I was reminded today that there are a few anniversaries in Jamaica this year. One of them is Tyrone Wilson’s tenth. He has reached double digits. I wrote about him a few years ago, after visiting him at the University of Technology Entrepreneurial Centre, an incubator. At age 22, Tyrone was just about to “change gears” then, I believe. I could see him looking forward to something new. Later I wrote about Tyrone’s support for the YUTE Lens Support program, here.
Since then, just over six years ago, he has walked along that steady, open (but not always smooth) road to the discovery of self, others, and all the possibilities therein. Tyrone is on Twitter (@CallTyrone_W) and as his profile description tells us, he is the CEO of two innovative companies, eMedia, and iCreate; a Prime Minister’s Youth Awardee; a Private Sector Organization of Jamaica (PSOJ) “50 Under 50” Awardee; a member of GraceKennedy’s Advisory Board. Oh, and an alumnus of Jamaica College (JC).
Today, Tyrone is celebrating his ten-year journey. I can do no better than to share with you his thread of tweets, today. What I love is his acknowledgment of the relationships he made along the way, and how they supported him. The story is longer than this, but I suspect there will be more to come, as Tyrone tells it on social media. Tune in to him on Twitter, Facebook – and tomorrow on Instagram, where he will be telling us more – live, on @CallTyrone_W.
September 1, 2008 – 10 years ago, I officially started my journey as Founder and CEO of eMedia … first registered as eZines Limited – Jamaica’s first online magazine company. Shareholders were myself and Chris.
2008 – a decade from now was a completely different era than today. Not many accelerators, incubators, and angel investors.
Our very first product was @YourMoneyeZine. The first issue was published on October 22, 2008. No advertiser, no revenues.
I remember telling Chris I didn’t like sales. His response was: well, close down the business & look a work. He went on to highlight that some of the most successful entrepreneurs are sales people … Danny Williams … Michael Lee Chin
That talk alone was enough to get me moving.
Debut as an authority re: internet usage and digital media. “Home access not a true measure of local internet use, says eZines boss.”
I remember a year before I started, after finishing college, I was so broke after a few failed business ventures. During that time, I first met Meisha, now my wife. She gave me $10,000 I believe to purchase test glasses so I could put down the worn-out contact lens.
I had no money to change the contacts or afford the glasses and actually picked up an infection in my eyes. Thanks to Meish, I was able to get the glasses. She and my mom were my first two investors.
She said, well, you’re always talking about business so I’m positive we’ll be going into business sometime in the future. Consider this my first investment.
Then there was the JC Old Boy dinner where I met Chris. My Mom saw that I wanted to attend the Carlton Alexander Award dinner so I could meet a potential investor. The ticket was $5,000 … She sorted it for me and the rest is history.
I met Chris – then Managing Director of National Commercial Bank (NCB) Capital Markets and 10 years later, him can’t get rid a me. Today, his sons call me Uncle Tyrone.
I believe eMedia has always been a source of opportunity for people that worked with us. Definitely not the most stable place to work and not the most secure financially … but without a doubt the place to grow & realize your true potential.
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