Win a VIP Trip To Hang with Me + Some of The World’s Best Minds In San Francisco — “Secrets of Silicon Valley” with creativeLIVE

chasejarvis_secretsofsiliconvalley UPDATE: 5 bonus winners!!  Five folks have won a free download of Secrets from Silicon Valley featuring Reid Hoffman, Tim Ferriss, Guy Kawasaki –all who have profoundly influenced my career– plus many other great business minds. Congrats to:

Nelson Mouellic
Bob Fisher
Brian Bulemore
Rodrigo Figueras
Tony DiMaggio

Winners: email to claim your prize.

AND… Tune in  LIVE RIGHT NOW. Guy Kawasaki is coming up next.

UPDATE: Huge thanks to the 500 or so of you who took the time to submit your amazing stories in entry — and for a contest that just ran for a few hours. The winner is Jose Rosado. I’ll be flying Jose a few thousand miles, but it’ll be worth it. And he’s promised to pay it forward. ALSO: watch this space/blog post and my twitter facebook G+ as over the next 2 days we will be awarding Runner Up Prizes — the $99 dollar video download (or streaming) of the entire event — to several of you who entered. HUGE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE!!

This is another one of those gigs where I pinch myself – getting to work alongside some of the best creative entrepreneurs in the world – AND… Here’s a kicker: I want you and a friend to join me for FREE.

For one lucky winner + friend, I’ll pick up airfare, a room for 2 nights and 2 VIP tickets to attend the entire 2-day event below… plus time for us to hang out and drink beer together when I’m not MC’ing the event… The event starts TOMORROW!  PLUS WE’RE LIVE STREAMING THE ENTIRE EVENT. Read on for details + how to enter…

Transform your business with Secrets from Silicon Valley.
This event is more than a year in the works, thousands of hours of work from some very talented people, and more than a few sleepless nights on my own part. We are opening our San Francisco based creativeLIVE studio TOMORROW and the very first broadcast is one you don’t want to miss. I’ll be hosting and it’s going to deliver a punch of insider, unprecedented information from some of the world’s smartest people.

Just as Hollywood implies celebrity, Silicon Valley is synonymous with creative innovation. Attracting the greatest business minds in the world, SV is the world’s startup epicenter. This broadcast offers you direct access to the pioneering minds behind this powerful community. Whether your business is just you or employs fifty people, you’ll learn how to survive, grow, and thrive directly from entrepreneurs who have done it. Do you want to learn from LinkedIn’s founder Reid Hoffman and ask about his secrets to success? Tim Ferriss? Guy Kawasaki? Chris Guillebeau? You’ll hear from them and many more. I know I’ve learned a thing or two from these people I call friends, but knowing what I know about how valuable their secrets have been, I would have given a limb to be able to ask them questions years ago.

If you win the contest below, you can attend in person, but even if you don’t win, you can still get the entire knowledge base by >>> RSVP’ing right here under ‘sign up’ <<<< and then tuning in live.  All this access… No travel. Ability to ask questions. Totally free. If you miss the live broadcast or want to watch it again, you will be able to purchase the full event, just like creativeLIVE always works.

Here’s how you can enter to win t to join us in San Francisco. It’s easy.

First, you must RSVP/sign up at this event link here.

Second, just answer the question: Why do you want to join me at the event? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll pick a winner based on how compelling your answer is!

If you think of something better to say or something to add to your original comment, feel free to enter again or add whatever you want to say in another comment. We’ll trace your answer back to you.

Lastly. This contest is worldwide. If you need to miss thursday, we can fly you in for friday, etc. and please note****THIS CONTEST ENDS AT 6PM pacific time TODAY. Winner will be announced this evening VIA MY TWITTER, FACEBOOK AND G+ ACCOUNT. Due to tight timeline, we must hear back from you within 60 minutes so we can hop on the phone and work out logistics for your travels.  So make sure you are watching!

Official Rules HERE.

Who: You, Me, and 15 of the world’s most creative entrepreneurs
What: a LIVE, interactive broadcast of Secrets of Silicon Valley from creativeLIVE
When: This Thursday and Friday, June 20-21 (Detailed schedule below)
Where: tune in to

Here is the list of experts scheduled to give Master Classes, and the topics they will teach. Hope to see you there -physically or virtually.

Reid Hoffman, Founder LinkedIn & Ben Casnocha, entrepreneur (The Start-up of You)
Tim Ferriss, New York Times bestselling author (Solving your Business Problems)
David Goldberg, CEO Survey Monkey (The Art of Asking a Question)
Chris Guillebeau, New York Times bestselling author (The $100 Startup)
Pamela Slim, Business coach and author of Escape From Cubicle Nation
Megan Smith, VP of Google[x] (Networks Effects: 21st Century Collaboration and Opportunities)
Guy Kawasaki, New York Times bestselling author (The Art of Enchantment)
Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin (How to Sell Your Company without Selling Your Soul)
Sarah Leary & Nirav Tolia, Co-founders of Nextdoor (Look Before you Leap: How to Evaluate a Business Idea)
Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow (Lessons from 15 Years in Tech)
Toni Schneider, CEO of WordPress (Managing a Distributed Workforce)
Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk (How to Get More Done)
Niniane Wang, CTO of Minted (Creating a Great Website on a Budget)
When you tune in, you’ll hopefully learn some valuable lessons and skills. I know I will!

Contest Details:

1) Official Rules HERE.
2) Prize: Airfare for 2, 1 room for 2 nights and 2 VIP tickets, combined value $2,000 US
3) Contest starts: June 19, 2013 11am PDT
4) Contest ends: June 19, 2013 6pm PDT
5) Notification: Winner will be announced the evening of June 19, 2013 PDT via Chase Jarvis Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and the winner MUST respond within 60 minutes because of the short timeline or we will have to choose the next winner.

6) How to enter for a chance to win:
_Go to link in the text above and RSVP to sign up for the broadcast
_Answer the question in the comments below: Why do you want to join me at the creativeLIVE event?
7) Our team will determine the winner based on  how compelling your reason for wanting to attend is.

518 Responses to Win a VIP Trip To Hang with Me + Some of The World’s Best Minds In San Francisco — “Secrets of Silicon Valley” with creativeLIVE

  1. Thaddeus Setla June 19, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    As a paramedic for 13 years I fell into filmmaking and found an amazing niche by combining the two passions. I have spent the last 36 months developing a network and business model that reflects genuine story telling and marketing to improve how companies can relate to their audience. I am certain more than ever that there is a unique business model here that requires fine tuning and thinking smarter not working harder to improve services to my clients without the risk of being a sell out. I have been listening to your interviews for a long time now and have learned a lot which has guided me this far. This is why I wanted to be there to experience this. Oh, and I live in the SF Bay Area so this would be perfect!.

    • Brian Pulliam June 19, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

      By most people’s standards, I have a great gig going for me: I get paid well, working with very smart people, I have a house, a wife, and two great kids. But I’ve come to realize that I have traded my PASSIONS for COMFORT and STABILITY in my career. I want to join this amazing group of brilliant minds, to help rekindle my passions and show my children how to follow their dreams, and not just settle for what is most comfortable and convenient. I’ve never been to San Francisco, but I hear they have great sourdough bread (which will have to wait until my cheat day on Saturday).

      Thank you!

      -Brian (@copralite on Twitter)

      • Brian Pulliam June 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

        P.S. I’m also going for a great “hang off another person’s reply with indentation” look. Let me know how that looks. -BrIaN

        • Brian Pulliam June 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

          Oh, and Thaddeus, sorry for replying to your thread instead of creating my own reply. That was on accident.

  2. Alex Praed June 19, 2013 at 11:40 am #

    I’d want to join you, so that I can learn how to start my own business, market myself, and expand in this economy. Also to escape the seemingly endless terrible weather that England has at the moment. I’ve never been to San Fran, seen Chase in person, or been on a last minute two-day trip to America, so I’d love the chance to do all the above.

  3. Jo Hanley June 19, 2013 at 11:41 am #

    Because it would be an amazing opportunity. Plus I’m an Australian living in Scotland. I haven’t seen the sun in years!

  4. Benzi Florendo June 19, 2013 at 11:49 am #


    I’m fresh graduate from the Philippines. And now working as a photographer and an artist for the University i graduated from. I would love to join you in the event. Honestly, i don’t know a lot yet about entrepreneurship but am very interested on how i could help the locals in my town with it. I am still young and want to learn from great people like you, and share it to from where i am at. THis would have been a great experience. Unfortunately, i don’t think it possible to fly over there in that time since im from the Philippines. But still, I would just want to write something. thank you for the opportunity!

  5. Oscar Lopez June 19, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    Bluntly put, I need a fire under my ass. Its been two years of looking for that thing that will get me back in the game and I think that this could be it. I’ve been following your blog/site for a few years and this opportunity is amazing.
    I am currently living in the Bay Area, so you can save airfare and do something different with that money, perhaps a creative project which I could be part of, which of course can be discussed over beers.

    I look forward to meet you and your team, along all those extremely talented entrepreneurs.


  6. Ben Jacobsen June 19, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    I am a young entrepreneur, just 23 years of age. However, in this world I’m a a fossil. I started my first business when I was 16. Due to various medical issues and unexpected life events, I had to ditch my true passion of photography, art, and mingling with some of the most creative minds around. I traded everything that I yearned for in life for a call center job that has made me become miserable and demotivated me more than anything. I have to stay here for the time being for the insurance and consistent income. With my current situation, I feel like my life goal of working for myself and providing for a family is now out of reach. I need to be motivated again. I need to see what it is I need to do so I can better myself and make a difference in my world and the world of others I care about.

    But mostly, I miss waking up and being excited for work.

  7. Jose Rosado June 19, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    As someone who seemingly did everything right to succeed in my career, went to a good college; graduated with Honors; went onto grad school to get my MBA in Marketing – only to graduate at the height of the recession and spend 6 years looking for work, I realized that nothing can ever prepare you for life.
    I was lucky enough to come into photography during college and quickly it became the career that I fell into because of a lack of other options – being the type of person that always needed to be challenged and busy, I worked 2 jobs while going to grad school full-time so the transition to unemployed was not easy. I became an entrepreneur out of pure necessity and drive, rather than something I built up towards and spent years researching all while working a normal 9-5. I know that being a long-time listener who whole-heartedly believes in your way of thinking, bringing down the walls of photographer’s past thinking, letting education of what we do be brought to everyone who’s eager to listen – that I would benefit from such a wonderful experience more than anyone else, and of course, the promise that I would continue to pass on said knowledge and pay it forward every chance I get.

    • Brian Pulliam June 19, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

      Congrats Jose! -Brian

    • Claude White June 19, 2013 at 8:21 pm #

      Congratulations, spread the word!

    • neill barham June 19, 2013 at 8:25 pm #

      Congrats, Jose! Well deserving winner and honest, heartfelt comment. Good luck on a successful workshop and pay it forward when you get the chance. ~neill

    • Dmitry Zbarsky June 19, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

      Congrats, Jose! Have fun in SF and best of luck! – Dmitry

    • Kim Ortiz June 19, 2013 at 11:27 pm #

      Great answer. Congratulations Jose.

    • Filip Kowalkowski June 20, 2013 at 12:52 am #

      congrats man!

    • Bimal Nair June 20, 2013 at 5:47 am #

      Awesome grab! Cheers for the big leap dude! Rock on!

  8. David Höck June 19, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Well, I’m a 16 year old boy from austria. And you are MY IDOL. I love your work. Your photography. I like how motivated you photograph everything ! I would be the BEST thing that ever will happen in my life!

  9. Jenny Kamo June 19, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    Besides that fact that it’s an amazing opportunity, you (Chase Jarvis) have been and are a huge inspiration to me and SF is a killer city…. I want to master the secrets… so I can run the show with you and the other amazing minds next year. ;)

    • Jenny Kamo June 19, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

      PS.. beers on me

    • Karen June 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

      I love the fact that every creative mind in Secrets of Silicon Valley – and you – followed their passion and their own path instead of only listening to everyone else’s advice about entrepreneurship. Since I am currently masterminding how to integrate my backgrounds in photography and online media, my passions for (aka obsessions with) mind-body-spirit wellness and action sports, and my personal trainer certification, two days with some of the brightest minds in the tech and creative worlds couldn’t help but ramp up that process!

  10. Cathie Heart June 19, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    I want to join you at this event because I’ve been struggling for years to make my creative photography & design entrepreneurial dreams into a full time reality, I want to learn how to sell without selling my soul, how to create and manage a distributed workforce to make my dream creative empire a reality. I have the ideas, I want to test them and make them work to help others as well as myself .. I’d love this opportunity to be with you at this event and soak up all the knowledge I can. I’d love to be known again as ‘the blonde one with lots of questions’! Help turn my ‘no’ to dream answers into ‘yes’ answers and grow my networking ability massively starting with meeting you.
    Ps. I’ve also never been to San Francisco and really want to go!

  11. Matt Leitholt June 19, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    At age 13 in 6th grade, I would read Office 2003 manuals just for fun, that was also the year I missed school to attend the Windows Vista and Office 2007 launch party at which I got to meet some of the big names at Microsoft and was inspired to achieve great things in the tech industry. I was 12 years old when I built my first computer, and silicon valley has been one of my biggest goals to see and experience. Now, at age 20, I have developed into an environmental portrait photographer and have been working on a project of photographing leaders around the world, particularly in the technology and photography industry. I would absolutely love to experience Silicon Valley for the first time with some of the biggest leaders there and have the potential opportunity to photograph them for my personal project. I also believe that this will help me to achieve my life-long goals of being an entrepreneur and help me to build my business to help make this world a better place.

    PS – Chase, I’ve came to your studio about 5 times now trying to meet you in person and ask to photograph you for my project, so this would finally be an opportunity of epic proportions to make that happen ;)

    Matt Leitholt
    Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

    • Matt Leitholt June 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm #

      Oh, forgot to mention, my bags are already packed :D

  12. Chris Duke June 19, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    I want to join you for the immense amount of inspiration flowing from these individuals, including yourself (Chase).

    I want to learn how to be a successful photographer so that I can bring dreams to life not only from my own imagination, but for clients and businesses around the world! I have been so moved and inspired by the things I have learned already from Creativelive, I can only imagine what that would feel like to be there in person with such impressive and wonderful people :)

    I can’t express into words what it would mean to be able to attend this event, but I CAN tell you how eternally grateful I would be to be able to participate and learn from all of these great minds :)

    Thank you so much to the Creative Live team for allowing all of us such amazing courses, and incredible opportunities!

    • Chris Duke June 19, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

      I also want to prove that the words “Dream” and “Success” can co-exist in ones life!

      • Chris Duke June 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

        Last thing I will say about this is that right now, there is a lot of doubt in my life. Friends and family doubting that I can make a career out of what I love, My own doubts about failing at something that fills me and makes me feel so complete.

        If this trip can guide me even one step closer to making that dream a reality, than I truly hope with all of my heart that I can be chosen.

  13. Nathan Mandurrago June 19, 2013 at 11:56 am #

    As a younger photographer my age has always been an obstacle. Starting my second year in college I have been published in local magazines, had my work up in the local camera stores and have won scholarship cash. I have been determined to shatter the illusion that just because I am young I can’t do the job. Through the whole year long journey I have always soaked up your advice like a sponge and did my best to apply it to my career and passions. I would love the opportunity to come and pick your brain and learn from all of these amazing people that will be in your SF studio. Thank you Chase!

  14. Chris Martin June 19, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    With past videos I’ve seen that you and your team have produced when shooting for a major client. I’ve always been impressed with how much planning and preparation you put in to your work to get the desired results. That amount of planning is something I’d like to introduce into my photography from pre visualization to the printed product. Getting a chance to meet you and see you work would be truly inspiring to me!
    Thanks for your consideration,
    Chris Martin

  15. Edward August June 19, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    I would like to join you because being creative with my imaging tools has always come easy to me, being creative with marketing/advertising/business solutions is not something that I am as familiar with. The creative minds of those featured in this Creative Live broadcast are fascinatingly similar to myself but applied in different areas of the creative world.
    I would love to see where we are similar and where we differ.

  16. Brian Pierce June 19, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    I want to join you at the event because I want to be inspired. Inspiration comes in many forms, but when you have the ability to talk in person and receive hands on instruction, things can be taken to whole other level. I am blown away by the creativeness of your work and your ability to think outside the box. This kind of thinking isn’t just learned, but engrained in a persons being. Having the chance to meet you in person and be involved in one of your projects could only inspire me to much greater heights in life and the projects that I am involved in.

    Oh Yeah, and it would be AWESOME! Thanx for the contest.


  17. Matt Zheng June 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    I would like to join you because students like me dont typically have access to leading experts in business. Hence when the younger generation pursue their dreams, they often get lost or encounter obstacles as it is a natural process. If given the opportunity to join you, I believe this experience will teach me how to turn my passion into a business and enable to truly do what I love and love what I do.

  18. Filip Kowalkowski June 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    Hi Chase,
    That would be one of the best things that happened to me in last two years. I’m a working (well starting really) photographer based in Poland so don’t think that I would actually be picked up by you just because getting the visa would take at least a month and the gig is tomorrow, But I’ve heard that you like to take on a challange! :)
    Jokes aside, that would be a great opportunity to meet you in person and get a chance to learn something new…and it’s all about learning :)

  19. Bob Fisher June 19, 2013 at 12:04 pm #

    By learning to be different rather than better, I found my voice as an artist… but I was struggling with the next essential progression in my development… now the small gains I am making with my arts organization have me hungry for more!

    First, I didn’t realize that I could be more than a “starving artist”. I have been working a job I can’t stand for nearly a decade (I’m still there), in order to use the funds to keep the art alive. But, once I starting redefining myself as an “entrepreneurial artist” things began the change. I saw opportunities that the “starving artist” either couldn’t focus on or wouldn’t agree to because of stubbornness, crazy thinking, lazy thinking, wishing it would just come to me, etc.

    When I started watching Chase Jarvis Live and reading the work he exposed me to (Tim Ferris, Guy K, Chris G) A world of opportunity started to open up for me. I can say that for the last quarter, I have turned my business around. We have gone from an arts org that was totally funded from my pocket to a facility that has been self sustaining for the past 3 months. Hustle and creativity and re-opening my mind have be the keys to the tiny wins… Chase, I want to make bigger wins! Ya Know?!

    I know I am just scratching the surface of what is possible, and I am so darn excited to keep learning.

    Alright, even if I dont get this! Let me say again. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! The videos are like a life line. I get on the exercise bike and watch them again and again to remind myself there is a way to realize the vision!

  20. Jarrett Hucks June 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    I’m a young guy who is about to get married. The biggest goal I have in life is to provide for my very soon to be wife and our future family. We both love to travel and have had many wonderful opportunities to be part of something much bigger than us. Unfortunately, our creative efforts have become a bit stagnate because of the need to be consumed by demanding jobs in a struggling tourist centered town. Even in a forward thinking position where social media and photography have started to be able to support us by working for larger corporations, the fear of failure has set in more than one time with our own business endeavors and we have not even taken the plunge to follow them full time! I want to learn how to maintain and stabilize a dream in to a reality that I can use to support my family as well as create an impression through my art and my business.

    Aside from how this will actually help me on the business side, I’d love to just hang out with you. Maybe some of your cool can rub off on me. Haha. Have always loved your work, and hope to one day emulate your love for the art through the love I have for my own.

    • Jarrett Hucks June 19, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

      Also, I have been a East Coast Boy my whole life. Travelled the world but never seen California other than when landing in LAX. I’d love for you to show my why the West Coast is the place to be!

  21. matthew d lyons June 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm #

    First of all, Chase, thank you for offering this opportunity.

    I know that time spent with you at the CreativeLIVE event would expose me to incredibly talented people. I would like to join you for this event so that I can watch, listen, question, and learn. It would amazing just to be in the mix with you. I would like to ask some questions, but I suspect that so much more would be gained by just listening to folks discuss their creative endeavors. I have a host of creative energy and ideas, most of which have sat dormant or only spin around in my head. I recently made the decision to stop thinking, and start doing; but I feel a little rudderless. This opportunity has to be some sort of alignment of the stars, and is meant to help me get out of my head and start creating. I hope that I have a chance to join you and the awesome slate of guests for this great event. I can be packed and ready to roll in minutes.


  22. Dale Reubin June 19, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    Well firstly I’ve been trying to hang out with you for flipping ages, secondly I’m a project-based photographer (I’ve just come back from 7months in Africa documenting peoples faces) and meeting you plus those incredible industry giants would give me a much clearer idea on how to launch ideas and projects into the market place. Thirdly, because I’m available to go right now! :)

  23. Andy Bardon June 19, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    Surrounding yourself with the right people is what’s up. I want to help push the limits of creativity in outdoor / adventure photography, and I’m sure I would drawn inspiration and ideas from kicking it with you and the crew.

  24. frank June 19, 2013 at 12:08 pm #

    I simply want to be the best. I have spent 5 1/2 at college trying to figure out what I want to do. In the end I decided living creatively was the most important part of my future so I perused a Photography degree. What I am learning is that education does not stop and in order to be the best you can be, you must continue talking and listening and learning. There will be lots of good candidates for this give a way but I would certainly be grateful if you choose me.

    Thank you,
    Frank King

    • frank June 19, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

      I apologize for the spelling and grammar errors. I wrote this in a hurry because i was excited. Now I wish I read it over a time or two.

  25. Felix June 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    I can take photos – and I am looking forward to do it for a living.

  26. Carol Davis June 19, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    After 30 years of doing what every one else wanted me to do with my life, I am finally target focused to live my own dream – and that is being a photographer and capturing and sharing with others how beautiful they really are. This journey has been a long one – I put my dreams on hold after high school to raise two wonderful children, run a household, run a business (that was not photography), do the laundry, run the errands and stay close to my parents to look after them. With the sudden passing of my mom two months ago, my drive to live life to it’s fullest has become an even greater priority. You only get one lifetime, and I’m halfway through mine if I am lucky enough to live that long. I am a creativeLIVE junkie and can’t seem to get enough education to hone in my skills and be able to stand out among all the others. The opportunity to learn first hand in person would be none other than FANTASTIC. Seriously. (twitter @CarolDavis65)

  27. Nelson Mouellic June 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    This past January I nervously quit my 9-5 office job to tackle my photography business full time. In preparation for the career change, I spent two years waiting tables at a local wine bar after work until 1am most nights to save up what I felt was a good amount of money to float me for my first year while I get up and running. I’m now six months into being a full time photographer and I’ve managed to book quite a few clients, enough to make ends meet, but they’re not the clients that I’d hoped to be working for. I’m passionate about my personal projects, but not the ones paying the bills. I think that a weekend with Chase and these industry pioneers will give me the insight and tools I need to bring in the clients that I am after, and put my mind at ease knowing that my perseverance will ultimately pay off in the long run.

  28. Ruan June 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    Why? I want to learn like a sponge soaking up water from people direct and indirect influencers in our industry, come back and build the dream I have been working on for years in a better way than I have before. Be successful, have fun and have more time with family without feeling that I am letting the ball slip.

  29. kael June 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    being creative is not something one can be taught or learned . Sometimes a random note you write or a snap you take can be a rare peice of creativity.its just influenced by the things that sorround us. And if a person has managed to focus his creativity . Anything u learn from him will nt go waste

  30. Brian Bulemore June 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm #

    I’m up in Bend, Oregon, currently building TWO businesses–an expansion of my commercial photography business and a shift in my other career as a mental health therapist–I went from long time employment at a company to starting, marketing, and building my own private practice. So I have an interesting blend of entrepreneurial adventures which follow parallel paths–and would really benefit from the expertise and information that will be presented in this workshop! I am very interested in maintaining/increasing my motivation and expanding things like my “service and problem-solving” marketing, differentiation in a saturated market, gaining more specialization, and learning more about how to creatively reach and engage the clients that I want, even beyond my geographic area. I have been a long time fan of Chase’s work and been watching CL from the beginning, having had some great opportunities to connect with a lot of the staffers, hosts, and presenters through social media and in person down in Vegas at WPPI the last few years. So, that would be fun to see those folks in person again in that setting as well. I have a some interesting projects going on which would be enhanced by learning from these speakers–a personal portfolio project involving about 50 environmental portraits combined with social media presentations, writing a book for parents dealing with at-risk youth, and working with some colleagues on developing a mobile app for mental health therapy clients. Threw my hat into the ring for this last week with a friend and was planning a road trip down there…he got picked and I didn’t which was “a bummer, man” (I hope you get the movie reference or that will look really weird). Anyway, it be great to jump down there and have a great once in a lifetime experience! Thanks for the consideration! —Brian

    P.S. (I can easily get over to Portland for a flight, instead of dealing with the regional airport here in Central Oregon…if that helps.)

  31. Trent Gillespie June 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    Having spent the last three years transitioning into business-for-self, its been a struggle finding sources of inspiration to push all facuets of my work. In short, its been hard to balance everything… while still retaining a level of pride and success. Right when creativity reaches a new level, I’m presented with a technical hurdle… or a disruption in flow. I have found that if I talk and listen to the right professionals and experts, they sometimes offer up some of their secrets, making things easier to balance on a whole. Whether its a camera technique, processing method or a complete disregard to a certain aspect of my workflow, these ‘shortcuts’ free up time so I can grow. Anyway, long story short. I love listening to people… engaging in discussion and figuring out problems. Its as if there will never be… and always be a means to an end.

  32. Erik June 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    I would love to join you for this great event for the simple fact I want to be my own boss and have more control of my life and future. I was just laid off from my dream job and my first and only job out of school marketing for a major ski and snowboard company. I poured my heart, soul, and too much time into this roll only to be cut without a thought. As I reflect back I was under paid, over worked and under skied. I decided that I would never let myself be in this position again and am highly motivated to share my unique creative vision with world. As I have just started to look for new gigs I have realized I have a lot of unique abilities that could really shake things up in the industry. This would be a great first step and this opportunity would give me the motivation, inspiration, and practical knowhow to drop my creative bomb on the outdoor and snow industry and start kicking some major ass!!!

  33. Cathie Heart June 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Oh and Chase?! I’m packing my bags now for my flight from the UK should you pick me! Just thought I’d mention that so that I’m preparred for your announcement in 5hrs & 45mins :)
    Cheers me dears, Cathie.

  34. Harry Guinness June 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Hey Chase, I’m going to keep this short and (I hope) sweet. I have just started my own company The Man Package. We’re launching in the next few weeks. I am hustling and networking like a mo-fo emailing editors at Esquire, VC’s, hell I even dropped Richard Branson a line on the off chance he’d reply. I am ripping it up trying to get this thing off the ground and it is going to be awesome. It’s a site for guys who want the best in life. We’re going to create metareviews of all the stuff out there in different product categories and recommend the absolute best thing. We’re also going to offer up a subscription service to make guys better men.

    I am in Ireland now and I swear to you, if I get the shout out this evening I will drop everything and be on that plane. No bullshit. This is a huge opportunity for me and my company and I would love nothing more than to be there.

    Pick me Chase, you know you want to!

    P.S. if you pick me and you end up in Ireland any time, I will give you a guided tour with all the pints you can drink!

    • Harry Guinness June 19, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

      P.P.S. I’m up at 8 tomorrow morning. I will be sitting at my computer until a winner is announced. That’s going to be between 1 and 5 am for me. I am aiming for three hours sleep tonight purely to have the chance to join yous in San Francisco. Do it man, I’ll platonically love you forever! ;)

      • Harry Guinness June 19, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

        P.P.P.S. You guys wanted originality so I thought I’d do a quick video… and a quick sing song. Fair warning, I can’t sing very well! It’s a very quick verse of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’! It’s only a minute long so watch it if you have time! If not, know that I did it!

        The link is:

  35. Marlo Williamson June 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    I saw this quote the other day: “If you don’t build your dream, someone else will hire you to help them build theirs.”
    — Dhirubhai Ambani

    I don’t have a clue who the source of the quote is but it’s definitely a quote that resonates like crazy inside me.

    What you (Chase Jarvis) have built and are doing on a daily basis is such a great inspiration.

    In short, I want to what my soul yearns for: to be an independent creative who does his thing while looking to collaborate with others to create greater things.

    Thanks for this contest.

  36. Igor Capibaribe June 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm #

    I took the challenge to change how fine art nude photography is perceived. I created a new way to work with it. I design the way I present my work with CNC machines, I implemented RFID to immerse my clients with the final work. I researched chemistry to be used in ways to deliver photography. I am studying blown glass, have ceramic, sculpture classes scheduled to perceive what surrounds me and advise my clients on how to create a piece that will be connected to them forever. I designed origami style ways to present the work to my clients. I thinkI found one way to bridge humanities and tech within photography as an real, timeless experience. I am designing an app for this. I found a way to make man like wedding photography…I geeked it!

    I am getting paid to see and transform fine art nude photography.

    I fundamentally believe the future of photography relies on how it’s delivered and I acted upon it.
    I am in SF already. Hotel would be nice tho!!
    Can I be on a higher floor pls?

  37. Julie Cook June 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    I am the owner of a great little letterpress printing and graphic design shop in Seattle. This little shop is on the brink of becoming an exceptional local enterprise where like-minded and creative women – most of whom are/will be moms – can become gainfully employed in a career they truly love. I want to provide flexible schedules and easy hours with health and financial benefits. I want our ever growing client base to experience the best in customer service and receive the best product for their investment. I have a dream. My dream is ALMOST ready to come true. BUT….

    We all know creative minds are not always savvy business people. This is why i need help. I am not afraid to admit it. I need help. I need help taking this business to the next level. The best level. I am FIRED UP! It will happen. But attending the Secrets from Silicon Valley event with you would catapult my progress!

    I have just finished up The Right-Brain Business Plan with Jennifer Lee so I’m ready for the next course. I think this is just the one.

  38. Randy Curtis Jr June 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    I hear it all the time from my friends! Your so talented why aren’t you making more than you are -___- . I usually answer like this If it was about the money I wouldn’t care about making your photos as good as they were. At the same time I have to make a living ( ) I shoot create because it makes me happy and I’m happy because it makes me create. I want to find a way to honestly provide something to all of my clients that will help them with their businesses as well as give them something they can be use and be proud of. But with this mindset and lack o f knowledge and mentors I’m stuck! Everyone needs a coach /mentor in each aspect of life and I am short on a couple,

  39. Thomas Kranzle June 19, 2013 at 12:15 pm #

    Hey Chace! Been a while since we met in Sun Valley a few years back when you were at that wedding and I was shooting for Specialized.

    Outside of it sounding like a great event and a fun time to hang out and build new relationships, it just feels like what I need at the moment to get past this creative slump. Not in the sense of my work, but rather a creative slump in running my production company. It feels like rather than steering the ship, I have been going with the current of jobs that have been coming through the door the last couple years. It’s time to change that, but as I have been trying to plan and execute a vision for the future growth of the company I just keep hitting a wall. Everything just feels a bit foggy. Hoping that something like this would spark some new vision and put new wind into my sails…to continue with the above cheesy metaphor.

    Anyway, I may not even be the candidate since I’m already working in the industry. However, I hope you find someone great as I’m sure this will be a huge blessing to the right person. Keep up the good work Chase. You are an inspiration to a lot of people!



  40. Randy Curtis Jr June 19, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    I hear it all the time from my friends! Your so talented why aren’t you making more than you are -___- . I usually answer like this If it was about the money I wouldn’t care about making your photos as good as they were. At the same time I have to make a living ( ) I shoot create because it makes me happy and I’m happy because it makes me create. I want to find a way to honestly provide something to all of my clients that will help them with their businesses as well as give them something they can be use and be proud of. But with this mindset and lack o f knowledge and mentors I’m stuck! Everyone needs a coach /mentor in each aspect of life and I am short on a couple,

    I’ve been shooting for six years and it seems I keep running back into this same circle I’m back at my parents house doing everything I can to get into this business mindset

    • Randy Curtis Jr June 19, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

      If I can’t get picked do you think you can help me find some people that can point me in the direction of this new mindset/habits i need to develop to make this work?

  41. Daire Irwin June 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm #

    Hello from dublin ! I am an artist painter and technologist. I would love to join you because I am just about to open (open friday !)to beta testers, so the timing is right. We are aiming to disrupt the artworld and revolutionise how the world creates. I believe we are at a point where art will be radically transformed by the opportunities in technology. Within the art world, I feel we are moving from a hierarchical system to a networked system , where the gatekeepers will need to reassess they value the provide. The members here in this panel , along with yourself have inspired me to believe that I can create huge change within the artworld and that technology is central to creating change. It would be dream come true to be picked for this. (Also – it’s always handy to have an award winning artist around in case any paintings need done !) regards from Ireland , Daire Irwin

  42. Rob June 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    As a programmer AND photographer it’s kinda the meeting of both my worlds and would be stupefying….. besides having only been to San Fran prior to taking up serious photography – there is probably some pictures waiting to be taken :-) Would love to hang out (I can buy ya a beer of that helps :-) ) and talk tech/photo/world peace/whatever. I might have to stock up on the red bull but can always grab some from the airport – sleep is for when I’m dead :-) Either way, will be watching CL as usual in the background when possible.

  43. Albert Law June 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm #

    Two years ago, I left my career in Architecture and took a scary yet rewarding leap into photography. I’ve learned tons from your interviews, followed many suggestions such as less tech, more composition-centered. Took on a lot of pro-bono work (causes that I believed in) and grew many relationships from that. One of those events lead me to doing a photo shoot with Tim Ferriss! Fortune favors the prepared mind!

    This event has two elements that has helped, nurtured, kick-strarted, inspired me into becoming a photographer: Chase Jarvis Live + Stanford Entrepreneur Thought Leaders (podcast). It would be awesome to participate and be surrounded by these creative geniuses.

    As a small business owner and budding photographer I feel every high and low. I believe this event will load me up with great knowledge and tools to push me into the person I’m becoming.


