Founded 2+ startups
Since the age of 18, I have founded, owned and operated 3 startups. Within those 15 years, while creating moderate success and employing collectively 30+ individuals, I have learned a great deal for what it takes to be a founder.
When reflecting on the last 15 years of my endeavors, I believe that the highest pre-requisite to success is ambition. However, without a handful of other key elements, ambition can only do you so much. Consistency, work ethic, integrity, responsibility among many other personal traits are critical to ones potential success. Regardless of how great the idea, if the individual driving it isn't prepared to be all of the things that being a founder demands, the chances of failure are going to outweigh any chances for success. With that said, there is no shame in failing. Sometimes we learn more from our failures than our successes and they should be treated as a badge of honor, so long as you can learn from them.
The initial BETA wouldn't be to complex of a build and could be developed between myself and another. All of it's features, functionalities and initial scaling point has been mapped out. I have a solid plan that I would love to share with a potential co-founder. Meanwhile the plan is to continue on with web dev schooling in preparation for the development.
Body Blings, Inc.
May 2004 - May 2007
Body Blings, Inc was my first business which I started at the age of 19. From the garage of my parents house, I was able to create an e-commerce/wholesale distribution business which grossed close to $200k in it's first year. This was the eye opener for me and experience which solidified my life long dedication to entrepreneurship.
September 2007 - September 2010
Cellphonecycle, a business I started with very little capital and scaled to 10+ employees with an average of $80k in monthly revenue within a years time was a cell phone trade in site. We purchased pre-owned mobile phones from enterprise companies to then refurbish and resell through various ecommerce channels and B2B marketplaces.
April 2011 - November 2016
Remitek was an e-waste recycling business which I started from scratch. We purchased and resold retired enterprise IT equipment from small & medium sized businesses.