InvestorBrandNetwork (“IBN”), a multifaceted financial news and publishing company for private and public entities, today announces that Tony DiMatteo, CEO and co-founder of Lottery.com, a leading technology company that is transforming how, where and when the lottery is played, recently appeared on the Blaze Your Own Trail Podcast, an inspirational forum hosted by entrepreneur and social media expert Jordan Mendoza featuring interviews with people from around the world who have blazed their own trails in business and life.
To hear the full interview, visit The Blaze Your Own Trail Podcast
During the interview, Mendoza inquired about DiMatteo’s background and his persistent approach to entrepreneurship focused on maximizing every available opportunity.
“I was born and raised in the Denver area… [My parents] were just very down to earth, working class folks who just were trying to do the best they could… They really had a drive to succeed and just tried to take opportunities. I learned a lot very early on about entrepreneurship,” DiMatteo said. “About two weeks before graduation, my [high school] history teacher, Mr. Mantooth, he sort of took a break… to educate us about what the real world looks like… With the current system that we have, your goal is to squirrel away money, then you retire, you downsize and if you die before you run out of money, you’re a success… When I looked at that future when I was 18 years old, I didn’t want to have anything to do with that.”
“I thought, ‘What if I just become a homerun hitter and every time that I get an opportunity I just swing for the fences and I try to do the absolute best that I can possibly do?’ I became okay with the idea that I was going to strike out a lot of times… It’s taken a long time. I have failed many more times than I’ve ever succeeded, but all of those failures are why I am successful now. It’s because I just took the risk,” DiMatteo added. “I got into IT and tech. I was really just an IT guy for a long time… and being in IT led me to so many relationships that I would not have had… I would be able to sit down at the CEO’s desk of whatever the client was and we would just go back and forth and just talk… That helped me build my network… Your job is to make people happy. If you make people happy, some amazing things happen. They refer you to other people… They believe in you, and they want you to succeed.”
“In 2015, my co-founder Matt [Clemenson] met Jason Calacanis, a really impressive angel [investor], in San Francisco. We, at the time, had about six projects that we had been self-incubating,” DiMatteo continued. “Matt pitched him everything we had… the very last thing on the list was AutoLotto, which is where [Lottery.com] started… Jason said, ‘Great, you’re on stage [at LAUNCH Festival] in two weeks, get ready’… We decided that I should go and present at the LAUNCH Festival, and all of a sudden, we had a tremendous amount of interest… We raised about $700,000 in maybe two weeks… The lottery is about an $80 billion a year market just in the U.S. and about another $400 billion, roughly, outside of the U.S., but it has not gone online the way it should’ve probably about 10 years ago… That’s our goal, to take something that already exists and bring it online to different people, different demographics… You’re trying something that’s never been tried before, and everybody has resistance to that.”
Throughout the interview, DiMatteo discussed his career leading up to the early days of Lottery.com and the regulatory hurdles the company is currently navigating as it works to expand to new states and international markets in the years to come.
AutoLotto Inc., doing business as Lottery.com (“Lottery.com” or the “Company”), is a leading technology company that is transforming how, where and when lottery is played. Its engaging mobile and online platforms enable players and commercial partners located in the U.S. and internationally to remotely purchase legally sanctioned lottery games. Fans and subscribers look to Lottery.com for compelling, real-time results on more than 800 lottery games from more than 40 countries. Additionally, through WinTogether.org, Lottery.com is fundamentally changing how non-profit donors are incentivized to action by gamifying charitable giving. In all that it does, Lottery.com’s mission remains the same: an uncompromising passion to innovate, grow a new demographic of enthusiasts, deliver responsible and trusted solutions, and promote community and philanthropic initiatives. For more information, visit www.lottery.com.
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