  44. Caley H June 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    I have already benefited greatly by most of the experts in this event. I can go on about all the accomplishments I have made because of their help, but the primary reason I want to join and have beers with you is so I can help pay it forward. To help entrepreneurs of various industries to accomplish their dreams. This 2 day session will help me to draw more examples in addition to my own, to show other entrepreneurs that content marketing works, that you don’t need a huge initial capital outlay, how easy it is to validate a business idea, and as you mentioned in a blog post back in Nov 2011, “you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.” As such, spending time with this group can’t hurt!

    My bags are packed.

  45. Travis Favaron June 19, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    As a college student and aspiring entrepreneur, the opportunity to rub shoulders with you, Chase, and many other driven individuals like you would be priceless. In addition these speakers are directly in the space and industry that I want to be in. I want to run my own technology company that has a lasting positive impact on the world and meeting these individuals would be a spectacular opportunity. Lastly, the timing couldn’t be better. I’m entering my last year of school and getting ready to start my career. Any and all advice from all of these successful, driven, and creative people would go a long way to getting a few steps closer to all my goals.

  46. Warren Poh June 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Hey Chase,

    I love your work. It’s inspiring and amazing, especially your work on “decisive” in particular. I am an aspiring teen photographer looking to start my own “people” photography business primarily for charity. I would love to get a head start and some advice from you in photography, and some crucial business tips for this event. Having an opportunity to meet you in person would truly be a dream come true, and the business lessons to be learned from those entrepreneur’s would be a once in a life time opportunity.

    Thank you for your consideration,

    Warren Poh (Warren Pohtography)

  47. Heidi Jones June 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Wow! I tried so hard to win your last contest at capitol hill, I think I submitted over 1, 000 entries via twitter @hodiej15. So, when I saw another opportunity to meet you and benefit from great minds of successful businessmen I immediately had to go for it! Hopefully I’ll be the winning ticket this time.
    Honestly I would love to win this for me, but even more so for my friend. He is the one who originally introduced me to your work. He has been inspired by your success for a long time and I know if he had the opportunity to attend these classes it would be helpful for him as he pursues his goals. To have questions answered and receive advice from these incredibly successful people would be so inspirational and a great motivator to persevere to success.
    I would love to join you for this experience so I can give my friend the opportunity to meet you and to have such an amazing chance to be among greatness. And, let’s all be honest here, this would be Freaking amazing!!!!
    Good luck everyone!!

  48. Giovanni Mocchetti June 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    I just finished school in Italy and my favorite hobby is Photography. My dream is to become even a greater Photographer and travel the world by doing this. I had the opportunity to make it from a hobby a kind of job sometimes, but the big step, which is really difficult nowadays, must come. This is only possible if I want to reach it and if I really want it and in some way you are a big inspiration for me. You kind of open the mind for incredibly creative things, which make photography real art. A friend of mine has also incredible ideas, which I try almost to apply through my knowledge with photography, so if you give me the chance of coming there it would be a real surprise for her too as it is an opportunity to get in contact with such an inspiring person.
    Nevertheless, I think that the most important thing is to make constantly experience, trying out new things without having fear because everything I’m trying out makes me understand that it’s necessary to reach my goals and is a kind of lesson for me.

    It would be really great to win and I really like the fact that you give a lucky person this opportunity!



  49. Kurt Peloquin June 19, 2013 at 12:34 pm #






  50. Eric Dumouchel June 19, 2013 at 12:36 pm #

    About to head overseas to Morocco to dreamchase and open a Design/Photography studio with my loving wife, To be honest i’m scared to death as this will be my first attempted entrepreneur into any kind of business in my life. Attending this conference would not just be humbling and insightful but would give me a much needed knowledge base to fall back on and seeing how me and my wife are both young wannabe entrepreneurs (25 and 23) this could end up aiding in the success or failure of our dream!

    Would also make my wifes dream come true to shake the hand of a truly awesome photographer and pick your brain a bit!
    Thanks for the consideration!

  51. Sebastjan Vodusek June 19, 2013 at 12:37 pm #

    Chase, you and you’re team never stops amazing me! You’re the guys that inspire me to give it my best on any work that I do. You even inspired me to share all my knowledge and some really personal stuff with the young people on free workshops that I started hosting this year. I believe in free knowledge and information where we can all learn from each other and improve together. It’s really been a wonderful experience for me and I’ve connected with a lot of creative people this way.

    I am currently finishing my bachelor of practical arts degree. And am working on a theoretical photography based diploma with my own exhibition. I’m so far away from being a good creative and I will be glad to improve that and learn from the veterans.

    The reasons that I’d love to be there in person is probably to share my experience with you and get a personal feedback from you and cause I’ve never been to the USA before. :)

    Anyway I’ll be tuning in on this for sure, can’t wait for the livestream!



  52. Wick Sakit June 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    Simply put, I believe the only way to insure making it in todays world happy with your career is to create and advance it yourself. I have owned a couple of businesses an discovered my true passion in the interim. Fortunately I am also very skilled in the field I am investing myself in. How could one not want to sit and learn from some of the modern day greats? I went to a Tony Robbins conference and it had quite the positive impact on me. It would not have held that same impact through a/v. This I imagine will hold the same values. Thank you for the opportunity. :)

  53. Nicola Tröhler June 19, 2013 at 12:41 pm #

    Why me? Well there are multiple reasons:
    -I just finished my aprenticeship as an IT-guy and now I want to do a complete turn around to start my own photography business
    -4 years ago my Brother and I started an music-online-magazine ( and we built a 18-head strong team around us, all working on an high-end quality. Unpaid. So I’m very ambitious about the things I do and always give 200%. But I also need to pay de food…
    -I don’t only talk about doing it. I do it.
    -I’m young (19 years old) and need the knowledge
    Last but not least:
    -I’m swiss and can bring you the best chocolate! ;-)

    Thanks for your erffort!

    Nicola Tröhler

  54. Julia Lehmann June 19, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. Oscar Wilde

    So, please make me miserable!

  55. Manuel Gerhard June 19, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Because it is a “one time in the life CHANCE” to meet you and all these other smart Peoples at this amazing Event!
    In photography you are my Idol Chase I follow your work since 2 years since I was 14! You keep me motivated with your blog and your work. I will go my way as a photographer in my life and a chance to meet and talk to you is fantastic !!!
    I programm in my free time so its even better to see smart people from Silicon Valley and have a chance to talk with them too!

    I am 16 years old and I’m from Germany.

  56. Ryan Grantier June 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm #

    So I would love to attend this not only because I follow many of the people involved in this class and that I’ve read their books, but also because I was so close to being able to be there. I won 1 of 5 tickets to this from techcrunch. After I realized that it was in San Francisco and not in Seattle, I had to decline which was not something that was easy – I was very close to throwing it on a credit card just so I could be there!

    I know that I would take away a lot of very valuable information, continue to be inspired by some great minds, and I know that I would pass this on to the creative world I’m in every single day.

    I have followed your work, your blog, and chasejarvis Live for years now. I have read Ferriss’ books and Chris Guillebeau 100 startup book. I have followed Guy Kawasaki and read his books – this would truly be a dream for me. I follow many others at this event and would love to finally meet everyone in person!

  57. Julie Cook June 19, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    …besides, the success of Swash directly and indirectly benefits you and your family of friends. Lord knows you deserve some kick-back for all the energy and awesomeness you pour into all of us aspiring entrepreneurs (and there is my shameless plug and pandering.)

  58. Leo June 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm #

    Hiya Chase,

    Going into my last year of uni before hopefully embarking on a career in the creative industry. Throughout my schooling, I’ve tried to gain as much real world experience as possible. Taking on part time freelance/summer/internship work and reading anything and everything on the web, not to mention making it down to a couple of your creative live events in Seattle ;) I feel like I’ve already learned so much, but yet I’m humbled by the scope of each new experience. As a student/non-proffesional, the business/entrepreneurship aspect of the creative industry is something that I have only recently begun to turn the page on. It’s an entirely new world to me, but I understand its huge, determining importance and I am eager to push my experience and knowledge. You’ve already helped me, and countless others do this with CJ + Creative Live, but this opportunity seems so comprehensive in understanding arguably the most important aspects for any professional creative. As an artist and entrepreneur of tomorrow, I can’t think of anything more perfect. I would be thrilled at the chance to join. Thanks for everything!


  59. Jessica Stoker June 19, 2013 at 1:05 pm #

    At 30 years old, I am now the single parent of two small children; which is not something I had planned for. In conjunction with trying to manage and cultivate my photography business which I have been doing for 5 years, I now work a full time day job as a Design Specialist to supplement the lack of a secondary income. Nothing would make me happier than to solely make my living from photography, as it has been a dream of mine since I was little. Life, as with everyone else has thrown me some curve-balls along the way that either slowed or detoured this progress temporarily.

    My children are my first priority above all else and with the lack of time and finances I have also had to put going back to school on the back-burner …for now. So currently I just try to do my absolute best to learn new things on my own, challenge myself and my skills, push the boundaries of my comfort zone, network with people that I admire in this industry and learn from them. We have all chosen to do what we do for various reasons; for me, I fell in love with photography at a very young has allowed me to express myself and my feelings visually and has been more therapeutic than anything else. The reason I stay with it is because of passion, self expression, personal growth and most importantly for me…because i need my children to know that regardless of what life throws at you, there is nothing more rewarding than working hard and following your dreams, regardless of how rocky or smooth the terrain.

    I want to join you for this event because I feel that it would give me insight into what I can be doing better so that I may get that much closer to my dream. Also, it would be an amazing opportunity to learn from seasoned entrepreneurs and to be inspired by their’ personal dreams which they have shaped into their’ own reality.

  60. Todd Douglas June 19, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    Hi Chase – I’m extremely excited to view this special CreativeLive event! I actually just finished watching your CJLive interview with Chris G yesterday and had loads of notes on applying just that segment to my own life/business. Some great points on failure and “balance”.

    I would love the opportunity to attend this 2 day event in person to help me focus on personal application. I would be jumping at this chance just to hear Guy Kawasaki speak but knowing that you and others, such as Tim Ferriss will be there, really is an insane value.

    In 2013, I’ve been focused on your thought about hard work being the key that separates one from all the others that will give up. Which makes asking for a free ticket to your event a bit ironic… but well worth an attempt. Either way, thanks for providing this opportunity and I can’t wait for the next two days of this direct access!

  61. Shaun Karmenzind June 19, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    Why do I want to join you for this event? Well for starters you are the man and you have one of the coolest jobs in the world! Your enthusiasm for not only the art/creative culture, but entrepreneurship in general is unmatched. Getting the chance to sit with you and pick your brain, even if only for a few minutes, would be amazing!

    Having worked in working stiff jobs for the last 10 years, I have in the last few years started to dream about starting my own business. My ideas have ranged from restaurant, to food truck, to photography studio, to trim carpenter. I just have never had the balls to make the jump. I have watched the creativeLIVE series and said to myself “that’s what I need to do…” My biggest issue is making the move from idea to action. This past fall I took a “plunge” albeit a small one in to paid photographer, still keeping my day job. I have since shot 10 paid shoots including a wedding. Thus far the experience has been amazing, but I am looking for ideas on how to take my new business to the next level… This would be the opportunity of a life time!

  62. Jason June 19, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

    Hope! I need a jump start to my life. I could give you the run down of “almost had….but catastrophe struck”. Things like turning down real huge TV acting jobs to come back to Seattle o help a sick father run his business, or losing my near pro football career to Injury, stolen ideas, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, deaths etc.
    Instead I want to share my future. I’ve finally come out the backside and have begun to make my future plans (knowing I have a future now). I’m currently doing the only job I’ve ever wanted and talked about as a young boy, that of Dad. While this is fulfilling enough I have learned I need to share. Share stories, share my creativity, share my enthusiasm for change and personal evolution.
    I have been learning coding, photography, film making, and gone back to writing all in the hopes to be able to share stories, not just mine. I have been inspired by You & Trey, RadioLab, Leo Laporte, Indie Films, Ted Talks etc…. My only issue is what to do? I have the energy to create but don’t know which way to take it. I’ve been trying it all and found I want to do it and rather than pick one I want to merge them all somehow. My big drawback is the investment in whatever I choose. Making art isn’t as cheap as it should be.
    I’m hoping that Joining you at creativeLive will focus & lead me to production. The creators speaking will not only focus me bt add that spark of inspiration to jump in with two feet.
    When you have come to grips that you will die and then come back to health you have an outlook of no fear and not worry about what others think or say. This new freedom that near death brings is powerful. I need to learn how to focus this energy of will & finish my self realization.
    Thanks again for giving someone the overture it’s of a lifetime.

  63. macgerhard June 19, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    hi Chase,
    I really need a kick in my … well I guess you know where to really get going with my business and I guess you and your event could probably give me this last bit of inspiration and believe in my vision that seems to be missing. And in addition I’d really like to hang out with you and some tasty beer.

  64. Brandon Tigrett June 19, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    It’s not so much as why I “want” to join you at this event. It’s more of why I “need” to join you. The inspiring people teaching at the two-day event are the very people who I try to emulate. Their passion for what they do is the same passion that fuels me every day of my life. It’s what drives me to stay up all late, and the same passion that wakes me up bright and early. I have a need in my life to create something great. So far I’ve been able to fulfill this need through photography. I still have so much more to offer and create for this world, and I strongly believe meeting these amazing individuals will give me the key to unlock whatever idea might be ready to unleash itself on the world.

    Thank you for consideration,
    Brandon Tigrett

  65. Sean Canton June 19, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    I want to go, simply to meet other creative innovators. I can’t do that via stream. PS: I’d just like to attend, I don’t need airfare.

  66. Lindsay Brown June 19, 2013 at 1:35 pm #


    I want to join you at the Transform your business with Secrets from Silicon Valley event! Silicon Valley is the hub of innovation and creativity – I think it is a fantastic opportunity for any one of your commenters. I simply want to say I have been inspired by your work for quite some time now, I would love to see your hard work in action. It would be an honor to be a part of the event with you.

    Thank you for listening.


  67. Bob Ewing June 19, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    I simply want to be apart of something awesome, and hanging out with you in SF is a nice little kicker!


  68. joseph padiernos June 19, 2013 at 1:36 pm #

    So I can know the secrets and pursue my passion with it!

  69. Sergio Ivan June 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    Because it will a great opportunity not only to travel, but to meet one of my favorite photographers. It will also be a learning opportunity and it sound like it could be a great adventure. Thank you for the opportuinity!

  70. Keith Mcadams June 19, 2013 at 1:39 pm #

    I HAVE TO GO! A couple years ago I was invited to the first CL live audience and I think this is another opportunity I want to jump on. I just took a big leap and quit my job and moved so I could pursue my passion more I bet that this opportunity to just go would spark a wildfire of creativity and send me on the next level of my creative endeavors. Plus I’ve never been to SF of Cali for that matter. It would be great to meet you again and everyone else! And would gain so much knowledge! PLEASE and Chase, this whole make it two time I’ve gotten on a plane to come to something you’re involved with and it would be my second time on a plane!

  71. Dave Apple June 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    A 2012 graduate from Franklin & Marshall College I achieved a bachelors degree in fine arts and photography. I have spent the last year shooting for a magazine in Breckenridge CO in hopes of finding my next step towards a career path that best suits me. While I have an undying love for photography, I have felt the need to expand my horizons to implicate more of my creativity and ideas elsewhere.
    Both of my parents have been successful in starting their own businesses and have always inspired me to follow my passions whether it be to follow suit or blaze my own completely unique trail. While their experiences/achievements have opened my eyes to the possibility of a rewarding life as an entrepreneur, my focuses lie outside of the medical world and I look to learn more from others with a broader sense of what is required to be successful while pursuing my own endeavors. I am a highly motivated student who is hungry to learn and is in need of new opinions and ways to look at problem solving and finding what best suits me. I look to continue schooling in the fall but would be honored to be a part of this great experience. My liberal arts education has taught me to thrive amongst great minds spanning vast focusses and I love incorporating all kinds of ideas and approaches to everything I do in life. Just being in a room with this many creatively successful people gets the gears turning in hopes of new opportunity and success. Thank you for a chance to be a part of this type of event, it could truly provide the tools and information necessary for someone to make something they are passionate about a reality and that in itself is priceless.

    All the best,
    Dave Apple

  72. Rick Etkin June 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm #

    Life has the knack of throwing curveballs and opportunities, one door closes and another opens. I have been in photography for more than few years, remain totally passionate and keep looking for ways to remain true to myself while putting food on the table. You have offered many great events, share fantastic ideas, inspire greatness and surround yourself with successfull people like yourself that take chances. I try to seize on opportunities when they are offered and this contest is one that would be a huge boost for me.

    Your comments in Ian Ruhter’s video “When Dreams Collide” about the dream is closer to reality than you think are so true but sometimes it takes more than inspiration to keep that dream workable as a “veteran”. I have reached a point that I need to get the fire burning again. Meeting you and attending your “Secrets from Silicon Valley” would offer a kick start that I could not afford to make that happen other than through this contest.

    After creating a series of events about “Pursuing Your Passion” in Vancouver where I live, I need to follow what I know is true for myself and the community. Being in the presence of you and your guests who’s success is defined in many different ways would offer another door to open, which is exactly what I need right now.

    To be picked to attend would be like paying it forward at so many levels.

    My bags are packed!

  73. Dave June 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    Hey Chase. I’d like to come because I like turtles.

  74. Matthew T Rader June 19, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    I would love to join you and bring my brother because we have learned that we grow the most as artists by being around other artists. Through out the years we have encouraged one another in life and in art. I know you do the same for those all around you and I have learned a lot from reading your blogs and watching your videos and it would be awesome to learn from you directly in person and to just to meet you. I heard from anther photographer friend of mine that has met you, that you are a really down to earth person. I respect that and I like to hang with people I respect.

  75. Marcus Neto June 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    In 2004 I started a business building websites and helping small – medium sized businesses with their marketing. I’ve had several ideas along the way for starting a business outside of a services based business but none of them have taken off. I am hungry for this. I think about it daily. My desire is to build something bigger than myself. I read books and take master-classes but I think this would be the master – master-class. I’ve read the books of several of the presenters and think highly of them. And I have been a reader here for several years. You’ve helped quite a bit in shaping how I operate as a business man. My goal is to always educate my clients and trust that if they understand that they will make the right choice. I know my wife and kids would miss me for a day or two but this is the change of a lifetime. Please pick me….

  76. Matthew David Smith June 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    I started photography in 2008 as hobby ( and it slowly development into a part-time job, shooting several different events a week. Unfortunately I need more direction and frankly some motivation to take my photography business to the next level. I juggle my time between photography, and being an entrepreneur. I saw and recognized a need for a Hot Dog Cart outside a Tacoma bar that I take pictures at on the weekends, and come up with an idea and created Tacoma Wiener Company which was a huge hit. Chase I dream big everyday, and this opportunity will help me launch my next big success that will put me on the map.

    Matthew David Smith (32)
    Tacoma, WA

  77. mariana herrera mosli June 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    Ok, I’m going to list the obvious reasons first:

    It would make an EPIC birthday present (my birthday is Monday 6/24)!!!!!
    I was born in California, but my parents moved to Florida when I was two, so I’ve ALWAYS wanted to visit!
    My husband and I have followed you for years Chase, and not only have you inspired us to be better photographers, you’ve also helped us understand more about the photography community and provided a plethora of ways to improve our business. I know that we are at THAT POINT right now in our business where BIG things are going to start happening and what better way to prepare for what’s to come than with the knowledge and sharing thoughts/ideas with successful entrepreneurs that we respect and look up to! Our business concept comes down to one word: MAKTUB. It’s an arabic word that means “it is written”. So if this is meant to be it will happen, if not, we will be looking on from Florida! All our best, Mariana and Khaled

  78. Elizabeth Garcia June 19, 2013 at 1:44 pm #

    I have been in school in some capacity for my entire life. Either as a student myself, or having graduated college and then becoming the teacher, I have never spent a year of my life NOT starting school in the fall. Until now. This past year I made the decision to walk away from the one thing I have ever known (and been pretty good at!) to step out into the scary world of entrepreneurship. I first fell in love with photography while in college, studying something completely different. I took my first dark room class and my life and loves were forever changed. I have been doing photography “on the side” while teaching full time, but am hoping to kick start my new adventure into high gear by running a successful business all my own. While I love shooting photographs, I also have found a huge passion in shooting video, and fusing the two together (stills with video). Specializing my photography primarily in families and children, I have struggled with how to market myself as different from the other 1,345 photographer in my small town (UGH!!!) , as well as make the best product possible while convincing my market it is something worth investing good money in! I am ready to jump feet first into this new venture, but could use some serious help guiding me and helping me to figure out where to start, what to do, and how to do it! I would love to be able to attend this workshop, not just for the VIP perks (but I’m not gonna lie, that sounds pretty legit too….) but for all the inside tips and tricks into making my dream into my reality. So pick me!!!!!! Because not only do I have a real passion and fire to make this happen, but I am pretty cool to hang out with too. For reals. I’m just going to assume the best, and say see you soon, in Silicone Valley!!!

  79. Steve B June 19, 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    As a photographer and a bartender to support my photography I would like to be able to put the pieces together to leave the bartending behind. As a photographer I have taught workshops where I end the lesson with people and blogs to follow. You Sir are on the top of the list and would love the time to meet and stress to others the importance of the creative mind.

  80. Shane Young June 19, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    For the adventure!!!

    This is a once in a life time event for most people. As an IT Manager, a photographer and an all around curious person this would be a synergist event of serendipity.

  81. David Wai June 19, 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    There are a lot on comments here, Chase. Here is how I stand out:

    You can have all the talent and creativity in the world, but perhaps what separates success and failure is passion. Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King, and you, CHASE JARVIS, all have one thing in common, and that is passion. When someone really believes in something, it’s contagious. I want to say I have the same thing. My passion for creativity and photography drives hard work, pushes me through sleepless nights, and with a bit of luck, maybe I’ll even “make it.” I’m young. I’m talented. I have tons of potential. You’ve done all the hard work by networking with all those people and bringing them together for this event. With your help, you can make my dream a reality a little sooner. THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING.

    A lot of people here can take a great photo, but wouldn’t you rather have a beer with someone who can take great photos AND have creative passion with a sense of humor?

    Hit me up. twitter: davidwaii90

  82. Kristen Huntley June 19, 2013 at 1:48 pm #

    Uneducated people believe what they are told. Educated people question what they are told. I am ready for questioning some if the greats!

  83. Dee Sisk June 19, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Why do I want to join you? Well why not! That’s not very compelling. Lol. I have been feeling like I am at a stand still both creatively and in my business. It’s like my wheels are spinning but I end up going nowhere. I think this would be the perfect kick in the pants that I need right now. To be around so many intelligent a d creative people and to be inspired. Plus I am a major fan of your work (if brown nosing helps! Haha!)

  84. Jo Duxbury June 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm #


    LAST YEAR: My 7-year-old marketing consultancy’s biggest client took their account in-house. Disaster. Retrenchments. Feelings of epic failure. Total loss of motivation. Gastroscopy for stomach pains. NOT FUN.

    THEN: Unexpected windfall exactly matches photography course fee. Thunderbolts! Fireworks! Violins! I fall in love (*swoon*) with M mode, with light, with beauty. Previously unknown talent and passion is discovered. Weird, fun, surprising, delightful, scary, exhilarating. Want to shoot, shoot, shoot. Oh wait, still need to sort out marketing company… Hmmm: Can I combine the two?

    AND NOW: My 40th birthday is 6 months away. Pretending it doesn’t matter, but actually freaking out. WHAT DO I WANT TO DO WITH THE REST OF MY LIFE? Yup – Personal Midlife Crisis, I’d like you to meet Business 7-Year Itch. Have heard that a last-minute flight to SFO, attending CreativeLIVE and meeting Chase Jarvis (*swoons again*) will help immensely. Would like to find out…

  85. Edyta June 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    I absolutely positively LOVE you. You speak my language. It’s like you have a magical wand with which you can open my mind to a whole new world. You already directed me on an amazing journey both personal/spiritual and business wise. I look up to you and would love to learn from you. I would just about die if you picked me!

  86. Michelle Leroux June 19, 2013 at 1:51 pm #

    I have recently joined the corporate world after three years freelancing and in my spare time I run a website called I live in Whistler and running into biggest names in the snow universe is no big deal…however, getting close to the best minds of the tech world is nearly impossible.

    With one foot in the realm of entrepreneurship and the other foot chained to my desk at Whistler Blackcomb (let’s be honest, sometimes I am wearing a snowboard boot); I am always on the hunt for that spark of an idea that will ignite my own creative fires. Please consider me as your guest – I am an easy flight from Vancouver and having a super connected friend in Whistler might come in handy for you too Chase! -Michelle

  87. Rob Reid June 19, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    I have a production company in Scottsdale AZ. I’ve won 7 Telly Awards, premiered a film at the Vail Film Festival in Colorado, and have been fortunate to do work with some great clients like Adidas, Xbox, and T-Mobile. BUT, I still can’t seem to break through. I’m not complaining – I don’t need the recognition, but I’m still operating on a small level and can’t seem to get past just trying to pay the bills. For years my model has been you, Chase. You’ve got such talent, but have done so well at using smart business sense in building a platform to reach an audience. And you’ve been able to incorporate the things you’re passionate about into your work, i.e… snow skiing. Between you and the visionary business men and women at this event, this would be a fabulous learning opportunity for me, offering encouragement and sound advice I’m sure on how to harness my creativity and use it to launch to the next level. Thanks for your consideration. Always a fan, Rob.

  88. Blake Johnson June 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    I believe in myself. Im ready to kick ass, grow and meet people. I want to be IN the world, not just watching other people do awesome things. Please help.

  89. carmen June 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    i’m about to give up on my first love.

    he has been passionate,
    at times
    he has been a beautiful lover,
    at times
    i just don’t know if i can continue giving the way i have,
    without much return

    he is photography
    and i am hoping to salvage this love-affair

  90. Rosemary Waselchalk Drawdy June 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Why do you want to join me at the creativeLIVE event? – I would love to join this event because it’s a wonderful opportunity for me to get the essentials that I need to get my business in the place that I want it. I opened my photography business in December and it grew really well from running contests and free shoots but now that I have transitioned to full-time shooting for money, the transition has been difficult. I have 2 beautiful children, age 2 and age 1 (his birthday is today yay!). They’re my heart and the light of my life. I want this business to work so that I can have something to pass on to them should they choose this as their career. My husband and I took this on full time after he was unexpectedly laid off at his job. My husband has a form of autism (Asperger’s syndrome) and it’s hard for him to adapt in certain work environments around large crowds when he is expected to perform. Instead of crying about it though, he gets back up and he works his butt off every day pushing MY dream. My husband’s my biggest supporter and I don’t want to let him or my little ones down. I not only want this business to work.. I NEED it to. This is how I feed, clothe, house and support my family. Together, my husband and I are working so hard to get this business going but I know there’s something that we are lacking and I feel this course is exactly it. To get away together and get to come to Seattle could be the start to something great that we both need in our lives. Thank you so much for reading my story and I think this is a wonderful thing you are doing. Many blessings.


  91. Evan Wilman June 19, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    I would absolutely love to go to this event. I believe this event would help me to build upon myself. Learning different ways of marketing myself as not only a photographer but as a person. I’ve always looked for new ways of taking on tasks and this event could broaden my landscapes even more. I don’t think I will miss this event even if I am not chosen.


  92. Ash Murrell June 19, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    I wasn’t going to enter this competition due to allot of worries about the sacrifice of time I’d be giving, then I realised if I didn’t try (great sacrifice = great reward potentially) I would always regret the chance to learn how to break the shackles of mediocrity and realise my dreams and business ideas.

  93. Simon June 19, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    as a photographer with a brand new business, I am still struggling getting my work in front of the right people. This would help me learn ways to put my work in front of my ideal client, and secrets from those who have been there before me.

  94. hhw June 19, 2013 at 1:54 pm #

    I am working to apply world beating technology to some of the worlds greatest problems in order to positively impact a billion people within the decade. Good input is great input, especially when its from a set of outstanding influencers such as those you have gathered this week.

  95. Paul Bellinger June 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    I would love to come and hang with Chase and the superstars, including Kenna, Susan, Russ (and maybe a Sue Bryce sighting)! Chase changed my life. I’m quitting my career as a political science professor to start my own photography business. I had a cam for about 8 months when I came across Chase’s blog. I immediately watched every video on there and read all his tips, career and creative advice, and set myself on the path to becoming a pro. Then I spotted the creativeLIVE link on his site and he changed my life again. Being a professor I take education very seriously and between Chase and CreativeLIVE I’ve basically given myself the equivalent of a Masters degree in photography. I love the educational model and the business model of CreativeLIVE. I’m almost entirely creativeLIVE and Chase taught, so my development is a testament to both. Now after three years with a cam, I’m turning pro in a second field.

  96. Sarah Clements June 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    I’m obsessed. Truly and completely. I started learning how to operate a camera a year ago. I’ve now been published three times and have placed in one contest. I consider myself a fine art photographer and honestly, I just need to learn how to make money doing what I love and not compromising my work. I don’t want to shoot seniors and weddings. I want to provide people with their OWN unique fine art, featuring the client, in my own weird style. And I suck at at everything but making the images. Learning to have an actual business featuring my passion and weirdness is what I NEED. Everything I learn, I take it and run with it. This would be a killer opportunity for me.

  97. Christina Anderson June 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    What an amazing experience this would be, I know all of us would love this opportunity! I am a mother to three kids and have dedicated my life to them. My oldest has special needs but does well and for the last 9 years my life has been devoted to staying home to raise them and be a good wife as well. Now I find they are all in school and it is my turn to try to find my own passions in life and pursue dreams I have held onto while I gave my time to my family every second of the day. As I enter this new world of “adulthood” out there in the business world I am learning I love what I do, I adore photographing women and making them feel amazing and beautiful. What I lack however is the knowledge of the business side. I want to be successful, to feel like more than just a dowdy mom. I live in a small town, have tried various different ideas in my business the last year, and feel that I am constantly overlooked. This is frustrating for sure, no one wants to feel invisible! lol. I am a hard worker with great ideas and a passion for what I do, it’s time for me to understand how to take this business to the next level and make people pay attention to me. I’m not just a mom or a wife, I am a woman who needs to be heard over the roar of cheap photographers in the area and let my passion shine through.

  98. Steve June 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    This sounds very interesting. Currently looking for any opportunity to network and meet like-minded individuals. I went to school for songwriting and bought my first camera during college as well. Ever since I have been developing the creative experience and finding new ways to communicate through music and pictures and video to the world. Concepts seem really simple in your own head that it develops an illusion that one’s work must embed the meaning or hide secrets. This may be true, but I have also found with the rapid change of technology in multiplying ratios that clarity in some sense may be necessary attract any attention and stand-out from the mass of people doing similar things empowered by the accessibility of more and more powerful tools. I first heard of Chase from DigitalRev and it is amazing the ideas and perspective I have gained from these shows.

    Anyways, as a creative person the business side of things has been probably the biggest challenge and finding ways to support the music, photography/videography, and overall vision is in itself a battle and journey. These ways all shape the ultimate products and experiences as well. This event seems like a good collision of these kinds of ideas and exploration in finding solutions with accomplished individuals and companies as well as looking to new future possibilites.

  99. Jeremiah Bonjean June 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    The awful modem noise my computer made the first time I connected to AOL changed my life. I was nine-years-old, and had just convinced my parents we needed the Internet. Since hearing that terrible chime life has been a blur of being an early adopter of every emerging technology I could get my hands on.

    Now, almost two decades later I’m the Director of Social media for a software company and app developer. I thrive on staying ahead of the curve, and learning how best to use the next big thing.

    I’ve wanted to attend a CreativeLIVE event since the first broadcast with Zach Arias, and now that my professional life focuses more on innovation than the perfect studio lighting setup the “Secrets of Silicon Valley” event would be the perfect fit.

  100. Zach Wigal June 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    Hey Chase –

    Long time follower, first time commenter. Props for putting this contest together!

    I’ll be graduating from college at the end of this year, but in all honesty, I’ve been instructed and raised by the minds of the internet. The lineup of guests for this creativeLIVE session includes some of my favorite entrepreneurs, and I’d love the chance to hear their thoughts in person and prod them with a few questions of my own.

    Also, if chosen, I will bring donuts from Dynamo for all of the session speakers.

    Mmm… donuts…

  101. Matthew Lipscomb June 19, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    I love photography but seriously lack the business skills to turn my passion into a business. I’ve watched all your broadcasts live but think being there would motivate, educate and inspire me to a whole new level!

  102. Nicole June 19, 2013 at 1:58 pm #

    I would desperately love to attend this event live. I need creative ways to revamp my business. I have been a professional photographer for more than 10 years. I had a successful business until I fell gravely ill. I wasn’t expected to survive, but I didn’t give up. I got through the worst, and have worked my rear off to recover. Here I am 2 years later alive and pretty darn healthy, but my business is in shambles. I need innovation. I need a fresh perspective. I need this seminar. I’ve got the drive and the will, now I just need the tools. Thanks for the chance!

  103. Chris Carden June 19, 2013 at 1:59 pm #


    I started putting your concepts and information into practice a little over a year ago. This would be an opportunity to further immerse myself in the concepts and ideas that really resonate with me. Furthermore hanging with you would have to be a blast and exceptional learning opportunity! To spend time with people who are further down the path I am on would be priceless.
    I have spent several years trying to find what I was meant to do. I have been shooting since 1996 as a hobby and a passion. Last year a series of events propelled me into photography as a profession. At the same time a discovered creative live, and Chase Jarvis Live. I was already using the library like a mad man trying to absorb as much knowledge as possible, immediately I started watching past episodes on CJL and all of the CL courses I could squeeze into my schedule. At that time it seemed as if the information was endless. The ideas and concepts of marketing and education put forward really resonated. I have been in sales and marketing my entire career, I started incorporating these concepts and knowledge into my business. Needless to say, they work and things have been progressing nicely. One of my goals is to be on CJL and discuss the success you can have if you put the effort in and work hard.

