7 Fast Weeks

It’s been seven weeks since I graduated from the University of Oregon and 6 weeks since I started my internship at about.me. I can easily say that this has been the fastest 7 weeks of my life.

What’s happened in the last 7 weeks:

I live in San Francisco now?

I went to Ikea for the first time in my life and successfully built all my own furniture.

Met the about.me team.

Worked with the about.me team.

Went to my first Giants game with the about.me team.

Started Code Academy-ing like a mad man.

Got Parking Tickets.

Talked start-ups and life with Ryan Freitas.

Spent Fourth of July at a BBQ with the internet (i.e. people who work for all the apps we use and love (Instagram, Path, Twitter… it was crazy)

Got more Parking Tickets.

E-Mailed Olympians and delivered a marketing campaign around them.

Met up with Tony Conrad.

Met the creator of Gumroad.

Went to a happy hour at LaunchRock and got told to go to Start-up Weekend.

Pitched Start-Up Weekend, recruited a team and got third place.

Started applying for my next job post-about.me (if you know anyone give a shout to patrickmillegan@gmail.com).

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Business planning VS. Sky diving: Same thing… right?

Via my friend Bailey Koharchick at http://prtothepeople.blogspot.com/ 🙂

Have you ever had a really great idea? Not only a great idea, but also a one-of-a-kind, innovative and potentially lucrative idea? If so, what did you do with it? If you’re like me, you probably got pretty excited about it. Maybe you even Googled a little bit of research. But after a few days, you lose motivation because the idea of creating and planning and establishing a product or service is daunting, or at the very least, overwhelming.

Starting your own business can be scary, and with good reason. There is risk involved. However, when you thoroughly plan your venture out, a large percentage of risk disappears. People don’t just jump off cliffs without some device to soften their landing. They use a parachute, or a bungee chord. They use some form of safety net. The best kind of business planning safety net is a top-notch business-planning program.
One program that I would recommend is LivePlan. LivePlan, created by PaloAlto software, is a cloud-based business planning software. What does cloud-based mean? Well, you know how Apple just came out with their lovely musical commercials that show a person accessing and sharing their electronic files from different locations? That’s what cloud-based is. It means that while you work on your LivePlan in LA, your business partner can work on it from Tokyo, New York, Rome or any other place in the world.
This new innovative technology allows faster, easier and more collaborative business planning, Basically, LivePlan takes the scariness out of planning your business. They’re your safety net. Oh, and you can feel confident in it because it’s run by the #1 business planning company… in the world!
So now that I’ve sparked you motivation, run with it. Well, first get a LivePlan… and then run with it.
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How I Became About.me’s Newest Intern-Short

The funny thing about opportunity is that if you are vocal about the opportunity you want it seems to quickly find you. If you had asked anyone who knew me prior to about.me running their contest, they would tell you that, I, Patrick Millegan was entrepreneurial and looking for a way to break in to the start-up scene in Silicon Valley. Because of this, my friend Charmaine Ng texted me hours after about.me began their internship contest on April 4th – she said she thought this would be perfect for me, and she was right.

I got Charmaine’s text as I was walking from class at UofO to my job as a leasing consultant at an apartment complex in Eugene, Oregon. I briefly thought it would be cool if I could somehow get the about.me team to vote for me. From what I had gleaned from my knowledge about start-ups is generally that their work environment is fun and relaxed enough, that they would probably be just working and hanging out in their office, and on a Friday afternoon – probably looking for a distraction. Why can’t that distraction be me? 😛

I kid you not, as I was looking up the address for the about.me HQ – in walk 3 Yemeni students who I didn’t know very well, but lived at the apartment complex, to tell me that they were going to San Francisco for the weekend and wondered if I would like to come with them. Funny how things work out sometimes, right? Their names were Ammar, Rabie, and Sami and they became very good friends of mine. I heard about the contest on 4/4, and on 4/5 I was in a red 2009 Mercury Milan with 3 awesome Yemeni kids driving to SF. So the #PSmoovment began (from my twitter handle @PSmoovvv).

I gussied up my about.me page, made a cover/profile photo for my Facebook and started blasting out the link http://about.me/pmillegan as fast and frequently as Oregon’s Offense scores touchdowns (S/O my alma mater: GO DUCKS!).

For the duration of the contest, my about.me page, in all of its glory, looked like this:

You can see all of the YouTube videos I made from my trip by searching “#Psmoovment” on youtube, or by clicking here.

I live-tweeted/YouTubed my trip in an effort to catch the eye of @aboutdotme, so that I could maybe secure an audience while I was driving down, but thought it would be more fun to show up unannounced and meet them for the first time as the kid who just kind of showed up at their doorstep. I ended up meeting 8 members of the about.me team, which turned into 8 votes 🙂 (9 if you include Nicole, the front desk receptionist at AOL- Palo Alto).

