Jeremiah Liend [jeremiahliend]
What is the business idea that you are working on right now? How did you come up with it?
I am trying to complete work on a massive housing/energy harvesting array. Green energy has always been my real scientific interest, and I am fairly certain that I can build a structure that can produce huge amounts of power. I want to create a superstructure using cargo containters and i-beams, coat the entire thing with solar panels and Darreius turbines and make the interior a livable environment.
Is there a website, blog or social media link where we can see more about your project and/or yourself?
What is your professional background? What were you doing before?
I have produced film and theater.
How did the entrepreneurial spirit rise up in you? Were you exposed to entrepreneurship in your family or your social environment when you were a child?
I have too many ideas. They are all of them great. They need to be done, but no one is doing them. There are no more self starters out there to look to, you have to make it happen yourself if there is to be any hope. The Earth is not saving itself.
Do you have partners working with you on this? How do you split the work with them?
I have a number of talented individuals around me who are enthusiastic about the ideas, but lack expertise in the subjects I require. It is my hope that this hub will produce these people.
Describe your business plan as briefly and simply as possible.
It is a simple energy cooperative whose members pay rent to live in a power harvesting array. If the power they produce exceeds the power they require then they do not pay rent, but rather they are paid to live there. Kinetic harvesting machines inside their living environment ensures that there will be power even without wind or sun. It is a vision of a socially reponsible society living in harmony to protect themselves by protecting the environment.
What have you achieved up to now? What have you yet to achieve?
I am an amazing entertainer who has worked to protect the children and save the elephants. I have not done anything resembling what I hope to achieve. I hope to save the world.
Are you looking for investors? What are you offering in exchange for what?
Desperatly. I am willing to split half the energy supplied to whoever is willing to bank roll the project. More important than making money, for me, is seeing it built.
Do you have employees or people that you outsource tasks to? What do they do?
No no. I need a budget and then when I can pay them I can outsource.
Entrepreneurs have a reputation as "control freaks." How do you avoid that?
By having absolutely no control.
How do you balance work with relaxation?
Frantic bursts of either.
What is your main motivation: being your own boss, adventure and discovery, getting rich, doing good for others, or is there something else?
Saving the world.
What do you think of big corporations? Would you work for one?
I would work with, not for, a big corporation.
Describe two moments of maximum fear and maximum satisfaction that you have lived through in your business adventure.
Talking to a nice lady named Jen who wanted to sell me so many storage containers was a very satisfying interaction. My fear is that I will forever be ignored.
When you need guidance or advice, where do you find it?
Up to what point is luck is important? How do you attract it?
If you know how, I would like to hear it.
What do you do to maintain morale and continue persevering in low times?
I know that what I dream is both amazing and necissary. One day it will come true. If not by my will, then by the will of the people.
Which well known entrepreneurs/enterprises do you admire? Why?
Sir Richard Branson. He started by selling LPs out the back of his car, now he owns one of the greatest airlines ever created.
What other types of businesses are you frequently tempted by?
Aeronautics. Entertainment. Nautical engineering.
Are these times of crisis good for beginning a business?
I would like to believe so.
How important have PR and social media been for you?
I wish that I had either.
What would you call success? Where would you like your business to be five years from now?
Living in a storage container pyramid on my farm with a community of like minded future pioneers.
What skills would you advise a want-to-be-entrepreneur to acquire?
Forming a great business plan.