    Thank you for the opportunity and for all that you are doing for the creative community,

  104. Tom D. June 19, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    I have been a working photographer, designer and editor for almost 25 years and have never lost the desire to go a little bit further to elevate my work. It’s time for the next step in my journey after some very challenging years and this would be an amazing opportunity to blow the doors off of my own expectations of my self, my creativity, the possibilities for the next stage and the future for my family. Best to you and yours Chase for keeping the fire in your belly and sharing it.

  105. lanceloted June 19, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    It will forever change my life.

  106. Christina Codd June 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    After leaving my love of photography behind, I joined the army. After 4 years in, becoming a mother and military wife and having to forgo my goals due to our life, photography was a distant dream. Fast forward to now. I was in school to be a surgical assistant only to discover I have a form epilepsy relating to an old head injury from my time in the army. Realizing handling sharp objects was probably not a good thing, I decided to return to my old love, after 12 years. I’ve had to adjust to the new age of digital, but man has it been amazing. In the short amount of time I have come alive again and finally opened a business, after much prodding from people telling me to, “Just do it already!” So I started up a business focusing on commercial and event photography for small businesses in our area. I found what I love and what is needed here. I’ve followed blogs and advice in order to start, but my business is still in its infancy, which is why I NEED to go. I can’t believe how quickly my business is growing and I am afraid I can’t keep up!
    What an experience it would be to get a “business bootcamp” from some of the most inspiring, successful people all in one go! I thrive on learning from others and would absolutely cherish every ounce of information I would get from an event such as this. After finding what I want to do, I want to be able to rock at it, at all aspects of it.

    • Christina Codd June 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

      And to be perfectly honest, I want to soak up as much as I can from creative, innovative people so one day, after my husband finishes his time in the army(or hopefully sooner), I can go be that photojournalist I always wanted to be. I’ve started here, because hey, we all start somewhere, and so far this ride has opened doors I didn’t realize existed and introduced me to amazing, inspiring people that are worth listening to, and I would rather listen right next to them in person to be able to focus 100% and scribble as much as I can.

      • Christina Codd June 19, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

        Last thing, I even achieved planning childcare and arranged everything. Why? Because That’s how I roll. Made this choice, and shlept out garage to make a studio and thus began this journey (okay it really began awhile ago, but that was what felt like the wall coming down). And now I’m not stopping.

  107. Danielle Acken June 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    Me to the boy, “are you ever afraid I might just rock your world?”
    Him in response, “my world is in need of a life-shattering, mind altering rocking. Woman, do your worst!”

    And so we got married. Eight years later we’re both on a creative path and ready to take it to the life-shattering, mind altering level. So Chase, do your worst!

  108. Carol Anne June 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    I need to be there in person for this because #1 I NEED THIS and #2 I will get caught up in work and totally miss the live broadcast if I’m not just there in person.

    I am so tired of doing 20 different things to make ends meet. Both my husband and I are creative professionals. We both do so many things to be able to just pay the bills (let along save for our kids’ college, invest in our retirement, etc). I’m 34 years old and quickly setting myself up to have to bust my ass for the rest of my life. That’s a little backward.

    I need to learn how to get a hold of the reigns and make our businesses work for us, not the other way around. I need to know how to harness technology to better help us out. I’ve got the person to person stuff down, but I know I’m missing so much when it comes to technology and the actual business stuff.

    I don’t need a get-rich-quick scheme. I need to know how to build a lasting, solid business that my kids can rely on.

  109. Michael Porterfield June 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    It’s very generous of you to offer this contest, kudos.

    I am a 23 year old from Alaska aspiring to become a creative professional. There are not many opportunities like this that I have access to because of my location, so this would be a once in a lifetime experience. It would also be great to learn from the many professionals, as I don’t have a local mentor.

    I can also tell you some of my gold mining stories over brews. They’re awesome I promise.


  110. Laurie Haughton June 19, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    I started my first business at the age of 15, a high school kid that needed to earn more money to fuel my dreams of qualifying for the World Championships with my horse, since that young age the world has taught me that if you throw your aspirations and dreams out there to the universe there is no telling how just how far you can go! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE this opportunity to be part of your workshop, there is no limit to what I have to learn and only possibilities in my future! Pick me Chase Pick Me!

  111. Scott B June 19, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Two reasons:

    1. I’m part of Ignite Steamboat (which you graciously attended via a Skype “spark talk” a wile back) and would love to bring our message of innovation in the rocky mountains to this group and bring their insight back to Steamboat Springs for sharing to Ignite.

    2. I’m in sales and employ a new methodology of going beyond relationship building and solution selling to offer true insight to my customers and challenge their way of thinking about a problem. This type of venue and board of advisers would give immense value to my library of thought leadership, reframing the context of an issue, etc.

  112. Melissa Corter June 19, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    I am number 16 so naturally you need me there ;)
    I am ready. I could not have said that before the last few days. I now understand how powerful my mind and thoughts are and the limitations that I have put on MYSELF…nobody else has help me back, no excuses.

    I am a photographer ready to throw myself into the work that my soul has been begging me to do for too long. Through loss I have found a way to serve others so that I can preserve for them what is the true essence of life. Photography is not a job, a thing to do for money, it is a gift for us to do this work and to not only provide meaning for others, but to preserve it. I hope to win, but I feel that I already have through my sharing my thoughts out loud. Thank you~ Melissa

  113. Jon Williams June 19, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    Three years ago, sitting in an office doing a job I was getting increasingly bored and frustrated with, I came across The whole Chase Jarvis experience, the quality of the work, the blog, the videos and most importantly the message and vision, completely overwhelmed and inspired me. I quit that job and invested in a DSLR with a complete focus on following my dreams and making a career doing something I love.
    Not only do I owe Chase a drink and a massive thank you but I would relish the chance to be able to discuss photography with him face to face!

  114. Matt Burke June 19, 2013 at 2:02 pm #

    This conference would be awesome to go to. I’ve had a studio for almost a year now and would be a huge help into making the studio work for the long haul. If this comment is even read after the 100+ before it, I’d hope you’d choose me to come for being a total badass. That’s about all I’ve got to say other than to check out my site at
    See you tomorrow.

  115. Rick Saez June 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm #

    As a 25 year plus sales/product veteran of the outdoor industry I am in the early stages of a transition to entrepreneur/photographer. The work by the folks on the panel and yourself are inspiring to me individually (I think I’ve read at least one of everyones books) and I also believe can be transformational for two industries we love, outdoor and photo. I would love to be a part of this directly as well as explore how to take these thoughts to the larger audiences of the outdoor and photo industries. Plus- I love good beer!

  116. Rikki June 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    I don’t have any amazing stories to share here, but I LOVE California. My roots began there about 26 years ago. And 24 years later, I began my journey into photography. I must admit, those on creativeLive have easily become some of the greatest photography mentors to date. I admire their ability to share all of their knowledge that has made them great, to make us great. I will hopefully prove their teachings successful by being successful myself. If you ever stop learning, you aren’t doing it right.

  117. Anjuli Francois June 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    In 2010, my mother lost her life to brain cancer. Her life, illness, and death, taught me the fragility of life and compelled me to pursue dream of being a photographer. Now, almost 3 years later, I find myself balancing the challenges of motherhood and business ownership, and I am at a crossroads. I have large goals, and big dreams, and my mom always believed in them, and so do I, but I feel that I lack concrete knowledge to make it happen. This opportunity comes at that moment where my life’s work needs that last awesome push.

  118. Ashleigh Miller June 19, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Chase, I have been working on my photography business for 2 years and would love to be surrounded by the best minds to find my path to transform my business, which would transform my life. Being a creative business is difficult and to hear what the successful guys have to say about taking to the edge to take it to the top of their field would be fabulous! Plus, I have never been to San Fran, so pick me!

  119. Elizabeth Garcia June 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    I think it is also noteworthy to say I am 27 and a mother to two crrrrrrraaaaazzzzy little boys who have kept my hands more than full, and having the chance to learn and soak in knowledge UNINTERRUPTED would be bliss. Like better than beers together. And that’s saying a lot.

  120. Michele Fahey June 19, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Why am I interested? – I have so much to learn, I started my business 5 years ago, thinking I knew a lot. I quickly learned, I didn’t know squat. The more I learn, the more I realize, there is more TO learn. So, I would love the opportunity to spend some time learning and meeting the best in the biz.

  121. Rachael Gilpin June 19, 2013 at 2:07 pm #

    If I don’t build my dreams, someone is going to hire me to build theirs. I want to join you in San Francisco because I am a 21-year-old fresh out of college girl, and I am determined to do it right. I have the ultimate luxury of being able to build my dreams from scratch, on my own terms, but I am searching for guidance from doers who will help me help myself. I have a plethora of business ideas and have never wanted to be anything other than an entrepreneur. I am a business owner, I am eager to learn and create, I have projects coming out of my eyeballs, and most importantly I am a BIG PICTURE thinker. My absolute favorite thing to do is brainstorm ideas with people who get it, and this could be the most life-changing opportunity. Thank you and I hope I’ll being seeing you soon!

  122. Mark June 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    First and foremost whenever something Zack Arias uses your name it is always about doing something out of this world. We like so many have been fortunate enough to stay afloat for 7 years doing what we love. Which is not just taking pictures, but putting memories in the hands of so many people. We struggle sometimes to make it, but it always works out in the end, but it would be super fantastic to be able to go into our slow months not worrying about the money aspect. The photography and creative part of the business seem to be the easy part.

    Two years ago we lost our home and pretty much all of our belongings to an electrical fire, we worked our assess off to keep a studio running and maintain a life for our 2 girls. We are currently finishing up the completion of our new studio at our home and could really use any “valuable” guidance when it comes to the business front.

    You have a super lineup and we would LOVE to be in attendance and learn how to kick some more ass.

  123. Rajat Gupta June 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    I have been following you not because it happened, there was a reason for it. And meeting you in person and hanging out with you would be awesome. I am an Art Director who moved to America to make a name for himself and this panel of esteemed people can change my life. I am smart, I have also MC’ed (so I can cheer out loud) and I know the value of these people.
    Plus I am a short flight away from SF.

  124. Therese Lange June 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm #

    Hanging with Chase = “There is no spoon.”

  125. Shauna Sotelo June 19, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    I want to win this because I have hit rock bottom in my photography career. I have been going through some very personal struggles and made a mess of everything. I am positive in the short few years I have been a photographer, I have made every business mistake possible. It is gut wrenching and so sad for me to know that my dreams were coming true and life kicked me to the curb and I lost a lot. I am fighting to continue my photography goals, but am finding I am scared and lost as to how I can continue, and most importantly not burn out so bad again. I want this so bad and could really use a mentor to help light the fire in me again. Thank you for the chance!

  126. Michelle Cullen June 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    Wow – what an opportunity! Mine is a fork in the road story. I started photography in high school & fell completely in love with it. I even had Journalism & photography as the major/minor indicator on my ACT. Unfortunately I was not mature enough to go to college at the time & my plans fell to the wayside. Marriage then put the kabosh on higher learning – must pay bills & run a household. 22 years later I have gotten back into my passion. I’ve bought several cL courses & am absorbing all I can on the new techniques (my first camera was film Pentax – long way from there to my Canons) I have longed to go to a creativeLIVE class since I discovered them but the airfare from FL to WA or CA is out of my price range. Please consider this entry. You have no idea what it would mean to me!
    PS – thank you Sue Bryce for posting about this & to you for the opportunity. x

  127. Jen Kiaba June 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm #

    Right now I live in corporate cubicle purgatory as an analyst and am working on my six-month plan to transition into being a full-time entrepreneur. Over the past five years I have studied photography on the side, CreativeLive being one of the places where I have been excited to further my education.
    As a photographer I know that I have a good product, and I am finally at a place in my journey where I have the confidence in my product. However I am still in the early stages of learning how to market myself and would like to learn the smartest, most effective ways to engage with my customer base. This course on CreativeLive looks like an incredible opportunity to learn from an amazing array of individuals. I’ve followed Tim Ferris since 2007, and remember my mother quoting Guy Kawasaki to me as a little girl. To be able to learn directly from luminaries like them and yourself, to ask questions directly, would be beyond any of my prior expectations.

  128. DominicS June 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    Why? Look at the line up, you don’t get a line up like that too often in one room, plus your work looks good enough to lick. Life’s too short not to grab opportunities like this.

  129. Jennifer June 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    I am a military wife, mother of 4 young children and a photographer. I truly feel like I am drowning in my business, I am in desperate need of help or I feel that I will not sustain much longer. I am eager to learn and will greatly appreciate any help I could get. Plus, I haven’t had a night away, or out, from my children in over a year so that alone will be amazing!

    Thank you so much for the opportunity, for anyone of us, to have this amazing experience!


  130. Stephanie Overstreet June 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    I think this would be such an incredible opportunity and experience! Over the last couple of years I’ve been taking steps to better myself, and my future, and I believe winning this amazing chance would help better the future of my business! Less than a month ago I moved back home to Southern California with my husband (we lived in Texas for nearly 5 years). A year ago, I underwent bariatric surgery, which was a huge decision for myself, and one I haven’t regretted once. With all the changes going on in my personal life, I am wanting my business to grow and transform into an awesome part of my life. My photography is a true passion, and something I love sharing with others. I believe I would greatly benefit from the information to be presented. Not only am I a quick learner, but I am open and willing to hear suggestions, critiques, etc. Thank you for the chance to win such an incredible experience!

  131. terrell c woods June 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm #

    I want to feel the energy that is going to be in that room! I want throw my CRAZY ideas at people who are successful because they had crazy ideas. I want to hear personally what motivated these people to take that next step to get to wherever they are in the moment. I want to hear are these “successful” people satisfied, are they finished and what is on the plate for their next meal. With success, public success comes constraints and methods that they may have to adhere to now because they do answer to someone more than themselves. How do they resolve that conflict…I want to see and hear is it worth it all

  132. Kristopher Rowe June 19, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    I would absolutely love to join you because I want to build my studio to be THE go to photography studio in Milwaukee. I just started up 8 months ago and have constantly building my brand but I feel like the wheels are just spinning at times. My wife and I just welcomed our first child in to this world 4 weeks ago. I am now more dedicated than ever to build something that not just makes money but is meaningful for my clients–and something my son will be proud of. I want to be able to be the absolute best example I can be for him.


  133. Sara Eastman June 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    You can’t win if you don’t play. Why am I always listening to the voices that say I’m not special enough to win? I want to feel like these speakers do, like I have something to offer the world. I want to be a part of something special and important. I’d like to leave Richmond and come back with a million ways to change lives, including my own.

  134. Julie Moses June 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    I have been following creativeLIVE for over a year now. I am so very grateful for it and all that I have learned. For as long as I can remember I have been an artist. My mediums were painting and drawing, but down deep I think I have always been a photographer. Anywhere I go I have always taken mental snapshots. About 18 months ago, I got my first DSLR and I have not looked back since. Twelve months ago I began the process of going pro and I am hungry to be successful. Part of what has gotten me here is the realization(or slap in the face) that life is not forever and I don’t have an unlimited amount of time to accomplish my dreams and goals. Seven years ago, I lost my mom unexpectedly. That changed me. Then my husband and I went through a huge trial when out fourth child was born. She had seizures at three days old and was in the NICU for the next seven days. In that time my husband’s work truck broke down and CPS was called due to a misdiagnosis of a skull fracture. We got through it though and our daughter only spent her first six months of life on anti-seizure medication, after which she was weaned off and seems to have no ill effects. We thought we had been through so much, but about 16 months later we experienced a house fire, a very nasty landlord, and no renter’s insurance. Again we got through, though six weeks later we found a huge lump on our son’s neck and he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at the age of nine. He has been in remission for 18 months now. You may notice the correspondence in dates as to when I got my first DSLR. Getting a “good camera” was something I had denied myself for a very long time, but when circumstances came about that made it possible and after having endured so much I felt like this was an opportunity I literally had to take. I am feeling that emotion right at this moment in writing this. Winning this opportunity would truly be life changing for me- to be given the tools not only to change my life, but my children’s lives and futures is something I just HAVE to try for! Thank you so much for offering this opportunity and blessings to you and to those whom you choose!

    • Julie Moses June 19, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

      In addition, I just wanted to add that one of my biggest motivators is to be able to give back. Our family did not get through all we have endured without help! I have currently applied to the Gold Hope Project to be one of their photographers. They are a non-profit that gives professional portraits to children and their families affected by cancer. I am also in planning stages for three personal projects, two related to cancer and one on homelessness. By being successful in my own career it is my goal to help others. Someday, I pray I will be able to utilize my photography skills in missions trips around the globe. These courses, both in tools and networking would be an amazing launch toward attaining these goals. Praying you will take a chance on me, so that I will not disappoint you!

  135. Tyler Morrison June 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Put simply creativeLIVE has changed my life over the past year. I stumbled onto your site when Zach and Jody Gray were giving their wedding photography workshop and it changed my life. Sure, in the past I had shot the occasional photo that was pretty nice, but here were two people talking about how they built a business out of a church basement.

    Many many cL classes later, I’m still hooked. There is a mindset that, as creative professionals, we can harness our talents to produce more than a beautiful product; it can be applied in a way that helps achieve ambitious and revolutionary business goals. This philosophy was just what I needed to believe in myself and quickly move from struggling freelancer into a marketing job with the world’s largest book distributor!

    I certainly don’t plan on stopping here though. I watch 90% of the cL classes from my cubicle while I work on my digital catalogs and plan my next big step – creating children’s books that harness gesture controls to make a new face for interactive learning.

    creativeLIVE has empowered me to be the best creative I can be and attending this workshop would be a HUGE honor!

  136. Angela S June 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Since I was 17 all I’ve ever truly known about myself is that I want to be a business owner. Now that I’ve had a taste of running my own business I want more. I believe that if you follow your passion you will find success, but I have many passions and many businesses I want to bring to life. My Wealth Dynamics profile tells me I’m a creator and my values assessment says my highest value is my work. I know I have the potential to be a successful entrepreneur but I need guidance. My answer may not be the most compelling but it’s genuine. I crave success and I will work my ass off to achieve it.

  137. Kym June 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    Full disclosure, 5 minutes ago was the first time I had heard of you. (Thanks Sue Bryce) Don’t take it personal, I don’t get around much, I live in a cave. So I can’t say I am a die hard fan or that I have been following you for years, ect. I can say however that being in the same room with and having the opportunity to learn from the list of individuals above has got to be life changing, and not just in the business life changing kind of way, but in an all around, every aspect, every facet of your life changing way. And I want life changing!!

  138. katy wins! June 19, 2013 at 2:16 pm #

    I am the ultimate entrepreneur. This is my core being and my daily vision and how I live my life. But I am in need of serious help. I have two very small children and I don’t sleep enough, I’m lacking concentration and focus and I fight every day to follow a game plan, to try to think two steps ahead. But, to be honest, I’m lucky when we all get out the door with our clothes on not-backwards (not kidding). What you’re offering here – this in-person opportunity to lay down a game plan, to have the masters cutting through the negative crap in my head, to have them bring clarity to this mind that is so distracted, so cluttered… I really want to do this. I soak up as much education as I can. I love it and try to put as much into play as possible. But here again focus and follow-through is where I fail. I have so many great tools and teachers at my fingertips, but I haven’t taken the time to sit and put all the pieces together and give myself a good year-long (or more) plan. I work a month or two in-advance at-most. But I need to think bigger, longer-term and get myself on a track for GROWTH. I’ll be watching on-line if not on person. Thanks, Chase, for all you do and all you’ve done. (And thank you SB for sharing this contest info!)

  139. Elle June 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm #

    Dear Chase,
    I tried to write a poem,
    I wanted to make you smile!
    i could have said I’d die for you
    or walk a thousand miles.
    That may sound poetic but never really sincere,
    so I thought that I would tell you what I feel in here.
    In here is where you are,
    youve been there from the start.
    Creative Live my one true love,
    buried deep inside my heart!!

    Pick me pick me. In London, have passport will travel ;)

    xxxxx Elle

  140. Michael Bain June 19, 2013 at 2:18 pm #

    After twelve and a half years working for my employer, next Friday will be my last day with them. Having hit a pivot point in my career, I am going to rekindle the passion and excitement and drive I had earlier in my life. This would be a fantastic opportunity for me to learn how to make my ideas reality, how to share those ideas with others and inspire them to follow, and how to create a company that works on my terms.

    Inspiration is everywhere, but execution is the difference between dreaming and delivering. I want to learn from those who can execute.

  141. Ashley June 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    I’d love the opportunity to visit SF, and this would be the great reason to do so. I’m stuck in a rut, already worked for photographer’s, wasn’t making enough to support my own photography, so went back to being a server, the job I had while was in college. I’ve done photography since high school, graduated college with a major in photojournalism and art. I’ve done everything from dark room, fashion, lighting, star trails, to working with 4×5 film (which I would love to do again with my style now) I finally am finding my style thanks to you making creative live! And now know how to get what I want, rather than just snapping pictures to build portfolios with “models”
    I need to get out of this rut and be able to focus on what I love! just don’t know how to get people to find out about me! Houston is so big, how do I stand out, what and how should I market?

  142. Rodrigo Chavez June 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm #

    This is a one in a lifetime chance for me. My friends and I have formed an audiovisual team. We wish to live on what we love to do, be curious, playful, different storytellers. It’s hard to get started here in Peru, so the chance of sharing time and be part of this extraordinary event is an opportunity that can boost us and guide us in order to fully develop into the storytellers we wish to become.

    Fond regards and thanks for the inspiration.

  143. neill barham June 19, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    For the past 30 months, I have built and self-funded one of the most critically acclaimed mobile video camera apps on iOS, FiLMiC Pro. It has been a passion of mine to empower creative minds the world over to create compelling artistic content at a price point that was previously inconceivable. Now my company is at a crossroads where we have to seek outside help with the experience, know how, networking capabilities and access to financing to scale and bring our compelling products to multiple platforms and a larger audience.

    Mobile video is challenging so many preconceptions within pre-existing industries with the revolution within journalism being but one example. With the help and advice of this stellar panel and the great example of the success of creativeLIVE, we would like to build a comprehensive educational component that teaches everyone how to transform their business or their artistic endeavors with high end, cost effective mobile video.

    Thank you Chase, and creativeLIVE for this wonderful opportunity! ~neill

  144. Lacey Bortvit June 19, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    Because Creative Live is changing the way photographer’s are being educated! This platform is brilliant and has had a tremendous effect on my work, thought process and knowledge! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Creative Live!

  145. Bart Mroz June 19, 2013 at 2:21 pm #

    Because build another world changing company is tough and its great to learn from the best that have changed the world.

  146. Erica June 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    I’m getting my foot in the door and I want to embrace all the information and ambition that I can get from other pros. It’s hard to find others that are willing to help and inform others of the what and what not to do in this creative world and those who like to laugh alot and that’s me, Giggles. I am a great photographer trying to make my mark in this creative world and I want to do it right.

  147. Rodney Bedsole June 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    I fell in love with photography later in life, at age 49. I’ve learned practically everything that I know about photography from CreativeLIVE and I owe so much to your great organization so far. I’m now 53 years old and I’m working on starting my own business. After working in the corporate world, I’m finally ready to work for myself and I need some help, really fast. I have a burning passion for photography and for starting my own business. One of my goals is to enjoy the rest of my life and to be able to earn enough money to live comfortably in those years when I won’t be able to work any longer. Though I plan on working for a very long time to come. I need the help of you and other leaders in the photography and business world to help jump start my new (and last) career. My other goal is to use my artistic ability to help enrich people’s lives. I want to work with people and give them the bast damn photos that they have ever seen of themselves. I want to have lots of clients and I want to see the sheer joy in their faces when they look at the images that I’ve made of them. I want to start to earn enough money so that I can give back to my community. I want to help people.I want to be of service to other people.

    Thanks for this great opportunity. Chase and CL are amazing.

    All the best,
    Rodney Bedsole

  148. Allison Parfenov June 19, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Pick me…because less than 24 hours ago I took a huge risk and bombed a $5000+ photography sale. The speakers you are bringing in have experienced this too and I want to be there in person to connect with them on topics like these fully. I am at the crossroads of the heaviness of failure and the brilliance of owning my confidence as an artist, sooo close to the breakthrough…but do I have it in me? The knowledge? The courage?

  149. Houa Vang June 19, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    I would love to join you because I am a struggling artist trying to find a way to make a living out of my passion. Growing up my parents never supported me, they followed the typical “Asian Dream Daughter” stereotype and want me to become a nurse, doctor or a lawyer, but that’s not I want. I started photography out as a mere hobby, and from then on I was addicted, I fell in love with photos, I didn’t just like doing it to make money, besides my small town doesn’t help me much with bringing in business. Right now I am still struggling to make ends meet, and only shooting with kit lenses and a few speedlites. I spend my hours researching tips and tricks and also thinking of ideas for photoshoots, that’s why I believe I made it this far with my work, because I truly love taking photographs that I dedicate so much into making my images some to life.
    I want to start up my own photography business, but without proper coaching and any real ideas about how to run a real photography business, I’m left in a daze of wondering when I will get my chance. I spend so my free time doing TFCD shoots to promote myself in this small town, but it’s not enough. Sometimes I’m so stressed about how I can keep going on like this, but I never gave up on my dream, I would like to prove to my parents that I can make my dreams come true. I also want them to accept the fact that I don’t want to chase after their dreams, but that I have my own aspiration in life. Thank you for holding this contest and giving people like me just a little bit of hope that maybe one day I’ll be able to achieve my dreams. :)

  150. Mette Thellefsen June 19, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    I am caught in between my creative ideas, the execution of them and the fear of failing as a business. I have been treading water for a while and I see this as an amazing opportunity to get my ass kicked and let go. I am Danish, but live in Austin,Tx.

  151. Thuy Minh Hussey June 19, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    Despite having a business degree and the desire to make my photography business a success, something is still missing. I need the advices and knowledge from entrepreneurs like you who are making things happen, are fulfilling their dreams and are happy. For me, attending this event would be like reaching another milestone into making my dream comes true: to be a successful photographer. Right now, I still work a full time job that pays my bills but I am completely miserable doing it. I am getting over some of my blocks, but something is still missing for me to achieve success. I am not expecting this event to bring me all the answers on a silver platter, but I believe it would teach me powerful tools to get me on the road of success.

  152. Pedro Barrera June 19, 2013 at 2:26 pm #

    Build something meaningful and profitable is a dream of everyone but i would like to ask first hand the people who have faced this way of life with sweat tears and blood and can give you the best advise ever. Altough if i can replicate the learned on this once in life time experiecen on my community could be amazing.

    greetings from mexico

  153. Samantha June 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    Well…honestly I know about half the names on that list. I know the products over the actual maker in many cases, I haven’t read all their books or followed them on twitter. I don’t even have twitter. Ok I do, but I don’t use it ever. However, I know how inspiring it can be and is….to be near people of great power of the mind. I feel greatly that our industry, the creative industry as a whole is about to take a huge turn. For the photography industry, its PASS. Its people at weddings shooting over your shoulder, its ipads everywhere. Its social media that can kill or flourish your business these days….It’s hard to count how many ways social media, modern technology plays into your business. In fact, I’m not sure we even know consciously how many ways it really all plays a role. What I do know is people are resenting it…They are dragging their feet and wishing that photography could stay some magical thing that few have access to and even fewer can rock at. Even the in the groups out there I see people talk like they want to be apart of the change but fewer taking steps to fuel it. So many photographers want to work hard to achieve this awesome imagery than hold it captive for the all mighty dollar. I want to learn and be near people who have capitalized on their industry. I want to work the uncle bobs and phone images at my wedding in my favor. I want to use PASS to make me more money and promote my art. I don’t want to work so hard on my photography to hold it in my computer forever. I want to share it with the masses and rock my business while I do it. There is a way to make all this work for us beyond our imagination. I want to take an opportunity like this to see the way others have dominated and rose above. How to organize your business with your principles and work it all into forward moving motion harnessing social media. Finding a way to take all these things that are “hurting” the photography industry and make them strengthen my business. Yeah…something like that. Drive, vision, and change. I want to lead it.

  154. Lacy Thomas June 19, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    I am a photographer and painter. I am suppose to do something great with my art. I’ve got to find out what it is and how to do it. But I want to go above and beyond my own expectations. I know I can do that with the help of this group of creative minds. Please allow me to join you in this great opportunity.

  155. joy swatsworth June 19, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

    I would love to win but beyond that I just want to tell you, Chase, how much your have influenced so many photographers all over the world. I have been watching Creative Live for some time now and have purchased many of the courses that shaped who I am as a photographer. I have cooked and served meals to my family with my earplugs in and my iPad moving with me just to get every lovely moment of the classes and have told so many other photographers about the opportunity that Creative Live gives to all levels of photographers….education from the best in the industry. I am probably not the best candidate to choose but I just wanted to take this opportunity to tell you how much I enjoy and value this fantastic source of education…it is priceless. Thank you for your hard work!

  156. Andrew Larson June 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    Hi Chase,
    My desire to join you in San Francisco for this amazing event is difficult to put into a comment box, but this is my attempt. I have been working hard over the past several months to take myself from feeling like I’m being pulled down to the lowest common denominator and rising above the barriers that I and others have created for me. Living in a society that doesn’t understand a person can be legally blind and be a creative person, in most people’s eyes doesn’t match up. I’m wanting to draw on the knowledge and experience of some of the most respected and knowledgeable people around to apply what they can provide to learn how to develop and expand my own business so I can provide a living for myself and others around me and doing things that I truly enjoy. Hopefully in the process breaking down the barriers people feel should existing and making the world around me a better place for everyone..

  157. Kate Noel T. June 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm #

    I would love the opportunity to go because I need something big to happen. I need people to kick me in the butt, to remind me that I deserve this goal, and that I’m going to make a difference in people’s lives when I get there. I need the buttkicking from the people I look up to, the people who pushed and got there, the people whose services and products I interact with almost everyday and my life wouldn’t be the same without. I have a vision and it must be projected so I can help others. It would simply be once of the greatest opportunities I’ve ever received outside of being born.

  158. Dave Shumway June 19, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

    Osmosis works best in person.

    I tell my college students that when I explain that I expect them to be in class, and not just get notes or a recording from friends.

    I do all that I can to be on the bleeding edge of what is happening in photography, cinematography, technology, media and design, so that I can better prepare the next generation of creative professionals to push the boundaries of their medium, do what they love, and make really cool shit.

  159. Laura Schumpert June 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    When I was younger I aspired to do something in a creative field. I live to create and was fascinated by the idea of having my own business. Being very young and naive about the world my father insisted I was making a huge mistake and I should do something a bit more “practical”. I respected him and his advice and decided to choose a career that would be a guaranteed income and a desirable field. I became and nurse and ever since I have been extremely unfulfilled with my life. I got my hands on a camera a year and a half ago and since then I have went at lightning speeds for learning and shooting. I am not at my fullest unless I am shooting. It was going so well people decided they wanted to pay me for it. At that point I realized there was a way out of my hopeless career of nursing and into my dream of photography. However, as I dove deeper I realized my new path is only 10% photography and 90% of a business. One of which I am clueless how to run. I want……..scratch that NEED to come to this event and pick the brains of some of the most influential people in the business world. I need to become educated so I can finally make this life everything I wished it to be.

  160. Ariane June 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    I would love to attend this workshop in person! I have never been able to attend any workshops in person…

    I have overcome huge obstacles in starting my own business as a photographer and I would love to learn what I can do to improve my business overall and my skill set. Long story short – I was not allowed to attend university due to my family’s beliefs (as silly as that may sound), I wanted to go to study marketing as I always loved to “create my own businesses”. Even when I was really young I would draw up “menu’s” for my “restaurant” or create business cards for my beadwork crafts, I always knew I would own my own company.

    I graduated from high school when I was 16, did an event management course from home, started my first “real” company (an event planning firm) by the time I was 16 1/2 years old, and moved out of my parent’s home. I loved planning weddings and photography, but I was terrible at running my business. I had no idea about marketing myself, creating my brand, let alone bookkeeping. But I did it. I learned from mistake after mistake, and tried my best to learn from every one of them. I then had to put my company on hold as I needed to focus more on a full time job to make ends meet. During that time I met my husband and helped him immigrate to Canada from England. Once his work permit ran out a year after we were married, I had to work 4 jobs to keep us afloat while we waited for immigration to get sorted out. I worked 90 hours per week and really had no joy in my life at that point, this went on for almost three years. During that time, I was given my father’s camera. He knew I had been very stressed and he had taught me how to use it years earlier. Photography brought the joy back into my life and I could wait to go out and photograph something once I finished work. Once my hubby was able to work again, we moved to Nova Scotia where I invested in my first professional camera. I started taking photos for new friends and their families, and was then introduced to Creative Live. I learned from various speakers about how (and how not) to run my business, marketing, lighting and even just to love what I do even more. I have been taking photos professionally now for 5 years in a very volatile and changing market (even now we have many houses here going into foreclosure and I have had to travel out of this area to get photography work).

    This year my husband and I made a deal with each other, because of the hard work I put in to keep us afloat for the first few years of our marriage, I am able to take a year to develop my business and see if it will support me the same way in which a full time job would. So far I am happy with the outcome, however I know there are things in which I perhaps could be doing better. I am almost reaching my target, I would just like to know if there is anything else I could be doing (or even someone to let me know I’m on the right track) to push me over and above that goal so that I can continue pursuing my dream.

    I would love to be there in person to learn from all these successful and talented individuals. :)

  161. Adelina Starace June 19, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    Hello. My name is Adelina and I am the owner of a small business where I create handmade goods for men, women & children. As a kid I grew up travelling the world as an Army brat. I’m originally from San Antonio, TX but I’ve lived all over the world. In 1996 I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Environment, Textiles and Design. I’ve settled in Seattle, WA with my husband and three kids. I recently left the architectural industry to pursue this business. (whew! trying to keep in short!)

