Hey guys, since there are so many new contributors on this blog I thought our community would be enhanced if you knew more about us. I’ll start with myself 🙂
Reason I started this blog:
“How should I spec my hero for war (x100) ? How many buildings should I have of each type (x100) ? What does xyz mean?” I started getting really annoyed watching my leaders or myself answer the same questions over and over again. So, I said to myself, “why not start a blog where everyone can find all the information they will ever need for Game of War, all in one place?”
Soon after I realized you guys wanted more than just facts though, you wanted stories that revealed facts. You wanted to be entertained while also reading useful information. I loved this concept, because that’s how I like to learn as well. I’m motivated every day by the desire to entertain and teach all you guys to the best of my abilities.
The above reasoning will make sense to you more when I tell you that I’ve studied Industrial Engineering at Cal Poly SLO for 4 years now. At its core, Industrial Engineering is all about creating efficient processes in every area of business, manufacturing, communication, etc. Even though I study engineering, I’ve always had a passion for business. But, when I was debating between engineering and business I thought I could more easily learn business after engineering and not vice versa. Therefore, I often look for opportunities to learn more about business.
I am an extremely futuristic looking person who believes the only way you can learn is through action. Most of you have noticed this because I’m always trying new things on this blog in order to learn what works and what doesn’t work. It’s also a reason I love feedback from you guys, if you aren’t telling me what I’m doing right and wrong and what you want and don’t want, I’ll never know 🙂 I’ve probably answered every single question or suggestion anyone has every posed to me on this site. That’s a lot since there has been 1,500 comments to date…
My freshman year of college I started a clothing company with 3 my friends called “Apoc Apparel” (www.apocapparel.com). My school’s philosophy is “Learn by Doing” and that’s exactly what we did. Although unlike most clothing companies we sold 1000’s of shirts to students over the last 3 1/2 years and have actually made a profitable company. I will say one thing though, it wasn’t easy and I didn’t work with slackers.
My Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior summers I was lucky enough to find jobs at large corporate companies where I held Industrial Engineering internships. Although, I never REALLY enjoyed any of them by the end of summer.
My senior year of college I studied abroad for a semester in Munich, Germany. I had a lot of time to think about my future while I was traveling across Europe and Asia through 12 countries. I was thinking about what actually satisfies me and I came to the conclusion that Apoc Apparel is what really got me excited. Although, it wasn’t exactly Apoc itself, it was the process of building a company from scratch with friends who are smart and can figure out how to create a successful company.
When I got back from Germany I had two weeks before school where I read and watched everything I could on entrepreneurship and venture capitalism. When school started I joined an Introduction to Entrepreneurship class, the Entrepreneurship club, and went to all entrepreneurial events in my city, held by the “HotHouse” (a startup accelerator).
I networked my way “into” the accelerator by meeting the key decision makers and companies I was interested in at the events. The founder of the company called “Z Living Systems” (www.zlivingsystems.com) and I clicked really well, and he ended up hiring me (I’m now a co-founder).
We work in the HotHouse with about 15 other startup companies. I absolutely love it there because every person in there has an entrepreneurship mentality and is trying to start their own company. There is a great community there, we all help each other with our companies and often times big decision are assisted by people’s advice from other companies who have gone through similar decisions.
If you have made it this far, I want to promote one company that has helped me tremendously with the vision and reality of this blog. They created MOJAGEAR.COM, a community driven marketplace that combines the experience of rock climbing stories/ content with an online store. If any of you are into rock climbing, I highly recommend Moja Gear.
So that’s a little about my life!
If you guys want to ask me anything, feel free to comment below 🙂
Navi (Chad Kihm)