CHAPTER 1) Leads? What are leads?

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I love reflecting on this story. Pipetale was never supposed to be even close to what it is today, and it all went down in a matter of six months. Like honestly, I don’t think half a year has ever moved so fast in my life. This is the story of Pipetale, told from the perspective of me, Adam Johnson.

So here I am, early spring 2019, and in the middle of a BIG career shift. I’ve always been a salesman, but I was trying (and failing) to move into the world of car sales. I was getting incredibly frustrated at the fact my current employer was paying me less than minimum wage, messing up on my hours, and getting me to pay into a benefits package turns out, I wasn’t covered for. So I started looking for new work again, until I was hired at Hyundai of all places by a man named Sam Ghessessow. I struggled at the job, as I wasn’t given many leads, and was constantly blocked by my direct supervisor. Modern problems require modern solutions, so I fired up a personal review blog & Persona, @SunValleyDriver, Reviewing some of the cooler cars I had on my lot.

This gave me an idea: I was looking for a car I could get passionate about. I was deterred from cool cars due to cops taking my 1989 Foxbody off of the road in a really crooked setup. So my plan? Document people’s builds, let them tell the story of their pride and joy, and make some great content, meeting new people while I was at it.

CHAPTER 2) Player Two Has Joined The Game

Jordan’s 1985 Mazda RX-7 SE

I made a couple of posts on Facebook requesting people submit their builds/stories to see who would get onto the blog. I got a message by (my now business partner) Jordan Bergeson. He had this Mazda Rx-7 that had some incredible history, and a blog made by a man by the name of Jim Rothe detailing the tale behind this incredible RX-7. I could tell Jordan was incredibly passionate about his car, and we ended up going for a cruise to meet up, talk about the show, etc.

This guy flipped SunValleyDriver upside DOWN. He had a WAY bigger creative vision then I did for the shots, the show in general, and how things should go down. At first I was a tad shaken up, this project was my baby. But then I thought “Why am I too proud to listen to criticism like this?” Stopped talking, and started listening. The shows production value would have to go up… Drastically. Jordan offered to (For no money, no less) assist in the production, and promised to sell possessions to help pay for cameras, drones, stabilizers, etc. But we had a bigger problem: Tons of people wanted to be featured.

CHAPTER 3) The Re-Invention

Once again, Jordan flips the script. We go from a small web series, to a full-blown documentary. We plan on six, forty-minute episodes with a HUGE production increase. We buy a Sony camera, Stabilizers, Mounts, Mics, GoPro’s, and a 3DR solo drone. We’re ready to rock and roll, starting on Jordan’s RX-7 as a test run. We’re out until about 2:30 or so in the morning, with work starting at 5 am filming. We get into talking about WHERE to post it, then a couple of ideas come out:

Start a blog to post our things. Then it’s “create a Wikipedia for these cars”, Then it’s a Netflix pitch, we can’t make up our mind. More people, more VINs, more requests to be featured. People are excited, and we can’t keep up. It’s been three weeks, and we have an uncut, unedited film with bugs. One of the six episodes, nonetheless. A couple of mismatched schedules failed meets, and pissed off people later, we decide to run a blog. Finally, I have an idea while I’m at work dealing with angry customers on a vehicle with a foggy history: Let people upload their own stories! They tell it better, they have the build logs, shop pics, dealership photos, the delivery photos, everything. I try to copyright Tailpipe, Talepipe… both taken, as are domains.

Ah, there it is: Pipetale

CHAPTER 4) The Rest Is History

This brings us to today, the launch of the beta. We bought the domain, registered with the government, and started pushing patents left, and right. Jordan being the crazy idea guy he is, we have so much to do, and there is SO much more to be made of Pipetale. I want to review this blog post in one year to see the difference that we’ve done. All I can tell you guys is that stay tuned: This site is about to get incredibly useful, cool, and even easier to use.

I want to thank everyone in our community for listing with us, and supporting the idea. I really do hope from the bottom of my heart that it helps you sell your car, save you from a terrible insurance adjuster, or gets “ooOoo”s and “aaaAAhhh”s at cars and coffee. We created this site specifically to bring value to the end-user, as we saw a BIG problem with the current system, as we are both huge car enthusiasts.

Definitely drop me an email about your experience with Pipetale, I would love to hear it. [email protected]

CHAPTER 1) Leads? What are leads?