    Everyone has a story, this is mine. I am the daughter of a Mexican immigrant. My mom was a migrant farm worker. (you can see my family story under my non-profit program on my website) My goal for my business is to give to the local Latino community and do good things for the environment in the process. I’m currently partnered with a local manufacturer in Poulsbo, WA for a non-profit program I created to donate funds to El Centro de La Raza. I’m taking their fabric waste and repurposing it into accessories. I’m interested in attending this event to learn the best way to begin to design my own products so that I can build this business into something more successful, but manageable for myself. It’s just me in my home “studio” (attic space upstairs in my house) making everything. I would love to some day employ some like minded individuals to help me pursue this little dream of doing good in this world. I want to be a working mom that is an example for my children, but I don’t want to miss out on their lives. I believe it’s possible to have it all and this Mompreneur is looking to make it happen!

    Thanks for the opportunity. It’s a long shot, but I figured the odds might be in my favor.

  162. James Clugsrton June 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    Having a direct exposure to some of the greatest creative mind that are alive today will be truly inspirational. Direct exposure to their creativity and innovation would have the ability to shape someones path. This exposure would change me as a person and help me develop my creative passion. This truly would be an experience of a lifetime and something I would never forget.

  163. Darren Wong June 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    I want to change the industry and the world.

  164. Jordon Hofman June 19, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

    My whole life, I’ve been a dreamer. Not just a dreamer, a BIG dreamer. The kind of kid who practiced for future TV interviews while in the shower, kind of dreamer. One of my dreams was being a mother. I always knew I wanted kids someday, but finding love and having kids came A LOT sooner than I ever anticipated. I got married at age twenty one, and despite contraception, was pregnant at twenty two. I finished up my degree with a baby, but my dreams got put on the back burner. 3 little girls, a never-ending laundry pile, and a few million diapers later, I am ready to finally start achieving the greatness I know I am destined to achieve. I need to prove to the world, and more importantly, to myself, that being a good mom isn’t the only role I can play. I need the fire lit underneath my dreams again, so I can get to a place where the interviews I may, or may not, still practice for in the shower become a reality. Please, consider me. Thank you.

  165. jade howard June 19, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    It’s quite simple on my end. My girlfriend said if I did not get invited to the event, she would disown me. If I got invited and didn’t bring her to meet you, complications get much worse. So I’m here pleading for my life as I don’t want either to happen. And if I’m not invited and lose my girlfriend, then I’ll be compelled to fly to Seattle and do heinous things to the Jarvis studio, like put up all my sister’s 90’s posters of boy bands on the exterior walls of the studio. Then complement that with said music blaring from the AMC Pacer I rented. Which would probably get me arrested. Which would lead to more resentment toward the studio so I would take up bee harvesting and unleash them through all the air ducts on a hot bolstering day. Which in turn would lead to another arrest… and so on and so on, a life of criminal mischief. So, I again plead with you for this tragic turn of events to not fall on me. Let’s make my girl happy and myself crime free.

    Oh, and I’m sure it would be a fantastic opportunity as everyone has pointed out. Thank you. -Jade Howard

  166. Ashley Rowe June 19, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    I think the best way to learn is to surround yourself with people who have been where you are, who have failed at times and who have managed to overcome the odds and succeed.

  167. Joshua Reber June 19, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    My focus is rather teaching others, and equiping them for the future. I am a young fresh mind looking to absorb as much as I can so I can squeeze everything out that I learn to share with others. My goal is to learn, teach and share and I believe this is one of the best ways to equip me with that knowledge, and to help me build those connections. I want to help people be successful, and being able to coach and bring them the right direction is the big first step.

    I also want to apply what I learn to various areas of my life, so I can flourish and grow even more.

  168. Anna Garza June 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    First, I love your work so I would love, love, love to meet you! Second, I am a retired elementary school principal who purchased a camera about 3 years ago when I learned I was going to be a grandma and although I take lots of pictures of my granddaughter, I’ve ventured into the business world of photography knowing very little about business. I’m a born student and have attended many, no really MANY, hours of classes ranging from how to operate my camera to studio lighting. Those hours are physical hours and don’t count the hours I’ve sat in front of my computer watching CL. In all those hours there are only a handful of sessions that focus on business. So, all that said, this would be a great opportunity and something that could really push me forward with the business end of what I enjoy doing. Thanks for considering me!

    xoxo Anna

  169. Shannon Yates June 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    I would love to join you in San Francisco tomorrow because at nearly 41, after 13 years of being a stay at home mom, I am now seriously venturing out on my own to create a business that fulfills, excites, and hopefully will support me. My husband calls me a serial entrepreneur because I am always coming up with little business ideas, most of which have gone no where. It wasn’t until I jumped into the business of photography that I really connected with work in such an intense way. I have been a photographer since I was tiny – grew up with a darkroom in my house and have been obsessed with images ever since. However, it wasn’t until last year that I realized that this could be a viable business option for me. While I love the creative outlet of my career, I also love the business side of things but just really don’t know what I’m doing. I feel like I am a bit of a hack when it comes to strategy, marketing, website development, etc. as I always seem to get the job done, sort of, with a bit of scotch tape and chewing gum. I would love to join you guys out in San Francisco to learn from people who are experts in the execution of building successful businesses. I am a sponge for information and will gladly soak up all the info you guys impart as I aim to raise the bar of my photography business. And lastly, anything CL puts on is seriously high quality – I am sure these two days will be incredible. I want to be there to learn first hand! So basically, I’m just a girl from Boston jumping up and down saying “pick me, pick me, oh please, pick me.” Cheers.

  170. Tammy Smith June 19, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    Oh My Word! What a wonderful event and opportunity you are offering! To listen to the brilliant minds behind the The Art of Non-Conformity, The 4 Hour Work Week, and Enchantment and then get to hang out with you – pinch me now!! These guys have informed my decisions and fed my imagination while your blog has provided endless inspiration.

    My husband and I have taken it all in the past few years and the inspiration has finally reached critical mass – we are embarking on a year long journey around the US this winter with six of our ten children. Rather than wait for someday, or follow the “rules” of what we’re supposed to do – we’re making our own rules, finding our own path, and we couldn’t be more excited!

    This fantastic opportunity would be the icing on the cake as we prepare for our adventure! And whether I’m there in person or not – I’ll definitely be tuning in for this fantastic program! Thank you so much for all of the wonderful articles and inspiring work you share with the world!

  171. Daphne Chan June 19, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

    I’ve been a professional photographer for 12 years. I saved up for over 3 years to attend photography school in New York. I’ve invested many years and the majority of my finances to pursue this dream. There have been peaks and valleys and the joy and heartbreak of running a business is indescribable. Despite all this, there was a time when I wondered how much longer I could continue on this path. Call it a artistic mid-life or a reality check but at one point I was going to walk away. Then over 2 years ago, I discovered creativeLIVE and it changed my business. Actually it changed my life, my business and my outlook. The struggle still exists but watching all those workshops shifted my attitude and taught me skills that I’ll use in so many areas of my life.

    I believe that attending this event can help me push my work to the next level. Thank you Chase Jarvis for pursuing your own dreams of creating this revolutionary method of teaching/inspiring/motivating countless students.

    It would be an honour to meet the incredible panel and personally thank you.

    Warmest regards,

  172. Nancy Ramos June 19, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    I am ready to transform my business. I am a stay home mom and want to show my daughter that everything is possible so long you use the right tools and put your heart to it. I know I will hit my goal, the sooner I do the better.

  173. Julie Hughes June 19, 2013 at 2:47 pm #

    I want his more than anyone commenting here. I designed and built a photography studio six years ago–that I have never used- mainly because of the arrival of my third (and last) SUPRISE child who is five now. I am ready to make my small business a crazy successful venture. I BELIEVE I have the endless talent, creativity and optimism to do this. What I need are the business guidelines, techniques and mentoring to make it all come together. Together we can make my success story be an inspiration to others. In the spirit of the movie Shrek, “PICK ME!”

  174. Alana Clark June 19, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    After I read this post I needed to think so I began to vacuum up the tumbleweeds of dog hair that my short hair dogs are magically creating, and my 9 year old daughter started whining that we haven’t gone anywhere today. I had an event that I did and the photos needed to be finished and sent off as well as working on a writing piece which has a fast approaching deadline. From the other room my 11 and 12 year old boys were doing whatever strange things boys of those age do; there were shouts and there were crashing sounds. The dogs started barking, the crazy one eyed cat started teasing them and they were all running around. I stood in the midst of this chaos holding my vacuum wand and wondered, why would I want to leave, why do I need to hear this? Then I had one of those crazy mom moments and started yelling to anything within ear shot I feel like Sisyphus.

    That is when it clicked. I need to go because I feel like Sisyphus (minus the deceitful bits) I push and I push and that boulder keeps going to the bottom and it starts again. I have been a stay at home mom for 13 years, which has been great and all, but now that the people are getting older I am working on creating my own life and my own business. Two years ago my husband was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and it has progressed quickly. His job needed to change as he cannot drive anymore and thankfully he works for an amazing company that quickly accommodated him. His diagnosis and an awareness that someday life could change in a more drastic way pushed me into finally taking my writing and photography out of the realm of hobby and into what I do. The business aspect of it? I struggle there. I read, I watch talks and discussions, but the opportunity to sit in a room full of people I consider masterminds, and pull from their experiences, stories and wisdom-that would equal thousands of hours of personal study. Also, seriously, if I were to try to watch the entire event from my home office I would have about 5,000 interruptions.

  175. Saadia Carnes June 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm #

    Let’s see, where to start… I guess I’ll start here at the end. I hit a proverbial wall. I woke up yesterday and realized I’m stuck. I’ve been a “professional photographer” for 3 years and I realized that I haven’t progressed much farther from where I started. Now that’s not to say I haven’t grown as a photographer but as a business there hasn’t been much traction. After this realization, I decided one of two things needs to happen: 1.) I can throw in the towel and get a “real” job or 2.) I need some outside help to reach the goals I have for myself and my business. Now I had contemplated giving up, “throwing in the towel,” but I discovered that photography is what I truly love. I wake up in the morning thinking about it and go to sleep at night thinking about it as well. What we choose to do for a living is so deeply etched in the tapestry of our lives. I want to wake up every morning loving what I do. In other words, this is my passion so giving up is not an option. Today, it’s as if the cosmos aligned in some divine order and lead me to this blog post. This event is exactly what I need to revitalize my business and my life. I need this event in order to do exactly as you have stated here: I need to transform my business in the best way possible because I am all out of other options. I think it’s high time for me to put the title of starving artist on the shelf. I know this event will help me learn, grow and be on my way to becoming the success I know I was destined to be. There is benefit to be had from simply being in the same space with great minds. I know being in the presence all these incredibly people will propel and the knowledge they have to bestow will propel me forward in ways I cannot even fathom.

    “As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves.” ~ Ghandi

    Time to remake my business over.

  176. Rachel Von Groleau June 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    My name is Rachel Von. I am a 25 year old student studying photography at Indiana University Fort Wayne. I’ve leads rough life filled with multiple fathers, abuse, being poor ect, but I never let that stop me. I started playing around with photography and videography in high school. I love making the things I dream come to life. I also love being able to tell a whole story with one look, one photograph. When I first started college I would do the normal beginner stuff like cutting off fingers, overexposing, and using sepia tone on everything. Then I got the technical down and for the past couple of years I felt like I hit a photographic plateau. I was creating in focus, sometimes cool conceptual student work, but what more was out there? Then everything changed, I had the semester that rocked my photography boat. I was challenged to push myself harder than ever before. In a semester my work had taken a new shift, I have found out what I love to photograph. I have a fiery passion for this art, for this industry. I love capturing a person in one click. I love experimenting with crazy ideas, and trying to make them happen. I live for over saturated crazy color. I also live for the starkness of a black and white photo, and how impactful it can be. I believe I am in a crazy upward spiral to the top. I think I am in the perfect spot to benefit from such a workshop and opportunity. I have 3 semesters left of college. I have crazy amounts of passion and I’m willing to work hard for my dream. Photography is the only thing I want to do! With everyday I find myself closer and closer to the photographer I want to be! So choose me and you will get a half crazed, hard working, big dreaming girl from Indiana!
    -Rachel Von

  177. Jessica Chavez June 19, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

    Creative Live has been a very important part of my business and my knowledge in my photography business, it would be a dream come true to be in a live event; but not just any event, I think this course will revolutionize our minds as entrepeneurs and it will be mind blowing! I would love to be part of this event in person because as a business owner there are many ideas in my head about how to grow my business and maybe starting a new one that could complement the current one. To be able to learn first hand as an in studio audience would make my year and help my ideas grow, polish and make them come true.

  178. Kimberley Smith June 19, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

    What a truly amazing opportunity! I have a newly opened studio (since January). I left a job of 10 years and jumped in head first into launching this business of my own. I have tons of questions for each one of the people in this line up. It would be a fabulous chance to be a part of this think tank. One lesson that I learned a long time ago was the first rule in being successful is to surround yourself with people that are already a success in their field. Looks like no better way to do that than this two day event. Thanks, Chase, for this.

    I am packing a bag now. What time does the flight leave? Hmmmm. I bet I can just get my change of clothes in that side pocket of my camera bag. Carry on is the way to go!

  179. Brenda June 19, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    Yes please! I hope I have enough brain power to take ALL the info in. This is going to be MONSTAH learning time.
    Photographer, mother, advocate and activist. Starting own photo biz after teaching scuba diving and working for mags sometime ago. Now I teach photography to kids with disability. Want to learn sooo much.
    Thank you Chase for this opportunity!

  180. Gajan June 19, 2013 at 2:57 pm #

    I remember being in university 2 years ago in a health related field that I no longer had a personal interest in. I had a passion for the arts, but never pushed myself to explore it as a career. I came across a video where you, Chase Jarvis, talked about waiting tables overnight to generate cash flow and just overall hustling hard to make it. Making the necessary sacrifices to go after what you want to do. I took this to heart and began my transition. I would frequently flock to your video and blog posts to soak in whatever advice you had to share. Fast forward to today, I launched my personal commercial/event photography business ( It’s a small operation that is still vying to get a real understanding of the business aspects of photography, but it’s all about the hustle. That’s something I’ll never forget. There is even a week of blog posts published already where I shamelessly idolize the work and advice of Chase. I really hope I can attend this event in person to meet the photographer that changed my life (no hyperbole there), by following his own dreams. Thank you!

  181. James aitcheson June 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm #


    I am a new business owner and I am working really hard at things the photography world while trying to raise two autistic children. I spend tons of time watching creative live and have spent a good fortune on a lot of classes. I would now like to have the opportunity to meet some of the people who have influenced my life and decision to start my business. I have not been able to make any of the creative live sessions that have live audiences due to cash constraints but with your help I may actually get to experience more then sitting at home taking photos of locals and raising autistic children. Oh and Chase your videos are what got me to take my photography from armature to pro as I stated following you years ago!
    Good luck to everyone who submitted (mostly me)

  182. Jen M June 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm #

    We want to attend the SF CreativeLIVE launch to actively join in the conversation with like minded entrepreneur’s, to discuss innovative ways to drive change and create a better workplace for the future.

    I’m entering and answering for my husband because he won’t take the time to do so himself. And at the moment, he’s just too busy taking over the payroll and HR world!

  183. Tyler Crump June 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    I’m a recent graduate in International Business & Economics hungry for opportunity and knowledge in the Tech fields.

    I’m the Cookie Monster of opportunity. The Opportunity Monster.

    I’m not Evil.

    I want to use technology to make the world a better place and improve the lives of others.

    Anyone can gain from this. In fact, I think the best way to maximize gains for this would be to split my ticket with another person here who wants to go. That way 2 people get the opportunity. I have 3 kids, someone has to stay with them. I’d rather that myself and one other person here get the chance to go together, then be selfish and keep both tickets for myself.

    So…..Pick me…….and Pick someone else too.

    • Tyler Crump June 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

      Awww….Nevermind. I got so crazy about this and my schedule doesn’t permit. Pick two other people, I guess I’ll have to wait for another chance another time.

      • Yvel June 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

        That was a selfless comment. I wish I could give it a thumbs up or ‘double tap’ to like.

  184. Erin Schuerman June 19, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    Two years ago, I started my business over for a third time. I have followed my husband’s career from city to city, and now have landed in a place where we will stay put for awhile. Starting over repeatedly has been tough, but I’ve learned something every time and grown because of it. This last year, my business has skyrocketed. I’m finally starting to see a clear path for the direction of my company. But knowing where you want to end up and getting there are two different battles. I would love the opportunity to soak up knowledge from people who have stood in this exact spot, and succeeded.

    In an effort to maximize my growth, I have become a CreativeLive addict over the last year. I watch as much as a I can, and would love the opportunity to attend an actual event. (I’ve always been better at learning in person!) An opportunity like this will have a huge impact on the lucky recipient. I thank you for your consideration!

  185. Tadeo Garcia June 19, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    *****TAKE ME PLEASE!!!****** This sounds like a amazing experience and the help I need to grow as a photographer. I am a 23 year old photographer & photography isnt just a hobby or job for me its literally my dream! Photography found me just about 2 years ago after I got out the military, it gave me something to believe in. photography is my tool to help put smiles on peoples faces, I am a proud member of IPictureHope and I also offer free sessions for deploying members of our military. I dont know if you can relate and understand but to me, coming from where ive been people don’t accept photography as a career or occupation. I’ve been told so many times I can’t make this dream into a reality. Its so frustrating and even though I have fought and spent sleepless nights teaching myself, I have continued growing as a photographer & this is the exact opportunity I need to make my dream a reality. So I’m paying you see this post and grant me the opportunity to take a dream and turn it into something great that I can use to put smiles on faces and capture moments that can live forever. Thank you and please choose me!

  186. Michael J June 19, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    shhh .. please don’t tell my wife …
    we are wedding photographers from western australia, and hey – don’t get me wrong – great job, nice people, we shoot the shit and everyone is happy. the ass dropped out of our industry locally over the past year or so and I returned to paid work to provide a roof over our head, food on the table blah blah blah for the 7 freeloaders (well, not including the 8 year old – it’s against some kind of convention to send her to work) that sponge off me.
    now I believe – not the kind of rainbow and unicorn fart believe – but in the there has to be something better turning 41 mid life crisis where is my sports car and hot blonde kind of believe, that the photos I take when I am supposed to be working (oh yeah don’t tell my boss either) could make us (the wife who cares for the freeloaders so well they won’t leave and I) a great deal of real friggin’ cash to keep this roof over our heads.
    I maybe wrong, but this would not be a new concept to the wife or the freeloaders, but hey – it’s been fun finding this out over the years – or is that decades?
    anyways, would be way cool to meet these guys and listen and learn and be all inspired to return and pitch to the home base the new grand plan to make us rich – with well thought out and, well, probably plagiarised verbatim – and take the wife and the freeloaders on another ride of their life.
    p.s. by the way – Chase man – been following you (in a very normal man to man photographer way, not I have a man crush kind of scary thought) since before the weddings, before the landscapes – epic!

  187. Matthew Olde June 19, 2013 at 3:05 pm #

    Hi Chase,

    Im a web developer/designer that got into photography a few years ago and love it! A few opportunities came our way (through hard work) and my co-founder and I started a photography service called Fotostat .
    I’ve travelled over from Australia to stay and work San Francisco for the next 3 months to see what its really like here. So I’ve already taken the chance to get over here and get amongst it. It would be great to have to opportunity to learn from all the talented people talking over the 2 days in person. We are about to add our payment plan and really push marketing so now would be a great time to learn from real experiences from anyone that has given it a go.

  188. chuck spruill June 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm #

    I love the creative process and the creative industry…and after 28 years working for local TV stations, I was recently laid off. Since that day I have struggled with starting my own company, a dream I have had for many years. My entire career has been behind the scenes, producing videos, programs and commercials for local businesses. Now I find myself having to step out and sell myself and I am terrified. I am confident in my abilities, and love nothing more than creating videos, logos, graphx etc for people to help them market their business, and yet I am struggling with marketing myself and my business. I don’t want to do what’s comfortable, which is get another job at a TV station. I know I have to step up, step out and do this…and what better way to take that first step than with Chase Jarvis and his friends from Silicon Valley at creativeLIVE!!

  189. Amber June 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    My passion in life is helping other people find and discover their own passions, while pursing my own. Each person alive has immense value and ability to make the world a more beautiful place because they became who they were intended to be. My first desire is not to be rich, but to help the poor (and poor in spirit) become all they were meant to be. I have the talent, creativity, desire, and tenacity to see the world change one person at a time, but I would greatly benefit from learning from these masters. I need to know how to best pursue my creative dreams (and earn a living from them), then be able to go help others do the same, especially the creative, entrepreneur types, like myself.

  190. Booker T June 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Let’s be real for a moment. Being in a room with some of the most influential minds that have shaped the technological world would be a pleasure to be around and learn from. These guys have made it happen and I would love to be able to soak in their knowledge to be able to learn form their successes and mistakes. I would view this as an opportunity to not just soak in what’s being taught in the class but to ask other questions outside of just what’s being taught. Taking in the full experience to apply the taught theories in not only in my business, but to also share it with others.

  191. Yvel June 19, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    First, I would like to thank you for your very inspirational Creative Live courses. I swear I get more watching and purchasing CL courses than what I learned from college. Maybe because, this time around, you guys make it interesting and and I’m more interested in learning. Make sense?

    Although I graduated from college in 2008, I haven’t been able to make over $30,000 since. My girlfriend, a chemical engineer, makes much more than I, but her dream was to always be a writer. She just got accepted into an MFA program at FSU and she just moved to Florida two days ago to pursue her lifelong dream. As for me, I’ll be packing my bags and will move down to Florida with her and provide for her while she lives out her dream.

    For the past 6 years, she has been the one supporting us, and as humiliating it may have felt at times, I sucked it up and did my best while I tried to pay down my bills and student loan debt.

    I learned photography on film in high school and I was pretty good, but I didn’t think I could make photography as a career because I’m a first-generation Haitian-American and parents didn’t think I would survive as an artist. So, I went to college, received my degree, work a job I hate, etc… For what?

    My girlfriend understood my passion and purchased a Nikon d3100 for my birthday last year. As my friends and family will say, “She created a monster!”. I spend countless of sleepless nights learning photography and trying to develop my craft. Sometimes, I’ll go an entire day without food because I might forget to eat because I can be so focused on the learning and doing aspect. I love every minute of it.

    Recently, I upgraded to a d800, and I’m working with one lens (50 mm 1.8) and one flash. I took the advice of Zack Arias to work with only one piece of equipment for the year until I master it.

    What am I looking for? A mentor. Someone to review my work and tell me what I’m doing wrong. I know I have the potential to someday be a great photographer. Now, I’m willing to do whatever it takes to take my photography to the next level.

    You can visit my website at http//

    Thank you for all you have done and for taking the time to read this.

    • Yvel June 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

      I think the above commentator, Tyler Crump, had an awesome idea. I know it’s not specific to your rules and regulations, but you’ve turned CL into such a sharing community. Why not offer one of the tickets to another participant? If I win, I’m willing to split my tickets, too.

  192. Katie Lacer June 19, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

    I have the talent … I need someone to get my ish into gear. This would be the thing to do it!

    Not to mention the idea of being able to drink a beer in peace sounds damn good right about now!

  193. Sadie Sea June 19, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

    First off, thanks for offering such an awesome opportunity!

    I have been following CreativeLIVE for about 3 months now. I can’t believe the wealth of knowledge that you have offered me not only on a technical level but also in boosting my confidence as a professional, it has be invaluable to me and those I’ve shared the site with.

    Sue Bryce has won my heart, as have Sal Cincotta and Michael Port.

    I would love to participate to the launch in San Francisco (because I secretly wish to work for CreativeLIVE) because I am a freelance retoucher, graphic designer and also a small business owner (Satin Ninja Photobooth) looking to stay on the edge and trump the status quo!

    Bonne chance a tous! Et j’espère que c’est moi le gagnant!

    xx Sadie
    Montreal, QC

  194. Amy Kolodziej June 19, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Okay, so I don’t know why you would choose me…I’m not exactly a lucky girl, so I don’t expect to be selected over all the other talent here. However, I wouldn’t disappoint. I am a 32 year old mother of two little ones. I am a full-time cubicle dwelling government paper pusher. I am a night time, spare time, every other thought dreamer. I run a fledgling photography business, and can already say that CreativeLive has changed the course of my creative mind in many ways. I have learned so much from Sue Bryce, Brooke Shaden, Sal Cincotta, and Scott Robert Lim. But even with all the skills I’ve acquired…I am still not making wise business choices that are moving me towards my goals. I have learned that running a photography business is about 85% business skills and 15% creative genius. I lack the business skills…and unfortunately have learned that although I see what I have to offer, someone is always out there underbidding you and undervaluing you. If I am selected I would bring a local photographer friend that I have only just met two weeks ago, but already we have shared so many ideas for how working together instead of against each other can benefit both of us. I honestly believe that gratitude and unselfishness will be the thing that sets us apart from the others in this ever-changing market. Thank you for this chance! I will be watching from my cubicle even if I don’t get selected to experience it in person.

  195. yuri June 19, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Hi Chase,
    I’m from Estonia, small country in Northern Europe (population 1.3m), and I’m dying to find a proper tutor.
    My niche is beauty and cosmetics photography, this is where I want to build my career. But there is no industry here in Estonia, which is why I am constantly looking for tips and advices from the professionals on the internet.

    Equipment could be obtained, techniques can be learned, but this does not give me the vision. The vision and understanding of the possible paths of building a career, effective ways of progressing professionally. AND THIS IS WHAT I LACK THE MOST.

    This is why I want to join you and all the other great minds at the creativeLIVE event – once in a lifetime opportunity to gain some wisdom from the best!

    Fingers crossed X


  196. Eugene June 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    To be inspired!

  197. shani Barel June 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    Because I have two little kids who are at camp, and there’s no homework so it means I can get a way for two days without my husband freaking out, and I happen to be free tomorrow and Friday – and I live in LA so it rally allows me to get in and out without thinking of reasons not to go. Oh, and I have been in business for awhile but still shake in my boots when I think of marketing, selling, organizing and responsibilities that go along with business…

  198. Amy June 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm #

    I believe I am a driven person, I know I will find success in life and in this industry all on my own. But nothing is more valuable than the advice and wisdom of people who’ve been there & done it.

    There are so many facets to this industry and each of those amazing people have shaped it one way or another, and it would be amazing to learn from the ones who have shaped it all…

    Nothing more than I simply LOVE to travel, and see all parts of the country, and it would be a luxury to have a trip just for fun, and not have to work the whole time!

    (I mean come on, I missed Lombard street last time in SF, not cool!!)

    This would be fantastic, in so many ways.

  199. Anthony G June 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    Hi Chase & Team-

    First time submitting to contest/long time proponent & supporter of CL. My girlfriend and I have made time for at least 5 or 6 events and purchased just as many for re-watch.

    I’m 28, have recently dug myself out of a debt hole by grinding away at a 9-5 and have put my need to be interacting with passionate, engaged and creative people on hold through the last two years I had that cubicle and a steady paycheck.

    Therefore, I’m at a perfect point in my life to make a transition and do the daily grind, but this time for me and what live for. My long time partner (in business and in life) Chelse is at a similar tipping point and we’re really just in need of some face-to-face time with folks that have been down that path and came away with a bunch of knowledge and a quality life to boot. Your time spent with us could help us build that life together and help us go out and help people with our work.


  200. Lisa Scale June 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm #


    As a person who believes education is so very important regardless of what year of business you are in. I love Creative Live and tune in regularly. I have over 25 years as a professional photographer and still have a burning desire to learn more, even when it is not directly related to my core business. I have learned so much from my time spend with CL and my business has definitely been impacted for the better but the truth is I am still working from the moment I put my 3 kids on the school-bus until they get home, as which point I walk them home , get them settled and then go back to work, work until my husband comes home,and makes dinner, I take a break to eat with my family and then go back to work until their bedtimes at which time I take a break to tuck them in and yep, you guessed it, I go back to work until my husband informs me that it is bedtime. I love what I do but I love my family more and honestly we need me to bring home more money and be there more for our family. As I have only known photography all my life, as a 3rd generation photographer, I love it but I really feel that it is not the only reason I was put on this earth and I want to make a difference on this planet. I respect what you have done in the area of educating photographers and now any business owner, I need to open myself to more options, I want to be a better role-model to my beautiful children and I want to be a present wife, being part of this event would open me to opportunities and ideas that I would not have the chance to experience. Thank you for all you do.


  201. Ken Mott June 19, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Because I am just going to end up watching it at work anyways, so might as well be there in person. Plus this is going to be one set of awesome speakers. Should give me some extra motivation to pursue some of my own ideas.

    • Ken Mott June 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm #

      Also I’m on a flight and I land at 730pm pst, just book me a flight for late tonight or in the morning if I win. ;-)

      Doors are closing.

  202. Malia June 19, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    I found Creative Live a little over a year ago. I’ve learned A LOT from watching online. I’ve also loved seeing the progress and growth of Creative Live in such a short span of time. I know anything is possible. Sometimes it’s a challenge to live that faith everyday and not be road blocked by fears of the unknown, or get overwhelmed by everything I don’t know about running a successful business. I know that learning IN PERSON from the group you have assembled would be amazing and more of an opportunity than anything I could possibly imagine, or dream of!

  203. Savannah June 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm #

    If you are going to dream, then dream big! After graduating from Brooks Institute of Photography April of last year, I was tired of being surrounded by hippies and ran as fast as I could, away from what I was terrified would become a routine life. Teachers told me to start with small clients, like family members… but I wanted to start big. They told me I had to establish myself in one place and be based somewhere… but I wanted to be everywhere. So I ran after something, chasing something… or was I running away? I felt like I had to constantly be on the move, exploring the world, to maintain my creativity and function. So off I went – first to photography a vacation rental in Florida before heading off to road trip with strangers around Europe, eager to build a travel portfolio. I was trying to escape America, committed to never coming back. The road trip turned into a solo backpacking trip, as I desperately tried to create international clients while constantly on the move – hostels, couchsurfing, family friends. It turned out I was running away from myself, and in a desperate attempt to find some peace and add some value to the world (my attempts at client searching weren’t going the way I wanted), I volunteered at a detox retreat in Portugal. I tried desperately to help the business flourish and turn itself around (it was failing), and became frustrated with what I saw as my lack of progress and someone else’s stubborn refusal to change. With a detox myself, I came back to my roots, realizing that my passions lied in my past – if only I looked, I would find them: CrossFit, anything fitness related, a Paleo lifestyle. So determined that there was no market for photography, I stayed in family in England for a couple of months rotting away – but trying to find a way to make a fitness business, with no relevant qualifications.
    In December I ended up in London and shot my first big CrossFit event in January. It was a hit, a huge success! I had brand names and so many big potential clients at my feet. Since then, everything has snowballed and I have been working with dream companies and building my portfolio.
    I’ve begun so many projects, my prime focus being to spread the primal lifestyle around the world, getting everyone fit and healthy and happy. The main project I started is a “CrossFit around the world,” in which I visit different affiliates all over the globe and work with them to build their business with better imagery and marketing. So far, I have tackled a few in France and London. My dream here was to work with primal businesses and add value to any small business I believe in.
    That is still my goal. I’m writing for some magazines now and photographed my first cookbook a few months ago (two more beginning this month!). Eventually I want to be qualified to goal coach, CrossFit coach, teach yoga and give professional nutrition advice (oh, and speak Russian fluently). For now, I’m focusing on the photography and writing, and this week have decided to add “business strategist” to my services.
    In the midst of a hectic life in London, I have found love and seen what it is like for people to live very much “in the box.” I’ve been pushing people I love to follow their dreams and leave the cubicle behind. This week a lightbulb came on, and I realized that the moments I’m brainstorming business ideas for others is when I feel the most inspired. I believe in a world full of happy and healthy people who can create and live beautiful lives, one with nature and the Earth! By running away from hippies, I’ve discovered that perhaps I am really a hippie at heart. In the middle of London, where so many people are miserable and working corporate jobs, I have seen how different my view of the world truly is. I used to think I lived a normal life, but alas… I am pretty darn weird! I needed a taste of perspective to really appreciate the past I came from and the beautiful people I left behind. I have big plans to explore the world from a “primal” perspective, finding ways for people to return to basic living and live as one with nature and be happy doing what they’re doing! Everyone should be able to have a job that they love and follow their dreams.
    While I wait out my rental contract in London, I am dreaming and scheming and planning my next steps for when I return to America, to map out even bigger trips than this 16 month escape.
    Running away from everything has shown me that I have everything in my heart, and it was here all along. I’m excited to be motivating others to follow their dreams and adding value to the small businesses that I truly believe in. It’s a time of change, and I am ecstatic to have found my place to influence it!
    It would be incredible to have the opportunity to meet you and be equally as inspired at the event. Creative energy is massive in person, and the topics and names will surely inspire. My ideas are a lot bigger than me, and I think it’d be a beautiful opportunity to see how I can actually manifest them, and work more efficiently to get there.

  204. kathleen frank June 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm #

    I feel like you and all the speakers at the event understand how to live an extraordinary life. A life that is bigger than a cool job or success. You understand how to squeeze every ounce of excitement and opportunity from life. You understand that building relationships, helping others, and dreaming big leads to more amazing adventures than you could even imagine. I would love the chance to learn from you all and be in the presence of that kind of excitement and motivation.

    So, say the word, and I’ll be on the first plan across the states to SF! :)

  205. mara wolff June 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    you’ve made this world a much better and happier place.
    thank you for CreativeLive.
    much love and gratitude.

  206. Anjani Millet June 19, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    Some say swooning and drooling alone over a hot laptop is best restricted to the viewing of adult entertainment and possibly, for some persons in need of rehabilitation, barnyard animals. But that’s what I’ll be doing, with the small round pug, tomorrow, if I remain here in Seattle, instead of swooning THERE. Copious head-exploding insights will make so much more sense when shared and experienced, in the proper context, with these amazing peeps.

    Let’s face it, context is everything. Save me from a humiliating episode of context-deprivation.

    Thank you.


