I’m pleased to announce that EpicHub.com is now EpicHub.com, LLC. We decided to form our company in Delaware for corporate tax advantages and Delaware’s clearly defined business law structures. Becoming an LLC is one of the final steps as we prepare Epic for Phase 1 launch.
Well – here we are in February – and I’m full of tales of woe. I haven’t written in a while because I prefer to share good news. I don’t have much of that to share with you right now. Epic was supposed to launch in October of last year. Instead, I’ve faced companies not willing to hand over coding that I have paid for in full, my head programmer being hired out from under my nose, and my primary outsourced coding company being bought out by a potential competitor.
Epic’s coding has ground to an absolute standstill because the technology I’m developing, and those coding it, have suddenly found themselves in great demand. Various indusrty players are rapidly catching up to me and are cherry picking my staff. It’s all so very, very, frustrating.
Yes – my original teams are gone. But – I’m not beat yet! Why? Because I have a good coding foundation. I’ve hired a new team that I’m working with that seem both professional and relaible. And I’ve kept hidden the best and most important parts of Epic. And thank God, because I’d be dead in the water if I’d opened my mouth and shared my full plan with my original staff. Thank God I still have a few tricks up my sleeve. And thank God I kept my mouth shut.
I’m shooting for an April launch. Onward and upward!
Sorry folks. October / November launch of Epic is off the table. Our core and back end systems are complete – AND THEY ARE SUPER COOL! But our vertical launch system App that ties the whole service together isn’t ready for the big show yet. This technology is absolutely critical to Epic’s success, and represents our entire front end of Epic’s sales/product awareness system. Like most new technologies, this automated system is proving difficult to develop. But – difficult does not mean impossible. We’re confident another month of development will yield fruit, then a last month for testing will see us ready to launch. Our viral vertical launch App is going to light the world on fire!
Prepare to be amazed!
I have in my hot little hands my proprietary prototype of the core systems of Epic – and they are COOL!!!! I spent about 20 minutes working within Epic’s systems, and when I logged out and entered my old communications system – it was like entering an old and empty warehouse. This technology is SO COOL! I love it! ILOVEITILOVEITILOVEITILOVEITILOVEITILOVEITILOVEITILOVEITILOVEITILOVEITILOVEITILOVEITILOVEIT!
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
So – here I am – at 3 in the blessed AM – somewhere in my second month of pinteresting, blogging, tweeting, networking, building social connection points – being social – talking business – setting up deals – designing, designing, designing – and, in general, moving toward my goal of launching Epic in October. All this – and I’m deep in debt from the costs of starting Epic, with the world pressing down on me, plagued by self doubt, and worried about product quality, reputation, production, functionality, translation, needs, wants, desires, etc. Why am I doing this?
I sit here and think about how much my family and I have changed. We’ve stopped going out. No movies. No restaurants. No ordering in. My kids aren’t getting the toys they want, or the clothes they want, or to do the fun things they want to do, because we’re sacrificing everything to make this company come to life. This is my life – and it looks like it will be for at least the next two years. Wow – years. My poor kids. And my poor wife.
I hope people remember this. I hope if I do make it to the big show, that people look at me and say “He earned that! He worked 20 hour days for 2 years, risked everything he had, and gambled it all on an 8% chance of success!” I must be insane. To put myself and my family through this. You know, I’d kill to have a night off – to have all that money back – to not have all this doubt and fear and worry – and to just come home from my day job and just worry about that job. Then – on the news – I still see people angry about the “unfairness” of business owners having so much more than other people.
Where did this belief come from that business owners don’t deserve the wealth they have? People win millions and millions in lotteries, yet they’re treated better than the guy or gal that went out and EARNED their fortune. Why is that?
It’s incredibly difficult to start and grow a company to a size where the owners are tripping over cash. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. I hope you’re beginning to see how much effort it takes. I hope you understand just how much you have to sacrifice to get there. And I hope you understand just how much sleep business owners lose every night, worrying about global markets and competitors nipping at your heels day in and day out – wondering if or when a competitor will swoop in and deliver your death blow – where you would lose everything. And I do mean everything – House – Car – Jewelry – Furniture – EVERYTHING. Usually – it’s all pledged to the bank as collateral against business loans. It’s sickening what you have to pay – what you have to sacrifice – and what people never see.
Look at Mark Zuckerberg. Not the best example, I know, but look at what it cost him to make it to the top. He worked his butt off to get into Harvard. Did you work that hard in school? He studied his brains out, got the best grades, learned the internet and computing like the back of his hand, and drove himself all the way to the top. He’s a clear expert in his field. He worked so hard on facebook, that he sacrificed his Harvard education! Think about that – Mark RISKED the LOSS of a HARVARD EDUCATION to pursue his DREAM of facebook! Do you think he didn’t lay awake at night worrying about the choices he was making?! And regardless of where the idea for facebook came from, Mark set himself up to be in a position to take advantage of opportunity. So – when did Mark earn his wealth? His whole life. He sacrifice his free time to earn his way into Harvard. He sacrificed his dream of being a Harvard grad. And he sacrificed his own blood, sweat, and tears in the daily grind to build facebook up to where it is today.
So – next time you’re feeling envious of what a business owner has, and that anger starts creeping into your heart, remember this message I’m sharing with you now. Remember the sacrifice it takes to get to where these people are. And, most importantly, remember that you have just as much right, opportunity, and ability to work and sacrifice your way to the top.
So – why is there such a gap in wealth between the rich and poor? The answer is: Very few people are willing to pay the REAL price of what it takes to reach the top.