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The Big Short

First and foremost, this was an amazing movie. The flow, having the celebrity appearances to help explain certain things going on (which did allow for some comic relief), having certain characters break fourth wall to either talk about how “yes, this really did happen” or “this wasn’t quite how this happened” was also a great addition. Because ultimately, this movie is “based on a true story.” That label can have multiple meanings, one of which is, something happened to someone, and I’m going to take that something and make a movie about it where I make up everything except this one thing that actually happened. I was glad to hear, when we did, that that particular thing actually did happen or actually was said.
As for the movie’s content…wow. I was pretty young when this was all going down, at least when the housing market crashed and there was panic everywhere, people losing their jobs and homes. I was in 6th grade, if I remember correctly. Just old enough to hear about it and be c…

Funding for my Company

If this company actually ever did get started, I would obviously be the first to invest. I probably wouldn’t bother starting until I could invest at least $10k, because I would need to hire someone to help build my website, and that stuff isn’t cheap. I would ask my family and friends, but I don’t know how much I would be able to get from them for this kind of thing. I have a couple family members I imagine would donate/invest, but maybe not a lot. After that, my first thing would be to reach out to other artists and maybe even potential customers (likely the only customers that would be investing in this kind of thing would be big-time customers, with big projects to request or people with recurring requests). There are so many kinds of artists who could use this website and for so many different kinds and sizes of project. I know there are other artists out there who primarily do commission work (my roommate is one of them!) and I’m sure they could get behind this idea. I’d have to…

Startup.com

Before I get too much into the content of this movie (documentary), I wanted to say that I really enjoyed the way this was done. Many documentaries are filmed with interviews and sturdy camera work, but this one was just a guy with a camera following around the founders of govWorks. It wasn’t always pretty to look at, but it made it much more real to me. I’m glad we got to not only see Tom and Khalil while at work, but also at home, talking about each other while the other isn’t there, Tom doing his daughter’s hair, Khalil having issues with his girlfriend. All good additions to the overall work. I thought a lot of things about the life of this company and their founders was interesting. I thought it was fascinating how big they got and how fast, especially considering what was against them, or what they were doing “wrong.” When they were told they should move to Silicon Valley to continue doing business, they said no and no one thought they’d get as big as they did after making that…

Shadrach White

Shadrach was definitely an interesting guest speaker. I really appreciated listening to all his stories. He was interesting because, although he’s an entrepreneur and he’s got ideas and cool stuff he’s doing, he was different than the other speakers we’ve had in class. The first business he had – Rucker Park Basketball Gear – had such a cool story. The idea behind it, the fact that he actually went and asked permission to be able to use the name (which sounded like an adventure by itself). Then the story about the competition he had put together in the park! I thought it was really cool how they still allowed him to host the competition and that they accepted his offer to clean up everything in the park after as payment. It was disappointing to hear about the company failing because of finances, though.

I also thought Shadrach was interesting because of the guest speakers we had, I feel like he talked most about actual business and running a company. I learned a lot from him, even if …

Matt Tolentino

I enjoyed learning about Matt Tolentino. He’s had an interesting life! I thought it was super cool (and surprising) that he toured with Disney On Ice (I don’t even know anyone who’s just super good at ice skating). I think the research that he’s doing alongside the Fire Department is really cool. It can save lives, in multiple ways. I think it’s also really cool how many applications that product has, some things are much more specific, but not only does it have a lot of uses for the fire department (building layout, personnel tracking, particulates analysis (which is just…so cool; when he said that so many firemen die from cancer from breathing in and being exposed to all these particulates…I never really thought about that part of the danger they face). But being able to just know what’s in the air and how dangerous it is so useful. Plus the further applications and uses for his product, this could end up a house-hold device. And what an accomplishment that would be! I also think it…

Erik Hanberg

I enjoyed listening to Erik Hanberg in class. He had a lot of interesting stories and things to tell. I thought it was cool how many different fields he’s got his fingers in. First off, I thought it was interesting that he was an author of three different genres of books. On top of that that he advertised his sci-fi book (the first one) as the first in a trilogy that he hadn’t finished writing and that he kind of had to power through writing. I also thought it was super cool that he had those three books for small businesses and non-profits. I don’t think about books like that very often, but it’s interesting the kind of publicity and popularity those have over his cozy mysteries and sci-fi. When he explained that a new sci-fi novel will get buried with the rest of them, and that the books that he wrote for non-profits and small companies are one of probably less than twenty; I never thought about that before, but it makes a lot of sense. I always thought about publishing but the typ…

Protecting My Intellectual Property

How will I protect my intellectual property? The business idea I’m running with is a website that can also be run on mobile through an app. I don’t have a physical product. I also would argue (more like assume) that I’m not going to be having any huge breakthrough with my website. Therefore, patents are likely something I won’t need. Trade secrets will also be something I am unlikely to have in this situation. However, trademarks would be a must have.

A company that runs entirely through its website would have to have something to be remembered by, especially if they don’t have a physical product. Most websites and apps like this have a logo or saying that represents them. My website will have the same. Therefore, I would need a trademark on whatever logo I come up with. Maybe I’ll have a catch phrase or saying attached to it; that would need a trademark too.

When it comes to the website and its content, my wholehearted hope is that I would have a specially designed website made (that…