Adventures in Silicon Valley
Nick O’Neill is no stranger to a challenge.
In 2007, the serial entrepreneur launched a blog, AllFacebook, which sprouted into an online publishing and event business. It was acquired in late 2009 by WebMediaBrands Inc. Less than six months later, O’Neill, BSBA ’05, departed the nation’s capital—where he’d resided since enrolling at American University—for sunny Silicon Valley.
He’s now juggling two projects, with help from a small number of collaborators and contractors. The first, Holler, is a location-based mobile application that connects people online for offline activities. O’Neill taught himself to develop an iOS app and launched the product last year; his team is currently working on updates to enrich the community. “It’s a pretty challenging space,” said O’Neill. “We’re testing things right now to see what works best.”
Meanwhile, his other endeavor, Startup Stats, offers a data dashboard that allows investors to survey the early-stage startup ecosystem. It’s intended for venture capitalists and angel investors, but, as O’Neill points out, it also serves entrepreneurs who want to monitor their competitors. And he should know.
Hear O’Neill tell the story of how the tight-knit Washington, DC, tech community prepared him for his move to the competitive culture of Silicon Valley in this web exclusive video.
Photographer: Vance Jacobs