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Thursday, September 29, 2011

53. Questions About My Pool

So a lot of people around MassChallenge heard I built my own pool and wanted to see a picture so I decided to put one up on the blog for everyone to see. So to get the excavator into my yard I had to build a big sand ramp to drive it over the sea wall. Once I started digging,at about 4 feet I hit the water table. YES. We are in a flood zone. So I improvised and decided to build up 2 feet to get to my depth of 6 feet that I wanted. In the photo I am finishing tiling the top.
So people have asked if I had any knowledge of how to do this when I started. Actually I had no idea what I was doing.... but I am never afraid to take on anything and I always seem to figure out a way to get what ever I put my mind to done. I hope this inspires other to do something crazy and take on a big challenge.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

52 Startup Showcase

We are pitching as many people that come to our cube. 600 people registered for the event. Great exposure.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

51. I have big deal Law Firm

So the Intellectual Property is a big part of my company. So last week was a huge win for me. I pitched Gabor Garia (Head big wig over at Foley & Lardner) and he grilled me on my concept but in the end accepted me into  there accelerator program. What this means is I get $5,000 dollars worth of legal services to start off with. Then they will give me 10-15k worth of legal work (file patents/all the legal work for first round of funding, etc) and this will all be differed until our series A funding round. And if we never reach a series A... then I'm not on the line for the dough. Not too shabby... Thank you Gabor and Foley & Lardner. It's also nice to know I have a national firm if I need to bounce to the west coast.

So this is just another feather in the hat helping vet me to the start up community. I'm going to just keep chugging along but with a bit more confidence now knowing I have a big guard dog watching my back.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

50. Saved A Life

Well, I must say I am high as a kite today. Last night we were out celebrating Julia's (my fiancee) birthday at Fox & Hound in Quincy. When all of the sudden two tables over a guy jumps up knocks a table and starts screaming help, help, help! Some how I immediately knew exactly what was going on and what to do. I jumped up and ran to the woman in the chair, who was choking, pulled her out of the chair and stood her up from behind. I then gave her two quick heave hoes to the stomach and the glob of food came spitting out. Who knew the lobster macaroni could be so dangerous. I want to give big thank you to Delta Airlines who taught my mom the Heimlich maneuver as flight attendant... who in turn taught me. The whole thing was like straight out of a movie. All the people were screaming and yelling for 911 and it was pretty intense. I was really calm until I sat back down to sign bill and I started shaking so much that it was hard to do my signature. I guess the adrenaline was going away. The best part was when Julia and I reached the car she told me that as we were leaving the guy leaned in and said, "you better marry that guy, he's a keeper."

I'm just happy everything worked out. I've heard of people choking to death in restaurants while everyone stood around frozen. I've also heard of people breaking people's ribs while trying to do the Heimlich maneuver. So thank God everything turned out great. Either way this is one birthday we will never forget.

Here is some info on the how to do the Heimlich maneuver. Learn it! You could save someone's life.

p.s. Did you know there is the Heimlich for your dog too?