Miles Jennings

Entrepreneur & Startup CEO, Founder & Investor in Web & Mobile Apps for Recruiting, Internet Technology, & Social Media

An overly professional bio website for Miles Jennings

When Something Works

With startups, effort is everything, but you have to be putting your effort in the right place. A reminder to myself: when something works, do it more. When something doesn't work, don't do it again or change the process entirely.

When something works really well, figure out how to multiply that activity by 100 or 1,000. Find an activity that converts into a positive outcome then create a repeatable process. If you have the capability to do that activity many times over, that's when you can achieve scale.

The question of what works is interesting (that's 1. market testing/validation), but the question of how you can multiply that positive activity many times over is exciting (2. system thinking/scale). You want to design systems that compress the decision-making process of steps one and two as much as possible.

Ideally, you want to discover what works quickly, and then quickly determine how to multiply what works.  

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Give Yourself the Win

If you love goal tracking like me, you know that the hardest part about achieving long-term goals is being consistent about completing the daily tasks and actions required to meet the goal. 

But when do you give yourself that "completed" checkmark on a task? Even personal things like: Read every day. What counts as reading? Is it reading a chapter? For half an hour? Exercise 3X/week. What counts as exercise? Is it 7 minutes in the morning or does it have to be a half hour run?

Today, I think that it's important to give yourself the win, even if you achieved only a tiny bit of traction: cut yourself some slack, but demand consistency. Expect daily progression from yourself. Small actions compound over time. Do small things toward a big goal, and be happy to complete daily goals, no matter how small.

BTW, I enjoy the feeling of writing out goals with pen and paper, as you can almost feel the neural pathways burning in deeply as your brain tells your hand to write. A big hat tip to Best Self journal, which is the most expensive notebook I've ever seen, but is an excellent product and worth every penny.

Don't Worry Too Much About Brand

So Wal-Mart is now officially Walmart. It took them decades to remove that hyphen.

But at your startup, you're spending weeks thinking about your brand name and the precise hex code to use for your website and logo.

Meanwhile, Walmart is just selling stuff, lots of stuff - executing.

The point being, one mistake I've made in the past is to worry too much about little things. Get the basics: have a name you like, a snappy website, grab some business cards on Moo. But don't obsess over stuff that at the end of the day matters little.

Brand is important, but it's a lot less important than getting stuff done.

Feeling is Everything

Today I reviewed a new explainer video for VocaWorks for design. Something really hit home: the overall emotional feeling is everything. The graphics, layout, voice, presentation, etc... all flows down from one point of emotion, and if that point is wrong, then you can throw everything else in the garbage. I'm going essentially for "exciting growth" and what was conveyed was "frustration".

When designing software or marketing materials, you want to first really nail the emotion that you want to convey.  Everything else is informated by that. I also don't think that this basic overall emotion can ever be a negative emotion, at least for a commercial product. Or at least we have to be really careful to ever put negative stuff out there. "Yeah, that's a bummer" is never a good emotion to put out in the world, either through our own personal interactions or our company messages.

 

Setting Communication Expectations

Today, I'm realizing that the first thing you should do whenever starting down the path of a project or business relationship is to set standards for communication. Both sides need to be on the same page as to when to expect updates, and how communication will happen. It's the most important part of the success of the project - getting communication right up front.

Getting better

It is almost impossible to provide an objective case that humanity is getting progressively worse off - the broad trends on a global scale are all toward less violence, longer lives, and greater standards of living. If the 3 major human quests can be described as peace, knowledge, and food, we are closer to fulfilling these quests for more people than ever before. My thought being that you do not need to first make the case that the sky is falling in order to work towards your desired aim. Positivity does not preclude change and action.

Exciting Places

Today I learned that going places really matter to people. People want to get out and have a fun business trip and meet a ton of new people. It's not an imposition, it actually motivates people when it's framed right.  

Recruiter.com Helps with Launch of First Decentralized Blockchain Global Recruitment Token

Online global recruitment marketplace platform Recruiter.com announced today a partnership with HireMatch.io, one of the most advanced cryptocurrencies for the worldwide job market. The relationship will allow job seekers, employers, and recruiters all over the world to leverage the innovative new HireMatch (HIRE) cryptocurrency token.

HireMatch is the first decentralized blockchain employee recruitment platform that eliminates the friction and costs of third-party intermediaries in the search for talent. The (HIRE) cryptocurrency will be propagated on the Recruiter.com marketplace platform to transact splits. Employers will also be able to use the (HIRE) currency to post jobs on the marketplace platform. As a currency that adds value to multiple stages of the recruitment life cycle, the (HIRE) currency also allows job seekers to refer friends or business associates to fee-based jobs and earn a reward in return.

Read more here... 

Recruiter.com Launches Professional Recruiting Course

I'm proud to be involved with the launch of a professional recruiting course with Recruiter.com! Recruiter.com, announced today the opening of the pre-registration period for the Recruiter.com Certification Program, a comprehensive online education portal designed to teach anyone, anywhere how to become a recruiter.

The program aims to introduce people from all walks of life to the exciting field of professional recruiting, giving them the opportunity to learn the business and earn money. Designed for maximum accessibility, the Recruiter.com Certification Program can be completed by anyone, including those with limited time, those who have stayed at home or been unemployed for lengthy periods, and military veterans transitioning into the civilian workforce.

Read about the full release about the certification program here...

Truli Media Group Announces New Business Venture

Company Enters the Rapidly Expanding Field of Online and Mobile-enabled Staffing and Talent Acquisition Solutions

Truli Media Group, Inc. (TRLI) (the "Company") announced today the entry into a new business line.

