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March 26, 2014

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Our Goals

I had so much fun writing the last blog post, I think I'll write another one. 

Every once in a while people ask me what my goals are for MyNiceTie. My answer is simple, help bring people out of poverty. We do that with our charity, and we also do that by teaching people to tie ties. One of the most common comments on our how to tie a tie videos is how we saved their life by teaching them right before an interview. 

After I share our main goal people always ask what is my goal with the business. This answer is easy, I want to be the Amazon for neckwear and accessories. It is a crazy big goal, but one that is possible and desired. There isn't a place where you can go online and find all kinds of ties. You can find some on Ebay, but you can't really trust the sellers. You can find some on Amazon, but you can't really know if they're quality. There is no place to find all the major brands and types and styles of ties, from quality to affordable and everything in between. That is our sweet spot. 

We've already begun to reach for this goal, but we have a long way to go. 

Thank you for all the help, and as always, keep looking classy!

March 17, 2014

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Helping People In More Ways Than One

I had no idea when I started MyNiceTie that it would help so many people. I also had no idea how much I'd enjoy building this company. It is very fulfilling to take a percentage of all our necktie sales and lend them to struggling entrepreneurs in almost every country of the world. Of course, the real thanks goes to YOU, our customers.

When I decided to give to start lending, I knew that would have an impact, but I didn't, however, know how much teaching people how to tie a tie would have an impact. Our videos have now had over 25 million views on YouTube and the majority of our comments are positive and thankful. Occasionally a fan takes the time to share how much our videos really helped them. I've included a recent email I got below. Thanks for sharing Ryan, your thoughts make it all worth it!

 

Hello, and happy Saint Patricks Day!

For the last maybe 10 years (I'm 31), I have worked in video production here in St. Pete Florida.  I graduated from USF with a degree from the Honors College in Biology.  Production has slowed down here, unless I want to move to NY or LA.  Work has been hard to come by, so I finally decided to work in my field.  I miss biology, and plan on going to graduate school.  I was freelance in production so needless to say I don't get unemployment.

I've sent out hundreds of applications.  My resume is impressive, i'm very personable and well educated.  FINALLY I get ONE call back for a job working in a blood lab here in St. Pete.  Now, I don't own a suit.  I work in production where tattoos are the norm.  I have a tie, and by tie, i mean that in the singular sense.

So, for the interview, I pull out my black slacks, shoes and belt (show blacks as we call them), and head to Walmart because I'm broke and need a nice shirt and tie.  I had gotten a haircut, and took out my two earrings.  Obviously, one needs to look professional.  The night before the interview I need to learn how to tie a tie.  I was looking for something more individual, I hate the premise of ties and suits, it can make someone lose their individuality.  To me, all of them look the same.

So, I find your youtube video.  My roommate was laughing at me as I was watching and participating in gym shorts and a t-shirt.

I had my interview, and it went well.  I was there for 2 and a half hours. Halfway thru the interview, she stops and asks, "Okay, how ... did you tie your tie like that".  She said it looked fantastic.

I'm attaching a picture.  I modified the knot a little bit so it wouldn't look so "busy", especially with a striped tie.

I'll find out by Wed if I got the job.  Thank you for making my interviewer stop and ask how I tied my tie.  I take that as a good sign.

Cheers,

Ryan