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The Marketplace is a weekly podcast posted every Sunday and hosted by Priest Willis, Sr. The podcast is created with you in mind and talks with a variety of industry leaders in business, education, music, sports, comedy, entrepreneurship and more!

Dec 9, 2018

Dave is the founder of Kindlepreneur, and advanced book marketing website. Dave helps authors and aspiring authors sell more books and make more money. An author himself, Dave penned the Book,  Amazon Kindle Rankings – How To Rank Your Kindle Book #1 ON Amazon. He’s been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur and SEMrush for his marketing tactics.

amazon kindle sales

Prior to being an online entrepreneur, he served the US military as a nuclear engineer, military diplomat and even an International Arms Dealer.

Dave and I discuss;

  • His family history in the Military.
  • Being an entrepreneur
  • How Amazon changed the book industry
  • His site Kindlepreneur and KDP Rocket.
  • Should all entrepreneurs write a book?
  • Steps to marketing your book
  • Ideal price on selling books

and much more...

 

Other Resources:

Dave's Book Marketing Show Podcast

Scribe formerly Book In A Box mentioned on the show

Amazon Book Advertisement with AMS (Dave's Free Udemy Course)

Nov 25, 2018

What can the super wealthy teach us about having a secure financial future?

The Thin Green Line: The Money Secrets of the Super Wealthy by Paul Sullivan. “Wealth Matters” columnist for The New York Times reveals the decisions, behaviors, and worldviews that lead to true wealth. For the better part of the past decade, Paul has written about and lived among some of the wealthiest people in America. He has learned how they save, spend, and invest their money; how they work and rest; how they use their wealth to give their children educational advantages, but not strip them of motivation. He has also seen how they make horrendous mistakes.

thin green line book

Firsthand, Paul knows why some people, even “rich” people, never find true wealth, and why other people, even those who have far less, are far better off financially. His book shows how others can make better financial decisions—and come to terms with what money means to them. It lays out how to avoid the pitfalls around saving, spending, and giving money away and think differently about wealth to lead a more secure and less stressful life. An essential complement to all of the financial advice available, this “timely…smart” (Publishers Weekly) guide is a welcome antidote to the idea that wealth is a number on a bank statement.

Paul and I discuss;

  • The thin green and the distinction between being rich and wealthy
  • Why it was important for readers to understand the difference?
  • The meeting he talks about in the beginning of his book with Tiger 21 members.
  • How the wealthy use debt strategically
  • The misconception on how the wealthy view taxes
  • The wealthy’s spending philosophy
  • How the wealthy teach financial literacy to their kids
  • and much more!

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Business Insider article on money secrets of the wealthy

Nov 19, 2018

Author of ‘Your One Word’ The Powerful Secret to Creating a Business and Life That Matter

Evan Carmichael is an entrepreneur who started doing what he loves at the early age of 19. At 22, he was a VC helping companies to raise $500,000 to $15 million. He soon found that he had a true passion for helping others, and used that drive to help others. Evan has a website called evancarmichael.com where he works hand in hand with entrepreneurs to help them accomplish their hopes and dreams. He stated that is goal is to help 1 billion entrepreneurs in his life.evan-carmichael-book The only thing stronger than his friendly personality is his drive to help others meet the success that he achieved.

Evan and I discuss;

  • What it means to have "One Word"
  • Understanding his idea of hustle and passion
  • Almost quitting as an entrepreneur
  • Facing depression
  • How he works on modeling himself after entrepreneurs
  • Why A.P. Giannini , founder of Bank of America is the entrepreneur he appreciates most
  • and much more!!

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Namecheap is a domain name registrar and web hosting company.

Extra Links:

The Big Why And The Little Why With Evan Carmichael (Forbes)

Your One Word- Evan's Book

My appearance on the Evan Carmichael LIVE Show

Nov 10, 2018

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Tim Swanson who is the owner and operator of Cigars Daily. Tim is building a great online community on Youtube, Facebook and more of cigar lovers around the world. Before launching out on his own, Tim was in charge of daily operations at four retail cigar shops in Arizona and oversight of the warehouse and staff.

cigar lounge

TNT Cigar Reviews which was formally Tim & Bradly is where Tim started building his chops for creating an online community and honed his skills for branding on YouTube. Cigars Daily is a lounge for all....online and off. Please sit with us and enjoy!

