I was born in 1988, and have never carried a wallet. Not once. Spending money on a piece of hardware to put my money in? Hard pass! While traveling Vermont for Fall photography in 2017, I found myself without cash to tip the hotel maid. There should be a way outside of asking directly for staff member’s PayPal and Venmo addresses to send a cashless tip while still maintaining a proper guest-staff relationship. Thus, the birth of my first self-built app – HUMBL.
Over the course of nine months, I was able to self-fund 90% of the project and deliver a functioning MVP product on iOS and Android. To accomplish this feat, I managed an overseas team of developers via Upwork, handled all branding, marketing and UI/UX while gritting my teeth through the legal/paperwork side of things. I subsequently sold a majority of HUMBL to Block 30 Labs (a San Diego based blockchain startup I helped get off the ground).