On Saturday a few coworkers and I drove to Bend, OR to meet and hang out with Dale Partridge, his wife and his beautiful 15 month old daughter. Dale is a long time social entrepreneur. He is the founder of StartupCamp.com and Sevenly, a prolific blogger and tweeter and all around awesome dude.
Funny side note: The ride up to Bend was through the desert of an Indian Reservation, no cars in sight. Rightfully (or maybe not) I took liberty on the gas pedal and of course got pulled over by an Indian Reservation undercover highway patrol car (the only car I saw on the road the whole time). The guy was extremely polite and told me that everything was being recorded on camera. He mentioned I was going 86 in 55 zone. The ticket was for $250.
The real kicker: I was told that since I broke the law on Indian Reservation territory it will NOT go on my record.
Overall, we had an amazing time, Bend is a beautiful location, especially at sundown.
I received a gift from Dale – his new book “People over profit“. I asked him to sign the book, the image above is how he signed it:
I guess I should be proud of this statement. Heh!
I had a chance to start reading the book and must say it’s 100% worth to read. Here are just a few things I jotted down in my notes so far as I read his the first chapter of the book:
- Investing in employees and customers should be your #1 priority. Always. It’s MUCH healthier for any business to focus investment on people. Your returns are much bigger in the long run.
- Do not build another Comcast or AT&T. Disrupt the industry instead. Always challenge the status quo. AirBnB and UBER are great examples. Focus on people and the ‘status quo’ in the life which they hate.
- It’s crucial to build an honest company. Honest to your clients and employees. Even you have horrible news you have to be honest with yourself and your employees. Your honesty will be rewarded.
- Don’t do something just because you can do it. Instead create value while doing something you love. “Just because I can, doesn’t mean I have to.” People sell anything just to earn a buck, even shit. Just because you can do something don’t do it! Create value and love what you do.
I brought a gift for Dale as well, a 24″x36″ print on canvas. Dale and gang loved it.
Bend is a pretty amazing location, Dale really picked a great spot to work and live, he told me that although Bend has only 80,000 people residents the startup scene is very vibrant.
I felt like all the startup folks and friends of Dale were one big family, everyone was super friendly. Lots of hipsters. I’m fascinated with hipsters, I love to see what’s trending among them. I liked what I saw.
Few things I jotted down from my conversation with Dale:
- Do not raise money for money. Wrong investors could ruin my company.
- I should spend more time with family. At the end – this is all I have.
- You can build a successful business from anywhere, even from Bend!
A HUGE thank you to Dale for hosting and entertaining us! It was fun and all of us really enjoyed it!