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Tech VENTure: Interview with Ryan Fant of Keen Home

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / September 16, 2014

We’ve all had restless nights: staring up at the ceiling, hoping to fall asleep. As an air vent blew warm air into the face of Ryan Fant keeping him awake, he faced a dilemma. He could turn off the heat and freeze to death, or pile blankets and pillows over his head to avoid the annoyance. For Ryan, opportunity was staring down at him, and he chose neither…

6 Ways to Boost Sales After a Slow Summer

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / September 12, 2014

What are some simple strategies I can use to turbocharge sales numbers after a slow summer? The following answers are provided by Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. 1. Run Giveaways With Bloggers Run giveaways with bloggers and ask customers to sign up for your email…

Passion Wave: Interview with VoyVoy’s Nat Disston

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / August 20, 2014

Nat Disston found his passion for surfing at an early age. At the age of 4, Nat and his cousin made pretend surfboards out of cardboard. Although he unsuccessfully rode carpet waves in his living room, creating cardboard surfboards was an early sign that his passion would soon come out through his work. Years later, Nat took a backpacking trip in Costa Rica. He met a surfboard designer…

Entrecelebrity: Interview with SpiritHoods Founder Alexander Mendeluk

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / July 22, 2014

Alexander Mendeluk always saw himself being in the spotlight, but as an actor, not as an entrepreneur. As the child of a Hollywood movie director, Alexander grew up on television and movie sets. “That whole world helped me explore my imagination.” That imagination fueled his passion and interest in storytelling, which led him into acting. After graduating from film school he moved to Los Angeles and became a…

Investing in Service: Interview with Regal Wings Founder Eli Ostreicher

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / July 15, 2014

Every business requires investments, but not all investments are monetary. When Eli Ostreicher started New York City based boutique travel agency Regal Wings, startup capital was not the most important investment made in the company. “It wasn’t so much about investing financially, but investing effort and everything that I could give to it.” Regal Wings acts as both a travel consolidator and business travel management provider. The company…

Founded on a Bicycle – Interview with Dashed Founder Phil Dumontet

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / July 10, 2014

My interview with Phil Dumontet was interrupted by a police officer knocking on his window after he pulled over safely to the side of the road. As rare as an interview starting with a police intervention is a company starting with just a CEO and a bicycle. Dashed has grown into the leading restaurant delivery service in the Northeast. Dashed delivers for over 600 top rated restaurants in…

From Stuffed Animals to Dating: Interview with Serial Entrepreneur Alex Furmansky

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / June 25, 2014

BusinessDictionary.com defines a serial entrepreneur as “an entrepreneur who continuously comes up with new ideas and starts new businesses.” Alex Furmansky is a great example of someone who not only comes up with ideas, but turns those ideas into ventures of all shapes and sizes. Young entrepreneur Alex Furmansky was an early teen when he turned his first idea into a business. Alex started Lucky Leaf Collectors, a…

7 Ways to Use University Career Centers to Find Your Next Star Employee

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / June 17, 2014

How can founders best utilize university career centers to find potential hires as graduation approaches? The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. 1. Introduce Yourself to Freshmen and Sophomores Everyone…

12 Business Questions You Should Ask Yourself Today

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / June 7, 2014

  What single business-related question should every young founder ask themselves tomorrow and why? The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses. 1. What Is That One Thing? As a founder,…

From Basement to Center Stage – Interview with Glamour Kills Founder Mark Capicotto

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / June 4, 2014

Glamour Kills embraces the spirit of the underdog, from their flying pig logo to the humble beginnings of the brand. Nearly a decade after their start, this alternative fashion brand has gone from the basement to the center stage. Mark Capicotto started doing freelance art designs of CD covers, t-shirts, and logos for friends’ bands while in High School. In his parents basement in New York with a…

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