The Company is rebranding itself under the "VocaWorks" brand name and moving into the rapidly expanding field of online and mobile-enabled staffing and talent acquisition solutions. The Company, through its newly formed subsidiary, VocaWorks, Inc. ("VocaWorks"), will offer a suite of native mobile apps on iOS and Android, as well as a web-based SaaS offering. The platform will facilitate the hiring of personnel, including project-based consultants, focusing initially on specialized technology talent.

According to research from Intuit and Emergent, the gig economy is projected to almost double within four years. As such, the Company is confident in the demand for innovative new products for this rapidly growing market. The Company believes that the trend of linking talent to employer demand through online methods will continue to grow, encompassing longer-term projects and more highly specialized skills and job functions, such as programming and project management.

As part of its rebranding, VocaWorks and the Company have entered into a license agreement with Recruiter.com, Inc. ("Recruiter"), a leading job marketplace, online platform, and recruiting community, under which Recruiter has granted VocaWorks a license to use certain of Recruiter's proprietary software and related intellectual property and has agreed to deliver strategic marketing and development services to VocaWorks. Miles Jennings, the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") of the Company and President of VocaWorks, comes to the Company from Recruiter, where he served as Founder and CEO. He will continue to serve as President and Chairman of the Board of Recruiter. Mr. Jennings will leverage his exceptional experience and understanding of labor markets, online systems, data platforms, and internet marketing to grow the VocaWorks brand and platform. As part of the license agreement, Recruiter has committed to provide VocaWorks a multi-year marketing contract that will leverage Recruiter's exposure to millions of professionals, as well as thousands of hours of software development services and other licensed technology and brand assets.

Mr. Miles Jennings, the Company's new CEO, commented, "VocaWorks will offer employers a frictionless platform for onboarding technical and project talent. Overall, we believe that although 'gig economy' or 'on-demand talent' online platforms facilitate the free exchange of labor, they have yet to deliver high-quality, longer-term work assignments; there is a lot of work to do on the proper engagement of senior and high-level talent. VocaWorks will focus on delivering amazing in-app experiences to effectively engage top talent to fill the needs of demanding startups and rapidly growing, technology-oriented employers. We look forward to the launch of our service in Q1 2018 and beginning to engage with both talent and employers now, as well as developing our initial strategic integrations and partnerships."

In accordance with the terms of the license agreement, holders of the Company's outstanding 4% Convertible Notes and 10% Convertible Notes (the "Investors") converted their Notes into shares of Series C and Series C-1 Convertible Preferred Stock, respectively.

Immediately following the closing of the license transaction, the Company entered into Securities Purchase Agreements (each an "SPA") with the Investors. Pursuant to the terms of the SPA, the Investors purchased 600,000 shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock and Warrants to purchase 120,000,000 shares of the Company's Common Stock for gross proceeds of $600,000. The preferred stock is convertible at any time into shares of the Company's Common Stock at $0.005 per share, subject to adjustment in the event of stock splits, stock dividends or reverse splits and issuances of securities at prices below the prevailing conversion price of the shares of preferred stock.

Immediately following the closing of the SPA, Michael Solomon, a director of the Company exercised his option, granted to him in September 2016, to purchase the Company's subsidiary, Truli Media Corp. ("TMC") for $5,000. As a result, TMC is no longer a subsidiary of the Company and the Company no longer operates as a collaborative digital platform for members of the faith and family community. Mr. Solomon remains a director until he is replaced in compliance with Rule 14(f)-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

About Truli Media Group, Inc.

Launched in 2011, Truli Media Group Inc. began as a premier Internet destination for family-oriented, faith-based, streaming entertainment. Rebranded in 2017 as VocaWorks, the Company focuses on delivering best-in-class in-app and online employment experiences for both employers and professional talent. Discover quality contract talent from any device at any time. Native apps for the Apple iOS and Android coming in Q1 2018 and on the web at https://www.VocaWorks.com.

Safe Harbor Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The statements in this news release made by representatives of Truli Media Group, Inc. and its subsidiaries relating to matters that are not historical facts, including without limitation, those regarding future performance or financial results, any market that might develop for any of the Company's online platform, and the sufficiency of the Company's cash and other capital resources, are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the likelihood that actual performance or results could materially differ, including that any software currently in use by the Company and its subsidiary or being developed as a result of the activities mentioned herein may contain or develop errors that cause the software to function improperly or render the software unusable or inoperable for its expected purpose and the management of the Company and its subsidiary may not resolve conflicts in a manner that is favorable to the Company. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any of these statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as to the date hereof. Accordingly, any forward-looking statements should be read in conjunction with the additional risks and uncertainties detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and periodic reports filed on Form 8-K.

PRESS RELEASE CONTACT:

Contact Person: Miles Jennings
Company Name: VocaWorks, Inc.
Phone Number: (860) 302-6720
Email Address: miles@vocaworks.com
Website URL: https://www.VocaWorks.com

We're Partnering with YEC

I've very much enjoyed being a member of YEC (Young Entrepreneur Council) for a few years now. It's a fantastic community of vetted entrepreneurs and business owners. There are tons of special membership resources, but really the most important benefit is the community itself. Their Facebook community is very active and engaged, and they hold special events all over the country to connect their members offline. 

I'm especially happy for my company, Recruiter, to be able to offer their members special services on recruiting employees. A lot of the companies are very fast growing, and are 100% run by super motivated, dynamic entrepreneurs. We announced the partnership today and look forward to working closely with their members to help grow their companies. 

I am also giving a (very) unsolicited shout-out to YEC as an exceptional community of entrepreneurs. If you are looking for a peer group for mentorship, networking, or mental support (lol), I would definitely recommend YEC. You would be hard-pressed to find a group of more exciting, caring, and dynamic individuals online.    

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