David Murray

David explains why he didn't ask for money at Sarah's TalkBubble event.

on Nov 12, 20120

There is definitely a storm brewing, and I'm right in the middle of it! (And I'm not talking about running away from zombies!)

Hermione and Sarah aren't only competing in business -- they're also competing with boy-toys! Now let me break this down: Sarah is my friend, Jay is my friend, and Hermione and Ben are indeed my friends as well (yes, seriously). Sarah wants Jay, Hermione wants Jay, I think I have a man-crush on Jay too (haha), and Jay just wants to play video games. Meanwhile, Ben wants Sarah, Sarah... wants Ben...? Certainly others out there want Ben (as you probably saw in the preview after Episode 1). Of course, Hermione doesn't want Ben to want Sarah, and all I want is for people to not fight and have this whole thing explode in my face. This is either a complicated soap opera or the tales of 7th grade homeroom (maybe a bit of both?!) I'll tell you that my gut has said from the beginning that Jay really isn't all that into Sarah, but she has to find out the hard way (Sarah might slap me for saying that, but hey, I think it's the reality....) So yes, a huge storm is definitely brewing... and you can probably understand how this whole thing might end with a drink in the face... and that's when everything just SPIRALS DOWNHILL. Ugh!

But enough personal drama; let's talk business. I do owe Sarah for letting me speak at her BubbleTank event, but I must say it was a bit awkward being the only person not asking for a big fat check. So yeah, that whole thing... I have to answer a question I know a lot of you have: if you're broke, why aren't you trying to raise money for GoalSponsors?

Well, there's no such thing as a free lunch, ladies and gentlemen. If you receive money, you give away control, and often times that's the beginning of the end. The truth is that I want GoalSponsors to be a success, and the only hands I can see it being in are in those of folks who know what it's like to struggle through big personal goals like weight loss. I think the only situation in which I'd take money is a situation in which I saw no other alternative. Until then, I'm going to find a way for this company to make money for itself and by itself!

I can tell you that if I spent as much time as Ben and Hermione raising money, I'd have no time to actually build my product. They are fortunate to have the luxury of hiring out a team to build their product (although I know they're very involved in that process). As for me, I'm building everything myself, and I'm even doing all the customer support work myself. Don't believe me? Get the GoalSponsors app and send some feedback and just see who responds (and how long it takes you to get a response). Spoiler alert: it will be me and it will not take much time. I really am interested in building a real business and helping real people succeed in achieving their personal goals, and I'm not in it to get super-rich, unlike most businesspeople in the valley. I just want to make a positive impact on the world and feel like my life has meaning. And if you thought reality TV could never be a path to getting there, well, you'd be wrong!

Keep watching Start-Ups: Silicon Valley Monday nights at 10/9c on Bravo! Also, feel free to check out my app, follow me (Facebook, Twitter), or book me for speaking engagements by emailing the address listed at the bottom of my website!

Cheers,
Dave

 

9 comments
dorigen
dorigen

Of course the CMU grad is the only person on the show with an ounce of intelligence.  Good for you for taking advantage of free advice and not giving up shares of your company.  I like your idea and hope you succeed.  That being said, I must say that the rest of this show is a total joke.  Best of luck from one CMU alum turned entrepreneur to another!  Hope you can rise above the drama!

katie.hayneswilson
katie.hayneswilson

David,

Love, love, love you on the show. I cannot wait for you to get your app going because I would love to apart of something like that. I think it would help a lot of people (like myself), that are looking for support on their life journey. 

WhatEva1106
WhatEva1106

Sarah is a fricking blogger... WTF is her blog?

nvs
nvs

Dave - you will clearly be the voice of reason on this show, as well as cast favorite. Your choice not to ask for money was super smart...why ask for money when you can get information for free as well as great connections for when you're ready to release your product full speed! Now on to the gossip aspect. For a guy as smart as you, why in the world would you be friends with crazy Sarah?!? Her behavior is borderline psychotic! I don't know whether Hermione had anything to apologize for or not, but she came hat in hand (or gift rather) for a sit down that was never going to end well. Unfortunately, Hermione made a bad strategic move bringing a gift at all BC it gave Sarah the confidence to think she had the upper hand. Anyway, the preview of Sarah throwing a drink in Jays face for for going on a date with someone else is just unforgivable! I hope you're just using her for her connections, although until the show aired I had no clue who she was, I'm assuming she's well connected in your sphere. Can't wait to see what happens next!

withak
withak

David, So far you're the only one of these pony's that I'd back!

withak
withak

@WhatEva1106 Well, seeing as one of her tweets are worth thousands of dollars, maybe Bravo isn't paying her enough to blog to for us vidiots?!

Forreal123
Forreal123

 @nvs What gives you the right to call someone crazy.  Sarah and Hermione said that their feud started before this show; how did you know that Hermione wasn't at fault, where you there?  Yes, wait till the next episode before jumping into conclusion concerning Sarah throwing a drink on Jay.  Just because he's "cute" doesn't give him the right to toy with her emotions.

twade
twade

 @withak Couldn't agree more. He is the only one that seems like he is serious about business.

nvs
nvs

@Forreal123 Seriously? Did you even read what I wrote? I said, and I quote, "I don't know if Hermione had anything to apologize for or not..." which implies, that NO, I don't know what happened before the show aired, or who's actually at fault. I can tell you the conceited and smug attitude of Sarah certainly doesn't help her case any. And as for the Jay situation, he NEVER took her on a date, he had her over to hang out....he's not playing with her, and when asked straightforwardly about it, he tells her to her face. Just BC she thought something was there doesn't mean it was. As far as calling her crazy...she is...who throws a drink on someone after hanging out with them one time...and "date cheating" really!? That statement alone makes her nuts!