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I've been very fortunate to have an amazing career and experiences that make for great talks. From working James Bond style military contracts at places with tank crossings, to teaching at PayPal wearing a pirate costume. Fun aside, I've raised millions for my startups, built websites with more traffic than major newspapers, and recently became a father. I love the connections between technology and society and any talks related to small business marketing.

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Everything I say is derived from my own experiences, my goal is to give the best advice I can in the most palatable way I know how. Usually this goes well and I get applause. I make no guarantees about the knowledge I share, it is up to your audience to use or ignore it wisely.

I Can Talk The Talk

Aaron Post

Marketing Technologist
"I was and have been particularly impressed by Paul's ability to take complex projects and break them down into simple and effortless task so any team can quickly get up to speed. That skill takes years to develop among the best of entrepreneurs, but it seemed to come perfectly natural to him. "

Jon Beekman

Founder / CEO
"Paul is an incredibly talented individual, combining keen product development and design insights with years of experience as an engineer and programmer - a very powerful combination. I've worked with Paul many times and love how he just rolls up his sleeves and gets stuff done - I've recommended him to friends and look forward to working with him again."

Laurent Painchaud

Founder / Lead Fabricator
"Paul understands what it means to "skate where the puck is going and not where it has been." - he resides down on the horizon at the intersection of entrepreneurship, technology and simplification. I am very excited to be collaborating with Paul and together we are going to be introducing some game changing solutions, of this I am 100% certain. "

Brian Day

Sales Manager
"Paul Kenjora of AwareLabs has delivered a truly dynamic and emergent website customized to our special technical needs. Paul’s website creation and evolving database offers what many other large agencies could not. His ability to blend marketing with simple function has delivered a site that is absolutely testing our ability to keep up! The only limitation at this point is us!"

Paul Kenjora – Co-Founder and CEO of AwareLabs

Idea Mensch - Guest Writer

Paul Kenjora is a methodical entrepreneur, product developer, and trouble maker. A modern “Renaissance Man”, Paul spent his twenties working on everything from designing and constructing family homes by hand, to developing remote controlled military vehicles, and launching PayPal’s Phoenix office. Now in his thirties, Paul is focused on disruptive marketing and finance entrepreneurship.

Entrepreneurship Series: Interview with Paul Kenjora

Flatterline Entrepreneurial Series - Ralph Miller

Although Paul takes a relaxed attitude, he's not afraid to speak his mind and stand by his beliefs. In this article, he shares his intimate thoughts on entrepreneurship, startups, funding and, most of all, what worked and what didn't.

35 Entrepreneurs 25 And Younger

AZ Central - Andrew Jonhson

The desire to be one's own boss is a common reason entrepreneurs say they went into business for themselves. But family also is a huge motivator, as shown by several of the 35 individuals on The Arizona Republic's 2009 list of the state's top young entrepreneurs. The annual list highlights entrepreneurs who have started successful ventures in the state. To qualify, candidates must be 35 or younger and be involved in establishing and operating companies based in Arizona.

That Moment In A Startup

I've been at this for 3 years, and that's not even counting my last startup.  AwareLabs started as something totally different and grew from two initial clients.  Back then it was a scary idea, create a website builder.  Everyone said it was crazy, some still says it's insane, and a few see what I see and love where it's going.  

This post isn't a congratulatory post, AwareLabs is a small success right now.  I just wanted to take a moment and jot down where I'm at with all this.  If AwareLabs becomes what I think it will, then things will change fast and I won't remember this.  If it doesn't then this will be a footnote.

Right now the product is entering that weird realm where I show it to people and they like it, I explain it to people and they opt in, I see people use it and they volunteer great reviews.  Which reminds me, get the reviews up.  It's not huge, we don't have millions of users, we don't even have hundreds yet.  It's just delivering on its promise.  After two years of hard work, really hard work, the kind of work that you pay for with a pound of flesh, I'm finally catching a toe hold with AwareLabs.

I'm starting to move from development and some crude marketing into direct sales.  Its exciting, and so far completely morphing my business model.  Here is where I'm thankful for bootstrapping, at my first startup investor baggage crushed the pivot.  At the last one my partner flipped out because there was some money on the table and he decided he wanted all of it.  I've since formed a theory, people get stupid when money shows up, especially if it's not quite enough for all but plenty for one, that's a dangerous time for startup teams.  Pushing this alone without investors, without raising money, has been incredibly hard.  But at this moment, I think it's worth it.

I have been working with a colleague that has been instrumental in pushing AwareLabs to its full potential.  The only way I can describe the relationship is cooperation. Like two guys that get in a life raft and row because that's the only way they'll make it to land, taking turns rowing the same boat.  That's such a rare person to find by the way, it takes a high level of maturity, confidence, and trust, also known as character.  It's weird experiencing that after a string of bad partnerships, suddenly I can just see the genuine people.

The strangest part is taking a moment to reflect on how I and AwareLabs got here and where here is.  Thinking back to other startups around me that have failed and those that have succeeded amazingly.  Trying to think where AwareLabs is on their scale in terms of growth.  Am I closer to failing or succeeding, I think succeeding, or do I hope succeeding? Reading articles, and following the success stories of the people who I remember being exactly where I am now, it's like a weird sense of what's to come mixed with fears of stumbling when I'm so close.

So how do I wrap this moment of reflection up?  By reminding myself that there is so much work left ahead.  Future me, you need to stick to the path you chose, slow and steady wins the race.