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DJ is building SEEDstudio with community

Dream Journey Jones

Founder/Innovation Architect

Venture Studio

Economic Empowerment

Richmond, Virginia

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Economic Empowerment

Richmond, Virginia

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ūüĎč What’s goody? I’m DJ!

ūüďö I am an Economic Futurist that was compelled to become a Venture Builder in 2010, in order to put my theory about the future of entrepreneurship into practice.

ūüß™ Now after 11+ years of R&D, I am ready to invite collaborators to build this vision together and reimagine what innovation can be.

ūüôÉ Join me!¬†

Founder Story

Humble Beginnings

As an 80's baby growing up in the inner city of New Haven, Connecticut, I was obsessed with basketball, music, and video games. I was a honors student and the starting varsity point guard in high school.

I was one of the first in my family to go to college. In 2001, I attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) with the goal of becoming a walk-on for the basketball team, and honing my entrepreneurial skills.

Unfortunately, those plans didn’t come to pass as I couldn’t afford out of state tuition during my second year. This led me to begin a career in Sales and indirectly foster my desire to become a founder of my own business in the future.

1983-2002

Time to Hustle

Throughout my sales career, it was challenging to find a company that offered innovative products that excited me; especially one that had a culture that aligned with my personal values.

So I jumped from sales job to sales job, until I eventually stumbled upon an opportunity to start my first side hustle: selling cannabis to my network at my former university.

Everything was going smooth until a string of unexpected events happened: My father passed away due to health complications, and a couple months later I was charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana. 

2003-2009

Finding Gold in an Unexpected Place

I ended up being incarcerated for a total of 4 months at a federal prison camp. Fortunately, that was a blessing in disguise for me as I discovered what I wanted to do with my life during this period.

I became fascinated with the barter economy that operated within the prison camp; which inspired me to begin thinking about how to fuse experimental economics with the power of social networking.

I was determined to begin my research and development into these spaces once I was released.

Feb. 2009 - Jun 2009

Pushing Life's Reset Button

In the Spring of 2009, I was finally free from the criminal justice system, and my life’s focus shifted. The majority of my time was spent on learning about and practicing eastern spirituality, doing a deep exploration into economic innovation and technology, and working a part-time seasonal job at the only place that would hire me: a local movie theatre.

After getting laid off as a seasonal worker in February 2010, I was filled with both excitement and fear. Was the Universe trying to communicate with me? What would I do for income?

However, I vowed to myself that my circumstances would not hold me back. I was going to create my own future. This was the moment I began to take action towards my dream of becoming a full-time entrepreneur.

2009-2010

The Dream Journey

My entrepreneurial journey started with three significant events. The first was on Labor Day 2010, when I was inspired to create a blog about a new economic model that I was designing called ‚ÄúProducism‚ÄĚ.

The second event was when I began presenting this new idea to students at my former university, and eventually co-created an idea incubator cooperative with them.

The third and most challenging event was creating a personal challenge that forced myself outside of my comfort zone and helped raise awareness about the work we were doing. This challenge entailed giving away 90% of my belongings to the homeless (only minimalist living), having no home of my own (only couchsurfing), and having no guaranteed income (only freelancing, bartering, and gifting). In exchange for room and board from my supporters, I offered my skills to help them begin building their startup ideas.

This challenge began in Oct. 2010 and lasted until Oct. 2013 when our team received a $50K grant from a successful tech entrepreneur. This adventure was documented as a YouTube series called ‚ÄúThe Dream Journey‚ÄĚ.

2010 - 2013

Coming Full Circle

The grant that we received funded a pilot we were developing at my former university, VCU. The project was called Producia, and it was a social marketplace for cash-strapped college students to find resources to build their creative projects; it used a time-based digital currency instead of traditional money.

Unfortunately, we didn’t reach our goals for the pilot, eventually ran out of funding, and was rejected by all of the accelerators we applied to. I believe we failed because we were too early to the market, the product had a high learning curve, and we focused more on creating new features instead of building community.

Eventually, my co-founders and I parted ways to work on our own digital agencies. I continued to refine my work and skills knowing that I would eventually get back to working on creating new products instead of only exchanging my time for income.