Tim and I cover;

  • Turning cigars from a hobby to a business
  • Launching Cigars Daily Online and Brick & Mortar (Arizona) business in 2018
  • Youtube Success
  • Having mentors
  • Top 5 Cigars for beginners
  • FDA cancer results of smoking cigars
  • Tim's Philosophy on "his favorite" cigars
  • Carrying exclusive products

.....and more!

Other Resources Mentioned:

Tim's Video 'Can Christian Smoke Cigars'

Tim's Video 'How Cigars Can Be GOOD FOR YOU!'

Cigar Daily Review Journal

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Nov 4, 2018

Currently a Financial Aid Counselor at Georgia State University,  Jason Butler is a man on a mission to debt freedom and chronicling his journey along the way at TheButlerJournal.com. His goal is toeducate people about debt, travel and college and inspire them to get out of debt as well.  He's currently working on paying off over $60K of debt. 

jason on ebay

There's some key areas that Jason focuses on building his side hustle around that I asked him to share with you.

Selling on eBay
This is one of his favorite side hustles. He's been selling on eBay on and off for nine years. He started to get more serious about it in 2016. Since then, he's been able to grow a consistent side hustle income with it.

Jason also has a great course that I actually took as well. Check it out here

Selling Custom printed Shirts
I have fun on this as well. This can be fun with time and creativity for design. His focus is on three platforms which are Amazon Merch, Teespring and Sunfrog.

Freelance Writing
Freelance writing is another side hustle although he's not doing as much with his focus being on more profitable spaces i.e. ebay.

 

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Oct 28, 2018

Tyler Merrick, founder and CEO of  Project 7 started 10yrs ago after learning about social entrepreneurship through a friend. He soon discovered, however, that social entrepreneurship works only when people want to buy the product you’re selling. A

fter restart of the brand and  reformulated products, Project 7’s sales now exceed $10 million, and its gums and gummy bears are distributed at Target, Meijer, SuperValu, Starbucks and elsewhere. The company donates a minimum of 10% of its profits to seven areas of focus, including tree-planting, clean water and anti-bullying program.

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  • Merrick talks about his pet care venture he worked in over 10yrs
  • Being a For Profit supporting non-profits
  • Why having good product should be the focus vs. the social mission
  • The seven areas of need across the globe that Project 7 helps fund
  • How he penetrated the gum and candy business
  • Failing in business
  • How others can create sustainable goods and create a business/products that they can have an impact on social good?
  • and much more!

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Extra Links:

How Project 7's Tyler Merrick Channeled His Inner Willy Wonka To Turn Around His Gum Startup

Oct 21, 2018

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul ~ Dieter Uchtdorf

That fully embodies Roberto Blake."Create something awesome today." Roberto Blake is the CEO and Creative Director of Create Awesome Media, LLC., where he develops and produces digital content and online media properties. Currently he is the host of a popular Creative Education Channel on YouTube, "Always Be Creating". Roberto also host and co-produces the "Create Something Awesome Today Podcast"

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Roberto Blake uses this tagline at the beginning of every video he creates, edits, and uploads on YouTube. He has a real passion for creative entrepreneurship and empowering others, and the community he's built around his creative philosophy is a reflection of his commitment to his following.

This is one of the longer podcasts that I've recorded (1hr 10min) but it's well worth listening to someone with the discipline to put out finely crafted, unique content and frankly speaking directly to the heart of an entrepreneur.

Roberto and I discuss;

  • How Roberto got his start in design and focus on being a "creative"
  • How others can start in YouTube today and why it's not saturated?
  • What’s the future YouTube
  • The next social media "thing" people and businesses should turn their attention to
  • Tips for a budding vlogger to develop a strong relationship with followers?
  • How to engage with followers in all three (Twitter / Instagram / YouTube) channels and platform he uses the most?
  • The YouTubers and Bloggers that inspired him when he started and today
  • and much more!

