Here are a few examples of my entrepreneurial endeavors over the past several years:
SpiralOut Consulting LLC is a marketing and social media consulting firm I founded to help startups and small businesses achieve success online. Originally founded in 2004 as a web design firm, the company was re-branded and re-launched in early 2012. Although I primarily advertise social media and online marketing services, I offer a variety of other services such as business planning, strategy, integrated marketing, market research, business development, etc. I still offer web design, too.
Pulse Ventures, Inc. is a holding company I established in 2008 to act as an umbrella for some of my projects. I created this company with the goal of developing a family of niche market retail and informational websites to provide customers with anything that might enhance their lives in some way. The name “Pulse Ventures” is intended to convey vibrancy, energy, liveliness, growth, expansion, and living an active and engaging life.
BeyondTheVineyard is an E-commerce website I created to sell wine-related products and accessories. The idea is that wine often accompanies us in many social and romantic situations, and the products I offer are intended to help enhance that experience. I don’t sell wine; rather, I sell wine accessories and related products (hence the name of the site). I started out selling these products on Amazon and eBay, and soon decided to build a site around the idea. After having some issues with developers, the site is undergoing its third redesign, which is still in progress at the moment. Although it is not completely finished, I really like the way it is coming out. This time I am using the Magento CMS, which is much more robust on the back end than the custom CMS we were using previously.
HobokenFoodCritic is a blog I created to tell the story of the Hoboken, NJ lifestyle through experiences at local food establishments. It was the first website I ever created (back in 2007), and was a tremendous learning experience. Even though the site design is rather dated and there is not all that much content on there, this project generated quite a bit of buzz. I earned mentions and recognition on several local websites, including NJ.com, and I was even approached several times by reality TV scouts. I’ve received many invitiations from restaurant owners, and I’ve also made a few people upset because of my brutal honesty. Although I stopped blogging on the site in early 2008, it continued to generate a positive cash flow for almost 3 years after the latest post. I still get emails from people asking for restaurant recommendations, and I still answer them. I’m thinking about re-inventing this site when I’m done with grad school.
In addition to the projects listed above, I’ve been involved in a couple of startups (which I cannot list at this time for confidentiality reasons) and I’ve done some consulting for small businesses. I’ve also done a few smaller projects. If you have an opportunity you think I might be interested in, please be sure to contact me.
I’m always trying to keep myself engaged…be sure to check this page periodically to see what I’m up to.