Fast forward to July 2018, taking what I learned from my previous entrepreneurial journey, I started a mission-driven venture studio with the goal of co-creating crypto-infused social apps with passionate contributors on the Internet. After 3 years of additional research and development, I'm ready to get back in the game and help build the future of entrepreneurship.

2013-Present

Attributes

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Teambuilding¬†
  • Innovation Management
  • NoCode Website & App Development
  • Storytelling
  • Strategy Development
  • Business Development
  • Systems Design
  • Community Currency Design
  • Instructional Design
  • Gamification Design

  • Authenticity
  • Autonomy
  • Mastery
  • Purpose
  • Collaboration
  • Reciprocity
  • Equity
  • Creativity
  • Resourcefulness
  • Synchronicity¬†

From the Book: "Don't Sell Me, Tell Me" by Greg Koorhan

 

A combination of the following:

 

The Creator 

Motto: If you can imagine it, it can be done 

Core Desire: to create things of enduring value 

Goal: to realize a vision 

Strategy: develop artistic control and skill 

Talent: creativity and imagination 

Weakness: perfectionism, unfinished projects 

Greatest Fear: mediocre vision or execution 

The Creator is also known as: The Artist, Inventor, Innovator, Craftsman, Musician, Writer, Dreamer 

 

The Sage 

Motto: The truth will set you free 

Core Desire: to find the truth 

Goal: to use intelligence and analysis to understand the world 

Strategy: seeking out information and knowledge; self- reflection and understanding thought processes 

Talent: wisdom, intelligence

Weakness: can study details forever and never act 

Greatest Fear: being duped, misled, or ignorance 

The Sage is also known as: The Scholar, Detective, Philosopher, Researcher, Mentor 

 

The Magician 

Motto: I make things happen 

Core Desire: understanding the fundamental laws of the universe 

Goal: to make dreams come true 

Strategy: develop a vision and live by it

Talent: finding win-win solutions 

Weakness: becoming manipulative 

Greatest Fear: unintended negative consequences 

The Magician is also known as: The Visionary, Catalyst, Shaman, Healer, Medicine Man

 

  • Self Published the book "The Producism Manifesto"¬† (Jan. 2013)

 

  • Featured or Mentioned in the Following Publications (2011-2015)
    -Huffington Post
    -US News
    -ChangeMakers
    -Shareable Magazine
    -The Next Web
    -Under30CEO
    -Change.org
    -Portfolio
    -BusinessInsider
    -BlackWeb 2.0
    -Tech.co
    -Richmond Grid

 

  • Became a Panelist at the Following Events (2011 -2014)
    -SEED @ Harvard
    -Penn Microfinance Annual Conference @ the Wharton School of Business
    -InfluencerCon NYC
    -Shareable Magazine’s SHARE NY @ Parson's New School of Design
    -InsideBitcoin NYC & Las Vegas
    -The Future of Money and Technology Conference
    -Living the New Economy Conference - Oakland

 

  • Raised a $50,000 grant for a next-gen social marketplace startup (2013)

 

  • oTrep's startup pitch was invited to submit a full proposal for an opportunity to receive up to $1.75 Million in grant funding from the National Science Foundation's "America's Seed Fund" - Proposal currently under review (2022)

  • PopCom
  • StartEngine
  • Fundrise
  • GeoOrbital
  • Mirchi Market

Affiliations

SEEDstudio Symbol

SEEDstudio

We are a community venture studio that co-creates Web3 social apps with passionate people on the Internet.

We are experimenting with building crypto-infused social apps in a new way that achieves product/market fit faster than ever before. This new approach includes our innovation framework, ‚ÄúSEEDstrategy‚ÄĚ, nocode/lowcode tools & Web3 technologies, and our co-creation community. Our aim is to offer unique user experiences in categories that are ripe for innovation.

 

The inspiration for our projects comes from the desire to solve personal pain points, so we begin with a strong sense of empathy for our customers. Initially, our core team acts as the guinea pigs for our solutions, and if they pass our tests, they move to the next phase of development, being co-created with our community in public.

 

We are experimenting with a variety of incentives to offer our partners to collaborate with us, and feel they will help shape the future of work.