They were incredibly nice, as nice as they could be to some guy that walked into their office. The AOL Palo Alto office was incredible and I could quickly tell that this was environment I wanted to be in. I hung out with the team for about an hour and then proudly exited the office.

As I drove back to Eugene from SF I knew I wasn’t going to have the time to really put into the campaign. I had 2 jobs and took 18 credits. So, when I got back I scheduled out my campaign. I wrote a press-release about my roadtrip that I was going to ship out to every relevant news sources I could find. I scheduled reminders to vote on my twitter through twuffer, and I decided that I would screen shot my vote total every morning and post to facebook. In addition, I set up a mailchimp newsletter that allowed people to sign up for daily reminders.

My launch was complete, my campaign was in place, and now it was in the hands of the many to respond to my call for more votes. The only follow-up I did was holding some videos of a-12-year-old-me-singing-some-of-your-favorite-disney-tunes hostage until I got a certain amount of votes.

In the end I ended up getting the call to come to San Francisco to intern with the amazing people at about.Me. I am honored and excited to be spending the Summer as their intern in SF, and can’t help but feel super SUPER blessed/lucky/fortunate to be given this opportunity.

Oh yeah, and THANKS TO ALL THAT VOTED FOR ME!!!

Now all I have to do is make the most of it and kill it at this internship.

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How I Became About.me’s Newest Intern-Long

The funny thing about opportunity is that if you are vocal about the opportunity you want it seems to quickly find you. If you had asked anyone who knew me prior to about.me running their contest, they would tell you that, I, Patrick Millegan was entrepreneurial and looking for a way to break in to the start-up scene in Silicon Valley. Because of this, my friend Charmaine Ng texted me hours after about.me began their internship contest on April 4th – she said she thought this would be perfect for me, and she was right.

The contest was simple: drive traffic to your page and gather as many votes as possible until contest end on April 22nd. This was a win-win for me, because not only would I be telling people to vote for me, I would be able to use this as an engine for announcing to the world and all my social networks that I’m graduating, searching for a job in a specific field, and that I’m good at what I do – marketing and driving traffic. So, yes obviously about.me was getting free marketing, but I saw it as an extremely valuable trade-off because even if I didn’t win the contest I would be getting a lot of value myself.

I got Charmaine’s text as I was walking from class at UofO to my job as a leasing consultant at an apartment complex in Eugene, Oregon. I began brainstorming ideas to get the votes rolling. Of course I had my own personal networks on Facebook and Twitter, but I wanted to reach the biggest audience possible. I figured the best way to do this would be to do something newsworthy enough to get picked up press and shared by people I might not even know.

As I walked into the leasing office, I briefly thought it would be cool if I could somehow get the about.me team to vote for me, and even better, if I could get them to do it in person. From what I had gleaned from my knowledge about start-ups is generally that their work environment is fun and relaxed enough, that they would probably be just working and hanging out in their office, and on a Friday afternoon – probably looking for a distraction. Why can’t that distraction be me? 😛

I kid you not, as I was looking up the address for the about.me HQ – in walk 3 Yemeni students who I didn’t know very well, but live at the apartment complex, to tell me that they were going to San Francisco for the weekend and wondered if I would like to come with them. Funny how things work out sometimes, right? Their names were Ammar, Rabie, and Sami and they became very good friends of mine. I heard about the contest on 4/4, and on 4/5 I was in a red 2009 Mercury Milan with 3 awesome Yemeni kids driving to SF. So the #PSmoovment began.

On twitter, my name is @PSmoovvv – a nickname I got from playing basketball in high school, so #PSmoovment was natural. I gussied up my about.me page, made a cover/profile photo for my Facebook and started blasting out the link http://about.me/pmillegan as fast and frequently as Oregon’s Offense scores touchdowns (S/O my alma mater: GO DUCKS!).

For the duration of the contest, my about.me page, in all of its glory, looked like this:

You can see all of the YouTube videos I made from my trip by searching “#Psmoovment” on youtube, or by clicking here. I’ve actually been told that it makes for a pretty good watch. But, back to the story!

I live-tweeted/YouTubed my trip in an effort to catch the eye of @aboutdotme, so that I could maybe secure an audience while I was driving down, but really I wanted to show up unannounced and meet them for the first time as the kid who just kind of showed up at their doorstep. To many of my friends surprise, my road trip paid off and I ended up meeting about 8 members of the about.me team, which turned into 8 votes 🙂 (9 if you include Nicole, the front desk receptionist at AOL- Palo Alto).

