CLAPP Competition 2019
I just finished competing in the CLAPP Idea Competition through the IU Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship. Things didn’t go exactly as planned, and while I had hoped to win it all, I was eliminated in the first round of pitches.
When I decided I wanted to be an “entrepreneur”, I chose this path, whether I knew it or not. This isn’t the first time I’ve been told no, and it won’t be the last. However, losing today has inspired me to take the company in a slightly new direction. Right now, we’ve got a good thing going. You can’t get the kind of advanced stats that we offer from anyone else without paying double what you have to pay us. I did that intentionally. It isn’t because I don’t like large margins. It is because I think I’m realizing that this business is all about the network effect, and I’m not sure other’s have realized that.
I’m still offering the same service(s) as before, but I’m going to start building off what I have.
Stats for teams is just where it starts. It’s the base platform. I have to get it exactly right, then I can run from their. This Summer that is what I am going to do.
No matter what, I’m going to continue to be who I am, an underdog. I’ve got no business partner, existing software that needs work, and not much in the bank. But I’m not looking for excuses, I’m looking for my edge. And I might be close to finding it.