7 Reasons You Should Invest In Me
At the seed stage, it’s all about team. Here’s my pitch on why you should invest in me
At the seed stage, you’re investing more in team than in product. You’re investing into the founders and the whole team so they can eliminate more more risk, reach bigger milestones, so they can raise more money, and eventually build an industry-defining company. At this point in a company, founders need to will this company into existence. As one of the co-founders and the CEO of GigLoft, I think it was important for me to write my reasons on why you should invest in me, Mat Sherman. Here are 7 reasons to invest in me.
I am the most persistent person you might ever meet
You know when Jason tells you that it was easier to invest in me than it was to ignore me as a sign of pure persistence. I sent Jason traction updates over a dozen times, pitched at his events and on his podcasts, and after a year of a half, he finally let me into his accelerator. Read more on that story here. This is only one of the many ways I have been persistent through my career.
I’m curious about topics…so I learn about them and and write about my findings
I’ve written over 500 articles on Medium on all sorts of topics.You might even be able to learn a thing or two from my writings. Here are some of the various posts I think you would enjoy reading.
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I know how to hack systems to my advantage
I love hacking systems. I’ve been doing it since middle school and I feel like i’ve only gotten better at it.
- I got to spend an hour at CES 2016 with Robert Scoble, who at the time was on fire. I also got on stage with Shaq.
- I met Daniel Gross after his talk at TechCrunch by emailing him before asking to meet.
- I hack the structured mentor time at conferences, when instead of signing up for their limited time slots, I just email all of them saying “I don’t have time in your time slot, can we meet next week”? This works like a charm
- I wanted to build a b2c college app so I added over 500 students from UCSD on Facebook. After a while, people always accepted because of the mutual friends we had. Within 2 weeks, I was considered a student at UCSD by those 500 people. In reality, I just wanted to break in and get a critical mass of UCSD on my app.
- I wanted to get access to the YC network, but since I didn’t get accepted, I started a podcast interviewing YC alum to get access top the network anyway. Now i’m interviewing YC founders all the time and getting them as customers, slowing building up that network
- There’s more I could tell you in person! :)
I can persuade people
When I was a Junior in high school, I was able to convince hundreds of students to let me be regional president and lead our region into the next school year. When I was a Sophomore in college, I people to run around campus intheir undies, simply for the sake of a promo video for the ASU Undie Run (which I ran marketing for).
My junior year, I convinced an extremely talented developer to build one of my ideas out in exchange for equity. 3 months later, we had users on our app, even though it shut down months later. And now, with the help of Jeremy, we are convincing people to believe in our mission to build the future of work, even with others quitting their full-time jobs to join us too. We are building something worth working on, and I have a way to convince people to do things. It’s all about aligning incentives. Oh and that cofounder from our last startup? He’s our lead developer now. It all comes full circle :)
I’m really good at making friends
This might sound weird, but it’s true. I am a naturally friendly person, and apply the laws of “How to wins friends and influence people” to my day to day interactions. This is why I usually leave conversations with a good first impression. This works wonders with sales, hiring, and networking. Speaking of networking, I was one of the youngest people on this list of 30 startup people to know in Phoenix.
I don’t give up
I started PubLoft v1 with two credit cards and an idea. I spent the next 10 months living owners draw to owners draw, selling for my life every day. There were months if I didn’t get 2 more customers, I wouldn’t be able to afford rent. I always got those 2 more customers…Until January. PubLoft failed in January 2018 due to health reasons and I had to get a job. This was my second publicly failed startup. First was an event app I worked on for almost a year and this one was PubLoft, working on it for less than a year. I decided, with convincing from Jeremy and my girlfriend, to get back on the horse for a third time. This time, I’m playing for keeps.
On an additional note, I've climbed the tallest mountain in Arizona and two 14,000+ Ft. mountains in Colorado. For me, it’s mind over matter. Going up the mountain, one step at a time. Sound familar? :P
I have superpowers
I hesitate to put this in here, but how could I hide my super powers from you. I have a neurological disorder called Kleine-Levin Sydrome. I’ve had it since Junior year of college. It sends me into episodes of sleep/disorientation for weeks and sometimes months at a time. I’ve had 23 episodes since I was 17, and it’s taken about 4% of my life away from me. I dropped out of high school, lost friends, been “the freak” at school, and even failed a startup because of it. My “health problems” in PubLoft V1 was an episode of KLS.
You might be wondering when the super powers come in. KLS is my super power. If I can get through the shit show that was my college years, having 6 episodes in a row for 6 months, I can get past anything. It’s a mindset that KLS has instilled into me. If I can get passed KLS, I can beat anything. This isn’t good news for our competitors. My optimistic view on “what could be” stems from KLS. My mindset is made of steel because of it.
You might be wondering if KLS will impact my performance at GigLoft. Well, I had an episode 4 months ago and Jeremy got in my email and acted as me for a week. We were fine. I think the sign of a great company is that if you can step away for a week or two and the company operates fine without you. KLS will be a built in test for all of us :)
I write all of this because I think at the seed stage, you deserve to know more about a person than the short 30 minute pitch about our company. No, I’m not a computer scientist and no I’m not a Stanford grad. But, there is no one more uniquely qualified to lead this company than us, and there is no other company that is going to make build the future of work as well as us. Don’t believe me? I’d love a chance to get you off the fence with a phone call or coffee meeting :) Feel free to contact me here: Mat@gigloft.com