Free photo courtesy of Pixabay.com

I love reflecting on this story. Pipetale was never supposed to be even close to what it is today, and it all went down in a matter of six months. Like honestly, I don’t think half a year has ever moved so fast in my life. This is the story of Pipetale, told from the perspective of me, Adam Johnson.

So here I am, early spring 2019, and in the middle of a BIG career shift. I’ve always been a salesman, but I was trying (and failing) to move into the world of car sales. I was getting incredibly frustrated at the fact my current employer was paying me less than minimum wage, messing up on my hours, and getting me to pay into a benefits package turns out, I wasn’t covered for. So I started looking for new work again, until I was hired at Hyundai of all places by a man named Sam Ghessessow. I struggled at the job, as I wasn’t given many leads, and was constantly blocked by my direct supervisor. Modern problems require modern solutions, so I fired up a personal review blog & Persona, @SunValleyDriver, Reviewing some of the cooler cars I had on my lot.

This gave me an idea: I was looking for a car I could get passionate about. I was deterred from cool cars due to cops taking my 1989 Foxbody off of the road in a really crooked setup. So my plan? Document people’s builds, let them tell the story of their pride and joy, and make some great content, meeting new people while I was at it.

CHAPTER 2) Player Two Has Joined The Game

Jordan’s 1985 Mazda RX-7 SE

I made a couple of posts on Facebook requesting people submit their builds/stories to see who would get onto the blog. I got a message by (my now business partner) Jordan Bergeson. He had this Mazda Rx-7 that had some incredible history, and a blog made by a man by the name of Jim Rothe detailing the tale behind this incredible RX-7. I could tell Jordan was incredibly passionate about his car, and we ended up going for a cruise to meet up, talk about the show, etc.

This guy flipped SunValleyDriver upside DOWN. He had a WAY bigger creative vision then I did for the shots, the show in general, and how things should go down. At first I was a tad shaken up, this project was my baby. But then I thought “Why am I too proud to listen to criticism like this?” Stopped talking, and started listening. The shows production value would have to go up… Drastically. Jordan offered to (For no money, no less) assist in the production, and promised to sell possessions to help pay for cameras, drones, stabilizers, etc. But we had a bigger problem: Tons of people wanted to be featured.

CHAPTER 3) The Re-Invention

Once again, Jordan flips the script. We go from a small web series, to a full-blown documentary. We plan on six, forty-minute episodes with a HUGE production increase. We buy a Sony camera, Stabilizers, Mounts, Mics, GoPro’s, and a 3DR solo drone. We’re ready to rock and roll, starting on Jordan’s RX-7 as a test run. We’re out until about 2:30 or so in the morning, with work starting at 5 am filming. We get into talking about WHERE to post it, then a couple of ideas come out:

Start a blog to post our things. Then it’s “create a Wikipedia for these cars”, Then it’s a Netflix pitch, we can’t make up our mind. More people, more VINs, more requests to be featured. People are excited, and we can’t keep up. It’s been three weeks, and we have an uncut, unedited film with bugs. One of the six episodes, nonetheless. A couple of mismatched schedules failed meets, and pissed off people later, we decide to run a blog. Finally, I have an idea while I’m at work dealing with angry customers on a vehicle with a foggy history: Let people upload their own stories! They tell it better, they have the build logs, shop pics, dealership photos, the delivery photos, everything. I try to copyright Tailpipe, Talepipe… both taken, as are domains.

Ah, there it is: Pipetale

CHAPTER 4) The Rest Is History

This brings us to today, the launch of the beta. We bought the domain, registered with the government, and started pushing patents left, and right. Jordan being the crazy idea guy he is, we have so much to do, and there is SO much more to be made of Pipetale. I want to review this blog post in one year to see the difference that we’ve done. All I can tell you guys is that stay tuned: This site is about to get incredibly useful, cool, and even easier to use.

I want to thank everyone in our community for listing with us, and supporting the idea. I really do hope from the bottom of my heart that it helps you sell your car, save you from a terrible insurance adjuster, or gets “ooOoo”s and “aaaAAhhh”s at cars and coffee. We created this site specifically to bring value to the end-user, as we saw a BIG problem with the current system, as we are both huge car enthusiasts.

Definitely drop me an email about your experience with Pipetale, I would love to hear it. [email protected]

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