For the past five years, Hexagon Lavish has been a website that I had put together for basically the sole purpose of showcasing to those of the “interested kind” the type–or, better said definition–of what unorthodox research is–and it’s literally what I, Desmond J. Watson, can bring to the table. However, as of lately, an assortment–a menagerie, rather–of thoughts having been penetrating (nh) my mind, leading me to the conclusion that it’s time to take it from the web to Reality™.
Reality™ states that for me to start Hexagon Lavish as an actual company, there are four skills that need to be displayed: technical, management, finance and marketing. One person alone is never going to be good at all four, therefore, I need a team–or, better yet–I need to put a team together. However, at this very moment, I am one person and at this point the most important skill that I have in regards to starting my own company is having the ability to talk to the people that have money and convince them to hand money over to me for the sake of getting Hexagon Lavish off the ground and running.
Speaking of Reality™, my Reality™ for me says that I’m no “boss”; I’m not “CEO-quality”–and I’m willing to be honest with myself and agree with that assessment. I’m a researcher at heart but please bear in mind that I do not have a college degree–yet. Most would say that I’m getting a little bit over my head since I do not possess a Ph.D. but let me tell you that having a Ph.D. can, at times, be a stumbling block when you’re talking about participating in an industrial capacity in comparison to being “stuck” in academia. There are jobs that I have lined-up as positions at Hexagon Lavish in which a Ph.D. is more or so “preferred” rather than as an actual requirement for the obtainment of said positions. You will have to make the clear distinction between jobs for which a Ph.D. is useful and those that require a Ph.D. I stress that those of you who are still in pursuit of you post-doctorate degrees to not pursue after a Ph.D. just because you’re being pushed to get one by societal pressures or for the sake of having a career. For the latter, I’ll state that if your purpose for getting a Ph.D. is solely for a career, you are likely to not finish your Ph.D.
No matter what people may think, I could care less about MBAs; they are relatively pointless and of not much use (industry-wise). Are MBAs known for managing and supervising scientific personnnel? Yes, and do realize that this pattern is an industry standard and will remain so because senior management is about finance and politics and skills such as those aren’t for which a Ph.D. is useful. Bear in mind, that this is different from country-to-country and industry-to-industry as there is a “glass ceiling” for those with Ph.D.s., and you can argue that this sort of structure is self-imposed since you’ll have senior managers spending the majority of their time doing things that are the opposite of what the scientists and engineers are doing. Hexagon Lavish is a corporation–a scientific research and development-based corporation.
I’d be lying if I said that I do not long for venture capital. I do. Starting Hexagon Lavish is going to take more than my experience, “expertise”, psychological strength and discipline to do this on my own capital (which is little–very little capital). I have a good number of research projects for folks to work on and that doesn’t even include PIR: Premier Information Retrieval®.
I’ve been hit with a new definition from making an attempt to raise capital for Hexagon Lavish this week–from just simple observation and perspective.
One month ago (September 2016), the Hexagon Lavish team sat around a table at a restaurant in Marietta, Georgia with an angel investor who drove four hours down from Nashville, Tennessee to extend the offer of $1,000,000 USD for a ridiculous amount in equity in HL™. I willfully declined it after receiving an emotional reply from him just last week.
And that’s the new definition [on behalf of investors]–to react emotionally when the entrepreneur brings Reality™ to the table. Angel investors, venture capitalists, private equity, etc., all of them have been reduced to nothing more than a shadow of their former selves accompanied by pedestrian accounts on social media since the entire world is owned by Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat.
For those of you who are investor, allow this quaint advice to permeate that little peanut-sized brain of yours for a bit: making references to “Shark Tank” during negotiations lends entrepreneurs with the impression that you’re nothing more than a neutered, yawn-inducing, permanent “Aw shucks!” grinning, middlebrow bumpkin that you truly are in this divine order that we call Reality™.