Archive / November, 2011

Killer Mechanic Shop in Eugene

Ok, so I’m a bit biased. But, I’m pretty proud of my old man, and he’s one of two mechanics at a really great auto repair shop in Eugene. They didn’t really have much of a website, so I put one together for them over the weekend. It’s small, but it does the job. Their shop is called Wagon Works.

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However, I do have to say, if you’re in the market for a mechanic in Eugene, you’d have a hard time beating Wagon Works. He’s been working on my cars for as long as I’ve been driving, and has kept them running smooth and happily despite some of my best efforts. Once, “fixing” even meant going to work with a crowbar and a sledgehammer. But that’s another story.

They’re also the kind of shop I can easily promote, as he treats all his customers the same way he treats me. First, let’s make sure that car is safe to drive. Then, let’s talk about what it needs and what it doesn’t. If you can handle a few inconveniences, he’ll tell you which upgrades and fixes are worth doing now, and what you can put off until later (or never). It depends on what you want and can afford. But he’ll give you real options. He’s also the kind of guy who won’t charge you for shit you don’t need, and he won’t tell you to fix something just because they need to make a sale. They’re also about $25/hour lower than a lot of their competitors, because they have almost no overhead. Just two mechanics, working on cars. Saves them money, saves you money.

OK, as I said. I’m really proud of my dad, and I wanted to give him a little shout out. Now, go get your car fixed. Ask for Ron, and tell him his son loves him.

Missing the Mentors and Advisors

Last night at Urban Airship, Portland had the opportunity to welcome Jason Mendelson and Brad Feld of Foundry Group and the author’s of Venture Deals.

Through the evening, I kept lamenting the fact that I have decided to not take funding with Paleo Plan. Not for the money’s sake, but because when you are backed by guys like Jason and Brad, you get access to them as advisors, and their introductions to other mentors, not to mention possible partnerships.

Paleo Plan has been bootstrapped from day 1, and I’ve poured hours and hours and quite a few of my own dollars into making it what it is today, and I’m super excited to have the good fortune to run my own business (not to mention, some great help from my partner Neely).

However, I really do miss the opportunity to work with senior advisors, who are passionate about my company succeeding. I know I can reach out and find my own mentors, and I should. But I’ve been missing it thus, and am looking forward to trying to find some in Portland now that I really have come face to face with what I’m missing.