I vivdly remember the first time someone explained to me what a "pitch competition" was.
I remember bombing my first pitch, and then watching several of my peers talk about their existing businesses that were making money.
I had no idea that I was allowed to make my own path — and from that moment I was hooked.
For the last 10 years, I've been exploring what it means to be an entrepreneur.
In 2012, I started a small marketplace for Ohio State students. (Read more)
In 2014, I joined the founding team of Tixers, a digital ticket exchange. We raised a round of seed funding, and were acquired in 2015. (Read more)
In 2016, I joined a venture-backed startup in the healthcare space called CrossChx (now Olive) and led several of our product teams. (Read more)
Then in 2017, I realized I needed to get back out on my own and build my own way again. (Read more)
Since that time, I've taken what I know about building products, companies, and product companies — and apply it to creative businesses.
Unreal Collective is community of creators. Whether they are technology founders, freelancers, agency owners, or podcast creators, Unreal helps them identify critical next steps and achieve them.
I've worked with over 100 creatives and freelancers. My clients have built launch sites for space flight, had multi-million dollar exits, six-figure crowdfunding campaigns, left their jobs to go full-time freelance, and bootstrapped technology companies. (Success stories)
With that success came the opportunity to be a published author for Linkedin Learning and Lynda.com in both the product management and freelancing course catalogues. (My courses)
- Selling for Freelancers - Proven tactics for selling more work
- Marketing for Freelancers - Strategies to create client demand for you
- Business for Freelancers - Systems and processes to protect your time and get more from your money
In 2019, I produced a feature-length documentary called Test City, USA about the growing startup ecosystem in Columbus, Ohio.
We premiered the film at the Film Festival of Columbus in September, 2019. The film was awarded Best Ohio Feature!
In 2018, upside was named one of Fortune's top 27 Business podcasts.
Business Insider called it "Almost as Good as Getting an MBA."
I never learned to swim, but I share a birthday with Nikola Tesla, Urban Meyer, Seth Godin, and Jessica Simpson. Feel free to send me a note if you want to get in touch!