phone would not be acceptable, I will always answer my phone... so I guess its a good thing I have Verizon.. sorry at&t your not reliable.

9) E-mail accounts, I am going to have you all forward to the same account, I only want 1 that I have to check.

10) E-mails! Don't worry! It's called "Hustle 2.0" and it means I will read every single e-mail I get (send to and respond within 24 hours. (If I don't.. and I can afford it, I buy you a case of beer and overnight it within the next day*)

And because I feel like 10 is a good number well stop there.

*NOTE: I cant afford to buy myself.. let alone anyone else a case of beer, but I will still answer you within 24 hours.. pinkie promise