Pray To Saint Dogan And You’ll Get Drums

Ralph M. RiveraEntrepreneurship1 Comment

Pray To Saint Dogan And You’ll Get Drums. Yesterday, I wrote about the lull that happens during a startup. I mentioned that I snapped my wife, Carol Lynn, and my partner, Dino Dogan, out of this funk, but left how as a cliffhanger.

Yesterday, I wrote about the lull that happens during a startup. I mentioned that I snapped my wife, Carol Lynn, and my partner, Dino Dogan, out of this funk, but left how as a cliffhanger.

Go back and read that article if you haven’t already.

Ok. Welcome back.

Let’s start with Dino.

A few months ago, I decided that I wanted an electric drum kit. I budgeted around $1,500, but as I did research my budget kept going up because I was mesmerized by modern drumming technology. Eventually, the cost coupled with where a kit would go in the house made the whole project go dormant. That was right around the startup lull I mentioned. My partner Dino who has been in the startup/investor world for three years was understandably skeptical when I threw out our operations objectives for the next six months.

How could I bend him to my will?

Well, I made him an offer. I told him to buy me a Roland TD-30KV. That’s a roughly $8,000 drum kit.

Now I know what you’re thinking. “How is that motivation for him?”

Here was my thinking…

Dino is an avid musician and the drum kit I selected is one that Dino really admires. Consider that if the next six months goes well and Dino has the disposable income to not only support his lifestyle, but to buy me an $8,000 drum kit, then things are going really well. Dino now wants to buy me that drum kit because doing so means that we’ve either hit or exceeded our projections. Yes, it’s good for me, but more importantly it’s good for both of us.

Dino’s funk is now a thing of the past. He’s now laser focused on that drum kit and success.

Next up: Carol Lynn.

These are my 300 words for the day. I am Ralph M. Rivera.

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Pray To Saint Dogan And You’ll Get Drums. Yesterday, I wrote about the lull that happens during a startup. I mentioned that I snapped my wife, Carol Lynn, and my partner, Dino Dogan, out of this funk, but left how as a cliffhanger.

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Hi, I'm Ralph! I'm a web developer and founder of Rahvalor Interactive, a creative marketing services company based in Holmdel, New Jersey. I founded Rahvalor in 1999 with my wife and business partner Carol Lynn, and in January 2012 we created Web.Search.Social as a branded service offering that brings enterprise-level services to small businesses in an affordable way. My primary role is programming and development, and with 25 solid years of marketing experience behind me, I write, consult and develop strategy for our customers. I'm also the CTO of Triberr and I teach web development at Manhattan College in New York City. Carol Lynn and I live near the coast in central New Jersey, less than an hour from the place of my birth – the island of Manhattan. We are at the constant beck and call of Ash, our 17-year-old American Shorthair cat. I'm also trying to build a flux capacitor, but that's not going as well as the other stuff I do.