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Oct 14, 2018

I had the pleasure of joining my friend Robert Glover aka as Brix of Brix Fitness on his podcast where we talked about mental health. Rob has joined this podcast in the past to talk about his journey into becoming a very successful YouTuber and businessman and he’s shared some of his struggles on his platform along the way.
Mental Health has been thankfully and increasingly growing topic in the world and especially in the entrepreneur community and more. How does your work and ambition influence your mental state?

mental health in business

In this episode, Rob and I openly tackle this sensitive but needed discussion from the viewpoint of business owners, but really look at in a way that is relatable for almost anyone. Rob and I discuss our own struggles and experiences with anxiety (mine), depression (his) and then go on to unpack some of the ways they each manage these challenges.

We also talk about breaking the stigma and finding ways to be great along the way.. This is one of the least business-centered episodes of the show, but you don’t want to miss this one.

Article published in Feedfront Magazine: Mentally Breaking Down Your Hustle

Other Resources mentioned in the show:

Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi (book)

The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor (book)

Choosing To Cheat by Andy Stanley (book)

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Oct 1, 2018

Brian Smith was born in Australia, where he developed his love of surfing. A chartered accountant, he studied at the UCLA Graduate School of Management, and with $500 of start-up money, he founded UGG Imports to bring sheepskin footwear to America. A passionate innovator and entrepreneur, Brian is one of the most sought after business leaders in the country today. As a media guest and inspiring speaker, he is committed to teaching his breakthrough business strategies to entrepreneurs and translating personal vision and spirituality into company culture.Brian Smith - Ugg Boots

Brian and I discuss;

  • The motivation for business
  • Bringing a trend from Australia to California
  • Challenges he overcame in the early days like getting distribution for his product
  • How exercise and meditation helps him manage stress in business
  • How to create demand for a product that the market doesn’t necessarily know it "needs".
  • The brand re-alignment that created the tipping point for Ugg's
  • His four mantras for business.
  • Important things to understand if your goal is to build an iconic brand
  • and more...

Other Links:

The Birth of a Brand (book)

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Sep 23, 2018

I had a chance to sit down with Nathan Chan of Foundr to discuss the magazine’s success and find out what it’s done to get people to open their wallets for digital content. Nathan Chan is the founder of Foundr an online magazine for entrepreneurs. He started it as a side hustle, and over the last few years has grown it into a foundr magazinepowerhouse brand producing content for entrepreneurs like Richard Branson, Arina Huffington, Seth Godin, Mark Cuban, Gary Vaynerchuk, Tim Ferris and more.

In this interview, Nathan shares some of his best secrets for getting hard-to-reach people to notice you, providing value to others, the importance of following up, and more. 

 

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Sep 15, 2018

Ted Rossman is an Industry Analyst at CreditCards.com and writes the “Wealth and Wants” column. He has seven years of experience in the credit card and personal finance industries as a member of the award-winning communications department at CreditCards.com and its sister sites, The Points Guy and Bankrate.

Ted and I Discuss;

  • Steps to getting involved in the finance industry
  • Having credit cards doesn't mean having debt
  • How to pick the best credit cards for me
  • Best card for travelers
  • Ted's Cashback strategy
  • How many credit cards should you have?
  • Understanding your credit report and score
  • Myths with credit cards
  • and much more!

Other Resources:

Ted's Cashback Strategy
FICO 9 Info
Dave Ramsey's Philosophy on Credit Cards
Renting vs. owning a home Disclaimer: It's my first Youtube video and my delivery is boring but it has great info. I'm going to redo it. 

Sponsor/Partnership

Namecheap is a domain name registrar and web hosting company.

Sep 11, 2018

My guest today, Ryan Dennis has been working in the blockchain industry since 2015 when he revolutionized real estate technology as the Director of Communication for the International Blockchain Real Estate Association. Since then, he has consistently been publicized as one of the most influential people in real estate technology online.

blockchain

In his current role, he investigates blockchain firms and interviews leaders as the Head of Content for ICO Alert.

Ryan and I discuss;

  • What led Ryan to the world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies 
  • What is an ICO (initial coin offering)
  • What is ICO alert
  • How to pick the right coins on the market
  • Understanding how blockchain works
  • The worlds of blockchain and real estate
  • and much more!

Other Resources;

Discovering Blockchain via Real Estate

Sep 2, 2018

In this episode I interview David Stein, an expert strategist when it comes to money, how it works, and how to work it.  David now retired from his life as a Portfolio Strategist of a $33 Billion investment advisory firm with over 20 years of experience managing money turned his attention to creating the hit show “Money For The Rest of Us”.

