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How I Pitched Mark Cuban My Business Idea Without Ever Going on ‘Shark Tank’

by / ⠀Blog / August 8, 2016

Back in late 2011, I got the opportunity to pitch Mark Cuban. I was just a student at the time, at Howard University, and cofounder of a company — no longer existent — called My College Hustle, a bartering platform for college students. Hoping to grab a $25,000 prize, my business partner Edward Lyles and I participated in a Shark Tank-style competition, in New York, that actually predated…

3 Steps to Starting Your First Freelance Business

by / ⠀Blog Career Advice Entrepreneurship / May 16, 2016

I’m not going to sugarcoat it, sell you rainbows and unicorns, or tell you that becoming an entrepreneur will make you instantly rich. And I’m definitely not going to tell you that it’s easy.  Starting your own business is HARD. The biggest component to success is a high risk tolerance. I have repeatedly struggled to find my footing, pay bills, and get everything set up before finally finding…

It’s Time to Admit What You Truly Want Out of Life (and get it)

by / ⠀Blog Entrepreneurship / May 1, 2015

Making decisions… this is the defining ability of humanity. We can do more than react to life’s challenges instinctively. We can look forward, decide what we want, and act accordingly. This ability gives us power beyond our wildest dreams and yet so few of us utilize it anywhere near it’s full potential. Life is Hard That’s why decisions even exist.  If we lived in a perfect world we would…

Million-Dollar Suitcase: Interview with Brian Chen of Bluesmart

by / ⠀Blog Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / March 23, 2015

Traveling by air is one of the most amazing, yet frustrating experiences of our lifetime. In an instant, we go from sea level to a mile high in the air, but if our plane is delayed 20 minutes, the whole flight becomes a ‘disaster.’ Maybe not a disaster, but we have high expectations when it comes to our personal travel experience. Getting there is supposed to be half…

Dream Driven and Looking Good Doing it – Interview with E.K. Hormeku

by / ⠀Blog Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / March 16, 2015

Hiscox Courageous Entrepreneur Interview Series This is part eight of the ten part series. Follow the Hiscox Courageous Entrepreneur interview series on Under30CEO.com. Interview Series Sponsored by Hiscox Small Business Insurance.  Hiscox specializes in protecting IT/technology, marketing, consulting, health and beauty, photography and many other professional services businesses, tailoring coverage to the specific risks in your industry. “My dreams drive me. I’m from a place where people have to make their…

Why Entrepreneurs Should (or Shouldn’t) Take Time Away From Their Business

by / ⠀Blog Entrepreneurship / March 7, 2015

Should entrepreneurs take time away from their business? If so, why and how much/how often? 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. Yes, Make It a Priority When I recognized the power of stepping away, I was able to tap into even more…

11 Things You Should Outsource to Save Money

by / ⠀Blog Entrepreneurship Startup Advice / February 28, 2015

If I’m trying to save money, what is the best area of my business to outsource? 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. PPC Paid search is one of the easiest things to outsource. Most companies don’t need…

Outside the Jar: Interview with ColorJar’s David Gardner

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / February 16, 2015

Hiscox Courageous Entrepreneur Interview Series This is part six of the ten part series. Follow the Hiscox Courageous Entrepreneur interview series on Under30CEO.com. Interview Series Sponsored by Hiscox Small Business Insurance.  Hiscox specializes in protecting IT/technology, marketing, consulting, health and beauty, photography and many other professional services businesses, tailoring coverage to the specific risks in your industry. ColorJar is a creative technology agency with expertise in positioning strategy and creating custom websites…

Entrepreneurial Fabric: Interview with Kevin Lavelle of Mizzen+Main

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / February 9, 2015

It takes courage to go where no one else has ever gone. Entrepreneurs often risk their financial future and well-being on pursuing an idea for the benefit of themselves and others. Being an entrepreneur of any kind takes courage and inner strength, but every industry and business comes with different challenges. If there’s one industry that’s easy to break into, it’s not apparel. The industry is crowded and…

Powered by Brain and Courage: Interview with Ryan Ballow

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews Entrepreneurship / February 2, 2015

Hiscox Courageous Entrepreneur Interview Series This is part five of the ten part series. Follow the Hiscox Courageous Entrepreneur interview series on Under30CEO.com. Interview Series Sponsored by Hiscox Small Business Insurance.  Hiscox specializes in protecting IT/technology, marketing, consulting, health and beauty, photography and many other professional services businesses, tailoring coverage to the specific risks in your industry. The Hiscox Courageous Founder Interview Series focuses on young entrepreneurs who have taken risks and…

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