Pocket Life #1: Grateful Dead and Tech on Deck… on deck

Pocket Life #1: Grateful Dead and Tech on Deck… on deck

Some of my fondest memories were from going to Grateful Dead concerts, and this weekend I attended one of the final ones… ever.  Almost 20 year ago to the day, I proposed to my wife Laura before a GD concert, so they’ve been a big part of our story. As with most concerts, no bags allowed, so I loaded up my SCOTTeVEST pockets with everything I needed for the show. It was everything you would expect!  From the “thank you for pot smoking” sign to the skywriter screwing up the peace sign, the air hung heavy with smoke and great music.  I even ran into my good friend Jim Louderback and had the opportunity to grab a photo with him in true Pocket Man style: Jim will be joining our Tech on Deck broadcast this week to discuss the present and future of publishing. Of course, being in San Francisco during the Gay Pride parade immediately after the historical marriage equality ruling was also a once in a lifetime treat.  I got to tag along with Thomas Hawk since he had special access to get close to the action.  I even got to see a poodle… which made me miss my girls at home: …ok, I actually saw two poodles. Another benefit of getting out to SF is that I was able to pick up my Pocket Rocket, a Polaris Slingshot and drive it home to Idaho.  It’s been months since I’ve been able to drive it, and it always gets attention… which you might be able to guess I love!  I even crowdsourced some advice on the best...
Shark Tank Confessional 1: How I Got on ABC’s Shark Tank

Shark Tank Confessional 1: How I Got on ABC’s Shark Tank

This is the first in a three-part article series recounting my experiences on ABC’s Shark Tank, adapted from my new book Pocket Man.  My episode – season 3, episode 7 – was the highest rated up to that point, and is considered to be the most controversial episode in Shark Tank history.  There is an unofficial version posted to YouTube here (while it lasts) and it is available on iTunes.  Well worth the money.   I am currently planning a tell-all Shark Tank book which follows up on previous contestants and explains to fans of the show some of the hidden dynamics that make Shark Tank so compelling. How Did I Get On Shark Tank? As a passionate promoter, founder of a pocket-filled clothing company (SCOTTeVEST) and now an author, it makes perfect sense that I would want to go on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank.  After all, how many entrepreneurs are vying to get on the show and be seen in front of millions of viewers?  The answer: most of them. A lot of people imagine what it would be like to get on Shark Tank, and this is the most frequently asked question I hear (other than how someone else can get onShark Tank).  This is a brief account about what the months leading up to the airing entailed: It was the summer of 2011.  My hidden pocket clothing company SCOTTeVESTwas up and running, and the business was growing steadily, adding employees and products regularly.  I felt like we had an opportunity to pursue TEC-Technology Enabled Clothing® as a spin-off company on Shark Tank.  TEC was and is...
Move Over SkyMall… SKY2BUY Is the New Mall in the Sky

Move Over SkyMall… SKY2BUY Is the New Mall in the Sky

SUN VALLEY, Idaho, March 30, 2015 – After a difficult bankruptcy auction process, the purchase of SkyMall’s brand name was announced last Friday, March 27th. The new owners paid $1.9 million for the well-known brand. The purchase price, however, didn’t include any assurances from the airlines that the catalog will be put on their planes. In fact, all prior agreements with the airlines are void. One fact is clear: SkyMall no longer has a monopoly to sell in the skies. Scott Jordan, CEO and Founder of multi-pocket clothing company SCOTTeVESThas been both a supporter of getting SkyMall back onto planes and a critic of the mismanagement that landed SkyMall into bankruptcy in the first place. Jordan was the most vocal during the auction process and many assumed he would be the winning bidder for SkyMall. He explains why he let the SkyMall name go to another party: “At the most basic level, there are two things required to make SkyMall work: a catalog and placement of that catalog on airplanes. Producing a catalog is easy. The only way to get a catalog onto airplanes is with the cooperation of the airlines. SkyMall allowed every airline contract to lapse and, despite my best efforts, we were unable to come to terms with the airlines before the bankruptcy auction,” Jordan explains. “By losing the agreements with the airlines, SkyMall’s previous management team lost their monopoly on in-flight shopping. Since I didn’t like their business model, I chose not to submit a bid. I didn’t believe that the name alone was worth it.” About six weeks ago when SkyMall declared bankruptcy, Jordan...
Confessions of a Facebook Addict: What Does it Take to Quit?

Confessions of a Facebook Addict: What Does it Take to Quit?

I am an all-or-nothing kind of guy. So, when I tried to back down from my Facebook addiction, I quit cold turkey. I even wrote about it in this LinkedIn article, so consider this article to be my first follow-up. (And you know how important following up is to me.) I know that I am not alone in my attempts to cut back the time I spend posting, clicking, commenting and liking on Facebook. Lots of people – maybe you – have hit the tipping point where your social media time consumes a little too much of your attention. Perhaps Facebook has become a bigger part of your daily activity than it should, based on whatever subjective measurement you want to apply to that. The fact that there is a condition called Facebook Addiction Disorder tells me that a lot of lives are consumed with artificial relationships, mine included. About two months after my initial acceptance of my FB addiction, it feels like the right time to revisit what I experienced and learned in the hope that it might help other people struggling on the spectrum of social media addiction. Back in January, when I decided to take a couple of weeks off from Facebook, I didn’t know if anything would change in my life as a result of the experiment. It turns out, a lot changed. So, what did it take for me to get my Facebook addiction under control? I admitted there was a problem While I recognized my love-hate relationship with Facebook (my addiction), I did not recognize quite how much it monopolized my time and...
My Escape from the Law

My Escape from the Law

Maybe you aren’t a lawyer like I was, but unless you are one of the lucky few people who knew exactly what they wanted to be when they grew up — and became it — your current job is probably not going to be what you do for the rest of your life. About a decade into my law career I woke up and said, “Miserable, miserable, no end in sight!” before collapsing again deep into sleep. I don’t remember the incident (my wife will never forget it), but it signaled to me that I needed to escape from the law. Soon thereafter, I started my business SCOTTeVEST to create clothing that incorporates hidden pockets for electronics, and I’ve been successful and happier ever since. Latest incarnation of the invention that let me escape from the law: the SCOTTeVEST Featherweight Vest. We now have about 50 styles of pocket-filled clothing. Whatever you are escaping from — or escaping to, for that matter — these are a few ideas from my book Pocket Man to get you started once you say, “I quit!” Passion is the foundation It’s a cliche to say “follow your passion,” but it’s a cliche that rings true. Passion is the foundation for knowing which direction to pursue. Many smart people find themselves “stuck” because, hell, when you can do anything how do you decide what to actually do? Passion is your first clue. If you’re passionate about something at the start, it’ll fuel you through the ups and downs, and give you the fire to keep going through the boring parts as you pursue what it...