While all of this is going on, I continue us to beat the bushes and push the idea of the company to big name people in the industry.
Two months ago I sat down with the general manager vp in the largest company in my industry to discuss it. He liked it and gave me some names.
I've also been talking to lots of professors at the university here who are involved in the industry.
With every meeting I have, I generally leave with at least two additional names, sometimes more.
So, essentially, I'm at a place now where the national organization that represents the industry is going to feature my company in their magazine and a couple of other state organizations want to work with me.
I should mention that one of the biggest draws to my company is the content I put out.
Most clients in our industry are super unfamiliar with the processes involved in doing industry business, so they're not comfortable and they don't trust any of the companies.
Because I had no money, I started filming some of the processes on my iPhone and editing short 1-2 minute videos. As soon as I got money, I hired a buddy of mine to come shoot on a shoestring and then edit the much higher quality footage.
I'm heading out of town in a week to shoot my fourth professional video and I'm not even paying for it. The company doing the work is subsidizing my work
So, even though I've only made one sale through the website a lot of people in the industry are seein the value of what I'm doing. So much so that I've been pursued by a well established site in a larger, similar industry for equity shares.
We've had three conversations and they essentially want me to figure out what % of the company I'm willing to let go of and what it will cost.
I have no idea what to do...