Do you have friends, family, or a loved one that want to learn about money, investing, the economy, but feel too intimidated to start? Well then, Mr. Stein is the answer! He is a resource I wish I’d had when I first got started investing.

He makes the complex understandable – about a subject that touches every human being. Make sure to subscribe to his podcast and I hope you enjoy this episode!

David and I discuss;

  • David's investment philosophy 
  • Focus on asset class rather then individual stocks
  • Saving more and spending less
  • Diversity...but not to much!
  • Home investments
  • Types of investors and what beginning investors should focus on
  • and much more!

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Other Resources:

David's Membership
Investing won't make you rich
David Stein: Personal Investing Philosophy and Process- PLUS: Portfolio Management in Turbulent Markets

Aug 25, 2018

Ahead of his annual Digital Nomad Summit, I had a chance to chat with Johnny FD. A digital nomad who In 2008 quit his corporate gig in California to move to Thailand and follow his passions and work as a Scuba Diver around the world. It was in Thailand that he spent a few years training professionally as a Muay Thai Fighter and fighting professionally. 

johnny fd travel

In 2013 he started my first online business through publishing a book on Amazon Kindle, then replaced his 9-5 income by starting a dropshipping store which he later sold and start investing in other passive income vehicles. Johnny also started a blog to document and share his journey as a location independent entrepreneur or what he now labels as a digital nomad with my friends and family.

Johnny and I discuss;

  • What is a Digital Nomad
  • How he finances his travels
  • Staying connected with friends and family
  • Steps to becoming location independent
  • His growth spiritually, mentally, financially
  • and much more!

Sponsor/Partnership:

Coinbase  a secure online platform for buying, selling, transferring, and storing digital currency

 

Other Resources:

Digital Nomad Summit US http://www.nomadsummit.com/
Johnny's Podcast http://www.travellikeabosspodcast.com/
Johnny's Course http://www.johnnymethod.com/
My Fight Camp Blog http://www.myfightcamp.com/
Aug 19, 2018

Kori Hale is the CEO of CultureBanx a central repository of business and financial news for black professionals. She will also serve as lead reporter for the website.. Kori says she was raised in investment banking while working at UBS internationally and Goldman Sachs in the states. Kori is the first black woman to anchor a daily news show from the New York Stock Exchange. kori halePreviously, she produced TV for the number one business news network on CNBC’s top rated shows Squawk on the Street and Squawk Alley. Prior to joining CNBC, she was an international producer for Bloomberg TV and a financial correspondent for TheStreet.com.

Kori and I discuss;

 

Other Resources:

Former Cheddar anchor Hale launches CultureBanx

Goldman Sachs Bitcoin Endorsement Leads Institutional Investor Cryptocurrency Push

Aug 12, 2018

Serial entrepreneur Robert “Bob” Glazer is the founder and Managing Director of Acceleration Partners, and the founder and Chairman of BrandCycle. He has an exceptional track record of helping companies grow their revenues and profits using performance-based affiliate marketing. He's also the author of the book Performance Parnerships which is a great read!

Bob is a highly sought after speaker for business & marketing conferences, and a contributor to many large publications including Success.com, Entrepreneur.com.   Every Friday, Bob writes an inspirational post for his friends, family, and employees on his website Friday Forward.

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Bob and I discuss;

  • What do you do that drives the success today? Meaning share some of you core values.
  • Diversity in Tech
  • The "average" employee
  • Culture, Core Values and Leadership in his companies
  • How to you focus and work on "time management"
  • Leverage influencer marketing to expand your brand’s reach.
  • Blockchain in performance marketing
  • Advice for other entrepreneurs
  • and much more!

Sponsor/Partnership:

Coinbase  a secure online platform for buying, selling, transferring, and storing digital currency

Aug 5, 2018

David Burkus is a best-selling author, a sought build key connections—one based on the science of human behavior, not rote networking advice. He’s delivered keynotes to the leaders of Fortune 500 companies and the future leaders of the United States Naval Academy. His TED talk on "How To Hack Networking" made me view the time spent at cheesy networking events just doesn't work. He is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review, and associate professor of leadership and innovation at Oral Roberts University.

His forthcoming book, Friend of a Friend, offers readers a new perspective on how to grow their networks.

Apologize for the sound. Somehow I muffed my mic??! 