  207. Emilee Rose McGovern June 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Chase. I’m the reason they find it necessary to even hold these seminars. I’m the reason creativeLive even exists. When it comes to running my business and advancing in my photography, I need help, and because of resources like these I’ve learned that it is ok to need it, and it is definitely ok to ask for it. Any progress I’ve made is proof that they are working, that they are essential to me and so many others who actively pursue the dream of finding their own personal ideas of success. I believe you only benefit from the things you allow yourself to be changed by. To be taught you have to be open to it, it is a choice. And i’m ready for that. So Chase, please help me! :)

  208. Lorenzo Hill June 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

    Why do I want to join you at the creativeLive event? This; coming from one of the most innovative photographic minds of our generation? For as long as I can remember, I have always had a camera, although it was a point and shoot (film and digital). Now, let’s fast forward to Afghanistan 2011. While in country, I was researching cameras; full frame vs. crop, expensive vs. inexpensive; Canon, Nikon, Sony, Pentax, you name it, I was looking at it. Then the glass, which ones I needed for what I wanted to do. Anyway, when I returned home in April 2012 and out of work, I put my research to use. Bought a body, some glass, enrolled at Ai Seattle, attended some workshops, meet-ups, etc. Now, almost a year later, I am still out of work, I have been a fulltime student since October 2012, seriously contemplating starting my own photography business, but not sure as to how and where to start. Attending this creativeLive event and to be able “sponge out” and soak up everything I can, with you and 14 of the world’s most creative entrepreneurs. It will give me the direction to hone my photographic and business skills, so that I am successful within my niche of photography. They say the market is saturated with photographers, but that’s not true. The market is saturated with cameras, but I am the only “me” out there. There is no other photographer like me. Only I can do what I can do. Here is an opportunity for me…a husband, father of 4.8 kids, Veteran, professional, amateur, personal trainer, athlete, power lifter, student, and teacher. There is plenty of work out there I just have to put my name on it. And attending the creativeLive event in San Francisco is just the vehicle I need to get to my destination of success.

  209. Nina Harwick June 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm #

    I would throughly value this opportunity. I am sincerely an entrepreneur at heart, but need guidance. I am eager and willing. I believe that I would take the information offered here and SHINE. I want to be different. I want to excel and live an extraordinary and creative life. I have always contributed some of my current success towards CreativeLIVE and I would love to have the opportunity to be a part of this workshop and to GROW.

    I have always strived to push the bounds of my abilities, because do you ever truly know your own ability without seeing the edge? I think I bound for doing something interesting with my career/life.

  210. jackie charlebois June 19, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    I want to join you because I am always wanting to grow my business and myself. It is great to watch such wonderful instructors and artists on cL but sometimes the best way to really learn is when you are actually face to face with someone.. to really feel their heart and for them to feel mine.

    ok and i have 5 kiddos and lets be honest- its summer vacation and this momma needs a BREAK!!

  211. Dan Speer June 19, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    Have you ever tried to put the square puzzle piece through the round hole?

    There is so much information available to a budding entrepreneur, and the more I read, the more I take in, the stronger the undertow gets, as I fight to keep afloat. This is terrifying, as I am terribly claustrophobic!

    I have hit the information wall! With all the information I have read, I feel that I should already be running a successful business, but alas the phone just doesn’t ring.

    I need someone to show me how to implement it. I want to work! I am ready to take ACTION!

    It just hasn’t “clicked.”

  212. CraigD June 19, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    As an engineer and a director of an innovation group, I like to look outside my industry for innovative ideas, and new ways to look at things.

  213. Houa Vang June 19, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    I would love to join this workshop because I fell in love with photos, and I want to build my life around my passion. I believe the key to a good and happy life is to do what you love. I never imagined that photography would be such a big part of my life, that wherever I go I try and seek out new photo ideas, such as a field, I always see images in my head. Although my love for photography is so strong, and my works are considered beautiful and great by many people, my parents never once supported my love for photography, and threaten me to quit sometimes saying it’s a waste of time and money. This always puts a lot of stress on me, and in my previous works, they portray dark and gruesome self portraits of myself that was simply my way of speaking without saying a word. I believe that images speak louder than words and sure enough it did, people understood me without words. I enjoy and love what I do, I love inspiring others and supporting cultural beauty, because my ethnicity is very small a lot of people are trying to break away from the traditional gowns that we wear, and so I created “Hmong Beauty Project” it was my way of telling people, culture is beauty and don’t forget your roots. I want to continue what I love to do and show my parents that I have other aspirations in life other than the goals they have set for me, I want to prove them wrong, that I can make a living out of something I love.

  214. Sue Thomas June 19, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    I have been watching, buying, and rewatching so many creative live workshops for a not so secret hope to leave behind the career I thought would fulfill me after law school and dive into my passion, photogrphy. As I have just entered the “empty nest” stage of my life, it’s time to go for my dreams and this workshop could offer me the tools I need to take the plunge right into the deep end!

  215. Cristian Rangel June 19, 2013 at 3:51 pm #

    Hello Chase,

    Love your work. I would love to be part of this event because I am currently a photographer and my brother is a videographer. We just started 6 months ago and could definitely use some help in business. I lost my job last year when the owner of the company I was working for took the money and ran. I was working for him for 4 years and he still owes me thousands in unpaid wages that I am still fighting in court till this day. I always loved photography and thought this was a good time to become full time at it.

  216. Samantha Beauchamp June 19, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    Wow, what an amazing experience someone is about to embark on!! I can only dream that I would be apart of such an amazing event! I would love to be apart of it and it would truly be a dream come true for myself and also for another dear photographer BFF to join me!! The amount of talent and expertise that will be under one roof just blows by mind!! I would seriously love to be a sponge and soak up every bit of information that yall are giving out!! This is exactly what I need to hear! I must to work on the business side of my photography business instead of letting it go! That has been a struggle of mine over the past 5+ years. Its opportunities like this and people like you that make this world a better place!! What and experience this will be for a lucky person and guest!! You guys all rock!!

    Much love to ya all-

    a southern gal from Georgia with big dreams of meeting ya’ll in Cali!
    Samantha Beauchamp

  217. Andrew morgan June 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    I can’t think of a better to jump start my own photography business.

  218. Erinn Hargis June 19, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    As follower of creativeLIVE, my photography and photography business have grown leaps and bounds! I am in the beginning stages of launching a new business venture (photography related) and I am POSITIVE that this two day intensive could not have come at a better time in my life! I would love to be there to soak up wisdom from this ridiculously seasoned panel of speakers and to help you celebrate the launch of your newest venture! What an amazing opportunity! Thank you!

  219. Nuru Andeku June 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    Hello Chase,

    I strive to be the best at my photography (craft) and I know that I cannot do it alone. Rubbing elbows and forming connections with individuals who exemplify the kind of success I expect to have in this industry, will do measures as far as my business/personal development goes. I know that success in my photography will be the practical means for permitting me the opportunity to be heard by the world and affect the kind of positive change — that is in order for the betterment and evolution of humanity. I also know that our world is governed by universal principals (which I, like the few from many, has been fortunate to learn) like reciprocity. With that being said I hope that my presence will also lend a level of inspiration to you and the group, just as I am sure I will be inspired by you all.

    Thank you!

    Nuru Andeku
    @Kelowna BC, Canada

  220. Melanie Miriam June 19, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    Hey Chase & Team,

    First off, congrats on the hard work to open the new CL studio & thank you so much for the opportunity!

    This could really be a game changer for us.

    At the crux between remaining private & going public, our little blog-slash-tech-start-up is looking to expand tremendously into a full service company and capture a significant piece of the wedding industry pie.

    It is both empowering and terrifying at once since we truly believe we can make a considerable difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of brides as well as the community of wedding vendors surrounding them with our technology & hub.

    The vision is wonderful & the plan is set, the team is growing & the hard work has begun yet we’re a little overwhelmed with our undertaking. Where do we start? How do we get the word out?

    Plus, we can never deny needing the help of tried and true methods from the industry’s best.

    As Tim Ferris likes to say, “your network is your net worth”. I couldn’t possibly agree more.

    We’re at a stage where we know what we want to achieve, but we need help with the journey to reach our goals.

    We sure hope to be meeting with you soon!

    A big warm thank you,

    Melanie Miriam & The Bisou Bride Team

  221. Grace Lau June 19, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

    They say a picture can tell a story worth a thousand words. The emotions, energy and moments frozen eternally in a frame. These moments are blank, stripped of taste, touch, smell, and allow for the viewer to fill in the blanks. These moments create windows of imaginational opportunity. A canvas for storytelling and daydreaming. Doors to many artistic possibilities. I have forever been fascinated by the arts and painting but could never really paint or draw to a level in which I felt my vision was completely expressed. Photography changed everything for me. Being able to see a moment, capture it and frame it exactly as I had envisioned opened a Pandora’s box of experimental freedom. I am so inspired by your work as a photographer, imagination inspirer, author, community creator and entrepreneur. I would love the opportunity to meet you as well as a chance to absorb the wealth of knowledge the group of amazing entrepreneurs have to impart at the Secrets of the Silicon Valley Conference. To have a creative vision is one thing. However, to be able to combine creative vision with business acumen is another. Thank you so much for creating this contest—it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

  222. Jenny June 19, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

    My dad passed away almost 10 years ago and left me with his passion of photography, which I had inherited and humbly learn from the ground up through formal education and creativeLive. I hate my day job as high tech sales and I dream of the day that I could do photography for a living. Sue Bryce’s 28 days course really inspired and gave me a lot of tools, especially the business part. However, I’m still very much terrified and at war with myself for not having enough courage to quit the job I hate and pursuit my passion for photography and make a career of out it.

    By being around positive and established Creatives in SF, I believe it will provide me with the one-on-one counselling and encouragement I need to make it happen! To be honest, I am excited about this event even if I weren’t the winner! Thank you CreativeLive for continuously putting together great seminars for the world to see!

  223. Manuel Will June 19, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

    I’d really like to meet you all in person. Such a great bunch of valuable people, eg network. :)

    You’ve all got a really different drive over there on the west coast and silicon valley, at least that’s my impression, watching from Germany. :) So I’d love to come over and soak up some of the entrepreneurial vibe you all got.

    I’m currently working as a head of marketing for a digital agency, which is great in itself, but I’m still hunting for my dream of being self-employed, becoming an entrepreneur, being a photographer / filmmaker or maybe launching a startup and working with other people on matters that change people and possibly industries. I’m 25, so there is lots of time left to decide. But I’d like to get a small push in a particular direction.

    Which is why I couldn’t think of better mentors than you Chase and the crew tomorrow.

  224. Leanne King June 19, 2013 at 4:11 pm #

    Creative live is the best thing since sliced toast….we have access to artists and business people we would never otherwise have in our wildest dreams….it has opened many new doors for me and a completely new way of thinking. That said, as an artist and photographer the business side of things on creative live I have yet to explore as Im too busy getting inspired by the creatives so this set of seminars would be invaluable to attend….also I’d love to come to San Francisco and check out Creative Live first hand….thanks for the opportunity.

  225. Jenny June 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    Well, shit! I just saw this and I’m waiting for a client and she is late and by the time she gets here your contest will be over. No time to say something awesome. Or use commas apparently. Typing on my phone. Crap, she’s here. Pick me! I need help. I mean look how I entered your contest. Clearly I’m certifiable!

  226. Jodi June 19, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    I have done the photography studio deal for the past 11 years and still am. I rode the wave from the phonebook add being how I marketed my business to online being the key marketing tool.
    Now though, I have other business ventures on my mind now & would love to learn how these amazing speakers got their ideas up and running.
    Creative live has been a huge source of education and ideas for me over the past few years. I can only image what attending this event would do for me. Thanks for your consideration!!

  227. Amanda Long June 19, 2013 at 4:23 pm #

    The last 18 months have been amazing and terrifying at the same time. I left my two day jobs to dedicate myself to my photography business that I had been building slooooooooooowly and BOOM the flood gates opened! I have been overwhelmed with the amount of opportunity available to me once I made myself available to it. My photography business has already doubled since last year, but I know I can give my clients an even better experience while continuing to GROW my business. I have semi-conflicting visions for my business that need direction and focus (I want to give every client personal service with art and story focused photography AND I want my photography to be accessible to everyone), who in this whole wide world would be better to start a clean vision-slate with than the most successful and creative entrepreneurs… no one.

    Watching Creative Live and attending my first WPPI this year has brought so much to the creativity, branding, transformation table. I am HUNGRY for more growth! Bring it on!

  228. Janet Joyner June 19, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    My husband and I just opened up our own photography studio last month. This endeavor is a second career for both of us. I was laid off from my elementary teaching job 3 years ago, and He was laid off from a job in corporate America 4 years ago. After working our butts off for other people, and practically finding ourselves right back were we started 30 years ago, we would like to invest in ourselves this time around. We don’t have time to make a lot of mistakes, since we are both in our 50’s. We are at an age where we truly listen when people speak, and we are smart enough to learn from people who have been there and done that. This would be a wonderful opportunity to do just that.

  229. Ray Urner June 19, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Because you’re the f’n MAN!! (Nothing crazy philosophical here)

  230. Saundra McClain June 19, 2013 at 4:26 pm #

    Wow, I saw this and could only dream of winning this contest. At age 51, I was a little slow to realize what I really love, but now photography has become my passion. I live and breathe photography. I have learned so much from Creative live and the classes I have purchased and watched live. I really don’t live far, Mesa, Arizona, so would not cost too much to get me there, lol. ! I am just starting a website and business so this information would really help so much. Thanks for the opportunity to win!!

  231. Jen Bebb June 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm #

    Everyone on your list started on their journey with one question: “What If?”

    It’s that question that drives me forward and compels me to live out my dreams and to create a life that matters. While what all your guests have accomplished is amazing and I will learn a ton from each of them, what most interests me is why they decided to pursue the path they did and how they stayed motivated to do so. I’m curious, so very curious, about what the turning point was, what setbacks they pushed through, and what character traits pushed them forward.

    For me, the lesson I most want to learn (and one I think they will each teach in their own way) is what I can take from their stories to help develop my own story and forge my unique path. I am very aware that their successes and ideas cannot (and should not) be replicated. But underneath the results, is the reason and that is what I want to find.

  232. James June 19, 2013 at 4:29 pm #

    To be honest, I have always wanted to go to California. I could go on about some emotional story but, I figured I’m just gonna be real. Living in Manchester, UK, the sky is mostly grey. The colours are muted an it rains A LOT! if it wasn’t for my beautiful family I would probably be dull too. Luckily for you I’m easy to hang out with and mega passionate about light.

    It’s the middle of he night, so please SHOUT LOUD if you pick me.


  233. Sarah Richards June 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    First I must confess, I’m not all that familiar with your work. I’ve only read your blog on and off, as photography isn’t really my thing. My thing is writing. My business partner however follows you (what I’d call pretty close to religiously) and insisted I check this out. So even though I probably just shot myself in the foot by admitting to not being one of your admirers, I’m going to tell you why I’d love to win anyway…
    I would love to win this contest for many reasons, but primarily because I am already a young entrepreneur (as yet not successful, by financial standards) and I am looking to expand my knowledge base and horizons. I’m told that the education I’m getting from this experience alone is priceless. However, seeing as this priceless education isn’t paying the bills all that well, I’d say it’s time to do more than read and take e-courses.
    And now I’m not alone. I’m currently working on a business project that crosses multiple business boundaries (social media, tech, weddings, ect) and I’m looking for a way to do more than just keep up with the business’ goals. I want to be able to expand upon and contribute to them. I’m hoping to make this business successful, but more importantly to have a positive and substantial impact on the industries it works in. Myself, and my team (we’re currently a team of two, but soon to expand) are looking for the information and network we need to take this business to a more effective level.
    We’re hoping this event (whether online or in person) will do that for us.
    Thank you for this opportunity, it is greatly appreciated.
    Ps. Good luck deciding on whom to bring with you to the conference.

  234. Rickchele Malone June 19, 2013 at 4:30 pm #

    I lost my job in March and I want to put all my time into making my dream come true of starting my own business. I want to do photography and videography. I have started my business a year ago when I bought my camera but I really wasn’t working on the marketing and business side alot because I was working a full time job so now I have plenty of ideas but I just need that extra information to make this profitable. I also want to help teens learn about production during the summer with giving them a chance to intern with me on projects. Plus I want to be home more with my son. Thanks!!!

  235. Filipa June 19, 2013 at 4:34 pm #

    oh wow I started out reading the previous posts to see what I was competing with and I couldn’t go through with it, so I wish you luck with the long task you have had and will probably continue to have after your done here, I apologize for the extra one but I couldn’t help but giving it a shot.

    I have been a fan of your blog, the show, well your work in general, since my freshman year of university. But that goes without saying! Anyways, besides the great opportunity to pick your brain and going to SF, this event is literally blowing my mind. The truth is that when I think of all these entrepreneurs and the work they do I can’t help but being incredibly curious about what goes on in their heads — who comes up with this stuff? That is the main question when I am looking for inspiration, or just exploring other people’s work — how do they get here? I wish I knew how to get there!!

    There are amazing ideas floating around the world — specially in Silicon Valley — and I get the chance to go up there and try to understand and be a part of it all?? Dream come true is too cliche.. I understand.. Plus, it doesn’t begin to describe the awesomeness of the whole thing, but it will have to do!

  236. Breann Hollon June 19, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    Between kinder and 12 grade I attended over 20 schools… Not because I was a bad kid but because my parents hated each other. School jumping taught me just enough to get by in just about any situation but not enough to truly succeed. I have a Passion and a talent that I want to share with the world and just enough business knowledge to fail epically!!! My husband works hard to support our family and u want my business to succeed so that he can work a less and spend more time with his kids. I want to be at this creative live to learn from the top people how to make my business a success, then go home and rock it!!!

  237. Fran Vega June 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    G’day, Been back in Sydney for 4 months, after living in Seattle for 1.5 years, I’ve just opened up my photography studio (1 month running) I’ve become very aware of how much I don’t know. Massive learning curve to say the least, It would be phenomenal to become equipped with excellence aye, I need all the help I can get mate. Plus CL has revolutionised my photography and now it’s time for that to happen to the business side of this venture. Cheers

  238. Erin Wilson June 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

    Of course I’d love to take in this event! Sometimes book learning works. Sometimes video learning works. But there is nothing comparable to the collective energy you’ve assembled… I would love to feel that energy pushing me forward.

  239. Chrisy Long June 19, 2013 at 4:43 pm #

    As much as I’d love watching the action off my screen in the alley
    I’d prefer to be bagging secrets directs from the Valley.
    Ferriss, Kawasaki – what’s the world from their eyes
    Teach me their walk, their talk, let me dissect their lives.
    I want to take the creative wisdom lacking in my brain
    Turn it into business magic and and entrepreneurial rain.

  240. Tyler Johnson June 19, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    A lot of great responses here so I will keep mine short and sweet. I would love to join you at Secrets of Silicon Valley because I am at the point in my life, and business, where I have to make a big decision. The decision to trust myself to step off the ledge of working for someone else where I am comfortable but unfulfilled, and define my own life and vision. I know these speakers will give me a push to find my own success and I couldn’t think of a better colleague to share the experience with.

  241. Francisco Pereira June 19, 2013 at 4:44 pm #

    I’ve been a long time follower of your work Chase and I was lucky enough to hear you speak at the broncolor event NYC last year.
    I was at crossroads point of my live then and hearing you then really inspired me to take a leap of faith so recently I quit my job as Creative Director and relocated to my hometown so i can pursue my long dream of becoming a professional photographer.

    As someone who has watched Chase Jarvis live and learned so much from much the Creative Live sessions, I would love to have the opportunity to get to meet and chat with some of the most creative people in the World. I can’t image anything more exciting than being in the same room as all of the speakers as i know the potential for learning, sharing and collaborations are pretty much going to the one thing that only the people that get to attend will be able to experience.

    The highly contagious energy that you get from meeting people face to face is something that I value a lot in my life, and if i was chosen to be at the event I know this would really help kick start my new career in a way that nothing else could. As someone that has worked in the non-profit sector for most of his life I find my self in a place where many things work differently now, but this has really given my work a new outlook and when looking at the topics of the event i feel like it was taylor made for someone that is starting and want to take their business to the next level, which is me!

    Regardless of the outcome I wanted to thank you for the opportunity and tell you that your work is an inspiration and that you have change someones life for sure. You are one of the few people that i think really sees the world in a very different and global way and tries to level the field for everyone so that we can all be better. Having the contest be a worldwide event really show that!



    PS: i’m in Ecuador but i do have a valid passport and visa =)

  242. Sarah Slaid June 19, 2013 at 4:45 pm #

    F. Scott Fitzgerald said, “I’m not sure what I’ll do, but- well, I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale.” When I left my six-year career as a classroom teacher to attend graduate school at the University of Washington for digital media, I had absolutely no idea why I felt such a strong pull to disrupt my life. Almost a year later, I have begun to find some answers to that pull: I’ve had an internship turn into a new career path and a deep intrinsic drive planted in my soul to become a creative innovator in the Ed-Tech industry.

    Recently someone asked me what I wanted to do with my life and while I do not have my entrepreneurial plans concretely mapped out yet, I do know one thing; I want to lead. And I don’t just want to successfully lead; I want to authentically lead.

    Winning this contest would allow me a once in a lifetime opportunity to pick the minds of individuals who can help shape my energy and imagination. These individuals can teach me about asking the right questions, selling my ideas, and following my entrepreneurial spirit. These individuals would provide me with the growth of new ideas and fresh thinking; something that Charlene Li points out in her book, Open Leadership, works to solve everyday problems. If the current state of our K-12 education system isn’t an everyday problem, then I don’t know what is!

    To me, being an authentic leader means remaining flexible, open, aware, and creative. Sitting down with the industry leaders at “Secrets of Silicon Valley” would provide insight into how I, as an authentic business leader, can create common purpose supported by collaboration principles, continue to learn from the outer edges of my company, and share my gained knowledge with future employees; all in a transparent environment that fosters united determination.

    Today’s digital era can be fraught with change and uncertainty and the K-12 education sector is not immune to this. My ability to learn and adapt faster than any of my competitors in the Ed-Tech industry will give me an edge and I know that being present at “Secrets of Silicon Valley” will push me one step closer to being the quickest learner and adapter.

    So, while I may not be the picture you have in your head of a future entrepreneur you’d like to sit down and have a beer with, I firmly believe that diversity brings new perspectives to old ideas. My eager mind, open point of view, and unprecedented energy have all helped me find success thus far in my life and I am confident they will continue to do so as I embark on my journey of innovating and impacting school systems with digital media use. The chance to be physically present at “Secrets of Silicon Valley” in San Francisco will be one more step in the right direction for me to follow the advice of St. Catherine from Sienna: “Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.”

  243. Chelse Ivonne June 19, 2013 at 4:46 pm #

    Everyone has passion, everyone begins with drive, ever now and again we need a little push. Hello, Chase. My name is Chelse and it would be an honor to join you for this event! I am currently struggling to find a balance in doing what I love (photography) and doing what I have to do. I honestly believe this workshop will give me the information, answers, I need to survive as a fellow creative. =] Please, give me the opportunity. Thank you for CreativeLive! Thank all of you! It really has made a difference.

  244. Sean Dooley June 19, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    Because spontaneity is the ultimate freedom; a chance to surprise yourself and create unimaginable, fun and exciting works.
    Because I’ve never been to Silicon Valley and that provides me the ultimate opportunity to make of it what I can.
    Because the amount of people I’ve met with three capital letters in their job description number approximately zero.
    Because I’m young, free and enthusiastic with an eye for the unusual, the emotional, the aesthetic.
    Because I appreciate the person across the table as well as the beer upon it.
    Because I woke up this morning not expecting it.

  245. motzo June 19, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    My brain is yearning for some learning, and meeting the great minds of the Bay,
    also I am super geek when it comes to photography DIY gear.
    so I will not be boring you on your flight. I speak four languages, got various technical degrees, etc. etc.
    It would be amazing if you choose me on this trip bro.

  246. paulina June 19, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    hi chase & the silicon valley/cL team!!

    i would love the opportunity to travel to san francisco and be a part of the live audience for “secrets of silicon valley”! i’ve been dreaming of running a full-time wedding photography business for years now, and in the past year i’ve started my business and got the ball rolling! however as a full-time graduate student, over time i somehow put my true goals for the future on the back burner. i realized this in the past few months and am reorganizing my priorities and my life to better reflect where i want to be. i know that not only the knowledge i would gain from hearing all of these experts speak, but also the experience of being there in person would help give me the extra push i need to take my business to the next level. i’m a *huge* fan of creativeLIVE & it would be wonderful to be able to contribute as a part of the audience! plus, hanging out in the downtime doesn’t sound too bad either! lol.

    thanks for your generosity & for sharing your knowledge!! i know you’ve changed many people’s lives (including mine!). =)

  247. Brian Todd June 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    After 14 years in the banking/insurance industry, I recently left it. I’ve spent the past few months dumping my old photog equipment and replacing it with stuff I can afford now…new body, new lenses, flashes, stands, etc. None if it is top of the line, but all good bodies and glass.

    I have always had a passion for photography, but until recently, it has mostly been expressed through “I’ll get to it when I can”. At this point in my life, I decided it’s time move it to the next step. I have new equipment, a new Facebook page, a Flickr page, my first few commissioned jobs, and soon a website. I have spent weeks and months reading and watching YouTube videos. I am learning new techniques, new equipment. I am finding myself enthralled with so many great photographers, not the least of which is you, Chase. Photography is not all about the camera or the picture, but what drives you to be there…why do you want that photo.

    I find your philosophies to be inspirational. I study the guests you have on your show to see what got them there. I look behind the eyes to see where their passion lies. This could not be a more perfect time for me looking at this opportunity. I stay up late, and get up early so I have more time to read and watch videos to learn. I made a list of events and things I want to do this summer to make sure I keep shooting. Then I look for different ways to shoot it. Your vision is inspirational, and would be honored to be there in person.

  248. Ivan Zupancic June 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    You should pick me, because I think i have all the peaces to a sucsesfull business .. And yet I am still stuck at home with Mom.
    I need vision.

    All the best


  249. Miguel Vega June 19, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    My sister moved to Seattle about 1.5 yrs ago, I told her about CL and she was fortunate enough to attend workshops, volunteer with CL and become mates with some of you. She talks about you guys everytime we watch a workshop here in Sydney together, of the experience of learning in studio, the caliber of the CL team and how grateful she is for the time spent learning. I can hop on a plane and be there in less than 24 hours? pretty sweet experience mate.

  250. Nate Johnson June 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

    I would love to attend because I need to surround myself with people who have done what I desire to do. I want to make a difference not only in my life, but in other peoples lives by utilizing my talents and gifts to create change. I am excited to learn and gain knowledge that I could only attain through actually meeting the people whom I would like to learn from and build up an amazing network of people who could take me to the level that I need to get to. I love to travel, and I really enjoy watching Chase Jarvis on you tube as well as his podcast because the guests he brings are so amazing to learn from, and Chase is an inspiration to me because he is also a self taught photographer/entrepreneur/tv sensation with a mind for learning. It would really be a dream come true to attend, and I mean that sincerly.

  251. Drea Wheeler June 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    I may not be a religious follower of your work and your blog, but a good friend of mine tipped me off about this contest & I can tell a good opportunity when I see one. Congratulations on the launch of the new CL studio by the way!

    I’ve been through all kinds of colorful adventures this year as a business owner. Some good, some bad & some ugly but the reality is, I’ve learnt and grown from all of those situations.

    Meeting with these rockstars could really give my business & life a boost. It’s a well needed one!

    Hope to meet you soon,


  252. Eli Roitbourd June 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    About a year ago achdentaly found one of your videos on YouTube and I spent good couple of hours watching the operation you are running with your team. From opening the studio to solving ongoing problems and the result of all this well planned professional chaos is a great image. For years my passion is ( not necessarily in this order) photography, business and logistics)) back then when I found you channel on you tube I was thinking to my self if I could participate in one of you spots and I’m sure I’m not the only one. And here we go again. Few minutes ago my friend and fellow photografer emailed me this link ( sorry I missed it) and one again I’m thinking of meeting you in this event and if I win my friend Dimitry will gladly join me. I’m always saying that his patience and my passion can make a great team!!! Good luck to us! Hope to me you soon. It’s only 5.5 hours from NY))) good luck to us!!!

  253. Brian Todd June 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    CONTNUED: Although my recent commissioned jobs have been kids/families/engagement/wedding photos, what makes me go shoot it action, sports, cityscape, and people. I love getting shots of triathlon, special event athletics, etc. That’s probably why I am so attracted to your work. You take something already really cool (in my eyes), and see how you can express it in a different way, or bring to someones eyes as they want to see it.

  254. Jacqueline Jimenez June 19, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    My journey as a photographer started a couple years ago when my 2nd child was born. Since i then i have realized that this was and is the outlet for my creative side (100% of me), I have been researching, studying, entering in contests, asking questions after questions to learn and grow in this field. This feeling of burning, butterflies, my heart in my throat every time i learn something new has not faded. I have not had the income nor ability to take some classes because i recently moved out of US to help my husband follow his dream career. As much as i have tried my hardest to follow mine i have found myself falling short every time. I just feel helpless sometimes… My career is not where i want it to be and wish so wish with all my heart to learn from the best and become one of the best. To be able to spend two days with people that i admire, people that can take me to whole new level, people that can inspire me to keep going forward even with all the set backs, people that can literally change my life for ever would be an absolute dream come true. Thank you for this amazing opportunity and i will be waiting at my computer biting my nails, with my leg bouncing up and down, nervousness running through me! TO Find out if i am the one :)

  255. Jacqueline Jimenez June 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    My journey as a photographer started a couple years ago when my 2nd child was born. Since i then i have realized that this was and is the outlet for my creative side (100% of me), I have been researching, studying, entering in contests, asking questions after questions to learn and grow in this field. This feeling of burning, butterflies, my heart in my throat every time i learn something new has not faded. I have not had the income nor ability to take some classes because i recently moved out of US to help my husband follow his dream career. As much as i have tried my hardest to follow mine i have found myself falling short every time. I just feel helpless sometimes… My career is not where i want it to be and wish so wish with all my heart to learn from the best and become one of the best. To be able to spend two days with people that i admire, people that can take me to whole new level, people that can inspire me to keep going forward even with all the set backs, people that can literally change my life for ever would be an absolute dream come true. Thank you for this amazing opportunity and i will be waiting at my computer biting my nails, with my leg bouncing up and down, nervousness running through me! TO Find out if i am the one :) My latest work is on my Facebook. Facebook(dot)com/jnf11

  256. Chris Dorwart June 19, 2013 at 5:07 pm #

    I’m a photographer, graphic designer, videographer, social media guru, you name it, I either do it or ill learn it. I currently have a video production internship and I once saw a video where you told the story of you ad your wife living together. You weren’t married and you’d wait for her to get home and you’d take her tip money to develop your film. Well, that’s what I hoped I find in a relationship of mine. I thought I had it but I didn’t. I still understand the love behind it. The reason I bring that up is because I’d really like to come and learn from some of the greatest minds. My internship is for a startup company and the owners have told me they are essentially broke right now. I just see how your future wife believed in you and I see where you’re at today. I’d really like to come and see what it takes to get a startup going and how to network and get clients coming in. We currently have two projects we are working on but don’t have anything once those are done. Even though it’s just an internship, I still really believe I’m this company and my bosses’ work. They have incredible skill and quit they careers to start their own company. I believe in it and I really want it to be a success. Thank you.

    • Chris Dorwart June 19, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

      There are some type-O’s because I posted it from my phone.

  257. Dan Lazar June 19, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    Stuck in a routine reality, and always craving for that creative energy, but often too cautious to take the jump, but I am so ready now that if my mind and soul could speak you will hear WOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA all the way to the West Coast.

    I am a passionate photographer (and yes I am am one of those dreamers who own an autographed Steven Pass). I have dual citizenship and I speak three languages. I can cook. Really. I love to play soccer. Messi considers me the best player. Ever :)

    I live in Miami. I’ve been to Paris. And Rome. And London. And Barcelona. And many other awesome places. I love to travel, for an event or just to catch up with old friends. Bulls flat out refuse to fight me. Because I am skinny. I love snowboarding but I am learning kiteboarding. So I can fly.

    I am honest. I still believe in the promise of a handshake. I always keep my promise. I know how to choose a good wine. I love delicious food. And good deserts. I enjoy stand up comedy.

    I run my own charity. I love helping others. My dad is chess master, but I can draw better. People think I am a good person. And I really am.

    Pick me and you will change my life!

  258. Marlene Schwartz June 19, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    I began seriously honing my art and diligently collecting information about photography over a year ago, though I have been shooting since I was a kid. It originally began as an outlet for artistic expression.When I began shooting senior pictures, family portraits, model/actor headshots, I realized I had found a way to connect with others using my art. It was a mutual exchange for me. It meant so much that these people, who didn’t even know me, would actually pay me to preserve their lifetime memories, It is an investment that I do not undervalue. I have developed my techniques in many different genres of photography but I have yet to really develop a solid business plan. Why? because I have no clue how. I attended college for almost six years majoring in Communication, Psychology and Women’s Studies, only to kick myself for not studying something that would help to advance my career such as Business or Marketing. What I have is persistence, drive and passion, what I lack is the ability to organize and self promote, though I desperately want to. I am blessed with two sons and a husband that support me in every move I make, however my drive comes from the desire to develop a place in the world to call my own. I’m looking to be successful in something more then just domestic duties, As much as I love my boys, I have a deep yearning for an individual identity other then that of just a mother and wife. I want to instill in my boys a sense of ambition. To be afforded an opportunity to be personally educated by some of the best in the field is beyond inspiring. It will give me the tools I need to utilize my skills, to pursue and reach the goals I have set for myself. If you choose me, I will not let you down. Throughout my life I have developed a skill for beating the odds through hard work and relentless desire to find better for myself. My backstory is not a pleasant one. I dropped out of high school in the 9th grade. I spent a couple years as a delinquent before I got pregnant at 17. That’s when I realized what I was becoming and decided to change my course. I got my GED at 19 and enrolled in a community college. Three years later I moved to a bigger city to attend a University. I will bring the same perseverance if chosen to attend this event. My dream is to pursue my love of photography and to help women. I run two pages on Facebook, inspired by women in Rock’n’Roll that are devoted to elevating and inspiring women who may be survivors of abuse.
    Please give me the opportunity to gather this invaluable knowledge so that I can further my own journey. Thank you so much for what you do on Creative Live! It is appreciated and received with gratitude.

