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Hi, i'm a 20 year old living in michigan and have always wanted to open a concert venue. I'm currently going to school to become a physicians assistant soooo as you can tell i have no clue how to go about opening a venue like that. I've been reasearching investment groups but i have NO clue where to start? any ideas?


Hi itsnewman,

Thanks for writing, it’s always a pleasure to hear from D2D readers!  A concert venue is a good choice for Michigan with the Detroit and Grand Rapids areas, among others, being very dense hubs for visual and musical artists alike.  Plenty of hot spots to choose from.

Well, I think right now the first decision you’ll want to make is not where to look for investors, but what career path you ultimately want to take.  Do you still have interest in becoming a PA?  Do you have another unrelated job in the meantime?  Will there be lost grants, or looming student loans that will be piled on if you take a semester hiatus to get a feel for the music biz?  Can you see yourself happily running a concert venue 10 or 20 years from now?  These are questions that may be tough, but need to be answered, as this in itself may be a turning point in your life.  Think long and hard about this decision before moving forward.

Now, assuming you’re a little further down the road and you’ve made that tough decision, you’ll need to learn the business inside and out before you begin seeking investors.  Never underestimate the intuition of investors, remember that these guys hear pitches all the time and they’ll be able to sense immediately whether or not you’re fluent in your field.  I’m assuming with your passion for music you attend concerts yourself.  Make it a point to befriend the folks that make these concerts happen, get a feel for the process.  Hit up local cafes with free open mic night, talk with the performers and listen to their stories, you never know what wisdom and encouragement you may glean from them.  Heck, if you’re having trouble making connections with people, target smaller venues and offer to do a blog entry or interview with the owners.  Take them out to lunch if you have to, a smart businessman is unlikely to turn down a free lunch and good press.  If there’s one thing I’ve ultimately learned in the business world, it’s that you’d be amazed what you can accomplish by just asking.  As Dale Carnegie would affirm, people love to talk about themselves, so sometimes just asking the right questions and being a good listener can be incredibly beneficial.  Don’t expect immediate results, but persistence will eventually pay off big time.  Also, as I mentioned earlier, one thing you’ll want to scout as early as possible is location.  You’ll want to have a clear vision of what type of crowd you’d be attracting, (realistic) capacity, and if it makes logical sense for the musical niche you’ll be filling.  Study the number of concerts and calibre of bands playing in a given area, and keep in mind that relocating may be in the cards.  

In any case, get back in touch with me once once you’ve taken a few steps on this, and we’ll determine the possibilities from there.  I wish you the best no matter what you decide to do.  

Warmest regards,

Ben Lopez

D2D Response To Anti-Comment Agenda From Tumblr Staff Blog


Why John Gruber doesn’t have comments on his site:

Bijan Sabet likes comments:

My experiences with comments haven’t been as positive. Blogs with good comments do exist, like Bijan’s and many of the small tech and VC blogs that I assume he reads, but they’re unusual.

I’m fiercely…

by Ben Lopez

Have you ever wondered why Tumblr hasn’t introduced a native comment system to make things a hell of a lot easier for everyone?  Well, Marco Arment, Lead Developer at Tumblr, gave us that answer loud and clear yesterday in the blog post above.

In a word, he despises comments.  In his own words, he tells us, “I’m not a very good ‘team player’…I also disagree with the widespread notion that comments are ‘discussion’, or that they form a ‘community’. “  It goes on and on with heaps of negativity and apprehension, likely stemming from a past incident (“my experiences with comments haven’t been as positive”), if you wish to read the full blog post.  The problem with this is that as Tumblr’s lead developer, I’m sure he has a pretty good say in what features are (or are not) introduced to the site.  This makes it likely that Mr. Arment is a major contributing factor holding Tumblr back from the next logical step, which is a native comment system.

So why do I have to go and make a big deal about it publicly?  Why didn’t I just share this with him directly and be done with it?  Well, I had intended to leave this response as a direct comment for him on his blog, but I think you can guess why that didn’t work out…

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this because I want to bash Marco or Tumblr, and if he wants to refrain from allowing comments on his personal blog, that’s fine.  I love Tumblr.  I’m never going back to any other blogging platform, and trust me, I’ve tried them all.  I’m saying this out of love for Tumblr, and the totally awesome community we have have.  I just want to see that community aspect fleshed out with standardized comments before we start losing some of its great contributors out of frustration.

Tumblr is of course a private business, and they’re free to do as they please.  But if this was my company, I’d be looking past my own bias, and the bias of my employees to provide solutions that are best for my users, not me.


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