Appearing on the BIG IDEA

Recently I was asked to be a part of the TV show THE BIG IDEA on CNBC.   The topic is on new business ventures during mid-life (I turn 40 on June 20

The producers scheduled to do a web cam question and I prepared to use my new laptop with a built in webcam.  This laptop uses Windows Vista

Minutes before taping we discovered my Vista webcam software is not compatible with their Net meeting software.

I assured them I could take care of it otherwise I wouldn't be on the show.  They gave me 1/2 hour.  My mission: buy and install a web cam on my XP desktop (queue music....)

Luckily for me, I live close to some shopping centers so I jumped into my truck.

As I pull out of my drive way I notice a truck hauling lumber COMPLETELY blocking the street and in no hurry to move.  I detour on to very busy Ventura Boulevard during morning crunch.

The red lights take an eternity and I finally make it to BEST BUY only to drive into the empty parking lot...they don't open for another hour.

I ran into CVS, they didn't have any. 

My saving grace was RADIO SHACK that opened at 9 am!!!  I got great customer service plus it was on sale!

As I pull into my driveway the BIG IDEA calls on my progress and I inform them I am seconds away from completing the mission. 

They keep me on hold as I fire up the desktop, install the software, and login.

They pick up the phone and I appear on screen!  SUCCESS!!!

All my nerves were spent so I wasn't nervous one bit during the taping

Those years spent as a runner for a high stress film industry effects company are paying off!!!

For those of you that know me, this story comes as no surprise because stuff like this ALWAYS happens to me!  Lucky for me, I love having a startup business and stories like this are going to make for a good book someday.

As of this writing the show has yet to air and I will keep everyone posted.  This is a huge break for me and I hope to return on the show as a guest.


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