All I can say is wow…I decided to try to throw a small gathering with friends and family to celebrate my 30th birthday. Yes, it’s a big milestone, blah, blah, blah but honestly it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to get together with a large group of friends and family in one place. Seemed like the perfect reason to make that happen. I delegated the party planning to my sister and catering to my parents. Man was my little sister amazing. She turned the event into an 80s themed party with all the fixings. Simply incredible. And the food? Umm, we’re portuguese so I never had any worries on that front.
All i can say is thank you once again to my sister and parents and all my friend and family that were able to make the event. It was wonderful time. Here are some pictures from party:
Back in our senior year of college (2002), we formed a start-up company by the name of Paradox Solutions, LLC. We managed to keep ourselves afloat by taking on small to mid-sized clients. Services such as network design, web design and development were our strong suits. As the company evolved, we came up with an innovative system geared towards the golf industry. It was dubbed X-Golf. You can learned all about the venture by clicking here. There were only a handful of players in the market at the time which inspired us to stay the course. Quite frankly, we also felt our product idea was just plain better.
During the R&D portion of X-Golf, we decided to scope out our future competition first hand. So we hit the biggest golf trade show in the world, held in Orlando Florida. At the time we had hired a golf consultant by the name of Ted Pisk. He more or less kept us grounded as we came up with our pie in the sky ideas. Anyway, Ted accompanied myself and one of Paradox Solution’s business partners, Joe Rasamny, for the excursion. He lended us guidance and support as none of us were golf experts, nor did we even play golf.
The trade show was great. We learned alot about the competition and made some terrific contacts. Looking back all these years, it’s quite amazing how seriously people took us, even though I personally looked like I was 12 and we didn’t even have a complete prototype. Those were some great memories. Here are some photos from that weekend in Orlando.