I hope you had a pawesome weekend.
I had a very interesting Saturday, and I’d love to share it with you.
I was invited to talk about DOGTV in front of a group of kids. This was a part of a very cool program called “Alligatorzone“, that introduces kids (7 and above) to start up companies, and let them ask anything they want about the company and about entrepreneurship in general.
I truly think that AligatorZone are doing something fabulous, because they allow children, some of them only 7 years old, to get to know some really interesting companies, and, more importantly, introduce them to the process and struggles of starting your own company. That’s why I was more than happy to accept their invitation to go on a Saturday and speak at Sunnyvale Library in front of sweet children – and their parents.
Prior to my talk there was another company, Mise, who told their story. These guys are doing something really cool: They are bringing to your door excellent dishes from local chefs, whenever and wherever you want it. The young audience LOVED this great concept, and asked Mise’s Founder, Yishan Lin, and his co Founder Ben some excellent questions (“How do you guys make money? Is your food healthy? do you have competitors?” and more).
Mise Founder, Yishan Lin, speaks at the event about a new way of delivering food
After we all thanked Mise for a great presentation (and delicious chocolate mousse!), it was my turn to speak about DOGTV. To my surprise, not one kid in the audience had a dog, which normally makes presentations about DOGTV a bit harder to swallow. Well, not for these kids. They were an excellent audience – truly engaged, asking intelligent questions, and sounding genuinely curious.
Some of their questions were about the history of DOGTV (“what inspired DOGTV”? “My cat, Charlie”, I answered); Some about the business model (“dogs don’t watch commercials so how do you make money?”); and some about where the future of entertainment for animals is heading (“Did you ever think about Bird TV”?).
In the last 7 years, we got to talk in many different places and in front of different audiences about television for dogs. But this was a first to me: Not only the first time I get to speak in a library (ironically usually the librarian shushes anyone who speaks in the library – until this event), but it was also my first time speaking in front of a group of children. They may have been young, but their questions and attitude very very mature. It was a real joy to get to know these amazing children who may, one day, be the new Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. I think they have a great chance.
Have a great week!
p.s Here is a video from one of AlligatorZone’s previous session of kids and start ups.