Digital Media, FinTech, Gaming, EdTech, Health & Wellness

Economic Empowerment-at-Scale

 

We want to offer our collaborators the opportunity to build startups with us using a new approach to innovation: community venture building.

 

We believe this methodology will offer an alternative pathway into entrepreneurship and ownership, and unlock trillions of dollars of value for a variety of communities, especially those who have historically faced various barriers to wealth creation.

Ability Over Experience

 

We place importance on the job getting done effectively and efficiently, not how long you’ve been in a particular industry.

 

Accountability

 

Our team is not micro-managed. So we need everyone to be self-motivated, have effective time management skills, and have a sense of responsibility for the work they produce.

 

Ego-Free

 

A healthy sense of self and the ability to be assertive and confident are definitely skills we appreciate. However, the cause we are supporting is bigger than ourselves. We are a team, first and foremost.

 

Continuous Self-Improvement

 

You’re either growing or dying. We position our team to learn new skills to excel in their position and life as well.

 

Experimentation

 

We are not afraid to listen to and try new ideas. We encourage our team to think outside the box.

 

Entrepreneurial-Minded

 

Our team shares in the success of our organization. So we need everyone to think as an owner.

 

Open Communication

 

We encourage everyone to offer their ideas and opinions to the development of the organization. We place emphasis on resolving any internal conflicts immediately to prevent any long term negative effects.

 

Mutual Respect

 

This is a BOSS-FREE environment. We are all partners working together to create something to benefit ourselves and society as a whole. Titles do not carry weight here.

 

Simplicity

 

KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid. We aim to keep all operations within the organization as simple as possible.

 

Passion

 

In order to work with us, you have to demonstrate in some way that you are passionate about a particular position. We want our team to love what they are doing.

 

Transparency

 

We facilitate an open environment. We will share company plans and financials with every team member, our co-creation community, and the public (within different timelines) .

Current Projects

The Dream Journey

A web series following the adventures of a underestimated founder helping co-create the future of entrepreneurship 

oTrep

The innovation sports league for creator communities that's offering a new and more enjoyable way to launch new projects and attract startup resources

  • Story
  • Studio
  • Updates
  • Wishlist
  • Membership

ūüĎč What’s goody? I’m DJ!

ūüďö I am an Economic Futurist that was compelled to become a Venture Builder in 2010, in order to put my theory about the future of entrepreneurship into practice.

ūüß™ Now after 11+ years of R&D, I am ready to invite collaborators to build this vision together and reimagine what innovation can be.

ūüôÉ Join me!¬†

Founder Story

Humble Beginnings

As an 80's baby growing up in the inner city of New Haven, Connecticut, I was obsessed with basketball, music, and video games. I was a honors student and the starting varsity point guard in high school.

I was one of the first in my family to go to college. In 2001, I attended Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) with the goal of becoming a walk-on for the basketball team, and honing my entrepreneurial skills.

Unfortunately, those plans didn’t come to pass as I couldn’t afford out of state tuition during my second year. This led me to begin a career in Sales and indirectly foster my desire to become a founder of my own business in the future.

1983-2002

Time to Hustle

Throughout my sales career, it was challenging to find a company that offered innovative products that excited me; especially one that had a culture that aligned with my personal values.

So I jumped from sales job to sales job, until I eventually stumbled upon an opportunity to start my first side hustle: selling cannabis to my network at my former university.

Everything was going smooth until a string of unexpected events happened: My father passed away due to health complications, and a couple months later I was charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana. 

2003-2009

Finding Gold in an Unexpected Place

I ended up being incarcerated for a total of 4 months at a federal prison camp. Fortunately, that was a blessing in disguise for me as I discovered what I wanted to do with my life during this period.

I became fascinated with the barter economy that operated within the prison camp; which inspired me to begin thinking about how to fuse experimental economics with the power of social networking.

I was determined to begin my research and development into these spaces once I was released.

Feb. 2009 - Jun 2009

Pushing Life's Reset Button

In the Spring of 2009, I was finally free from the criminal justice system, and my life’s focus shifted. The majority of my time was spent on learning about and practicing eastern spirituality, doing a deep exploration into economic innovation and technology, and working a part-time seasonal job at the only place that would hire me: a local movie theatre.

