A renowned investor pointed at the fact that I haven’t written anything here for a while, so this morning I decided to take a few minutes and put out an update! It’s been about 2 years since my last update so a lot has changed!
A New Home
I moved back to Waterloo, Ontario a couple of years ago (though kept some roots in Austin). I loved my home office in Austin so I designed a new home office here as well.
I call it the G.S.D. room because that’s what it’s all about – Getting *ahem* Stuff Done!
A New Best Friend
After moving back to Waterloo I felt I needed a someone who could grow to be the future Chief Dog Officer of my new company. He’s now almost 2 years old I’m proud to say he’s grown into becoming an amazingly gentle and loving Golden.
I couldn’t have asked for a better best friend.
A New Resto-bar
My friend Rami had the idea to launch a restaurant/bar/lounge into a retro-gaming bar so I offered to help with funding and take on co-ownership. It’s called Patent Social.
I’m proud to say that today it is one of the highest rated resto-bars in Kitchener-Waterloo today according to Google! It recently celebrated its 1-year anniversary.
Rami did all the heavy lifting while I have been focused on my own company, so I can’t take much of the credit for its success. He’s a great dude.
A New Dream
Data is the reason why Amazon is able to create better shopper experiences and outprice other retailers. The ability to report upon and segment shopper data is already out there today, but are independent retailers acting upon that data? Well, the answer is most aren’t.
Data is the new retail advantage.
That’s why I created Fera.ai (which I originally launched as Banana Stand). Fera makes it easy for independent eCommerce merchants to use the data in their store that result in better, higher converting shopper experiences.
Fera does things as obvious as remembering your clothing size as you move from product to product, or showing you promotions only when it believes they’re relevant to YOU.
The future of retail sales is in A.I and data. Retail is moving online at a rapid pace and humans increasingly prefer to interact with digital devices rather than other humans.
I want Fera to be the last retail salesperson a store owner will ever need. We still have a lot to go before we hit that point, but we’re headed in the right direction!