Find the right people, people who are passionate about your industry and your solution. People who have put in the hours to be really good at what they do. People who love to get together and brainstorm, argue and build.
Ten years of experience building tech teams, selling millions in product, developing cutting-edge e-commerce, and establishing relationships with big box retailers. Bryson brings his network of International developers, distributors, manufacturers and leading blockchain innovators to Daplie.
Bryson is an experienced salesman, product and people manager, and developer. He has sold millions in product revenue door to door, by telephone, television, e-commerce, and at big box retail.
Where did the idea for Daplie Connect come from?
Daplie Connect was born out of frustration with the technology out there and my desire to access media and data from anywhere, on any device, while cutting out the middleman–cloud services. Once we had our base product we realized how central it could be to Web 3.0.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
No day is typical. I have a set of priorities for the day and I don’t sleep until those are done. I don’t sleep much. What makes Daplie productive is employees and partnerships I can trust to hit their daily priorities. Everybody is passionate about what we do, that seems to be motivation enough.
How do you bring ideas to life?
My job is to have big ideas, to recognize them, and make sure we get done what needs to be done to make them a reality. We have people who have worked in cyber security, cryptocurrency, marketing, and crowdfunding. The cumulative experience brings the rain of new ideas. We whiteboard the best ones, prototype, and test it out on non-technical people to see if the concept holds up, and on technical folks to see if it can even be done. Building the process to deliver a product is harder than building the product itself. I would say: start with a business model that ensures your product lives.
What’s one trend that excites you?
Blockchain is the future of the web. We are evangelical, almost revolutionary about changing the way the Internet serves the individual. Right now, it serves the corporation, but we’re partnering with other companies to bring the benefits of Web 3.0 to the masses so that the web serves the individual.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
I question everything and make sure that when we give an answer we have thoughtfully considered the ramifications or risk associated.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Stay with it, it will all be worth it. And the ride is a lot of fun. As for skills, learn to communicate. Lot’s of great ideas wither and die because the originators can’t or don’t express them.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
In 5 years blockchain technology will completely revolutionize how we do business and connect with one another. No industry will be able to avoid integrating with the blockchain on some level, and while it will create tremendous new opportunities for greater prosperity, it will also be challenging for some businesses to adapt.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Network. If you want to be a global company, you have to get out of your comfort zone and ask questions. Last year I had met with thought leaders in India, Portugal, China, Puerto Rico, Austria, Italy, Great Britain, and both coasts of the US.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Find the right people, people who are passionate about your industry and your solution. People who have put in the hours to be really good at what they do. People who love to get together and brainstorm, argue and build. People who answer my texts at 2 in the morning. Second: Start with the people who will buy your product. We began with crowdfunding to see if customers even existed for what we were trying to do. Turns out they did. So we did another round. We found more customers. We then had the validation we needed to get partnerships and investors.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
Most first iterations of a concept are failures. Some hires are failures. The trick is to move on quickly with the “lesson learned.” And if you don’t, you’ll regret it.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
The person who figures out who to build a blockchain-based social media app that has a great User Experience, with privacy and control over who can access your digital assets—so we can ditch Facebook—will do very well!
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
Dinner with another CEO who became one of our key partners. I thought it was a perfect fit, but a long shot. He accepted the invite and the partnership. This will save us years of work and millions of dollars. Glad the food was good.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive? How do you use it?
Signal. Everything we do is cutting edge, we can’t risk trade secrets being leaked out.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Simon Sinek. “Start With Why?”
What is your favorite quote?
It’s on the cover: “Start with Why?”
Keep it simple. Getting passionate employees, loyal investors and evangelical customers depends on being able to tell a simple story about your product that connects with their needs.
Make opportunities for your people, your vendors, your customers. Give them the chance to prosper. Good karma comes back.
Get out of the echo chamber. The world is a big place, but there are still common needs and wants. Listening leads to leading the way.
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