I started my career as a news reporter at a local TV station in Lafayette, Louisiana.
It was 2008.
I still remember sitting in the news director’s office, confidently pitching my idea to create Facebook and Twitter pages, so that our online news stories could reach a wider audience.
He was furious, saying that being on social media would compromise the integrity of the entire news organization, and that I should keep my “wild ideas” to myself.
I knew he was wrong, but I couldn’t do anything about it.
Fast forward to 2011: businesses started catching on to the value of social media.
I quickly learned that not only were people willing to LISTEN to my wild ideas…they were also willing to PAY for them.
I’d just moved to New Orleans and started hanging out with a bunch of tech entrepreneurs in the midst of starting their own businesses, and I thought “maybe I can do this, too…”