After getting laid off as a seasonal worker in February 2010, I was filled with both excitement and fear. Was the Universe trying to communicate with me? What would I do for income?

However, I vowed to myself that my circumstances would not hold me back. I was going to create my own future. This was the moment I began to take action towards my dream of becoming a full-time entrepreneur.

2009-2010

The Dream Journey

My entrepreneurial journey started with three significant events. The first was on Labor Day 2010, when I was inspired to create a blog about a new economic model that I was designing called ‚ÄúProducism‚ÄĚ.

The second event was when I began presenting this new idea to students at my former university, and eventually co-created an idea incubator cooperative with them.

The third and most challenging event was creating a personal challenge that forced myself outside of my comfort zone and helped raise awareness about the work we were doing. This challenge entailed giving away 90% of my belongings to the homeless (only minimalist living), having no home of my own (only couchsurfing), and having no guaranteed income (only freelancing, bartering, and gifting). In exchange for room and board from my supporters, I offered my skills to help them begin building their startup ideas.

This challenge began in Oct. 2010 and lasted until Oct. 2013 when our team received a $50K grant from a successful tech entrepreneur. This adventure was documented as a YouTube series called ‚ÄúThe Dream Journey‚ÄĚ.

2010 - 2013

Coming Full Circle

The grant that we received funded a pilot we were developing at my former university, VCU. The project was called Producia, and it was a social marketplace for cash-strapped college students to find resources to build their creative projects; it used a time-based digital currency instead of traditional money.

Unfortunately, we didn’t reach our goals for the pilot, eventually ran out of funding, and was rejected by all of the accelerators we applied to. I believe we failed because we were too early to the market, the product had a high learning curve, and we focused more on creating new features instead of building community.

Eventually, my co-founders and I parted ways to work on our own digital agencies. I continued to refine my work and skills knowing that I would eventually get back to working on creating new products instead of only exchanging my time for income.

Fast forward to July 2018, taking what I learned from my previous entrepreneurial journey, I started a mission-driven venture studio with the goal of co-creating crypto-infused social apps with passionate contributors on the Internet. After 3 years of additional research and development, I'm ready to get back in the game and help build the future of entrepreneurship.

2013-Present

Attributes

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Teambuilding¬†
  • Innovation Management
  • NoCode Website & App Development
  • Storytelling
  • Strategy Development
  • Business Development
  • Systems Design
  • Community Currency Design
  • Instructional Design
  • Gamification Design

  • Authenticity
  • Autonomy
  • Mastery
  • Purpose
  • Collaboration
  • Reciprocity
  • Equity
  • Creativity
  • Resourcefulness
  • Synchronicity¬†

From the Book: "Don't Sell Me, Tell Me" by Greg Koorhan

 

A combination of the following:

 

The Creator 

Motto: If you can imagine it, it can be done 

Core Desire: to create things of enduring value 

Goal: to realize a vision 

Strategy: develop artistic control and skill 

Talent: creativity and imagination 

Weakness: perfectionism, unfinished projects 

Greatest Fear: mediocre vision or execution 

The Creator is also known as: The Artist, Inventor, Innovator, Craftsman, Musician, Writer, Dreamer 

 

The Sage 

Motto: The truth will set you free 

Core Desire: to find the truth 

Goal: to use intelligence and analysis to understand the world 

Strategy: seeking out information and knowledge; self- reflection and understanding thought processes 

Talent: wisdom, intelligence

Weakness: can study details forever and never act 

Greatest Fear: being duped, misled, or ignorance 

The Sage is also known as: The Scholar, Detective, Philosopher, Researcher, Mentor 

 

The Magician 

Motto: I make things happen 

Core Desire: understanding the fundamental laws of the universe 

Goal: to make dreams come true 

Strategy: develop a vision and live by it

Talent: finding win-win solutions 

Weakness: becoming manipulative 

Greatest Fear: unintended negative consequences 

The Magician is also known as: The Visionary, Catalyst, Shaman, Healer, Medicine Man

 

  • Self Published the book "The Producism Manifesto"¬† (Jan. 2013)

