I am convinced to take the road less travelled. Speaking to many of my family and close friends have also encouraged me to take this leap of faith. I am prepared to risk, give everything up, quit my corporate job, and do something that I love - something that combines tech/social media with sport. Ideally, I want to motivate every human being out there to get hooked on the exercise endorphin high; to do to exercise what Google did to search. I'm aware that is a bold statement, but it makes it no less than my dream. I have always admired the people who were crazy enough to quit their corporate jobs to do something crazy that they believe in, now I'm ready to join the ranks.
Does anyone out there know people in these startups that are dealing with these ideas? I know mapmyride (Map my Fitness), Endomondo, Map My Tracks and Tribesports are some of the pioneers in this field. Or even some of the more popular ones like Garmin, Polar or Nike+. Does anyone have any leads on them? I have a couple of Linkedin connections but they are all 3rd degree and beyond, making referrals pretty unlikely. I would really appreciate any help I can get.
I did alot of thinking and have come up with close to 100 ideas on how to make existing platforms better, enhancing them via social media or gamification or intrinsic/extrinsic rewards. Ideally, I'm looking for a startup, or even just an internship. I'm willing to relocate to anywhere in the world. Several of my previous posts indicated a wanting to do something different, and I believe I have finally found the direction and the courage to take this next step.
Anyone? I'd be really appreciative of any help I can get. I know ST is a really helpful community :)
P.S. I figured I should probably talk a little about what I bring to the table. I'm natively fluent in both English and Chinese, and have been educated in America and Asia. I'm also very well in tune with the endurance sports user communities in multiple countries in Asia, which might be useful if the company is thinking of expanding into Asia, which is a huge and upcoming market. In addition, I am passionate and love triathlons and all things sport, and am always willing to learn. I have also had a startup attempt with bicycles. I might not be the fastest triathlete out there, but I don't think you need to be the fastest out there to run a successful startup for a good cause.