  • In this episode, we cover:
  • Becoming a"accidental" professor :)
  • How networks really should really work
  • The Science Behind networking (not listening to one person's advice on networking).
  • Why is networking important? It's just not about work.
  • Examples of having social capital with UFC's Dana White
  • Which type of networks provide you with new ideas and opportunities?
  • Getting nothing from mixer events
  • What influence does our network have on our health and wellbeing?
  • and much more!

 

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Jul 28, 2018

Episode 100!! Thank you for joining me on this amazing journey in talking with amazing, inspiring, creative people. In this episodes, I had the pleasure of sitting down with current CEO and Co-founder of Super Heroic, Jason Mayden. 

Jason and I met briefly while he was in Raleigh, NC to speak at the city's Small Business Week Kick-Off where I brought my sons to hear his inspiring message of entrepreneurship, design, fatherhood and play.

In his previous role at Nike, Jason Mayden oversaw the design and execution of all conceptual products, data driven
innovations and inline lifestyle and performance product for Jordan Brand, as the Senior Global Design Director.

Jason Mayden Super Heroic

During his 13+ year career at Nike, Mayden led and contributed to the creation of innovative sport performances products for athletes and cultural icons such as Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Derek Jeter, and Michael Jordan.

Super Heroic Inc. a business focused on creating quality play performance product, technology and services for elementary school aged children and families.

Jason and I discuss;

  • His experience growing up in Chicago and the inspiration of the Michael Jordan era
  • His experience and evolution while at Nike
  • His Passion for gym shoes...tennis shoes, kicks, you get it :)
  • Leaving Nike and starting his own brand, Super Heroic
  • Magic Johnson becoming an investor
  • Best business advice
  • and much more!!
Jul 22, 2018

Vadim saw a major problem in the industry: consumers are confused and can't see through the haze of hype on CBD all over the internet. The CBD School was created to educate consumers on how to use CBD and where to find the best products for their needs.

CBD Chain

Vadim is the CBD Professor. For the last two decades, he has dedicated himself to researching the benefits of the cannabis plant. But it wasn't enough to learn about the benefits for himself—he wanted to share them with the world.

Thus the CBD School was created.

We discuss:

  • CBD School and how it started
  • Promoting CBD sites
  • What is CBD? Where CBD come from?
  • Difference from hemp, Marijuanna
  • What’s the amount of CBD in Hemp Oil? What’s the amount of CBD in Cannabis Oil?
  • and much more!

Other Resources:

Our Interview on Vadim's Show 'CBD School' 

Mention in the show - Dr. Rachna Patel

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Jul 15, 2018

For the first 24 years of his life, Chris Rickerson’s future looked dim. He grew up in poverty, with a drug-addicted mother and drug demons of his own. chris-rickerson-sons

Facing dire consequences, he turned his life around and, in 2013, started Elite Staffing Solutions, a Wichita, Kansas-based staffing company that lifts up people who are struggling as he once did.

We talk about;

  • Growing up in a home with a drug addicted mother
  • Chris’s own battles with substance abuse
  • How his faith helped him turn his life around
  • Why his firm doesn’t hesitate to hire those with similar backgrounds to Chris’s
  • The keys to Elite Staffing Solutions rapid growth
  • Mentors
  • People over profit
  • Advice to other entrepreneurs

Earn $50k-$60k! Apply Now! Chris is looking for a Operations Manager!

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This $3 Million Company Hires People Who Need a Second Chance. Because Its Founder Needed Help Once, Too. (INC article)

May 5, 2018

MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell had a dream about the perfect pillow. Now he’s a millionaire.

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Inventor and CEO Mike Lindell of Chaska demonstrates pillow making at his new factory in Shakopee.
Photo/Craig Lassig

Mike started his own business in his garage, working hard and not sleeping well, so he set out to design a pillow that would help him sleep. After two years he finally came up with the patented fill, ensuring MyPillow® that would be breathable and washer and dryer safe. Mike heard a lot of “no’s” in those early years, but never gave up on his passion to share his pillow with the world and to this day Mike has more than 1200 employees, and his company is estimated at taking  in $100 million a year.

Tune in to hear his story and find out some of the growing pains Mike experienced along the way. In this interview Mike will also share his ups and downs of being an entrepreneur and offer lessons and advice to other entrepreneurs who are just starting their own company or going through struggles today.

