We had the good fortune of connecting with BiblioGuy and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi BiblioGuy, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting BiblioDate.com was largely shaped by the Covid-19. The pandemic was raging & lockdowns forced in-person business & social interactions to online interactions. During & because of the lockdowns, people turned to indoor activities in droves, such as jigsaw puzzles & reading.
The epiphany came chatting at Starbucks with some friends the week before the first hard lockdown in March of 2019. One person mentioned reading 1 book/week. Someone else said they read 1 book/month. Just then a stunningly beautiful woman walked in & my first thought was “Wow, I wonder if she reads?”.
The notion began to gel about a dating/connecting site to bring readers together worldwide; a place where someone from LA visiting Rome could chat someone up about their common interest in books & reading, just as easily as someone from Santa Monica could chat up someone from West LA. Bringing readers together is the reason BiblioDate.com exists.Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
By education, I am a tax attorney with a Juris Doctor (JD) in Law & a Masters in Legal Letters (LL.M.) It took about 7 years to go through college with changed Majors being routine. I was the typical liberal arts, history & political science type. Somehow, an accredited law school accepted me. Federal Income Taxation was a required course. It was a very dry subject matter that I was attracted to. Sensing that I had some affinity for the subject, that Professor encouraged me to pursue an LL.M. in Taxation.
This would have been fairly straightforward for just about everyone else in the class except for me. Being a liberal arts student, I never took any business or accounting courses. Despite not taking any of these courses, I got accepted to the LL.M. program at University of San Diego’s Law School.
My new “classmates” were all pretty varied, though they ALL had business & tax backgrounds, whether as lawyers, accountants. I’m still not quite sure, but somehow I managed to graduate with the degree. To complete the story, after graduating, my grandparents told me something like “we thought you might get in BUT WE NEVER THOUGHT YOU WOULD GET OUT!”
Having difficulty (read: not passing) the California Bar was the not-so-subtle reminder that deep-down under it all, I am much more creative than I am analytical. I won’t bore you with some past creative venture, though I would like to think that BiblioDate.com is the creative project that will bring happiness to users finding their “literary soulmate”.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I have one time & place that I always take friends on the first evening they visit: sunset on the patio at Las Brisas in Laguna Beach. It is almost magical when the sun starts to go down & the lights along the coast begin to light-up.
Friends alway like it when I take them sailing in Newport Harbor, so we’ll go sailing, tie-up someplace for lunch & beverages.
Nothing is more West Coast than traffic on the 405, so I take them to the Hills of Beverly, Melrose & the trendy spots du-jour. Depending on who the friends are, I have been known to keep going North until Humboldt!
The one place that I also like to take people in the Pt Loma Seafood Market in SD. I got hooked on their Crab Cake sandwiches on sourdough bread at school in SD & my seafood eating friends seem to like it, with a walk & drink in La Jolla.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The American Booksellers Association is the trade group representing indie bookstores. In my world, indie bookstores are the ONLY bookstores! Not long after the notion of a dating/connecting site for readers came to mind, I was able to chat with the CEO of the American Booksellers Association about her thoughts. She was VERY encouraging & expressed her belief that ABA members would be happy to help. I am very grateful to them & would like to give due credit & recognition.
Two specific booksellers from Sacramento also deserve recognition for their support, encouragement & time spent chatting; Ann Seaton, President of the California Independent Booksellers Association; &, former CALIBA President & now proud owner of “Kings Books” in Salt Lake City, Calvin Crosby. In Orange, CA, Anne Saller & her daughter from “Anne’s Book Carnival” also deserve thanks for the generous time spent chatting about & encouraging me to pursue BiblioDate.com
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