PoliticalBank.com In The News!
Click on a publication a below to see PoliticalBank.com in the news!
Click on a publication a below to see PoliticalBank.com in the news!
We’re ready! Candidates who want to create a PoliticalBank.com profile page can either use the “Contact Us” form here, or email me directly at Adam@PoliticalBank.com.
We will be in soft launch mode until this temporary landing page magically turns into the “real” PoliticalBank.com on Wednesday, September 9th. Stay tuned folks…
T-minus 10 days. On September 9, 2015, PoliticalBank will be live for the world to see. A more detailed timeline is as follows:
Tuesday, September 2: Press Release
Thursday, September 3: Soft Launch*
Wednesday, September 9: Public Launch
September 9-September 30: Promotional Period – free premium account for those who register
Mid-September: Announement of our five-member Advisory Board
October 1: Freemium MVP** – candidates will have the option either to register a free PoliticalBank profile or purchase a six-month premium account at our low introductory rate.***
*On the morning of September 3, I will post on this Founder’s Blog the “side door” URL for those who want to create a profile in advance of the public launch.
**”Minimally Viable Product” – business lingo for Version 1 of a product or startup
***The major difference between a “Free” and “Premium” account is that candidates must have a premium account to accept contributions.
It’s getting exciting folks… hang on to your [skimmer] hats.
I’ve tried to do my homework. For 11 months, I’ve listened/watched as many podcasts as I could fit into my rides to/from work, grass mowing sessions, and morning jogs… highlighted by those featuring Chris Sacca, Elon Musk, Mark Cuban, Evan Williams, Kevin Rose, Tim Ferriss, Phillip Rosedale, T.W.I.S.T., etc. etc. I also read Zero to One, Inventing the Future, and just started Welch’s Winning (book on tape).
Though, some of my most memorable and entertaining takeaways are from the podcast StartUp (Gimlet Media). Two days ago, Friday, I gave an investment pitch to a family friend in Evansville, my hometown. Not a great result. I’m confident my pitch was decent – far better than Alex’s in Season 1, Episode 1 – but I didn’t connect. I got the “it’s not you, it’s me” rejection. Fortunately, I landed an investor while home – somewhat unexepectedly – so the trip turned out okay.
My point is, thank you Alex Blumberg…. and other founders who teach persistence in the first person. You’ve helped Friday feel like a small bump rather than getting dumped by my highschool girlfriend.
My day starts at 6:00 and ends between 11:30-Midnight. My lunch break is 15 minutes. The rest of my day is either work or daddy duty. It’s rough, but life as a policy director during the legislative session prepared me well.
We’re less than a month from launch and there’s much to be done. My development team entered their final “development sprint” yesterday and everything is on time and on budget. A little about our team…
In February, I hired KSM Consulting to perform the market analysis and otherwise validate the concept. This required KSMC to retain Exacta,who built the prototype and did the design work. In April, I stayed with KSMC to oversee the entire design and development process, which is when Connect Think teamed-up with Exacta to bring our baby to life.
Except for one significant hangup along the way, I’m extremely pleased with the work and project management by Team PoliticalBank. Hopefully this will be a portfolio builder for all involved.
Yesterday (Friday), I did something for the first time…. turned in a “two weeks notice” at work. I guess it’s not that big’a deal but-for what it means to me, my family, and the future of PoliticalBank.
Beginning Saturday, August 1, I’m a fulltime employee of PoliticalBank, LLC. A Saturday unlike any other, I imagine. I get asked all the time, “Are you nervous? Excited? [Other]?” Yes.
I love my job. For 2.5 years, I’ve gone to work every day knowing I could make a difference. I dedicated myself to not wasting a day and ensuring the Indiana taxpayers got their money’s worth from me. Admittedly, I’ve had a little senioritis the last few weeks, but here’s why: the passion, excitement and enthusiasm I had on January 14, 2013 – watching the Governor take his oath of office, then following him into his office and watching him sign the executive orders I helped finalize – are exactly the same feelings I have today… typing this blog, looking at the whiteboard in my office, and understanding what needs done tomorrow to move the ball.
I’m sad to leave my job in the Governor’s Office. I doubt I’ll ever have a similar experience or the same opportunities. I enjoy those with whom I work and have much respect for the Boss himself. That said, I can say with confidence, I’m ready for what’s next.
I forget the first website name I pitched to Theresa, but I’m pretty sure it was “IssuePAC.” I liked the name CrowdPAC and tried to play off it. But, I agree with Theresa… IssuePAC is terrible. At least for our vision of the company.
So what to name it… I played around on godaddy for at least two hours testing different domains. Ultimately, either nothing was available or nothing felt right. Then, one evening, Theresa was in the kitchen and I was watching TV with Louis (our 4 year-old miniture goldendoodle), and she hollers at me, “PoliticalBank!” I pop up and look at her… “That’s it!”
Interestingly, she was thinking “Bank” as in money. I thought “Bank” as in data bank. Either way it works, and here we are.
Theresa and I met on the first day of law school orientation and got married six years later. During the life of our relationship, I’ve pitched to her approximately 100 ideas. Her typical response is either, “That’s already been invented.” or “No, that’s a terrible idea.” She’s a much better litigator than I ever could be, so it’s tough to argue when I get her hard “No.”
I was sitting on PoliticalBank for a few days before sharing it with Theresa. I was convinced that I had a decent idea, and a few google and bing searches revealed nothing similar. But, if Theresa gave me pushback, I wanted to be ready.
I finished mowing one Saturday, walked inside and told Theresa, “I have an idea.” Skeptically, she said, “What is it?” I gave her the 30 second pitch. Her response…. “I like it! It’s kind of like facebook for politicians, right?” I said, “basically, but there’s a lot more we can do with it.” She agreed, then asked, “What are you going to call it?” After telling her my name for it, she said, “No. That’s a terrible idea.”
So, we got to work on a new name.
At the time, Blake and I didn’t know each other well. My knowledge of him was limited to being an ExactTarget alum. But because of this, I shared my idea with Blake while setting up for Penrod in September 2014. He liked it, but suggested I reach out to Michael Cloran at DeveloperTown.
In mid October, Michael and I met… after poking a few holes in the concept, Michael gave me the best advice to date: share my idea with as many (trusted) people as possible across the political spectrum, e.g., candidates, fundraisers, operatives, lobbyists, media, etc. Michael said, “if, after you do this, you still feel like you have something, then come back and see me.”
After talking with more than 40 folks, Michael and I met again on January 7, 2015, I went a different direction for UX/UI/development, but Michael still deserves a lot of credit for getting PoliticalBank off to a promising start.
Oh, and Blake and I have grown closer too. He also deserves credit for getting the concept where it is today.
As the 2014 midterms were heating up, all that we, the voters, heard were negative campaign ads. I thought, ‘wouldn’t it be nice if I could learn about candidates’ ideology in their own words?’ Then, lightning struck.
I shared my idea with a buddy who directed me to a fraternity brother who teaches at Stanford. “If your idea exists, he’ll know about it,” buddy said. So I called California, shared my idea, and I was told to look up “CrowdPAC.” At the time, CP was nothing like I had in mind. CP has undergone a few iterations since we spoke, and is much closer to the idea I shared with California. CP is a great site for politics… but it’s not a direct competitor. Maybe there’s room for collaboration in the future??
So, in August 2014, I lit the engine.