  259. Benny Lee June 19, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    Who and why wouldn’t someone want a chance to meet Chase and some of the best minds in the world for a once in a lifetime opportunity? As a final year university student (like everyone I suppose) I’m trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life. 2 years ago Chase was the reason I picked up a camera and taught myself how to use it. That has completely changed my life and the way I see the world. CreativeLIVE has single handedly taught me more than 3 and a half years of my degree. I have an idea right now that I’m developing that in my local market, has close to no competition and a outside the box business strategy to implement it, I’d do anything for the chance to share that with you all. I believe that this will be the defining moment in my life where I’ll be able to learn from the best of the best in their fields and bring my entrepreneurial ideas to life regardless of whether or not I win this competition. So as to answer my previous question, I can think of 15 people in the world right now that don’t need to win this competition: they are already speaking there. PS: having beers with you would also be awesome.

  260. Jack Foskett June 19, 2013 at 5:09 pm #

    Start up of a business is incredibly difficult, keeping that business going takes so much more than hard work. It takes dedication and the proper knowledge to be able to sustain one’s business and scale it correctly without limiting potential. With technology having grown as quickly as it has in the past decade the business model has changed and it is adapt or be left behind. I have started such a business and have felt the crunch of taking my business from a part time gig to a full time endeavor. Going through the basics of a business plan, identifying my niche and market as well as benchmarking success have kept me moving in a positive direction but it is still limited by the one denominator that can’t change without new ideas, that limitation is me and my experience. When I look at my business I see the passion and hard work I’ve put in to it as well as the sacrifices I’ve made (including time spent with my wife/kids) and though I would love to say that I would love to learn the tricks of the trade to work smarter I’m not foolish enough to believe hard work and stepping outside my comfort zone won’t be required. Again its my own limitations I have to overcome, stepping outside of my comfort zone and doing what is necessary to be successful is easily said but without the firsthand knowledge from those who have done it just remains just out of my reach. I could run down my Resume of my past 42 years of life but this is not about the things I have done but what I have yet to accomplish, I am far from being done. Being a part of something where so many others have traveled down that same road to become successful is what I yearn for, seeing the names posted for this workshop gives me chills as I have read most of their stories of their success and the opportunity to be able to hear them speak and pick their minds as well as yours intrigues this business owner who is trying to not forget his limitations but grow is spite of them. I would be honored being awarded such an opportunity and whether I am there in person or watch it online I will make sure I take the points to heart as for me there is nowhere I would rather be than a business owner looking for success.

  261. Alex Berman June 19, 2013 at 5:10 pm #

    It would be really awesome to meet all these people and see what they’re like in person. Tim Ferriss has some great ideas, plus it would be cool to meet Chase. I’ll bring snacks – this is a potluck, right?

  262. Syed Shuttari June 19, 2013 at 5:11 pm #

    My mission in life from last two years have been to connect people in person for learning and teaching.
    I have spent my entire life savings on creating and managing without external funding.
    I want to attend the event and see how can i contribute to the event with my resources and learnings.

  263. Bill Trammel June 19, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    I’m not going to write a bunch of fluff to make me sound more awesome than I am. The reason I want to go is I’ve always wanted to hang out with Tim and Reid, and would simply love to do so. If it helps, I’m a fairly snappy dresser, so that might make for good TV. But that’s beside the point, I’d just love to be there. I just raised $360,000 on Kickstarter because of reading Tim’s book, so it’d be nice to be able to thank him personally.

  264. Jon Stenstrom June 19, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    Tim, my startup is located at the ROCK Health incubator here in Chinatown SF. In running a lean startup with loads of early traction, I’d really like to keep learning from great minds such as yours, Guy’s, and Reid’s

    Keep hustling,

  265. Kim Maroon June 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    This is a HUGE opportunity to connect with the experts, ask tons of questions, get ideas, and light my creative FIRE! I am a self taught photographer, have worked for myself on my own terms, starting really branding myself over this past year, but I’m anxious to take on some bigger projects. I have so many ideas that cross into video, photography, app design, fashion, culture, and art. I’m currently pursuing an MFA in dynamic media (user experience, interactive design, multimedia) while also working constantly at photo and design jobs AND in a retail store for one of the biggest technology companies in the world (cough cough you can probably guess). I’m exposed to amazing technology and gadgets all day yet have no clue how to leap off the hi-dive with my tank of skills and not sink to the bottom. The Secrets of Silicon Valley would shine a huge light on a lot of the stuff for me and help me find out where I can fit in or completely blaze my own trail. Thank you!!!

  266. Christopher G Keene June 19, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    I want to come to the CreativeLIVE “Secrets from Silicon Valley” workshop because I’m 25, just quit my job to move across the country and start a business, and I’ve demonstrated a consistent commitment to personal growth and helping others, and I know this event could bring it to the next level. Over the last 2 years I lost 100 pounds, went from unemployed to working for a media startup airing TV in hundreds of thousands of homes across the country, put on dozens of concerts with young singers and choirs throughout New England, and had the opportunity to speak and present at state conferences for educators and musicians to packed houses. I want to attend this event to take all that I’ve done and all I’ve learned in studying business, entrepreneurship, and personal growth and elevate it to the next level.

    I’ve read the books and blogs of most of the teachers on the panel and I know seeing them in person and working with them can help me gain the tools and insight I need to improve the lives of millions through my work. Being able to connect with the other attendees and students at the workshop would also be a fantastic experience, as each would have so much to share and give, and I would be so excited for the opportunity to help them in their journeys as well.

    My mission is to get the world singing again, here is a video of a community sing I led in college, many more available on the youtube cannel and my website,

    Thank you so much for the opportunity, I promise I won’t let you down.

  267. Peter Marko June 19, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    Hey Chase, I’ve been following your work and videos online for a while now, mainly because I feel we think in a very similar way when it comes to the business side of photography. I believe I have already learned a lot from you but I would love to meet you in person to get an even better perspective on your way of doing business as a photographer. Also, when I saw the list of all the entrepreneurs attending, I was truly impressed. The event is going to be a concentrated know-how bonanza on steroids for sure. Whoever is going to attend this event will definitely find a recipe on how to turn a hobby into a business and a great lifestyle in a shortest time possible.
    But most importantly, 2 days hanging out with you, absorbing some knowledge and having you as a mentor would be an extremely valuable experience for me and my gorgeous wife who is also a big fan yours.
    See you at the airport:)

  268. Flavio June 19, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    I want to learn the secrets to stand out from a crowded comment page like this One.

  269. Donny D June 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    1. Learn. I’m going to take this experience and soar to the next level.
    2. Network
    3. Meet my favorite author and chase…who the hell wouldn’t want to me these guys!
    4. Take my businesses to the next level.
    5. Ask questions!
    6. Life’s for living- I’ll be smiling in the audience having the time of my life.


  270. Samantha Adams June 19, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

    Wow! What an amazing opportunity to meet a group of OUTSTANDING people.

    Why would you pick me?

    My name is Samantha. I am 23 years old and I am proud to say I have turned my passion for photography into my very own business, thanks to Sue Bryce, Leah Remillet & the business advice of many of the people above. Tim Ferriss completely changed the way I looked at my life and my business. Before I ever started my business, his books helped me believe in myself and my ability to follow my dreams. Chase, you were the first photographer who’s work made me stop dead in my tracks…and think…THIS is what I want to do with my life – be a photographer. It’s a simple as that. It took me years to find my own niche…and now that I know what I am truly PASSIONATE about (photographing women + couples in love) I am determined to never give up. I love my work and I’m striving to learn everything I possibly can about photography, business and serving others humbly.

    I’ve never been to the west coast, so to have the opportunity just to GO THERE as well as the opportunity to MEET EACH OF YOU would definitely be a dream come true. I am determined not to let anyone stop me…I am determined not only to THRIVE, but once I get there to HELP others do the same!! This is what I believe each of you are doing by offering this amazing event. I would be so truly honored to be chosen. I will make each of you proud. I want to give back one day just as each of you are doing!!

    I am ready.

    Samantha Adams

  271. Michael Kershner June 19, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    I have been working in the film industry for almost 10 years now and have become disillusioned by the 12 hour day, no time for life, way of life. I have endless business ideas that I write down in my phone, whenever ever they pop into my head and just recently thought of my best idea yet. I also, just finished reading the 4 Hour Work week this week, which has inspired me to go after that idea. I am at a a pivotal moment in my life and am really inspired to change it right now and this event would not only give me tons of knowledge, but would spring board me forward into doing what I really want.

  272. James Faucette June 19, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    We are told that so much that is going on around us is being done in “good faith.”

    You know what? Transparency is the ultimate expression of “good faith”

    Many on the schedule have made it their mission to bring transparency to diverse pursuits: photography, venture capital, real estate, networking, etc.

    I want to see what happens when all of that comes together at one time, in one place.

  273. Levi Bechtel June 19, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    I’m a young photographer and videographer looking to improve the success of my career. I’m looking to get my first big breakthrough job. I’m constantly learning and looking to integrate the principles and success from Silicon Valley. I received my undergrad from CU Boulder. While my schooling has helped me artistically, I feel that most modern art schools lack business training. I follow your lineup constantly, and have watched all your live shows. Pick me, and I know I would provide relevant entertaining questions!

  274. Nikhil Goel June 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    I am the founder of Bitcast (, an online community & marketplace that will change technology education forever. Two days ago, we received funding for our company, and we moved to San Francisco to pursue our dream, working on Bitcast 12+ hours a day.

    I’ve read every word that Tim Ferris has ever written (online or in his books), I fed myself through college by creating WordPress websites, I’ve had every one of my job opportunities because of LinkedIn, and as a former Google Product Manager intern, I’m a long-time admirer of Megan Smith. I would give absolutely anything to meet these people who have changed my life.

    More importantly, the information I gain in these two days will likely give Bitcast the extra push to succeed as a company. Attending in person would be invaluable as we continue this journey to grow.


  275. Danny Raede June 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    Look, like everyone else, I have a sob story. I’ve been through the shit, more than most people. I was diagnosed with Aspergers when I was 12. But this isn’t about me at all.

    This is about who I help. Me and my biz partner both have Aspergers, and teach others with Aspergers and Autism (and their parents) how to understand the Aspergers mind, as well as personal development, so they can thrive and get out from under their staggering limitations.

    Lots of folks need our help, and right now we are trying to grow our business to help reach them, and change more lives. This would immensely help with that.

    So why do I want to join you? Because together we can change the lives of the 1 in 50 that is diagnosed with some form of Autism.

  276. David Knox June 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    I want to network with you and the rest of these people to bring life to a long time business idea that I’ve had that I’ve never been able to get rolling. I’ve never found anyone with the imagination to see where it could go.The best way to describe it to you Tim is “The 4 Hour Lawyer”.

  277. annette alexander June 19, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    I am a 46 year old unemployed woman. I found my passion for photography about 4 years ago. For the past year or so my every awake moment has been dedicated to photography. I’ve listened to the words of Sue Bryce so carefully and intensely that I found the courage and a way to open a studio this past May. I’m working so very hard on my education (sometimes it’s overwhelming) trying to learn the business and technical aspect of photography but I’m very encouraged. I’m finally about to purchase my 28 day challenge (I’ve been wanting it for months now) as soon as I finish this post. I believe it holds all the missing links to my studio success in it.

    The reason I want to come to participate in this event is because for me this would be a chance of a lifetime. To be able to be in the company of so many knowledgeable professionals and learn (in person, first hand) would be give me the tools that I need so badly to succeed and can’t get anywhere else. Without this opportunity I’m just another aspiring photographer with a dream…..with this opportunity I’m a aspiring photographer with a dream, a plan and direction. Thank You

  278. Thomas Ciszek June 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    To Chase and Selection Committee: I’d like to attend creativeLIVE to forge new relationships with the world’s most creative entrepreneurs in Valley to build a knowledge bridge to the Beach in Southern California where our team is beginning a journey of growing a great company of our own. As an added bonus, I’d enjoy documenting and sharing #creativeLIVE vigorously and globally with words, photos and video.

  279. sherri innis June 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    Choose me, because I’m chasing perfection.

    We are who we hang with – so it’s time to make some new friends. What an incredible opportunity to do just that; not bothering with the wannabes, has beens, think-in-a-box minds along the way; rather cutting to the front of the line to hang out, be inspired by, grab a drink with the top creative entrepreneurs and business minds in the world. allez!

    <> Vince Lombardi

  280. sherri innis June 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm #

    argh – quote for above comment:

    “Gentlemen, we are going to relentlessly chase perfection, knowing full well we will not catch it, because nothing is perfect. But we are going to relentlessly chase it, because in the process we will catch excellence.”

  281. Phil Berry June 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    It would be a great next book… The 4 Hr Flight. Actually a little less but no worries. I have the hyper creative mind of a 2 yr old, the energy of a Starbucks Barista on rock, and the ability to fake
    it until I make it. Sounds like an uber fantastic event to be a part of.

  282. Natalie Houde June 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Hi Chase, I want to go to this life changing workshop because I am at a point in my business that I clearly need direction. I have the skill part down but the business aspect has been a definite challenge for me. In theory, I understand what I need to do but I don’t have a clear understanding on how to implement it. I am hoping that if selected, I will be able to learn the skills that I need to have to create and manage a profitable and satisfying business. I now have all the time I need to invest in it, but need the skills in how to run a business and generate an income. I am the wife of a deployed husband and have been working at this since his first deployment in 2009. Hopefully he will be home for good this year, but we are not sure how soon he will find work, so this is a very opportune time.

    Thank you for your consideration!

  283. Teresa O'Keefe June 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Tony Soprano just died of a heart attack at 51! My company (launching as we speak!) for the first time, gives consumers a clinical health risk score based on lifestyle based on 8 biomarkers requiring a blood draw. It was developed by researchers affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University (I have a Masters degree from JHU). MyBodyCount is a consumer product but we are building a patent-pending Health Score Credit Bureau to facilitate incentives from any Sponsor with a monetary interest in consumers’ health. The obvious channels are employers and health plans (our business model scalability), but we can also open up sponsorship to life insurers, wealth managers, pharma and any other entity with a relationship based on a consumer’s health, productivity or longevity.

    We were literally going to release our PR tomorrow, but in light of the Gandolfini news, we may wait until Monday. To see the video on our website (of me) go here:

    If our website is not up, its because we are making last minute changes. We are giving the score to the public and crowdsourcing feedback while we are preparing for our first launch, later this year with employers as a Wellness program.

    • Teresa O'Keefe June 19, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

      Soooo….I’ve been in startups for 15 years and bootstrapping this one based on another successful one that was sold to Concur (CNQR). I would love to get insights on moving this past initial stages to a revenue-generating company. I have done customer development for 2 years. We have pivoted 3 times on go-to-market and more on product concept. We have customers, market need, verbal commitment to funding (whatever that means), and great momentum with Hopkins – a meeting with the President, and other execs on July 11th.

      We are going to change healthcare by turning current incentive models upside down and putting control into the hands of the consumer. I’m a healthcare veteran. Healthcare chews up and spits out carpetbaggers. Other innovations don’t know how to navigate it. I got that. I need startup mentoring and frankly the community here sucks.

  284. Talonda June 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Oh how amazing this would be…! I’m a 29 year old female who lives in New York. I come from an old school family who is completely against being an entrepreneur because it is considered the impossible. However, I’ve burst through many impossibles before. Starting as a teen mom, I managed to quickly start a business at 22, earn a PhD by 26 and realize that the world has no boundaries. I’m preparing to open the doors to my new business this summer and re-reading pages of the 4 hour work week like it’s the holy grail of literature is not going to sustain me for much longer! I’m ready to get in the presence of some boundary breakers and become further inspired through others with an incredible knowledge base. With this experience, I hope to change not only the world of my family but of the community that I live in also. It’s time to shake up perceptions with innovation and more creativity that shouldn’t be confined to the likes of Silicon Valley. I’m ready!

  285. patrick darmody June 19, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    I’m a pretty decent guy to drink with.

  286. Tobin Smith June 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    Over the past year we (my wife Sarah and I) have attended more than 10 creativeLIVE workshops, including 3 of Sue Bryce’s, and we have purchased more than 60 courses and watched many others. Because of creativeLIVE we have taken our photography business to a place that supports us full time (and not just us, but supports a life with 2 kids in an expensive city like Vancouver).

    We have some great plans for our business and being able to surround ourselves (myself in this case) with these kinds of minds is a giant game changer. It would deliver an opportunity to feed off genius and to explore the potential of our campaign to “photography responsibly”.

  287. lisa June 19, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

    I am always trying to be around people who are better and smarter than myself and hope some of it rubs off! My mission is to help people move, feel and look better and have fun while doing it! Always up for a spontaneous adventure…so bring it on! Thanks for your time and consideration… :)

  288. julie foskett June 19, 2013 at 5:25 pm #

    Top 5 reasons you should pick me…

    1. I live in AZ and it’s hotter than #$!*% right now. Don’t believe me? Check my instagram feed. (foskett creative) I just attempted to fry an egg on the sidewalk in front of my house. (As an added bonus a flight from AZ to SF is much cheaper for your wallet, so you should like that!)

    2. My husband an I are really fun to be around. We are polar opposites which make conversations really interesting! I run Foskett Creative Photography and he runs Vortex Cinema Production. We frequently debate the importance of Photographers versus Videographers…. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face and guaranteed to need help with our business plans.

    3. I REALLY hate the business side of things. I am passionate about photography… business practices… not so much… If I won the lottery I would still shoot weddings… but I would let someone else handle the business side of thing. I just want to create images, not business plans. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

    4. You should pick me because I never refuse an opportunity to try something new. It’s a personal policy of mine. Whether it’s to ride a bull, take photos from a cherry picker or eat some strange new food… I believe you should never turn down and opportunity. No matter how scared I am, I just may like the experience. If I don’t, then I just got to know myself a little bit better. (but please don’t ask me to bungee cord jump, I would have to agree and I really don’t want to!)

    5. Pick me out of pity. I really would like to beat my husband. He NEVER lets me win at anything. If you pick my comment as more compelling then his, I will have at least one win under my belt. (after 10 years of marriage!) I would really like to win at something!

  289. Amar Patel June 19, 2013 at 5:25 pm #


    My name is Amar, and I love entrepreneurship. I want to attend for the simple reason of helping my parents and myself to get out of the rat race that is perpetuated by our culture, and deliver true value to society by using my ideas, not my time. My parents raised me on welfare, and taught me the value of hard work. Because their sacrifices, I applied myself and got a full scholarship to UC Berkely’s Haas School of Business.

    My mother is a teacher, and my father doesn’t have a college degree, and works at a call center. Without a plan for their future, I want them to enjoy the fruits of the education and opportunities they weren’t able to have. With your help, I can solidify my business plans, and seek mentorship to be successful, and hopefully mentor future generations.

    Thanks for your time,

  290. Kiah Hochstetler June 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    Why do you want to join me at the creativeLIVE event? Each interaction a person has with the people of shared common interests but different location strengthens the entrepreneurial community as a whole. Living in BFE Montana and maintaing the drive to create, pursue ideas, and grow my community take interaction with people in other markets. A person is only as good as those he spends time with and if we intend to spread entrepreneurship and excellence people like myself need to stay in our communities and not flock to central hubs, but draw from them.


  291. Ryan June 19, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

    Tim, Chris, Pamela and others have been a huge influence in my decision to get out of the cubicle and live life a little less conventionally. Since the beginning of the year I’ve been (willfully) living out of my vehicle, traveling across the West Coast, climbing, hiking, and exploring the great outdoors. In that time, I’ve rediscovered my creative energy, namely through writing and photography, and am trying to inspire others to get out there to see and experience the world instead of watching their life pass by from behind a desk!

  292. Gena June 19, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    I’m an older woman with a fresh college degree looking to find a way to use the untapped potential of the force that women in my stage of life can be for creating beauty and good in the world. I want to help other women who have raised their families use their talents and abilities to make the world a better place. I would spend the time listening and absorbing every bit of information I could to “become the good I wish to see in the world”.

  293. Greg Blome June 19, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    Surrounding yourself with smarter people is some of the best advice I’ve heard. Where better to find these individuals than at this event. This would be a dream course for me and my current startup. Understanding more about Silicon Valley what venture capitalists are looking for will be very valuable to us, as we will soon be seeking an investment. Learning from those who have proven they can build a business is just so interesting to me. Taking some risks early in my life is the path I have chosen, and making a stop in San Fran can only improve my chances of creating some disrupting products.

  294. Jim Crimella June 19, 2013 at 5:27 pm #

    For the opportunity to buy the man a beer who drastically changed my life’s course for the better would be the greatest gift I could ever think of. You and your books have changed my life. The Four Hour Workweek opened my eyes to a completely different world of opportunity. Though I’ve been through several muses and have yet to find one that I can truly give my all to I am eternally grateful to you for putting such a masterpiece into the world. After two years of fighting bureaucracy at the school I taught at I was successfully allowed to teach a personal finance class of my own design. Your Four Hour Workweek was the only book I required my students to read the entire semester. They did each of the exercises and their response was truly amazing. Know that that book not only changed my life but the lives of all of the students I’ve had study your book. If that we’re not enough you brought at 4 Hour Body and 4 Hour Chef two books I’m actively implementing into my life. For all you have done for me and my family I can think of nothing better then to have the chance to meet you, buy you a beer, and truly say THANK YOU!

    While there, I know I would have a second to none opportunity to absorb information from so many wonderful entrepreneurs and my wish would be that I could someday repay the generosity. I would to speak with you regarding how we could potentially develope curriculum for public schools with a true entrepreneurship flair that only Tim Ferriss could help develop. I sincerely hope I get the chance to buy you that beer and have you meet my wife who’s expecting our 2nd child at the end of July (a girl this time, god help me)!!!

  295. Rajat June 19, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    Tim, I have failed with starting up so many times( last count was 3) that I believe that I am destined to be an ENTREPRENEUR, nothing but an ENTREPRENEUR. I have failed, mostly because I get over ambitious.
    In failure, I found few technological innovations that I copyrighted. One of them is rid the world of Slums.
    I am sure you have seen or heard about Slumdog Millionaire, The kids who acted in that film still do not have a proper house. I took the challenge and developed/ still developing “innovoplastic”.
    Innovoplastic will rid the world of “FEET( Food, energy and environment trilemma )and create ” Barefeet Entrepreneurs”.
    I am willing to learn to commercialize the idea/ technology with your mentoring and teaching. I want to be there to learn from the best.

    Remember, NatureWorks!!

  296. Jordan Thompson June 19, 2013 at 5:29 pm #

    Hey Chase! My pal Taylor and I would be thrilled to come to San Francisco, and here’s why:

    – We would hugely benefit from Secrets from the Silicon Valley! We are fun dudes in our mid-twenties, looking to launch our own creative company together. (photo & video) …Did I just say we are fun dudes?
    – We live in Portland – Hey that’s a cheap plane ticket! And did someone say beer? Porlanders love their beer.
    – We are lifelong learners. To be able to attend a CreativeLive in person with such a stacked lineup is a dream. Our strength is being creative, and a weekend amongst yourself and other entrepreneurs like Reid Hoffman & Megan Smith would really help sharpen our skill sets.
    – As a humble thank you if we were chosen, we would document the whole trip and share it online to our 30K+ followers throughout the weekend. That’s not the largest audience, but we’d like to do anything we can to spread the world about the CreativeLive & Chase Jarvis brand we have come to love.

    Thanks for considering us! We will see you soon regardless, even if it is on the computer screen!

  297. Mandy Duncan June 19, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    I am a portrait photographer with ambitions of photo/storytelling the lives of the next generation of world shakers and movers, especially those of women and persons who succeeded and will succeed against all odds. My ultimate goal is to tell ‘the story’ in pictures. It would be great to attend this gala event with you and do a “picture cast” (tell the presenters’ story in a picture) that will be worth a million words (and dollars☺). I would donate the “picture cast masterpiece” to you and your team.

  298. Christian Trosclair June 19, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

    I’m from New Orleans. I live, work and create here. Though I spend my time solving non-Silicon Valley problems, having access to the collective knowledge and experience of these accomplished individuals might make the difference from helping hundreds of people to hundreds of thousands.

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  299. Liza June 19, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    Because I am ready. Because I am destined to shine!

  300. Chris Hardman June 19, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    I want to learn, be inspired, have fun, and experience greatness.

  301. Andy June 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    I would love to hang out with you Chase, and all these other fantastic people to hopefully spin some insanely interesting ideas around. I’m trying to constantly as His Neilness says, “Make Good Art” and it’s always great to see other fantastic people with great ideas to spur more ideas of your own right? So, I would love to hang out in San Fran and talk cameras, technology, and pretty much anything else with this amazing group of people. :) Thanks for sharing your awesomeness!

  302. Jessica Karalash June 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    Coming to the Valley, experiencing the workshop and meeting some of these individuals in person will propel my start-up and my personal growth. I am working on a startup that I plan to take to a successful exit, and become an angel investor, then be part of a VC.

    Each of these amazing minds have such valuable lessons and strategies to offer and teach, that I can apply to my startup and my life experience. Chris Guillebeau’s $100 Startup has been an influential book in my life and business, as has all 3 of Tim’s books. All of the guests are people that I admire, respect and would love to learn from and experience the course in-person. Being there in-person and having the experience is invaluable, and will give me more knowledge, power and growth – both in my business and personal life.

    I signed up for the CreativeLive online course over a month ago, and have been waiting in anticipation for it. I also entered to win on TechCrunch and called support at CreativeLive studios to see if there was any way to get in the audience.

    Attending and participating in this workshop would take my startup and my personal growth to the next level! Thank you for the opportunity Chase and Tim! Looking forward to hearing from you!

  303. Tim June 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    I’d love to be there because I quit my job just last week to start my business. This would be the perfect next step forward. It’s like divine intervention! Pick me!

  304. Treed June 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    Who is John Galt?

  305. Brandon Hawkins June 19, 2013 at 5:32 pm #

    I have made a very solid career out of the ability to make money for other people. It’s what I’m good at, and what I’ve been taught to do. Day in, and day out, I get a small percentage of the not-so-small fortunes I’ve made for others. Never enough to get ahead, but always just enough so that I don’t quit. That’s not a way to live your life.

    On the other hand, because of my ability to generate money for others – I’ve had the opportunity to work many positions, in many different fields: I’ve been everything from a bartender to a Flagship Retail Manager. I’ve been an Operations Director for a multi-national company, and I’ve beat the streets as a Vegas club promoter. I’ve sold cell phones (and at one point, frozen steaks) door to door out of the back of a car. I’ve even been the Vice President of a personal development company. In short – I’ve acquired such a dynamic and ranging skill-set that I think the ONLY logical step is to start making money for myself, instead of everyone else.

    But, (sigh) that’s where trouble comes into paradise. I’m currently working as Director of Marketing and Brand Development for a major Las Vegas nightclub, which takes up about 25 hours a day. A chance to spend 48 hours with some of the world’s best minds–for me–isn’t about just getting out of the rat race and making more money. It’s the chance to get ideas out into the world. To create something that will outlive the people that start it. It’s a chance to change the lives of people, or the change the way the world works: It’s the chance to help not only myself, but others, turn their dreams into reality.

    Judging by the amount of replies so far, I’ve got a roughly 1/300 chance of changing the world. That’s not something you get to say everyday. Here’s to longshots!

  306. Chris Morgan June 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    The simple answer is I’m dedicated to learning. As a 25-year-old from Nashville, I’m willing to listen, learn and apply the techniques from this incredible CL event to launching my own start-up with my best friend. It’s become overwhelmingly clear that I was not cut out to work for anyone other than myself. And I know the next 2 days will prepare and inspire to me to do great work. Thanks for your consideration.

    P.S. Last time I visited California, I only got to see SoCal and would love my first trip to San Fran to possibly be the most life-changing event in my young life thus far.

  307. Jenelle Taylor June 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Women. Pick this pair of entrepreneurial minds to shake up the SV scene and bring a Midwest values-big thinker perspective. We are two sisters who *are* changing the world. It’s time you met us.

  308. Aaron June 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    Me! It’s me! God fucking damnit! I will drop everything to make this gig. My guest is in SF already. We are doing some shit you’ve never even heard of and it is fucking awesome. Let me come to this thing!

  309. Romall Smith June 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    So why do I want to join the event? cause I spent 11 years working in fast food, as a subway sandwich artist, knowing my life has been destine for so much more. There is no way i can ever go back to working for someone else. I think meeting some of the 1%ers and having them impart there knowledge on me could be the breakthrough energy i need.

    I am an entrepreneur at heart. I started my first business when i was 6 by melting crayons on to small pieces of paper and selling them door to door. Then in middle school i would buy candy at wholesale and sell it just under retail during lunch. I came out of highschool and went all in on starting an entertainment company. It tanked but i don’t regret a single minute of it. I have never given up the dream and have a dozen ideas. Right now i run a fitness company that seeks to turn geeks in to freaks. letting them live that childhood fantasy by looking and feeling like the comic book characters they have read about for decades. It start out of an MLM i got involved in but has slowly begun to evolve in to my own business.

  310. Samantha Adams June 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    I know I’m not the best photographer out there. I will continue learning until the day I die, but I truly believe that what I have to offer is an incredible service for my clients, and I truly believe in my ability to build an amazing business.

    I know I’m young, but I have soaked up every bit of knowledge about business, productivity, and service I can find since the age of 16. I’ve worked in many industries including the medical field, catering, hospitality, and being an executive assistant to two CEO’s. I believe it’s not just a coincidence that I’ve been exposed to so many amazing business people and CEO’s that I’ve had the opportunity to learn from. I decided at the beginning of this year that FEAR would not hold be back any longer. I believe in what I do, I believe learning from great minds that have come before me, and I believe that I can be successful beyond my WILDEST DREAMS.

    I don’t have an amazing story to tell other than the truth, my truth. I’m a southern woman from North Carolina that’s lived in 5 states in the past 10 years. I’ve been married and divorced. I’ve had more “life experience” than most 35 year olds.

    This all has led to my current beliefs…my current REALIZATION that life doesn’t wait. I could let it slip by and become another nobody…but I have decided to make something of my life. That is what I intend to do. If you’re doing this to share knowledge with someone who is determined to put it to use, and not make excuses, than choose me.

    I am ready.

    Samantha Adams

  311. Brady Kesling June 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    I’m an independent filmmaker from the Midwest who has lived a life of varied experience. I’ve been a radio deejay, 9-1-1
    operator, limo driver, military intelligence linguist, magic shop clerk, journalist, actor, warehouse store cashier, boudoir photographer, police and fire dispatcher, television producer and director, mentalist, pizza maker, magazine writer, independent filmmaker, talk show host and emergency medical technician… to name a few.

    Lately, I’ve discovered the books and blogs of Tim Ferriss. The concept of Lifestyle Design intrigues me. I’m far from living a designer life, but it’s a work in progress. I’m also producing and directing an independent feature film (currently funding, very slowly, on Kickstarter: I’d truly love and appreciate the opportunity to pick the brains of the creativeLIVE crew.

    But you guys have to promise not to tell my employer that I’m not “sick” at home on Thursday. Deal?

  312. Jordan Rushing June 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm #

    I am very excited about this opportunity. I’m currently in college and have been an entrepreneur my entire life, having my own businesses since I was 12. Currently I am in college going part time, while working full time to pay the bills, and learning Ruby on Rails to develop the website for my very first startup.
    I’m very excited about this venture and I know being in attendance to this venue would 100% be life changing and help me go down the correct path of entrepreneurship. I’m willing to be missing the Bruins game for this, that’s how much I want this. Not to mention cracking a beer and sharing stories with all of these badass brainiacs is exactly what I’m all about! Thanks for putting this out there for us, and when I become much more successful soon, I’ll be sure to return the favor to the next wave of thinkers!
    -Jordan Rushing, CEO of Patentflip

  313. Mary Jo June 19, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    Hi Chase, I would love to win this because I’m at the point in my business where I could really use the infusion of some great out-of-the-box thinkers. I burnt out going the corporate route with my designs after 7 years, and re-started a new line made here in the U.S. but outside of the traditional business model of reps, trade shows,etc. using my organic following and social media to sell my line…I have hit a plateau and need to re-think the business plan and would be thrilled to have the opportunity for some brilliant face-to-face advice.

    Mary Jo

  314. Carlos D. June 19, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    I’ve been struggling to launch a business for the last year and the materials produced by both the Creative Live team and Chase’s blog have helped really mold my approach for my next attempt.

    Dealing with chronic pain and managing one’s life to the point of starting your day on a solid baseline can be excruciatingly difficult. It’s moments like those days where the pain is unbearable that you can barely leave the house, that Creative Live has really been a blessing for me. Being able to learn at my own pace and push through the down moments and having the information stick has meant everything to me.

    You want a compelling answer? How about never giving up. See, I’ve already won. Being able to watch this from home tomorrow means I’m going to gain knowledge that will explode the work I’m putting in right now.

    Being with you all in the studio just means I get a chance to say “Thank You” face-to-face. I’m looking forward to the material in any case.

    Thanks again,


  315. longlongmangi June 19, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    My older brother’s a dang good photographer. We currently live together in South Korea (from Oregon). I’m a filmmaker and he is an english teacher/aspiring photographer. Biggest trouble is: he suffers from depression. He would LOVE to be a full-time photographer, but whenever he reaches out…the doubts and depression and fear grab onto him and drag him back. I think this opportunity could truly rejuvenate his creative spirit…(not to mention my own)…and energize him to press on. It would be stellar to bring him to an amazing place where he can hear and learn from the best minds of today. Plus, I’d love to hear about your Kilimanjaro Journey in person.

