Every night before I go to bed, I say the same prayer to myself.
Part of that prayer is asking God to put me in position to fulfill my purpose by being presented with the right opportunities and meeting the right people to reach my potential. I have an amazing mother, two talented brothers, and too many amazing friends to thank for getting me where I am today.
I've also had the privilege of working with the Texas Longhorns, the U.S. Government, multiple stellar consulting agencies, South by Southwest, Bazaarvoice and hundreds of extremely talented people. I've learned so much of the last decade-plus from folks who are truly the best of the best at what they do for a living.
The original idea for Localeur was his, but only through working together and sharing our passion did we crystallize exactly what business we would build. Chase came to me and shared his opportunity with me and it became mine as well.
And everyday for the last 2+ years Chase has worked his ass off to put not only Localeur in a position to win but also me in the best position possible to reach my potential. There's no way I shepherd Localeur to raising $1.2 million from nearly 40 different people without his tireless support and his endless supply of energy, design and product acumen and skills. There's also no way I make it through the last 2 years of nearly getting evicted from my apartment, nearly having my car repossessed, maxing out my credit cards, and making it through month after month not knowing where my rent check was going to come from if not for the fact that I have a guy with me just about every step of the way.
So what I realize is that the opportunity has indeed presented itself and the people have in fact made themselves known, and there's no person more important in building this business than Chase.
His determination, passion and hard work is monumental in Localeur being named the best new startup in Austin in 2013 or one of the best travel apps for 2015 and all the other accomplishments in front of us.
Thank you for sharing your idea with me. Happy 30th Birthday, brother!