They were incredibly nice, as nice as they could be to some guy that walked into their office. The AOL Palo Alto office was incredible and I could quickly tell that this was environment I wanted to be in. I hung out with the team for about an hour and then proudly exited the office.

Side note: My thinking also behind this trip was that I wanted to show my networks/people who would vote for me that I was clearly putting more effort in trying to get votes than it would take to type in “http://about.me/pmillegan” and click vote. If I was willing to drive 600 miles, couldn’t they take the 2 clicks and 5 seconds? This was the thinking that inspired this video of me shouting at a group of people near the Golden Gate Bridge.

As I drove back to Eugene from SF I knew I wasn’t going to have the time to really put into the campaign. I had 2 jobs and took 18 credits. So, when I got back I scheduled out my campaign. I wrote a press-release about my roadtrip that I was going to ship out to every relevant news source I could find. I scheduled reminders to vote on my twitter through twuffer, and I decided that I would screen shot my vote total every morning and post to facebook. In addition, I set up a mailchimp newsletter that allowed people to sign up for daily reminders.

My launch was complete, my campaign was in place, and now it was in the hands of the many to respond to my call for more votes. The only follow-up I did was holding some videos of a-12-year-old-me-singing-some-of-your-favorite-disney-tunes hostage until I got a certain amount of votes.

In the end I ended up getting the call to come to San Francisco to intern with the amazing people at about.Me. I am honored and excited to be spending the Summer as their intern in SF, and can’t help but feel super SUPER blessed/lucky/fortunate to be given this opportunity.

Oh yeah, and THANKS TO ALL THAT VOTED FOR ME!!!

Now all I have to do is make the most of it and kill it at this internship.

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Newspaper Thesis

The newspaper is a gigantic databank from which a multiplicity of products can be produced and marketed at a profit. It’s the key cog in a democracy- it’s the way people get the facts so they can intelligently self govern themselves. It’s a key engine in a free enterprise system- it’s the way businessmen can promote their products to their customers.

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About.me Oregon Press Pitch

University of Oregon student travels 600 miles in search of internship.

Patrick Millegan hopes to win $1000 and dream job in Palo Alto, California

Eugene, Ore. (April 13, 2011) – University of Oregon senior Patrick Millegan had no appointment when he showed up to gather votes from About.me’s Palo Alto office for its internship competition. The competition is simple – participants compete to gather the most votes by directing traffic to their About.me profile in order to win $1000 and a paid summer internship with the company.

“Within the first 48 hours of the contest I had traveled 600 miles and was watching the About.me team vote for me,” said Millegan.

Millegan reported that About.me’s product marketing manager was impressed with how quickly Millegan developed and executed his strategy to win. He had successfully talked his way into their company and had each of the available team members voting for him.

Millegan leveraged his use of social media by posting live YouTube updates via Twitter with the hashtag, #PSmoovment, that tracked his voyage to Palo Alto, California. About.me team members took notice when he posted a video of himself outside their Palo Alto office. See his videos at YouTube.com/Psmoovvv .

You can help Patrick win by voting every day at http://about.me/pmillegan. To get reminders every day until the end of the contest (4/22) opt-in here: http://eepurl.com/kKCLX.

For more photos see http://www.flickr.com/photos/pmillegan/page4/

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Throwin the ‘O’ up

Meeting the About.me team

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About.Me Internship Contest

On wednesday 4/4, I got a text message from a friend letting me know about ‘about.me/intern.’

The headline reads “This summer, about.me is giving you the chance to win an unforgettable internship at
The Huffington PostTechCrunchAOL Videoabout.me or AOL Events.”

Immediately I went to work with launching my campaign to win the contest.

This is what my plan has loosely been so far…

Step one: opt-in to contest

Step two: redo my about.me page to make it easier for people to vote and tell Facebook friends/Twitter Followers about my entering in the contest and brand it as a #PSmoovment on twitter

Step three: within 24 hours of contest launching drive to About.me headquarters in Palo Alto from Eugene, Oregon to introduce myself to the about.me team and to get them to vote for me.

Step four: document the whole experience on Twitter and Facebook with tweet/posts/youtube videos

Step five: get to Palo, Alto with no appointment, and talk my way into meeting the team and convince them to vote for me.

Step six:  after meeting the team, drive back to Eugene and pitch my story to news outlets

Step eight: make it easy to vote for me by creating an email reminder on mailchimp that people can opt-into.

Step nine: pick a celebrity to get my supporters to tweet at profusely on a specific day to try and get a RT

Step ten: make profile pictures that my supporters can put as there profile picture

Step eleven: think of more ideas like this, and get the most votes by 4/22

Ready Go!

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