    잘 가요!

    -S from Korea,

  316. Sergio Flores June 19, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    I was 7 years old when my mom brought me to the US. We were undocumented. For the last 23 years I have lived in the US hiding in the shadows because of the fear of deportation. I was blessed to have taken up photography in recent years, because unlike other jobs/professions where one has to prove if you are legally allowed to work or not. Photography has helped me immensely, from the simple fact that I don’t have to prove a legal status in the US to be able to provide the photos my customers hire me for.

    Fast forward….in 2012 President Obama declares that kids who came into the US before they were 16 years of age, who also – graduated from HS, have no criminal background, are self-sufficient (photography!!) and are under 31 years (just barely!) could apply for a work permit, a SSN, DL etc…! WOW!!!! I got lucky to be able to apply for the permit and now I can not wait to show people what kids like me (D.R.E.A.M.E.R.S) can actually bring to the economy, infrastructure, and culture of this great country.

    So by choosing me, you are all showing your support of the American Dream, and isn’t that the point of the seminar?
    To better one’s self? To improve? To grow?
    I bet in the majority of companies that are being represented at that seminar you have a substantial amount of people from other countries that are here to live that dream.. to do the $100 start up (Chris Guillebeau), to work at companies like Google/Apple/Oracle all in the Silicon Valley.

    Great minds. Americans. Immigrants.

    Reid Hoffman, Founder LinkedIn & Ben Casnocha, entrepreneur (The Start-up of You)
    Tim Ferriss, New York Times bestselling author (Solving your Business Problems)
    David Goldberg, CEO Survey Monkey (The Art of Asking a Question)
    Pamela Slim, Business coach and author of Escape From Cubicle Nation
    Megan Smith, VP of Google[x] (Networks Effects: 21st Century Collaboration and Opportunities)
    Guy Kawasaki, New York Times bestselling author (The Art of Enchantment)
    Glenn Kelman, CEO of Redfin (How to Sell Your Company without Selling Your Soul)
    Sarah Leary & Nirav Tolia, Co-founders of Nextdoor (Look Before you Leap: How to Evaluate a Business Idea)
    Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow (Lessons from 15 Years in Tech)
    Toni Schneider, CEO of WordPress (Managing a Distributed Workforce)
    Gary Swart, CEO of oDesk (How to Get More Done)
    Niniane Wang, CTO of Minted (Creating a Great Website on a Budget)

    All these guys ^… they were all once “The Little Guy”.

    Hope you choose me.

    The Little Guy.

  317. Michael Auerbach June 19, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    Why pick me? Because I would literally try to run there from Austin if it meant I could be there. Don’t think I would make it in time though.

    I’m 24, and I own my own door to door Home Automation sales company. I figured out my last year of college that I wanted to own my own business, so I took 51 credits that year in order to finish up my degree ASAP. Midway through that year I started my own Home Automation company in order to build up capital so I could travel and then be able to start another company that could have a chance of changing the world.

    I’ve got about one more year of doing this and then I will be ready to continue on to the next venture. I just recently moved my business to Austin to be in an exciting place where things are changing rapidly. I would love to come to San Francisco and meet numerous people who’s words and moves I’ve been following for years and see their ideas and energy in person!

  318. Aaron June 19, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    If I win, since my guest is already in town, can we rent a 1600 series Leprecon theatrical lighting controller for my job so my L2 can do my job while I’m gone? That would be rad.

  319. Chris Baker June 19, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    My name is Christopher Baker, 23 years old.

    I am heavily dyslexic, and have always found learning difficult. However, this has never stopped me from giving up. Even my parents did not believe I was bright enough to obtain a degree, however working hard in the classroom and on the sports field, I managed to obtain scholarship to North Carolina where I played college golf and study Business and Entrepreneurship for four years.

    In those four years and learning principles from the 4 Hour Work Week, I managed to set up my own art business selling art of work around the world by the artist Banksy. Creative Live even helped me develop this business when I bought Lewis Howes “launching a business online” course on 12/02/2012. Not knowing exactly what I wanted to do after university. I realised, that I needed to surround myself with the right people – as I am a strong believer “you are the average of the five people you associate yourself the most”

    I hustled my ass off for 3 months emailing every person, contact and professor I had, and realised that San Francisco was the place I needed to be. I spent hours and hours then trying to find a place/company to work for, and found an amazing company called The Monkey Inferno – Michael Birch company. I saw there tag line on angle “we dream up cool internet ideas and make them.” I had no idea even how to build a website. But I knew this place was for me.

    I emailed and emailed them, hustled and hustled till the CEO called Shaan Puri, gave me an opportunity to prove myself as an Intern. I have been here three weeks and learning so much, but I feel I could do so much more and would love to meet the likes of Tim Ferris and Guy Kawasaki as they have had such a huge impact on my life. In the three weeks I have been here I have developed my latest project called (please feel free to check it out).

    I realise you have two offices, one in San Fran and one in Seattle. If chosen I would fly to Seattle to make an opportunity like this happen, it would be nothing but a dream to make this happen. (or just catch a taxi if in San Fran!)

    I am young and hungry, I realise and know I am not perfect or the smartest person, but I will never stop believing in myself to create something that makes a real difference. I just want to keep learning and developing as a person. And most of all prove all those people who said you cant go after your dreams.

    Please do feel free to contact me if you have any more questions in the mean time, or



  320. Nicholas Carter June 19, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Running my own business and leaving the 9-5 workforce has been the ultimate goal for me. I’ve already been allowed to work my current position remotely, which allows me more time to work on my entrepreneurial endeavors. I’m looking to completely break the bonds of the rat race, and I need to surround myself with the best and brightest to expedite the process. I want to hack success.

  321. Ronnie June 19, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    My adopted mission statement in life is ‘To help interesting people do interesting things’.

    All of the experts listed are all one of the world’s most interesting people who have have changed the world and helped people better their lives and businesses. I would love to absorb their lessons and experiences and be able to do the same.

  322. Mike Cronan June 19, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Because I am godamn sick and tired of doing the right thing the safe way my entire life. I need a challenge and some impetus to kick start a new phase of my life.

  323. Robert S. June 19, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Why do you want to join me at the event?

    I don’t have time for this right now, I’m too busy launching my latest company. I have important things to get done, I’m behind schedule and the list keeps getting bigger. You shouldn’t have even offered this. Your presenter list reads like the top row of my book shelf. It’s scary, I think that’s how you formed the lineup. I should put this off until I’m a raging success, right? OK, I know, I know – Ugh, I’ll work it late in case my name come up. UNBELIEVABLE

  324. Xavier de Ryckel June 19, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    My guts told me to apply.

  325. Josh Abbott June 19, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    I’m an online business owner, marathon runner, thousand mile bicycle tourer, eBay PowerSeller, Amazon/Barnes and Noble best seller eBook author, global philanthropist (funding and constructing a library in Sri Lanka), innovator, and a total workout/nutrition fanatic. I just became financially independent a month ago after quitting my job and I am ready to take my business to the next level.

  326. Rajat Gupta June 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    This is something I would be proud to keep as a milestone in my resume since it might just be once in a lifetime opportunity.
    I could use this opportunity to make that big change that I want to make as an artist. I’ve been at various award platforms but getting to meet these folks and you is a big reward that I would be proud to achieve.

  327. Pulkit Pandit June 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Tim, I could sit here and go on and on about how I was one of the less fortunate growing up and always had a desire to succeed or about how at an early age I started showing entrepreneurial attributes, but I’m not going to do that today. Instead, I’m first going to point out how the very act of setting up this contest was to jumpstart this campaign with followers, a brilliant marketing campaign. I realized early on that the only” secret” to success is that there is no secret, there are no short cuts. Nevertheless, people will still cling onto this contest and revel in the idea of meeting you and the brilliant minds of Silicon Valley, who all already know this “secret.” Most will try to pull out all their heart wrenching stories as to why they want to be part of this event, I will not. I will give you the honest answer as to why I want to be a part of this, the answer is that I don’t know – but I feel that this is the path for me. I know this is where my life path is taking me, and I know who I am and what I’m capable of. Receiving this opportunity or not won’t affect who I am or affect where I’m going, I think this is ultimately the type of person you want to see succeed – this is the type of person you want to choose. So Tim, you see, I’ve already made your choice for you. Talk to you soon.

  328. Andre Joanisse June 19, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    Creativity, Vision, Business, Passion – all four are needed to be a successful creative. I will be the first to admit that I am short on the business side. By attending your San Francisco Master Classes, that will truly get me on my way to finding out how to best optimise the business side of my creative photography passion.

  329. Derek Keepers June 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Thank you so much for this opportunity.

    I want to go to this event and meet you and the others because it will change the course of my socially-conscious start up. Two years ago my wife and I created SwapServe, a website where people can sign up to volunteer with local non-profits and get free stuff from local businesses as a thank you. We’ve worked extra jobs, taken out personal loans, run up credit cards, and everything else possible to make this project happen. We obviously want our business to succeed, but more than anything, we’re doing this because it’s the right thing to do.

    Before this I wasn’t a tech guy. I’m a high school teacher with very limited means. Kelly and I took a huge risk to make this happen and it’s working. We’re in a place where help from you guys would be a huge game changer. We’ve put in the long hours, made many sacrifices, and learned invaluable lessons. All we’ve gone through to make SwapServe happen has also made us ready to take an opportunity like the one you’re offering and make it truly count.

    Chase, I would be so incredibly grateful to meet you and the rest of this awesome team. You’re help would simply change everything. Thank you for the chance.

  330. Kat June 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Why pick me? Because I’m a pinwheel of positivity, determination and innovation despite going through a tough time lately.

    How tough? Suffice to say, “I Will Survive” has become a personal anthem and I’ll tell you more on Thursday if you wish.

    What I took from it all is the determination that my life will be like one of those tornados that levels a town without hurting anyone- it ends up doing $100 Million in improvements by wiping out the old and making room for the new (and more energy efficient).

    To that end, during this time, I’ve also been working on my great startup idea- and it’s a great one that meets a need, has a clear path to profitability and provides a great social benefit as well in the field of healthcare and technology while allowing me to leverage my natural strengths and experiences.

    After learning a lot of lessons with my first startup, I realize that what I need is an entrepreneur community to help along the way as well as knowledgeable mentors. My business degrees were less useful than I’d hoped that they might be in this endeavor. Mentors are not as common in my area (smaller town in the midwest) as I would like despite continuing to seek them out. With tech, SV is but a Skype away. Even better, I’m a connector by nature and my broad and active connections on social media and beyond would allow my experience to produce virtuous waves of interconnection and synergy through communities that your attendees are unlikely to yet touch- especially communities of women.

    Next, my area of expertise is HR which would bring a unique set of experiences (F100 HR) and knowledge to add to those in non-profit and government workplaces that most would not have. I’ve been a minion, a consultant, and a manager- roles that are all important to understand how to engage and maximize. People are the ultimate “secret sauce” and I get that.

    Finally, I’m a woman who is comfortable participating with, accepting input from and openly contributing in the company of both men and women, even in the company of those whom I admire greatly A strong, optimistic, pragmatic, network-connecting female presence with unique knowledge bases would add valuable inputs to others’ projects and networks while, I’m certain, helping me to build my own idea and sphere of engagement.

  331. Bryan June 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    I think this would be a great opportunity for me and my buddy Rob. Great to learn insights from some of the greats and to here their thoughts in person. What better way to learn than in a round table type discussion.

  332. Jon Olick June 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Why? To learn and to be inspired.

  333. Nathan Cadieux June 19, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Knowing you have way too many of these to read I’ll be direct.
    I would be honored to participate because:
    1. I love to learn from minds that challenge each other and strive to do something with meaning
    2. I love to dream and by all means would love to dream with this line up
    3. I want to use my strengths and career experiences to create jobs and improve people’s lives. I believe there is always a better / different way to build businesses and I want to create a company that does just this. I believe this experience will help me achieve this goal and would be very grateful to be chosen.

    My name is Nathan Cadieux. I’m a 27yrs old and live in San Diego. I work in real estate development but have a desire to launch a new business model that bridges the gap between the retail shopping experience and the convenience of E-Commerce.

    Thank you for your generous offer and your willingness to support and collaborate with others.

  334. Michelle Evans June 19, 2013 at 5:40 pm #

    Wouldn’t it be great to know that you just instilled a wealth of knowledge into the mind of a 19 year old? I think that it would be. Originally from the Bay Area, most of my formative years were spent in Tokyo, Japan. My time in Tokyo taught me how to be an independent young woman and gave me time to grow intellectually and creatively. It was also during this time that I found a great interest in both photography and entrepreneurship. The way in which your photographs highlight the simplicity in nature and the complexities that make up a human being truly inspired my decision to attend film school. As a current student studying film in Southern California, there is also a great deal that I have learned from the entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley. To say that I admire Tim Ferriss would be an understatement. In “The Four Hour Chef,” Tim Ferriss speaks about the Oberoi Grand Hotel in Kolkata, India who hire young employees with this thinking in mind “You can’t bend mature bamboo. But if you get it as a young shoot, you can bend it, mild it.” Ferriss additionally writes “Age doesn’t matter; an open mind does.” I believe that I am that young shoot and attending this event would be a fantastic opportunity for me to learn from the best. How many 19 year old students would want to attend an event full of Silicon Valley’s top entrepreneurs on their own accord.

    If that doesn’t convince you, just think about how much you’d be saving on airfare when you don’t have to fly me in because I live in the Bay Area.


  335. Richard Trieu June 19, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    Hello, let me first start off by saying, “Thank you”. Thank you for giving whoever wins this a life changing opportunity. As an incoming freshman to college, I see this as an incredible opportunity to network with some of the most highly revered and brilliant entrepreneur of my time. The chance to meet my idol, Tim Ferriss, among many other CEO’s and professionals would be the highlight of my life thus far. It would be amazing to say thank you to Tim Ferriss in person for how he has changed my life. I have lost over 30 pounds of fat since I have read it and gained a solid amount of muscle mass (no specific number due to lack of resources) via The 4-Hour Body. His books have sparked an interest in nutritional health and supplements, thus i am pursuing a double major in biochemistry and neuroscience. In college or soon after college, I hope to start my own biotech business and hearing all of their mistakes, advise, and personal experiences would be invaluable and are sure to start me off on the right track. I know i am not the most qualified (only a college freshman) or eloquent, but I know where my passions lie and I know this will be a catalyst to my future success. P.S. I loved Tim Ferriss’s creativeLive sessions and the format of CreativeLive.

  336. Bob McDonald June 19, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    I want to attend to experience some of the best entrepreneurial minds of our time and enjoy an adult beverage if time permits.

    If Ferriss asks nicely I’ll teach him how to do a push up.

  337. Roger Bernardino June 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    Thank you for taking the time to read this.

    I am a recent college graduate, first generation, and have a ferocious drive to be a successful entrepreneur. I know that many of these comments may sound very similar and very cliche, so I will try not to bore or prolong your reading. I know that this opportunity will be a life altering experience that will propel me into the future I know I can obtain in the entrepreneurial world. The knowledge all of the attendees posses is priceless and I will take every opportunity and second to feed off of it and better myself as an individual. I don’t want to write anymore because I know all it takes is a few sentences to make or break the pitch.

    I thank you again for the opportunity, and I hope to hear from you very soon.

    Roger Bernardino

  338. Teresa O'Keefe June 19, 2013 at 5:43 pm #

    Lol I have a Canon 30D too

  339. JP Mitchell June 19, 2013 at 5:44 pm #

    Hello. I am writing in hopes of persuading you to pick me to receive the excellent offer of a two day creative tech entrepreneurs’ workshop. I’ll tell you a little about myself. I recently pocled-up a great camera from Sigma, am traveling the southeastern Asia in two weeks, am graduating college in December, moving to live with my girlfriend in Houston, and run my soon-to-be started-up start-up while I teach at a community college. Yeah, pretty sweet. I’m truly fortunate. And not deserving by a long shot! “So, what?” you ; “Why should this lucky bastard be joining me for a weekend and a beer?” Well, actually because of the Sigma. Really because of who recommended I pock-up that camera. I wanted a good piece of equipment for the upcoming trip to Asia, so I turned toy friend Joe, who is a photography enthusiast. Joe’s had a hard time for the past couple years with the disability from his military service — and not getting paid because of bureaucratic procedure. He’s been talking about about an online photography business for years, but hasn’t had the kmow-how to get it done. This seminar would be a stepping stone for him to pull success out of a difficult situation. Joe is helping his family get to a wedding at the moment — on Sunday. He’s packed and can fly from the east coast, I am in DFW, Texas. Joe was a true friend when others in Austin just waved and never called again. I owe him friendship , but I’d love to offer him a chance to put his passion to use. I hope you choose myself and Joe to come see you in SF. Thanks I’m advance!

  340. Patrick Devenny June 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    Why pick me? Simple, because I need this. I am a recent college graduate and professional athlete. Upon my sports career ending, I spent over a year in the commercial real estate industry. I knew I did not enjoy my job but it wasn’t until Mr. Ferris (unknowingly) convinced me to leave my job. It was the best decision I have ever made, however; now I am stuck at the infamous crossroads of “what to do next.” Trying to find my passion and getting started in the field has been incredibly overwhelming and difficult. This event would be life changing and tremendously beneficial. As a dedicated reader, fan and follower of all those hosting this event, all is ask/request is: PICK ME.

  341. Kurt Browning June 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    I believe being a responsible entrepreneur is one of the best ways we can directly benefit our society. I hope to create a business that will offer positive support and services that people truly desire. Over the past year, I have done a lot to improve my life and the life of those around me. Thank you for putting out all the positive energy. #Deathsquad

  342. Josh June 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm #

    Why do you want to join me at the event?

    I’m a 23 year old semi-lazy out of the box thinker with a passion for technology, entrepreneurship, and efficiency. I see business as an outlet to allow me the freedom to live life the way I want. I’m seeking guidance from other like minded people to show me that my ideas aren’t as complicated as I make them out to be and can be executed with a little bit of motivation guided in the proper direction. This event was created to inspire people like myself, and I need to be there.

  343. Christine Hannon June 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    I would like to shake Tim Ferriss’ hand and thank him for his section on the female orgasm in The 4HB. On a more serious note, I would like to be humbled in a room of such successful people. Tim’s high school wrestling coach, John, was my high school headmaster. John said Tim always tried to do things a little differently, even if it was just bench pressing a little differently. I see myself in a similar way. I abhor the status quo, and am always looking for ways to innovate. I’d be humbled to learn from the best.

  344. Jason Camps June 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    I’m an educated person. I have a business degree from a top university and recently completed law school. However, nowhere in my studies have I had access to the knowledge offered by this event. In spite of my poor choice in going to law school, I’ve decided to pursue an opportunity with people who are trying to revolutionize the publishing industry and achieve lofty goals in public relations (many of the speakers in this event will know who these people are). Attending this event will fill in gaps that traditional education has failed to address, and allow me to contribute on a high, meaningful level in my new endeavor immediately.

    I’ve followed many of the speakers at this event for a while and would love to connect with and learn from them in a more personal setting. I’d love to discuss how to spread the ideas being presented through places like CreativeLive to a wider audience of young people who feel that their traditional educational experiences have failed to prepare them for the real world.

  345. Aaron June 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    Why choose me to go? There are so many super qualified people who would be great company. Here’s to throwing my hat in the ring. I am looking for the next great move in life. Experienced alot but ready for the second half of life and who better to learn from than the masters of living exciting and fulfilling lives. Skills I have so far are love photography, 50,000 plus pictures of South China from 2001 until 2013. Businessman opened and ran import export company at the age of 22 ran it for the last 10 years. Now looking for something new and exciting to do. Maybe i am the one, if not I will be eagerly watching online.

  346. Noah K June 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    I will start with a story…Monday or Tuesday night I had a dream I met you Tim. In the dream I wanted to give you a hug for changing my life and perspective with “The Four Hour Workweek” but you said “no”. You were a bit drunk from the wine and your eyes were a little bloodshot but we were sitting down and talking regardless. Then you and your friends played some kind of trick on me and thought it was funny, but I didn’t think it was so funny. And then I woke up – I had two swirling emotions when I awoke. First I was so happy that I finally met you, and also felt embarrassed that you and your friends played a trick on me. Hahaha. That is a true story as crazy as it sounds! As far as why I want to attend. It would be an incredible learning experience and I cannot describe how much it would mean to me to be around such pioneers and leaders of industry. I have been struggling to get out of the rat race and am working on some projects “muses” to do so. Your book – books rather have changed my life. I volunteered to help with the 4 hour body as I am a certified Kettlebell Teacher through IKFF and your team sent me a copy of the 4 Hour Body. Business is my purpose and calling and I want to learn, grow, and network as much as possible to fulfill the dreams I have in my mind and heart (they are phenomenally huge). Part of that is helping people become the best versions of themselves as possible. It would truly be my honor to be your guest at this event. I will be expecting to see you this weekend…Ill iron my “good clothes” in preparation!

  347. Isaac Palant June 19, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    For your consideration: one guinea pig willing to participate in any demonstrations or crazy experiments during any one of the sessions.

    Background: 37 year old cubicle slave, emerging entrepreneur, amateur photographer and fun loving guy.

    Yes, it would be amazing to be around all these brilliant people, hear their talks, meet them and I’m willing to give something back for the chance to do so.

    Thanks for reading.

  348. Nathan Driskell June 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    What’s often hard for art professors to teach young students is that being a successful artist has always implied being entrepreneurial (even Ansel Adams produced work for corporate clients). I’m a designer and filmmaker in West Texas, and I’ve fully embraced the notion that innovation and business are intrinsically linked to art-making. I’ve had some success as a sort of intrapreneur, working from within existing organizations on projects I’m proud of, but I don’t have a lot of artist-entrepreneurs around me to learn from, and I would soak up this trip like a sponge.

    CreativeLIVE is actually hugely responsible for launching me on the path of filmmaking. Gale Tattersall’s HDDSLR Filmmaking workshop gave me the nuts and bolts I needed to supplement the inner drive I already had. This year I got to realize that filmmaking interest in a documentary I directed about the Maker Movement (Watch it free at I’m a believer that everyone is creative and we all have stories to tell, and this weekend I want to fuel that spark in me for passion and innovation so I can take it to others. Even if I don’t make the trip up to meet you guys, just know I hold you all in the highest regard and will be glued to the screen this weekend to learn from you all. Keep being great.


  349. RON SLAVICK June 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm #


    I’ve implemented what I’ve learned from your blog with precision, in ONE DAY copying your post on how you launched 4HB I made more than I thought possible with the launch of AMRAP NUTRITION – REFUEL BARS.

    I want to join you at this event because I feel that at this moment in time I have the ability, reach and resources to change the health of millions of athletes around the world… while promoting the paleo diet to our non-athlete friend.

    Think of the butterfly effect of improving the health of just one person … now times that by one-million – eventually we will be there yet this event will very likely help us accelerate our mission! With the knowledge gained at this event, I would be able to better implement and execute what I’m currently doing.

    I trust your judgement – have an awesome day and thank you for your consideration :-)

    Ron Slavick

  350. Tyler Goelz June 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm #

    Hey Chase,

    Congrats on the event and the amount of entries in such a short period of time! It’s really freakin’ generous of you to run a giveaway like this.

    Whelp, let’s get down to why I’m writing this. In the past year and a half I’ve completely changed my outlook on life and the way it can be lived. It’s all because of people like you (and a few local mentors). I’ve spent this time realizing what needs to be done: build a muse, supplement income and to actually live my life. Dreamlines have been made, muses developed and traction achieved. I’m on the cusp of automation and liberation.

    I would like to attend Secrets of Silicon Valley for two reasons. 1.) To change my daily “buzz words” such as Tim Ferriss, Reid Hoffman, Guy Kawasaki, etc. into in-person experiences. 2.) Learn and implement the secrets that every class will provide into my everyday life and to the customers of my muse.

    Thanks in advance for your consideration,
    Tyler Goelz

  351. Lucia Cintra June 19, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    I’m 37 and I recently finally had enough of working with something that doesn’t fulfill me just to pay the bills. I’ve had numerous jobs since I graduated from college and it wasn’t until I realized that life is way too short to spend not following your passion, that I really decided to face the fear of the unknown and listen to my heart. I believe in the law of attraction and in this short time I decided to turn my life around (it’s been less than a year), I have met amazing people and opportunities along the way. I’m not where I want to get yet, but I’m SO happy! I feel like I was born to be a photographer. I was born to make others feel beautiful and to preserve their special moments for generations to come. I can’t really put into words how I feel knowing I will forever be part of my client’s lives in a small way. Also, the opportunity to meet you, Sue, is fantastic! I knew that one day I would be able to thank you in person for bettering my skills and myself as a person through your workshops at Creative Live and this could actually be sooner than I expected. To be brutally honest, I’m a little scared but heck, why not try for it?

  352. Rafal Pikul June 19, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    Hi Chase,

    First of all thank you for all the job you doing and sharing with us. Your blog + CL + cjLIVE … Learnt a LOT!!

    I would love to pop in to visit SF as I need and want to expand my creativity. And I believe strongly, that ‘creativity is the new literacy’ ;-)
    It would be awesome to hang out with you guys, learn a lot and have a beer :)
    Unfortunately some of us need visa to get to the USA, that includes me… :/ So even if you choose me they wouldn’t let me in to the country, that sucks…
    BUT I will join you LIVE online while sitting at the back of the car traveling through Europe :)

    See you soon anyway Mr Jarvis!

    Greetings from London,
    Rafal Pikul

  353. Brooke Comer June 19, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    Why do I want to join you at the creativeLIVE event?

    One phrase: “THERE’S MORE TO LIFE”.

    I’ve reached the limit on lending my talents, my abilities, and my visions to the benefit of others. I want more than the 8:00-5:00 mindless, working game because I believe wholeheartedly there’s more to this life than watching clocks, waiting on paychecks, and putting off dreams. I’m tired of waiting on tomorrow or next year or “when this gets paid off” or when the right time comes….I’m ready NOW. Up until this point, I’ve only been half as good as I can be, and I’m ready to take that next step to living the life I’ve always imagined and then some, particularly when it comes to my career aspirations. I’m tired of wishing and hoping and dreaming and am ready for action. I’ve got gigantic entrepreneur dreams and the passion/work ethic to match, but I want the knowledge and the chance to learn from the best. This event brings together the brightest, the bravest, and the biggest visionaries of our generation, and I want the opportunity to not only hear them speak but to LISTEN and to learn. I want to make my own greatness but first, I want to learn from the greatness of others. And, as someone who is just beginning to formulate the necessities to make my start-up dreams a reality…I can’t think of a better group of people to kick start my motivation and efforts. I want this because I know there’s more to this life….there’s bigger and better but most of all, there’s more!

  354. Kevin A June 19, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    I would like to join you, at the event, so I can sculpt a solid sledgehammer of knowledge. This sledgehammer will allow me to bust through obstacles smarter/quicker so my friends and I can get out of the corporate cube. The key to a fulfilling life is progress. I feel that the interactions at the event will create a path of fulfillment.

  355. Larry Landay June 19, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    For the same reason the chicken crossed the road… to get to the other side.

  356. David Acevedo June 19, 2013 at 5:52 pm #

    Puerto Rico is in a crisis that’s been brewing for years. I work for the government here and I see the creation of an environment fostering the creative, start-up mentality as essential and required for the island to thrive in this new knowledge economy. Unfortunately there’s lots of talk about this in key-word laced speeches that obscure the real ecosystem necessary. Give me the chance to pitch directly the opportunity to have a huge impact on the lives of the 4 million residents of the island and the over 7 million diaspora spread over the world. Thank you!

  357. Trish Davison June 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    My list of things to do includes getting all the skills I can get in photography, marketing and entrepreneurahip. I found CreativeLIVE only recently, and have fallen in love with not only the classes but the presenters taking the time to help educate us out here on the WWW! Sue Bryce, you are on amazing woman, and so able to motivate and sort people out. It would be such an honor to meet you, not to mention all the other people involved in this.

    I grew up in a household where no one ever thought I had a good idea. It’s taken a lot of work to know what I want to do when I grow up, and I won’t be talked out of it. However, I simply don’t have the skills yet to open a photography studio. I am still making my way through the clases I have purchased from CreativeLIVE, but haven’t been able to purchase all the classes I would have. I would so love to be at this event live!

    Just from Sue’s 28-days, I now look at women in terms of how great I could make them look behind my camera! I’m turning my house upside-down to make an area with great light that comes into the dining room to be my start-up studio. It’s all very exciting, and nothing would be more exciting than going to San Fran to see, and be able to participate in, this historic event!

    Shall I get on my knees to beg? Nah, you wouldn’t even see that. Would it help to tell you I’m allergic to beer and only drink Bayley’s or Bayley’s and Kaluah? But seriously…

    Congratulations on opening CreativeLIVE San Francisco!!! I once met a couple of well-known race car drivers, and I was able to talk and function with them. So I’m pretty sure I can maintain my composure and speak coherently during the next two days with these people who think so far outside of the box. They have changed how things are done, and affected the lives of individuals who aren’t even directly involved in businesses that have changed. Their innovations are so far reaching! But I have to say, the very thought of being with you all gives me little butterflies in my tummy! What an opportunity!

    I would be honored to attend this event in person. I would love to be able to hear, without distraction, people with such creative minds!

    Thank you for giving me this chance. I know there “can be only one…” and I hope I am that one. I know how fortunate we all are to have found CreativeLIVE. I tell everyone interested in computers or photography how to find it!

  358. Claude White June 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    In one word, conviviality!

  359. Jake Rossilli June 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    The chance to learn from those who have taken vision and turned it into action is it. The creative life is a difficult and worth while endeavor that takes spit, sweat and genius to achieve. Learning from those who have done it is the best education I can think of. I am a 24 year-old designer/videographer/photographer/filmmaker with a wife, 4 kids and no college degree but a soul full of creative desire. I dont believe in hand outs… I believe is sweat and opportunity.

  360. Tim Welsh June 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    I’m a fan of Chase and Tim and my 13 year old son just read his 4 hour work book and is extremely motivated to follow in the entrepreneurial path. His mother and I run a couple of small businesses currently plus and we are looking to grow our existing ones and start new ones. I’m looking to find ways to incorporate my children into their own business opportunities and help launch them. What a great crew you have assembled, I’d love my wife and I absorb all you have to offer to grow our businesses and pass on our knowledge to another generation.

  361. Danny DeAngelo June 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    Hi there,

    Ill keep this short and simple. The adventure you are offering will change the selected persons life for the better. I want this. Im testing a unique concept right now through Facebook. It’s call Kollective World and it’s all about encouraging people to Live the Good Life. There are many different avenues this concept can take and it’s an advantage that I just did a soft launch on Memorial Day. Connecting with the right people and finding a mentor at this stage will be a win/win situation for all involved.

    I see myself has an ambitious sponge who is looking to soak up as much information and wisdom as humanely possible, and this adventure is place to do it.

    Short and simple as promised. Get me out of the cubicle and Ill be forever grateful :)

    Enjoy yourself!


  362. Nikita Butakov June 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    I am a 22 year old Russian-American who just graduated from SUNY Buffalo with a dual degree in Electrical Engineering & Mathematics, with a Minor in Physics, and will begin working on my PhD in nanophotonics at UC Santa Barbara in several weeks. I have had a lifelong interest in entrepreneurship, stemming in part from my father’s entrepreneurial ventures, and in part due to my own desire to improve the world my developing sustainable companies which provide value to the world while simultaneously creating jobs. I want to attend this event because I want to learn from the world’s best minds in entrepreneurship, in particular Tim Ferriss, Guy Kawasaki, and Reid Hoffman, and apply their knowledge towards developing my own companies.

    While at SUNY Buffalo I was the Chief Engineer of a student group which is designing a satellite for the Air Force Research Laboratory. Under my leadership the group the group secured an additional $110,000 in funding and a launch opportunity with NASA, scheduled circa 2015. While working on this project I gained a better understanding of the business ecosystem in the emerging private space industry, and the commercialization of the space technology sector is one potential area for entrepreneurship that I am interested in. I believe that the individuals I will meet at this event have the connections and skills that I will need to help me achieve this goal, as well as other companies that I would like to build.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

  363. Kyle Wiebalk June 19, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    Attending this Silicon Valley creativeLIVE session in person would provide immense inspiration and motivation. As a Bay Area native, I’ve been enthralled at the possibilities of the intersection of creative art and business innovation, which is the driving force in our society–increasingly important as technology becomes further integrated with our lives. As someone with a background in photography and filmmaking, and now in the midst of a digital marketing career, spending two days with Chase and special guests would propel me further into the world that already excites me to change the world every day. Help me build my dreams!

  364. Erica Owens June 19, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    It’s my time! I’ve been in business for about 18 months while still working full time as an accountant. I already have my own studio and I’m ready to take the leap. My current job is stressing me out but I think it’s just a sign that it’s time. I gave myself 2 year in January 2013 to get a steady income before quitting my day job but I feel like my day job is preventing me from growing my business. There are only so many hours in the day and I have a hubby, 3 teenagers and a dog…who all want my attention. Again, it’s my time…. I’m just struggling with making the leap and giving up a nice salary that frankly has afforded me the opportunity to even open a studio. But, it’s my time!!

    Go big or Go home…. I’m ready!

  365. Jenneil Parks June 19, 2013 at 5:54 pm #

    We need more females in the startup realm…
    All of you men must be overwhelmed
    Fresh ideas introduced into the fold
    Must I really be this’ bold?

    New niches
    Less pitches
    Fewer glitches
    Riches? They will come!

    I am Jenneil… I’ve quit my job, traveled the world, and am in the process of starting haqpak a company that hacks the way you pack. (Travel gear, apps, templates)

    I live in Sacramento so you don’t have to buy a plane ticket for me to join you… Or even a hotel for that matter. Save your money and let me help you make more money!!