 

  • Featured or Mentioned in the Following Publications (2011-2015)
    -Huffington Post
    -US News
    -ChangeMakers
    -Shareable Magazine
    -The Next Web
    -Under30CEO
    -Change.org
    -Portfolio
    -BusinessInsider
    -BlackWeb 2.0
    -Tech.co
    -Richmond Grid

 

  • Became a Panelist at the Following Events (2011 -2014)
    -SEED @ Harvard
    -Penn Microfinance Annual Conference @ the Wharton School of Business
    -InfluencerCon NYC
    -Shareable Magazine’s SHARE NY @ Parson's New School of Design
    -InsideBitcoin NYC & Las Vegas
    -The Future of Money and Technology Conference
    -Living the New Economy Conference - Oakland

 

  • Raised a $50,000 grant for a next-gen social marketplace startup (2013)

 

  • oTrep's startup pitch was invited to submit a full proposal for an opportunity to receive up to $1.75 Million in grant funding from the National Science Foundation's "America's Seed Fund" - Proposal currently under review (2022)

  • PopCom
  • StartEngine
  • Fundrise
  • GeoOrbital
  • Mirchi Market

Affiliations

SEEDstudio Symbol

SEEDstudio

We are a community venture studio that co-creates Web3 social apps with passionate people on the Internet.

We are experimenting with building crypto-infused social apps in a new way that achieves product/market fit faster than ever before. This new approach includes our innovation framework, ‚ÄúSEEDstrategy‚ÄĚ, nocode/lowcode tools & Web3 technologies, and our co-creation community. Our aim is to offer unique user experiences in categories that are ripe for innovation.

 

The inspiration for our projects comes from the desire to solve personal pain points, so we begin with a strong sense of empathy for our customers. Initially, our core team acts as the guinea pigs for our solutions, and if they pass our tests, they move to the next phase of development, being co-created with our community in public.

 

We are experimenting with a variety of incentives to offer our partners to collaborate with us, and feel they will help shape the future of work.

Digital Media, FinTech, Gaming, EdTech, Health & Wellness

Economic Empowerment-at-Scale

 

We want to offer our collaborators the opportunity to build startups with us using a new approach to innovation: community venture building.

 

We believe this methodology will offer an alternative pathway into entrepreneurship and ownership, and unlock trillions of dollars of value for a variety of communities, especially those who have historically faced various barriers to wealth creation.

Ability Over Experience

 

We place importance on the job getting done effectively and efficiently, not how long you’ve been in a particular industry.

 

Accountability

 

Our team is not micro-managed. So we need everyone to be self-motivated, have effective time management skills, and have a sense of responsibility for the work they produce.

 

Ego-Free

 

A healthy sense of self and the ability to be assertive and confident are definitely skills we appreciate. However, the cause we are supporting is bigger than ourselves. We are a team, first and foremost.

 

Continuous Self-Improvement

 

You’re either growing or dying. We position our team to learn new skills to excel in their position and life as well.

 

Experimentation

 

We are not afraid to listen to and try new ideas. We encourage our team to think outside the box.

 

Entrepreneurial-Minded

 

Our team shares in the success of our organization. So we need everyone to think as an owner.

 

Open Communication

 

We encourage everyone to offer their ideas and opinions to the development of the organization. We place emphasis on resolving any internal conflicts immediately to prevent any long term negative effects.

 

Mutual Respect

 

This is a BOSS-FREE environment. We are all partners working together to create something to benefit ourselves and society as a whole. Titles do not carry weight here.

 

Simplicity

 

KISS = Keep It Simple Stupid. We aim to keep all operations within the organization as simple as possible.

 

Passion

 

In order to work with us, you have to demonstrate in some way that you are passionate about a particular position. We want our team to love what they are doing.

 

Transparency

 

We facilitate an open environment. We will share company plans and financials with every team member, our co-creation community, and the public (within different timelines) .

Current Projects

The Dream Journey

A web series following the adventures of a underestimated founder helping co-create the future of entrepreneurship 

oTrep

The innovation sports league for creator communities that's offering a new and more enjoyable way to launch new projects and attract startup resources

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