The 21st Century is such a boon for the entrepreneurial spirit — what do you both see as foreseeable challenges in the near future that web-heads should avoid?
A: I think there's a pressure, in particular with African Americans, to do something bigger and better than someone else. There is a competitiveness amongst us that works as a double-edge sword against us. I try to encourage rising innovators to not be the next whomever, but to be the first them.
K: Too many people getting into the same space. I could sit here and list the five things that everyone is doing. In some ways, that is great because competition breeds ingenuity, but seriously, there is an entire world out there just waiting for disruption, creation and innovation. Don't be like everybody else. Or, at the very least, be better.
A: We have adopted a mantra at Blerdology: "Go in the direction that wants you." Often time we're so focused on crafting ourselves and our business into who we think we should be instead of accepting who we are meant to be and where we are meant to go that we short-sell ourselves. We deprive ourselves of big ideas and outstanding opportunities that are right in front of our faces because we are chasing someone else's destinies. I look at people like former Hill staffer Alan Holmes of HM Media Strategies offering social media consulting services to rising political talents, or Ujamma Deals' Tre Baker and Lawrence Watkins. These individuals provide a daily deal site for products produced by Black owned companies carving their way into history with outstanding ideas on their own terms.
So to all those web-heads out there, I would say be unapologetically you. You alone are good enough. I encourage you to first try to solve problems within your own sphere of existence. Seek out like-minds who share and embrace your spirit and your passions and don't be afraid to take a chance on a NEW big idea.
A while back, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Kevin Hart and other memorable comedians connected and capitalized in a performance here in New York City. If you both could create your own "International Blerds Coalition," who would be in it and why?
K: LaVar Burton, Secretary of Blerd Education; Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Secretary of Physics and Moonwalking; Gina Torres, Secretary of Blerd Defense; Mae Jemison, Secretary of Space Exploration; Nichelle Nichols, Secretary of Inspiration; Samuel L. Jackson, Secretary of Blerd Badassness, and Donald Glover, Court Jester.
A: Chris Bosh could spearhead athletics. Will.I.Am would be the Chair of Arts and Cultural Development, and Donald [Glover] could double as our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.