  366. Chris Russ June 19, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    I don’t think, that you should read an essay to determine, who to chose from the list.
    So to simplify, I will keep it short and will list the reasons to pick me:

    – Here in Europe, especially in Germany, there are not really opportunities like these. (No real startup culture like in the US)
    – As startup founder and willing to learn as fast and as much as possible to transform my project into something big, and winning this contest could give me the chance to learn so much in such a short period
    – I’m dreaming big, so if you chose me, I’ll be able to get to know the best and most successful entrepreneurs, and I will make the best out of it: Ask about opinions, hints, feedback, etc. but I’m also willing to share my experience I made so far.
    – To create a product my future customers will love and embrace, I would appreciate any constructive criticism, and this would be the best possibility, probably the biggest opportunity in my lifetime so far.

    Thanks for this chance, and hopefully thanks for choosing me ;-)

  367. Austin Doerr June 19, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    I started a tech company my senior year of college. Graduated in April, 2013 and currently lead a team of eight other people, mainly students. I want be at creativeLIVE because someday, I will be able to be on the other side of the camera giving back as people have given to me.

  368. Ashley Frank June 19, 2013 at 5:55 pm #

    I am a passionate business professional who is dedicated to life-long learning and giving back to others.

    After many years in the corporate world I I have been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to be self-employed and would not trade this experience for anything.

    Having the opportunity to attend this event live would provide an opportunity to learn firsthand from recognized business leaders and enable me to apply this knowledge in the growth of my business, while helping others launch and grow their ventures.

  369. Christian June 19, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Although I kick-ass at what I do, you and the rest of the panel kick-ass at a completely other level. You guys own the space like only a true “Boss” can.
    I recently became the CTO at a new company and I know I will help make it successfull, but that is not good enough. I want to blow it out of the park Barry Bonds style. Having access to you guys will be like my “juice” to run circles around my competition and have a damn good time doing it. A rising tide lifts all and I want to help all my employees personally, professionally and financially. Then I want to give back like you do and help mentor the next wave of great entrepreneurs.

    Plus I live in the Bay Area so no airefare needed. And I can bring the beer.

  370. Taylor Painter June 19, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Okay autocorrect, don’t mess this up. Ahem. I recently quit my 9-5 job in hopes to pursue what really makes me happy, photography. But it’s not just taking photos that draws me in, it’s the community that dwells with this artistic medium. I got a few high fives at the initial announcement I was going to finally step out and do what I really want to do, but mostly I received skepticism and some chuckles laced with doubt. So here I am, struggling to prove (mostly my family) that it doesn’t take a phd to be successful (probably helps) but merely an idea and people that believe in your idea. This trip would grant me a wealth of knowledge and more so, some inertia in the right direction of running my own business… Also there’s this place in SF called PLOW and their food looks amazing and I want to eat all of it, with beer of course. Thanks for presenting this amazing opportunity!

  371. John Kim June 19, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Hi Chase,

    Coming out of college, I always assumed having a stable job and income would make me happy. I landed a great gig as in business development role for a tech agency and was involved in successful pitches with big corporate companies for brilliant media applications across TV Everywhere. Boy, it was nerve wrecking, but I hacked it and gained a lot of experience within my early years there. It has helped me grow up along with build a very great group of friends that are both brilliant, entrepreneurial, and hungry.

    Recently, I felt that I hit a brick wall at my previous company, and although I was doing well for myself, the passion for working on amazing products that only get overshadowed by big brands left a empty hole in my stomach. I couldn’t see myself doing this for long. I was ready to move on.

    I wanted to be apart of building great products and tools that make a direct impact to the end consumer, rather than for other businesses. I took a leap of faith and now I’m full-time working on two products that I hope will entertain the audiences we are looking to target as well as becoming a great marketing tool for our users to increase engagement.

    Now, the reason I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to come to this event is to not only meet and learn from these brilliant minds, but I also want to learn how much love and hard work everyone put into their projects while overcoming adversities. I’d also like to know how much they committed to the holistic view as opposed to the nitty gritty work that needs to be done.

    I’m actually from Toronto (I’m sorry, Airfare is quite expensive from Air Canada but I’m also okay with flying in US Airlines :P). My name is John Kim, I’m currently 24 years old, and have built up great products with a brilliant team behind me. I’m expecting to go through a lot of ups and downs, but I’m ready, excited, and focused on making an impact rather than collecting a steady pay cheque.

    Thanks Chase for setting up this opportunity, it’s really admirable.

    John Kim (

  372. StillSofia June 19, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    I have lived with a camera in my hand for years, so when I decided to finally do photography as my business, it made perfect sense. I feel so blessed to be able to capture special moments and give them to my clients. I was able to watch you on Creative Live last month and realized I am in desperate need of a business make over. I am learning as I go, but feel that meeting you guys would give me the knowledge and kick I need to really get it going.

    Pluuuuuuuuus, I live in San Francisco and am completely available these next two days :-)

    {{hands waving in the air…pick me, pick me!}}

    • StillSofia June 19, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

      I have to make this work! My family is at a place where they really need my business to succeed. My husband is a teacher and we have 3 children in college and one in high school. Photography is what I do. Financially we are strained and I would love to make my business work so that I can help bear the load.

      I need help…. desperately

      I struggle when it comes to writing but I know being chosen would change the life of my business forever.

  373. Michael Matti June 19, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    I don’t want my life to be about living comfortably in a 9-5 job. I want to take risks and always strive for my dreams. I would love the opportunity to meet, learn from, and be inspired by these amazing individuals so that I can live an extraordinary life.

  374. Dmitry Zbarsky June 19, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    The opportunity presented sounds totally whimsical and fairytale… meeting, Chase and many other tremendously successful and brilliant people?.. with a half a day notice?.. I don’t see how this is possible, but I know that there will be 15 lucky winners. It would be incredible if Ihappen to be one of them :)

    Photography is my passion! Unfortunately, it took a while for me to realize and to follow it. I’m working hard on learning all I can in my limited free time about photography and the business side of being a photographer. Any time spent with great people discussing ideas and learning would be an amazing treat! Thanks a lot for the great opportunity!

  375. Matt Monroe June 19, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    So many people talk about the struggles they run into being a young entrepreneur…. But what about us older folks (Errrrrhhhh… Like, around the age of 50, or so) who are also entrepreneurs, who ARE still curious, who haven’t burned out, who have an insatiable want/need/desire to learn, and who think that hanging out in San Francisco with Chase and Crew would be the most kick-ass weekend imaginable?

    Yeah… There are a few of us out there (old guys who are still curious about the world), and a “Secrets of Silicon Valley” workshop would be a great way to feed the need for information and learning.

    Oh! And did I mentioned that my wife and daughter are down in the Bay Area right now (we live in Portland), checking out some of the local colleges and universities? They would wet their pants (not literally, I hope) if I somehow popped on down to San Francisco tomorrow evening.

  376. Jim June 19, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    Because I deserve it! Sorry, couldn’t resist. No sad story, life is good, have my own small business, always looking for opportunities to learn or to move up to the next economic level. Hope to hear from you soon.

  377. Carol S. June 19, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    I wasn’t sure where to start and since I only have ten minutes to write this up, I’ll just speak from the heart. My parents told me one day, you’ll own a company, not work for one. Interesting to hear since my dad was an employee of the local power company and my mom was a stay at home mom. Perhaps they felt this way as I did everything as a child, the lemonade stand, sold girl scout cookies door to door and started my own magazine that I have drew and sold to the neighbors. I bought items at the local garages sales and resold them at the flea markets for a profit on the weekend. My parents made me do all of the negotiating. I remember going back and forth with a guy about the price at age nine. He just looked at my dad and chuckled and said one day, she’s going to run this country.

    I didn’t go to college and accepted a job at 18 at a company as a receptionist. I left for another position less than a year later. I ended up moving my way up the company after three years and worked as an Account Executive. I was good at it, motivated by money and success. I then left and went to work for a new firm, only to be fired a couple of months later, the day before Thanksgiving. No paycheck, no healthcare, not a fun place to be. Why was I allowing someone else to decide my destiny. I knew better than that.

    Instead of taking another job at 22, I started my own Employment Agency. My husband urged me too and for that I’ll ways be Thankful. It was a success, then 9/11 happened and no one was hiring. However, everyone was buying houses, so I pulled a license as a mortgage broker and started a mortgage company. I’ve always been good at math, so why not. We then purchased our first house. My husband was in a job doing fire alarm installations, which he didn’t love. However, he went to college for it and afterall, they teach you to do what you went to school for – doing something else would be scary.

    He talked about quitting a lot and we wondered how we could do that. I looked at our bills and said if we only had $6000 in the bank, you could quit. We decided to save. The following week I was at our bank and applied for an overdraft line of credit. It was approved – the amount $6000. I was amazed, it was like fate. I called my husband up at work and told him to quit his job. He did that day and has not ever regretted that decision. We ran the mortgage company together until 2008, when we lost it all and had to file bankruptcy. They said every successful Entrepreneur goes through it once and if you can rebuild, then you deserve it.

    We went back to what we knew – finding people jobs. However, over the years that market has changed and people are not hiring like they were. Companies no longer come to me wanting to pay a large fee for a candidate. Therefore, we created a new business of what we do best. Helping candidates find jobs instead. We design resumes and coach people on interviewing and where to look for jobs. So far so good – we are growing and people are happy. It’s nice to have a business that we feel helps people. It’s a good feeling knowing we’ve made a difference in someone else’s life.

    This is an amazing opportunity that you have offered. It would be a dream come true for both of us on this long journey we started in 2000. Plus, we are a lot of fun to have a beer with.

    • Carol S. June 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

      Sorry, ran out of time to proof read, so forgive the spelling errors. I think you’ll still be able to know what I was saying.

  378. Melissa Williamson June 19, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

    I would love to come to this event and bring my boss who is my mentor. She has impacted my life greatly in the same way that everything I have learned from Tim Ferris has.

    Thanks for the consideration!

  379. JP Mitchell June 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    Hello. I am writing to persuade you to chose me to join you for the creative entrepreneurs’ workshop. I myself am not a compelling person — I only recently bought a camera, a Sigma Dp1x, I’m traveling to southeastern Asia in three weeks, planning to graduate college in December, moving to Houston to live with my girlfriend, and start-up my as-of-yet unstarted start-up while I teach at a community college. “So what?” you are probably asking;”Why should this somewhat lucky, somewhat under-achieving bastard come hang with me this weekend?” Exactly. It’s not me who should. It is actually my close friend Joe, the one responsible for recommending my first not-so-crappy camera mentioned above. Joe has had some hard luck since I met him in 2007. He was injured during training in the military and has taken a disability leave. Unfortunately the bureaucracy has been slow to non-existent in paying his benefits. Only recently has he gotten back on his feet — with the help of his family and some boot-strapping photography and a government that has finally come-through. He is a photgraphy enthusiast — he even takes the bloody thing down to 6th Street when I visit him in Austin. Can you imagine? Joe needs a boost to know how to make his talent and passion work for him. Because of disability he has had trouble gaining regular employment and relies on his own talents. He needs a boost — and so do I! I have proposed we start a a blog and video blog about topics of concern in Texas. Joe is currently helping his family travel to Boston for a wedding on Sunday — I know he’ll have his bags packed and be able to catch a flight. I am in DFW, Texas, and if you don’t see fit to choose me, please choose Joe! Thanks in advance!

  380. Drew Davis June 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    I should be selected because I see the world differently than most people. I want to change it but, unfortunately, I do not have the funds to do so. I see a broken education system, and an even worse work system. Some people never even realize they are zombies, and other people realize it but do not know how to get out of the loop. I want to help these people achieve a life worth living. Help make the world a better place and make peoples’ dreams come true. I do not give myself credit for much, but I do know that I am a very quick learner. I believe if I was in the company of some of the greatest minds of our generation I could learn to make enough money to not just achieve the life I dream of, but also help others achieve this as well. This is a beautiful world and more people should have the opportunity to see it.
    I do not want money for more things. That never leads to happiness. I want money so that I can have the freedom to finally be able to work on things that may also help others.
    I wish I had found this link a little sooner, so I would have more time to think about it but, hopefully, Parkinson’s Law will prove true once again.

  381. Shawn Smtih June 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    I have two rules in life. #1 Leave the world a better place than it was when I got here. #2 Lead by example.

    I have come a long way growing up in a single parent household, graduating from college with a degree in applied math and getting a job as a web analyst for a popular health and fitness company. I want to put myself in the best position possible to help the people around me and I believe in seizing every opportunity possible to get there. But I don’t want to be just another cog in some wheel… I have the ambition to lead the charge!

    This is the opportunity to pick the minds of some of the worlds brightest people and there is no way I would ever pass up such a chance! I want to create a company or organization that truly affects positive change in the world. But I need help doing so. I am young and in need of mentors who believe that real change can happen!

    If you would like to take a chance on an ambitious 24 year old with drive and passion, then I am your man!


    • Shawn Smtih June 19, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

      p.s. SF is an AMAZING city and I love the company located there, Philz coffee with all of my heart. If you guys pick me, Philz on me!

  382. Agnes Barrios June 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    I want to win this opportunity of a lifetime for those same reasons that invigorated your imagination: I believe in the impossible. Even when my body laid trapped within the walls of foster care or became weighed by the pain and poverty of my childhood, my mind’s gift elevate my spirit into the unknown, adventurous sky. That is how I entered the gates of an ivy league university. It is that energy, in which, even years later as I find refuge in another state with a strange I now call my Aunt, I hope to realize my dreams. Hands stretched higher than the day before, like a naively-excited 8 year–old asking a million questions about why the sky is blue, hoping one day to reach Heaven .I am an artist, yes.

  383. Todd Kozlowski June 19, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    I’m a 20 year old undergraduate student studying physics and astronomy, am not an entrepreneur, have never had an interest in starting a business, and want to spend the rest of my life tinkering with the subtleties of the universe. As such, I am a very poor choice for this contest.

    I am, however, entering almost entirely on behalf of my friend, my coach, and my mentor, Steve Spalding, who has spent his life making other people’s lives better. He, unlike myself, has worked with start-ups. He has helped to ship apps, work with brilliant people, and at the same time come in to out university gym 3 days a week to coach fencing. We, his fencing students (and might I had 3-time National Champions!) look up to him as more than just an athletic coach, but as a role-model. He is a people person if you’ve ever met one. He has inspired us to be healthier and more active. He has taught us how to handle the stresses involved with college and entering a new phase of life. And he deserves this opportunity to learn from the best more than any man I have ever met.
    And more than anything, I hope to surprise him with the news he can go. Because I feel I need to give back to him a fraction of that which he gives the world. And he would actually understand what you’re saying; myself, maybe not so much…I’ll stick to the lab.

  384. Manny June 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I literally have 5 minutes to come up with an award winning comment. I want to be involved in this project because I need to surround myself with people that are as passionate about business as I am.

    I have dreams about how incredible my life would be if I could be like Tim Ferris and all the other great minds in SV. I want nothing more than to succeed and to help others do the same.

    I am a Marine veteran, and in the past 2 yrs I have been developing a training program to hack the military’s physical fitness test. That’s what my product and my website is all about. As a side effect, the program is great for getting in shape.

    Well, it looks like I am out of time… It would be a dream come true to meet my mentor in person.

  385. Tony DiMaggio June 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    Hello Mr. Ferris,

    Five years ago I read The 4 Hour Work Week twice in two weeks, then I dropped out of The Universidad Catolica Argentina. Since then I have traveled a good chunk of the world and I have worked no more than eight months each year (although frequently 70 + hour weeks). Some of my jobs have been:

    – Helping to create one of the first eco-lodges in Vietnam
    – Substitute School Teaching ESL classes recent Mexican immigrants to New Mexico
    – Production manager on an organic farm
    – Teaching English summer camps in Italy
    – Managing a bar / restaurant on the beach in Ururguay
    – Working on Shania Twain’s ranch in New Zealand
    – Starting a horse tour company
    – And of course I have a couple small online businesses to help supplement my income.

    Life has been really incredible so far and promises to continue to be so… Next week I am moving to the Canadian Rockies.

    I would like to go to San Fran to thank you in person for the impact you have had on my life.

    PS: So you don’t think I’m just kissing your @$$, the REAL reason I want to go is to meet and hang out with all these clever folks.



  386. Sean Lavery June 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I’m a young guy who’s built up 2 successful small businesses. I’m about to embark on my third adventure and would love the opportunity to meet with these people first. My new business is a float spa/isolation tank facility in NYC – the first! There is massive opportunity here to open in every major city in the coming years and I’ll need all the help I can get!


  387. Sam McRoberts June 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I want to attend because I’m an entrepreneur to the core, have had my life totally transformed by The 4-Hour Workweek and the 4-Hour Body, and have “meet Tim Ferriss” on my bucket list :)

  388. James Melcer June 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    Hey Tim,

    Sounds amazing. Pick me because I want to learn.

    At the buzzer,

  389. AJ Coots June 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    Because if you pay my way to SF, I will shoot a new StoryTelling Headshot for you and each of other speakers that shows what you are like, instead of just what you look like. I specialize in working with people who are amazing at what they do, but who are a little uncomfortable in front of the camera.

  390. Samantha Adams June 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    With one minute left, I just wanted to share this with all of you…regardless of if I am chosen or not, it is my new philosophy and something I believe in very strongly.

    I know this contest doesn’t involve Sue Bryce but after watching her on creativelive ( I participated in 28 days – it changed my business) I shared this in her group on facebook:

    “Watching Sue on 28 Days uncovered fears I didn’t even know I had. Now that I discovered and faced my fears I am confident and so passionate about doing what I LOVE. I am no longer afraid.

    I recently watched “After Earth” & heard this quote on the movie and just HAD to share it with all of you:

    “You must realize that fear is not real.
    It is a product of thoughts you create.
    Do not misunderstand me, danger is very real,
    but fear is a choice.”

    I love it!! Be fearless! I believe what Sue says works. I’ve discovered that my PASSION is in photographing women and couples. I am making my pdf…ordered vouchers…and I cannot wait to launch my new beauty/glamour brand. I am so ready.

    Thank you Sue for changing my photography and my life.”


  391. Jon R. Gibb III June 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    Hi Chase,

    My name is Jon Gibb, Im a 23 year old artist and photographer now living in the Bay Area.
    Im originally from Kauai and have been an artist as long as I can remember.
    I went through my life as a young creative having to go against the grain of what my parents, school, teachers and other “reputable” people thought was best for me.
    My best art excelled in my english classes, while my worst in my art classes when the teacher would make us draw and shade still lives.
    All this changed when I entered college (community) on Kauai and had gotten a DSLR for my birthday to take higher quality pictures of my art.
    I took an ultra grainey picture of a waterfall at about 1/30th of a second on November 29th 2010 and saw something I loved instantly.
    January 18th of 2010 I was on a 2400 mile plane ride to California, found a place and started at the School Of Photography at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.
    3 semesters later, using all the gear I never had access to before I quit school and quit my job as a valet to be a creative as a living. That was on november 28th 2012.
    Im here today on the Bay Area, working as a freelance Photographer, Film maker and Artist in the pursuit of my dream to realize my potential for myself, my friends, my family, and anyone I can help along the way.
    I’ve been so intrigued lately by the opportunity to help others around me through my creativity and that is my goal, to be the best I can be and help as many people as I can along the way by either motivating others to help and make change or help directly to those in need.
    My story is short compared to who and what I want to help others with in this world, I write this because I’ve learnt more about myself and my creative work through your show’s and the people you interview then I ever did from any teacher.
    I want to attend your show on friday and saturday to learn more then I ever have in a 2 day period to then spread the word and help change this world for the better through art!!
    Many thanks for what you have taught me already Chase to you and your team, I look forward to the day we meet!
    Jon R. Gibb III

    • Jon R. Gibb III June 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm #

      PS This was the short version of how and why I would like to attend! (only had about 8 mins to post!)
      Here it is clean and simple!

      I want to attend this meeting because
      1. I will learn how to be a better creative through being able to ask questions to the top minds of the problems and opportunities my generation and what we as a people have in this world at this time!
      – The ability to share anything to almost anyone has the potential to save and help so many people, I want to be the best I can be at this to make a difference!
      – The value of an idea and not age, and how to best use this!
      – The potential of change through an idea!
      – What sharing can do to help people of every continent!
      2. I will be able to get advice and ask questions that many young artists and creatives have in todays world that would greatly help the pursuit of they’re dream!
      3. The fact that I support the pursuit of knowledge by any means! Teach yourself what others refuse to teach you and that most importantly
      KNOWLEDGE SHOULD BE SHARED NO MATTER WHAT YOUR INCOME OR SITUATION! I want to share this with as many people as I can because as the saying still stands as true as ever, knowledge is power.
      Im as enthusiastic as I can humanly be to attend this meeting Chase, if I don’t get to speak and ask questions about life as a creative and philosophy this week it will be someday soon!!!
      Many thanks and cheers to you and your team!
      -Jon R. Gibb
      “Well done is better then well said”

  392. Michael Hurcomb June 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I’ll provide 2 reasons:

    1. The 1st time we met in Toronto you said “You owe me big time”

    2. I’ll bring ResQwater for when we have beers :)

    Michael Hurcomb

  393. Zach J June 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    So I can pretend to be ‘Kevin Rose’ in a real life episode of the Random Show with you.

  394. John Zimmerman June 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I want to attend to meet the most creative minds. I admit I’m not in a terrible place, I overcame teenage obesity and an abusive household growing up but life’s alright. I work in the digital marketing field and could not pass up a chance to meet the most forward thinking people in business today. 8:59 ET…shit

  395. Adam K June 19, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

    I want to join you at Secrets of Silicon Valley because my excuses to delay learning how to network end now. I am working on an aerial photo/mapping project of Virunga National Park in D.R. Congo and need to get this idea out there. I was fortunate enough to implement it successfully just two months ago, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I believe this project can be put to use in many areas of the world where limited infrastructure makes working from the ground all but impossible. But all my hard work on the “scientific” end of this goes for naught when I do nothing to get the word out about the work I’m doing. I believe that this opportunity would change this. A lot. But I need to get out there and network. This is the opportunity I have been looking for.

  396. Kara J. Mateo June 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    I am a cjLIVE success story.
    It amazes me to think about where I was a year ago, before I had found cjLIVE.
    I was taking a year off from my business due to a car accident injury, depressed and unmotivated.
    The next day I was motivated to get my career back, re-inspire myself to grow and learn

    The first cjLIVE interview I watched from my home couch was Adrien Grenier.
    I was hooked and immeditately started following the cjLIVE fb feed.
    3 months later on Chase’s birthday I found out about Creative Live.
    The first workshop I watched was Tamera Lackey’s Work Life Balance.
    I was hooked immediately and started following their fb feed.
    From then on I watched every workshop, most of them were photography workshops – even though I was not a photographer.
    I am in Brand & Marketing but it didn’t matter.
    Each workshop was inspiring.
    There were so many good tips, gems and wisdom pouring out of each workshop presenter.
    3 months later I became a student for Yoanna House & Matthew Jordan Smith’s workshop, even though I was not a model.
    During this time I was running a kickstarter campaign for a client, trying to get my confidence back in my business.
    Our campaign was successful.
    3 months later I was on Creative LIve again with Matthew Jordan Smith talking about Kickstarter.
    He was 10 days away an only 8 K in his 30K goal.
    After our interview I joined his team and in 10 days raised 23K making my 2nd successful Kickstarter campaign.

    I don’t know where I would be if I had not found cjLIVE.
    Let’s celebrate this one year anniversary of a cjLIVE success story.

    Thanks Chase & crew. I love you & everything you do.

  397. Jessie Fontaine June 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    i JUST saw this post 9 minutes ago but I need to win this! i’ve read 4 hours work week several times hoping to find MY muse!!i have searched for 3 years!!!i did find it 2 weeks ago!! It amazing!i’ll be launching my site next friday..been working really hard and really trust my product but this conference would be so AMAZING for me! i really dont have much time so i’ll cut it here!!ahahaha!!!

  398. Cory Torrella June 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    It’s coming down to the last minute, and I would love for this opportunity of a lifetime. For me, I believe it would change my life and empower me to do the same for others. For you, CreativeLIVE, all the brilliant minds: I would ask engaging questions that add value to the program as a whole. Questions that would help others like me that are on the verge of bursting out of their cage and into the entrepreneurial world. Thank you.

  399. Eva Tang June 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    This was hard decision.

    But here are 3 MAIN REASONS why I would LOVE to join you and the crew at the event:

    1.) After graduating from my undergrad today, I’m ready for a real education.
    Our education system is broken in so many ways but thanks to creativeLive, people no longer have to depend on “proper schooling”. I’m done of learning about calculus. I’m ready to learn applicable, REAL WORLD skills and strategies instead of theories that will never see the light of day.

    2.) Many people watch creativeLive events, take in the information but never really act on it. I’m NOT one of those people. After watching Ramit Sethi’s course – I reached out and expanded my network to include the likes of Rahim Fazal (Involver) and I’m currently in pursuit of my dream job; interviewing with the CEO of my dream start up company tomorrow!
    I’m a doer, and I will not only absorb everything I learn from this event but you can be sure the insights will be put into action.

    3.) The world of entrepreneurs is a place of amazing stories, both of triumph and failure. I would love to begin my story with the best of the best and with even better beer.
    I’ve followed and admired every one of the entrepreneurs and of course, you, Chase. First ten rounds are on me.

    Whom ever you and your amazing crew pick, they will be forever changed – I just want to thank you regardless, for everything you guys do.

    As a student who always hated going to class, you guys taught me that learning can be enjoyable and that it can exist far beyond the walls of a classroom or school.

    And for that, I’m forever grateful.

    Cheers to creativeLive,


  400. Shana Richmond June 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    Hello! We have a labour intensive “green” business that is thriving, but taking too much time. We need to figure out how to transition to fewer projects and more products, franchise, or leverage our expertise in saving the world from erosion! :) We previously had another successful business that was also a labour intensive service based gig. We feel mired in the “old economy” and need to cut the tethers that bind us to specific geographic space & time.
    Love your work Tim!
    Shana & Gord

  401. Chris June 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    So I can learn to live life on my terms from the best.

  402. Nick Murrieta June 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    Throughout my studies at ASU, I have been engrossed in the curiosity and potential of the entrepreneurs potential. Though, it is not definite, it holds exciting possibilities. I am a self-experimenter and science enthusiast at heart. I get interested in applications and technologies because they amuse me and I want to know more. I am very interested in the ability of our minds, and I want to take this to the full potential that we can. I have many questions and many ideas I want to explore, one that I already have been working on has to do with memory retention and how to best reproduce effective results. If we can shape a software (or app) around this instruction, we can influence the efficiency at which we learn, and thus create better children, better citizens… better human beings. Take a chance on me- worst case, I fly in and we can share a beer together

  403. Mike Carney June 19, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    First off, it was great running into you and Kate at Zoka this week. I was stoked to finally present you with my product, the ClearShot – credit card size tripod from the very first production run. As an engineer for Boeing, I finally dropped out a few months ago after 7 years to pursue this project full time, and I never could have done it without the support of you and your dream team. I always knew that it was MY dream to take a product idea and bring it to market, and I have finally done it and am finding success as I work out deals with major distribution channels.

    Through insights and education provided via your network of super talented artists and professionals, I have learned the REAL lessons of what it takes, and how to get there. Inspired by the likes of Oren, Ramit, Les Stroud, Travis Rice, Guy, Robert Green, Julien Smith, my very good friend Matthew Jordan Smith, and so many others I’ve seen online and in person, I have grown more in the past 2 years than any other period in my life.

    I had the engineering skills to design the ClearShot, but I had to learn from scratch how to manage everything around it. A nearly infinite number of challenges have been overcome as I have deeloped the product, from patent and legal, marketing, outreach, building a brand and a message, and just having the overall inspiration to continue during the most difficult times, I look forward to the opportunity to continue my education with you this weekend. Thank you.

    Mike Carney

  404. jomomjo June 19, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    I would LOVE to join you at this event because i feel your energy! I believe in everything you teach and want you to shake me up a little! and it would be a thrill to get a life time of inspiration in 2 days!

  405. Nick Giovacchini June 19, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    Alright, I literally just heard about this and the contest is ending in 5-mins so I will do my best to provide you with a few reasons why you should choose me for this event.

    Chase, I heard about you just a few weeks ago when you interviewed Julien Smith. Long story short, that interview had a profound impact upon the way I have been conducting my life and business as of late. Julien’s no-BS attitude is something which really shattered some barriers that I had up regarding my interaction with others.

    Back to the contest.

    I am a young, aspiring entrepreneur hoping to focus my entrepreneurial career primarily in social enterprise.

    I have had conversations with a few entrepreneurs that have highlighted the importance of having the correct ‘entrepreneurial mindset’ in order to succeed even in social enterprise.

    I feel as if I have the ethics in place which will drive me to pursue a tremendous social enterprise (think Scott Harrison from charity:water) but I don’t have the necessary business background in order to really make this change a reality. I want to have an impact for good upon this world, and I realize that there are specific skills needed to make this a reality. This Creative Live event will serve as further preparation to achieve this end.

    I really would give anything to make it to this event.

    I heard about the event two days ago and I knew immediately that I wanted to go (and planned to attend online). However, you and I both know that interaction with the world-changers is much more effective than learning the content.

    For me, this event serves not only as an opportunity to learn amazing one-off content, but to meet some of the people who have had a tremendous impact on my life this past year (Chris Guillibeau, yourself, Guy Kawasaki, etc.)

    To top it off, I want my entrepreneurial activities to provide a way out of the harsh financial situation my family is currently in.

    My father is ready to lose his house, leaving my 4 younger brothers without a place to call home.

    This will further my opportunity to bring them out of this harsh reality.

    Ok, well I gotta submit this now!

    Hope you pick me! (Really)



  406. Walter White June 19, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME?! Why would I not want to attend??? How cool would it be to hang out with such a diverse group of amazingly talented people – and in San Francisco?! REALLY?

    Quick Facts about Me: Born in Montana, Live in Tennessee. Retired while still in my forties. Changed majors 4 times in college – Business – Engineering – Computer Science – Aerospace ( Almost did landscape architecture too! ) Graduate research area was virtual teams. Went to work in Airport Management focusing on Airport Operations and Aviation Security. Developed the first airport specific counterterrorism program for airport police departments in 1993. Ran a video production company on the side and produced a television pilot. Competitive adventure racer whose primary strength was the ability to endure prolonged suffering and pain. Lived in Japan. 3rd Dan in Kendo. Currently working as a fashion and music photographer and leading a team that is implementing a global explosive screening detection training program and – oh what is that shiny thing over there???

    You get the picture. Love to learn – think you can learn from all sorts of venues, people and cultures. As the curator for the first Memphis TEDx I am acutely aware how seemingly unconnected fields of study can inspire and create innovation in all sorts of ways. That said, being part of such an event would ROCK.

    I also have a personal project started in photography school (went there after I retired the first time) where I photograph photographers. So smile Chase!

    Saw this an hour ago – hope to meld minds and drink beer with you! Did I mention my bags are packed….

  407. J June 19, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    Because I need the kick in the ass to get out of cube life in Corporate America!

  408. Dave June 19, 2013 at 6:01 pm #

    Chase, I did not know who you were until now. I have, however, used creativeLIVE and know that the clan you’ve gathered are some of the preeminent thought leaders in business today. I am a “modeler”, learning the common traits of top performers, distilling it and training my clients to use the skills in their lives. Who better to model than this group of the best minds in San Francisco to apply in my life and the lives of my clients.
    Thank you for your consideration,

  409. Stephen June 19, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

    I am working towards a BS in Mobile Development and really desire to be part of something new and creative, possibly my own start-up once my skills get to that level. I am always looking for information and insight from those that have been down this road.

  410. Haley Phillips June 19, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    All my life I’ve been dreaming of a happy, exciting life. I wanted to be rich so that I could help other people, change the world, and travel the world to meet new people and change lives. I’ve had this vision but I’ve never quite known how to to make this come to life. Then I read your book “Four Hour Work Week”. That book lit a spark in me. “Who is this Tim Ferriss?” I wondered. I knew I had come across a real gem of a person. Now, I’ve followed along your journey with your other books, read basically every article you’ve posted, even bought a nice camera because you recommended it (I love it, by the way). Anyways, this opportunity would fuel my fire and give me a starting point for this journey of entrepreneurship . The chance to meet you, Tim Ferriss, is also on my bucket list! Thanks!

  411. Rodrigo Figueras June 19, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    Hi my name is Rodrigo, I’m currently studying entrepreneurship in Mexico, and this is why I would love to join you in the event.

    The reason, to be honest is quite simple, it’s people like you and the rest of the speakers of this event that in less than a year have turned my world upside down. I went on to study entrepreneurship with the idea of opening a restaurant, or some sort of store, even though my passion has always been in tech. Yet less than 9 months ago I got introduced to startup weekend and the concept of startups per se. Since then, my focus, hunger and scope have completely changed. Since immersing myself in the world of tech entrepreneurship I have had the chance of visiting Silicon Valley a couple of times, being part of StartupBus 2013 (second ever mexican bus), as well as being part of the Global and Social Entrepreneurship Week Challenges; I was also a finalist in a contest to work with Sir Richard Branson.

    Yet regardless of all that, the deepest and most important change in paradigm that I have suffered in the last year is in my mindset itself. I used to be focused simply on success and favorable results, allowing myself to lose sight of true development. Ever since I got immersed in the “startup world” I have adopted a learning mindset, and that has made a huge difference in my life. I’ve gone from wanting to open a restaurant, to start learning how to code, how to analyse metrics and about great UX design.

    Needless to say, it’s people like you that I admire and from which I can learn the most, in order to become not just a better entrepreneur, but also a better person. I’ve been a huge fan of many of the speakers for quite a while, especially Tim and Guy and I would love to finally be able to meet them.

    Also, I’m turning 21 next week and this would be the greatest birthday present ever….just sayin´