My name is Cam, also known by exactly one person as the author of The Futrish (and yes, that one person is me). This is the first piece of content I’ll be publishing under the moniker, and if I’m being honest, I don’t know what to expect. See, when the idea of becoming a “content creator” popped into my head, I immediately questioned if my perspective, insight and experience could be compelling enough to stand out. That’s not to say that I lack the confidence, but the seemingly endless number of people who share tech-related content is staggering (and awesome). But then I thought, “Well, I’ve certainly pissed off a few people standing atop my soapbox over the years, so I must be saying something differently, right?” And here we are.
Of course, I’m well aware that there are no guarantees in the world of digital traction. True, I have no highly publicized successes under my belt, and you have zero knowledge of my background or experience. At this point, your expectations should be low — and I’m fine with that. My only desire out of this experience is to open up conversation with the understanding that being wrong isn’t bad (I will be wrong), and that there’s no such thing as “looking good.” Possibility exists through conversation, and this space should facilitate lots of conversation.
So, with the disclaimers now disclaimed, allow me to give you some of that background info you’ve been waiting for (I mean, you’ve read this far, so I can only assume). As far as personal details are concerned, here’s a few important ones:
- I’m 28 years old.
- I live in Kansas City.
- I’m engaged to an awesome guy named Matthew.
- I have two dogs, one of which was radicalized by ISIS (he’s an asshole).
And as far as my career is concerned, I’m presently the Co-Founder of a company called Ignition90. As a team, our primary value is in helping friends and founders discover whats possible in the world of their own ideas. Then, we help them define strategies that enable us to quickly design, test, build, market and launch digital products — effectively bringing their ideas to life. It’s the best job ever, and I’m not just saying that because it’s mine.
Prior to Ignition90, I worked at a few different agencies in the areas of product development and audience generation. I’ve also lived in Boston and San Francisco (where I had a product that failed — which is a different post), and ultimately came back to Kansas City to rediscover all the things I thought weren’t accessible to me as a product-nerd in the Mid-West (also, another post). With respect to product, these are my core values:
- It’s better to invest in knowing individual people vs. the demographics that define them.
- Users are people, not the other way around.
- Money is not a goal — it’s simply a result.
- Niche problems are worth solving.
- The creation of digital experiences that manifest themselves in real-world, physical outcomes will have the greatest opportunity for success in the future.
- Design is a person’s primary opportunity to understand whether or not something was truly made for them.
With that, I think this is a good time to wrap up my soft introduction as Cam from The Futurish, don’t you? Truly though, I’m super excited to share, connect and ideate with all of you! Feel free to add me on LinkedIn via http://bit.ly/2miqQWo. Otherwise, you can find me on Twitter @futurishcam or on Instagram as @thefuturish.