For those of you who’ve been subscribed to our email lists since I put them up in May, I can’t thank you enough for your continued support and patience. Quite simply, we just aren’t ready yet.
When I decided to close the IWearYourShirt doors to realign this company in May, I had big hopes for a quick relaunch. Those hopes were amplified by some promising meetings with potential investors. People loved the ideas for the future of IWearYourShirt and I even had someone verbally commit to fund these ideas. Then a few agonizing months went by and my hopes lessened. Excitement and joy turned to sadness and doubt. I walked away from the potential funding and as painful as that was, I’m glad I did.
In the crazy world of entrepreneurship and creating a business out of thin air, there are lots of unknowns and lots of ups and downs. One of those ups though, has been a Shirt Wearer by the name of Sean Ely. Unfortunately Sean’s time with IWearYourShirt is coming to an end, but we don’t want to end his story here with sadness. No we most certainly do not. Okay, I’m crying right now at the keyboard and it would make more sense if you could see… Ahh, forget it, let’s watch Sean’s announcement video:
One of the important things we’re doing behind the scenes at IWearYourShirt right now is navigating the process of picking a design company. If you’ve ever had a website made for your business, there are about a million factors to think about and about a billion companies to choose from. Luckily and unluckily for us, we have a bit of a complicated website we need built that most companies won’t be able to build. This is the first of a few blog posts we want to share about our current process of finding a design/development company for the next iteration of IWearYourShirt.com.
Who’s going to be the father of this IWearYourShirt baby? OK, that sounded weird. This is turning into an episode of Maury way too fast. Anyway…
After a few weeks of “going dark,” many of you will now be happy to hear that we have some big things to report! Last Friday, we sent out the first step of many in the search for the first 10 Shirt Wearers in our new model. Within that first email was a link to a questionnaire that we’ll be using to help select potential Shirt Wearers. (As a reminder, anyone that would like to be considered must submit their answers to that questionnaire by Wednesday, July 3rd at 11:59pm EDT.)
Now, for a bit of background on the new IWearYourShirt. While we won’t reveal everything yet (you know that’s not our style), we will say that the role of a Shirt Wearer is changing a bit from what you may have come to expect in the past. Video content will no longer be our focus, and this role will not necessarily be a full-time gig. However, our core mission will remain to help brands tell their stories in a unique way and to provide the human element of advertising. These first 10 Shirt Wearers will be our inaugural class under the new model – a “test” group of sorts that will help us by giving constant, daily feedback. This group of 10 will help form the foundation of what the new IWearYour Shirt will be built on.
This past weekend we spent some time with our friend Shane Mac, and made some huge leaps forward with the next phase of IWearYourShirt and how you can get paid to wear t-shirts for a living.
As you can see by the IWearYourShirt.com homepage, we’re working hard on three things: Shirt Wearers, Sponsors, and Fans. We’re starting with Shirt Wearers and starting very soon. If you aren’t already on the Shirt Wearer Email List, but want to be a Shirt Wearer, you should immediately subscribe. If you don’t have any interest in being a Shirt Wearer, please don’t subscribe. We want to keep these three email lists separate and we want the people who subscribe to them to read the emails that show up in their inboxes.
Last night, the Miami Heat won the 2012-2013 NBA championship against the San Antonio Spurs. But, if you weren’t watching closely, you might not have seen that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh actually didn’t play in that heated Game 7.
At IWearYourShirt.com, we will be creating new videos to explain everything that’s going on, as well as user videos for new individuals we work with. But hey, don’t think you’re getting any information out of me just yet. Jason and Caroline would lock me in a dumpster if I gave anything away.
In order to keep the IWYS YouTube Channel professional, I made the choice to make the series its own entity.
A nickname you could certainly use to label the IWearYourShirt.com team. We won’t fight you on that one as we review Apple’s iOS 7.
When new Apple products — or system updates — are launched, we try to be some of the first “public” users. We aren’t developers or programmers by trade, but we do feel the need to get familiar with what will make its way to the masses very shortly. And with Apple’s announcement of iOS 7 during last week’s Worldwide Developers Conference, things were no different. We had to find a way to get it on our phones, even though it wouldn’t be officially live for the general public until the fall. And when you work with Jason Headsetsdotcom, there is no such thing as failing.