This week has been podcast editing hell for cavnessHR. We significantly underestimated the time required to edit these podcasts. We didn't realize how often people use space fillers, repeat the same word over and over or breathe heavily or just make sounds that I am sure they would not want on the podcast. Plus the fact that we are using the transcripts to make blogs is also taking up lots of time. We are uploading the videos from the interviews to YouTube. YouTube then transcribes the video into words for you. The challenge is that it is only about 75% accurate and it has the time stamps all through it.
We are without a doubt going to outsource this editing in the future. But for now we need to get through these first podcasts. The plan is to release three the first day and then one a day for the next 10 days after that. Then release one a week afterwards. Originally, the plan was to start posting these on Monday, September 18. But we soon realized that was not realistic. Now the plan is to start posting them prior to the start of Seattle Startup Week. https://seattle.startupweek.co/ As one of the people we interviewed is one of the organizers for Seattle Startup Week. So we need to make sure we start posting the podcasts before then.
We without a doubt spent too much time on podcast editing vs building the business this week. Hopefully, these podcasts pay off in the long run for us. Because of all the time spent editing. We have not started researching which digital signature company to use or for that matter anything else we need to research.
It would have been nice if the editing was going as fast as in this video.
We attended the Veterans Tech Summit that was co hosted by BunkerLabs Seattlehttps://bunkerlabs.org/seattle/ and Operation Code https://operationcode.org/
They had a panel that presented some great info and insights. They also had a round robin networking event where various companies gave presentations. This was great as well. The best part was that I connected to two developers and I have meetings set up with them this week.
We also saw and talked with Ken Hang from Green River College about cavnessHR being one of their capstone projects for next year. It is a class that goes from January to June. It is the next class after the one we participated in earlier this year with Green River College. This is another option to continue building cavnessHR.
I rode up there and back with Alec Haggerty and I learned about his company SkyGrunt. https://www.skygrunt.com/ SkyGrunt is an autonomous UAS technology to perform inspections for those in the telecommunications, renewable energy, and construction industries.
We had a meeting with Andrew Fry. Andrew is an Assistant Partner at the Institute of Technology at the University of Washington-Tacoma. We met to discuss the possibility of cavnessHR using interns from UW-T for cavnessHR. It is too late to utilize any this year. But using some next year is an option to look into. As an entrepreneur himself, he gave me items to consider while building cavnessHR. He did like the concept of cavnessHR and he believes I have something. But like most others, he believes the execution part will be hard to pull off.
I had several other meetings with potential members for cavnessHR. I met with a couple developers and a couple marketers. Each meeting was interesting and I learned a lot from each person. I guess besides being in podcasting editing hell. I did spend a good amount of time recruiting people for cavnessHR.
I had a meeting with another individual that was quite interesting. This person recently received his PhD in Developmental Neurobiology. But you know the saying, the best way to be unemployed is to earn your PhD. He could not find anything. So he took a job doing sales for ADT. At first he was like why am I here? I have a PhD and the minimum requirement here is not even a High School diploma. But he quickly got over this. As he realized the person next to him, with no High School diploma was outselling him 10 to one. He went to this other person and asked for help. He asked how was he so successful.
The other person gladly helped him. Soon my new friend was doing quite well doing sales. I believe this proves that no matter your position in life. Always take the opportunity to learn from others. Because you may be an expert in one area. But others are experts in other areas. My new friend has since left sales and now has a job more in line with his education. But he is very thankful for his sales experience and the lessons it taught him.