My entrepreneurial drive started in first grade. I created a pencil pouch and put my name on it. A few classmates took notice and I saw opportunity. It cost $1 to make but I sold each for $2. Talk about big profits margins!
My mom intervened and made me give back the money.
“You should be nice,” she said.
“No, Mom, I want to make money,” I said.
By middle school, I started selling stuff on eBay. I went from selling items for family and friends (for a small “Cam fee”) to buying large amounts of iPhone cases from China. Then, I got I kicked off eBay – turns out the cases I was selling weren’t so legit.
I worked for my dad for a couple summers making cabinets. I respect what he does and the hard work it takes, but it’s not for me. I’m sure my presence is sorely missed; I had skills at sanding boards. Oh, I was a solid sweeper of floors too.
In high school, I was asked to help my dad’s friend sell his TV screen protectors and given the position of “Marketing VP” for Crystal Wall. I knew absolutely nothing about marketing. I liked money yet we had a shoddy product, and I had no idea how to sell it.
I knew if we could get traffic to Crystal Wall’s site I could make us money, yet I had no idea how to do it. I wanted to rank for “TV screen protector.” I knew people paid for online ads but I couldn’t figure out how it worked. I quickly learned search engine optimization and more about organic results. That’s when my interest in SEO began. I bought a couple online courses and started to teach myself how to dominate the search engines.
I quit my job at Crystal Wall and decided to make a couple sites. I was really good at ranking and giving visitors exactly what they wanted. I made a lot of money.
I sold those sites so I could focus on building a real brand. That is when I created Reviewpon. I had a big goal – provide honest and ethical web hosting reviews. It’s pretty common for money grubbing affiliates to refer host services that provide the largest commission. That drove me nuts.
“You can’t let big commissions taint your views, or worse, totally lie.”
I had a good run with the site, made money, but soon hated web hosting and its lack of ethics.
During my four years of college, I was inconsistently working on Bidiction. Anyone who’s ever talked to me at a party knows about Bidiction. I would constantly pitch ideas to anyone who would listen, but my thoughts were mostly invalidated. I know how I’d like to change online auction sites, and I put together a pretty sleek design, but I’m putting that project to the side for now. It’s not something I know how to capitalize upon at the moment nor do I have the immediate capital. I’m sure eBay and Quibids just heaved huge sighs of relief. But I’m coming for you eBay…some day.
Currently, I write comprehensive tech comparisons on Power Moves. Unlike popular tech blogs, I buy the devices myself and write in terms that non-nerds can understand. I’m objective and give an outsider’s perspective because I don’t have insider connections. My opinions change fast, and they can’t be bought. CamSecore.com is where I blog about business and entrepreneur life. I’ll throw in former Power Moves that are now outdated, and quick tech reviews that aren’t as extensive.
I hate when the consensus opinion is right. I try to look at things from a different perspective. It’s not a choice, just how I’m wired. I try not to be like others. Some see this as weird and I’m cool with that. I believe in the power of the individual, and I want to inspire people to be themselves. Have opinions and own them. I value those who set out to do something that challenges the status quo.
I’m obsessed with the Boston Celtics. I once went four consecutive seasons without missing a game (about 80% live on TV, the other 20% were DVR’d).
I buy all Apple’s products on release day. My collection: iPhone 11 Pro, AirPods, HomePod, Apple Watch 5, Apple TV, iPad mini, and MacBook Pro.
I’m building a cool app, Sterp, that lets people show off their favorite gadgets.
Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Jack Dorsey are legends who I look to for inspiration.
I bought a house in 2014 and I’m super proud of it.
I’m an avid podcast listener. I love Joe Rogan and Tim Ferris. If my posts go live later than promised, it’s probably because I got caught up listening to Joe.
I’m obsessed with exercising (biking, running, hiking, and weight lifting). I’m on a streak of 450 consecutive days of at least 30 minutes of exercise. A morning workout clears my brain for the rest of the day.
I watch a lot of football. Brady and Belichick are the greatest duo of all time.
In 2016, I created CamsUnderpants.com and tested fourteen different brands of boxer briefs. I had fun with the project and made solid money, but I sold it because I couldn’t write about underwear anymore.