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Mike’s Story and Business Journey – Timeline

The Preposterous Success Story of America’s Pillow King – Bloomberg Story

Apr 14, 2018

Patrick J. McGinnis is a venture capitalist and private equity investor who founded Dirigo Advisors, after a decade on Wall Street, to provide strategic advice to investors, entrepreneurs, and fast growing businesses. In this capacity, he has worked in a range of settings, from building startups from the ground up in Silicon Valley to acting as an expert consultant to the World Bank in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.

In Patrick's latest book The 10% Entrepreneur, he shows you how, by investing just 10% of your time and resources, you can become an entrepreneur without losing a steady paycheck.

As a 10% Entrepreneur himself, he has built a diverse portfolio of investments outside of his day job. This portfolio encompasses fast growing new ventures in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and Asia, including ipsy, the world’s largest online beauty community; Bluesmart, the inventor of the world’s first smart, connected carry-on suitcase; and Afiniti, a big data company that is reinventing the call center industry. He has also been a partner in several real estate investments.

 
  • What does it mean to be a 10% entrepreneur?
  • How do you begin the transition towards becoming a 10% entrepreneur?
  • How not to let the complacency trap get you?
  • Why failure sucks and what you can do about it?
  • The criteria for evaluating investment opportunities?
  • Is entrepreneurship over-hyped?

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Apr 8, 2018

Today my guest who goes by Dr. Bee and I take on Cannabidiol also known as CBD Oil and Anti Marijuana Propaganda.cannabis legal sales states

Dr. Bee is a proud Air Force Veteran, former federal police officer, college professor, turned cannabis entrepreneur. Dr. Bee has over 25 years of sales, marketing & management. She actually help grow a dispensery to $5M. She's now the co-founder of Hemplogica and Buycbd.net which founded in 2014. She's part of a group of cannabis authorities that searched the world over to find the best CBD Oil products on the market, worthy to sell on Hemplogica and Buycbd.net. In this interview we discuss Dr. Bee's journey in the industry, the health benefits of CBD oil, anti marijuana propaganda and more.

Mar 26, 2018

Courtney Reum and his brother Carter are former Goldman Sachs investment bankers, entrepreneurs, operators, and investors. Courtney and Carter started their careers working on deals ranging from Under Armour to Vitamin Water and have since left to pursue careers as both Entrepreneurs and new age VCs.

After co-founding and eventually successfully selling VEEV Spirits, Courtney and Carter started M13, a 21st century investing platform that seeks to affect outcomes for founders, partners, and investors by institutionalizing the process of scaling consumer-centric brands. Courtney and Carter currently live in Los Angeles, where they run day-to-day operations at M13.

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Courtney discusses his and Carter's book “Shortcut Your Startup” (an Amazon #1 best-seller) and ways to turn traditional advice on its head for better startup success. Listen for these action items you can use to take advantage of and help shape your business today!

Courtney and I discuss;

  • The influence of their father
  • Learning valuable lessons on Wall Street
  • The show Hatched
  • Criteria in looking for investment opportunities
  • Why this (another) business book...'Shortcut Your Startup'
  • Speedboat vs. Sailboat

and much more!

Other Links:

Book 'Shortcut Your Startup: Speed Up Success with Unconventional Advice from the Trenches'

INC Articles: https://www.inc.com/author/carter-and-courtney-reum

Mar 17, 2018

Former NBA player Mark Blount continues to be successful off the court while being a phenomenal small business owner and real estate investor. Having a professional basketball career for 10 years, Mark Blount has played center for the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics, just to name a few.

He recently did an interview on The Undefeated and said “I owned quite a bit of real estate in Palm Beach Gardens — seven build

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ings. I went in there with a friend of mine. We renovated them, all the units there, and brought them back up to, back then it was 2012 code: new bathrooms, new floors, new kitchens and all that stuff,”. Blount then joined the soft-pretzel franchise Auntie Anne’s. He opened two stores in West Palm Beach and one in Jensen Beach, Florida. After building and operating the franchises for four years, he sold the stores to focus on real estate. He purchased them for a little under $700,000 and sold them for about $2M.

Mark and I discussed;

  • Growing up and balling in NYC
  • His first big contract
  • Playing basketball overseas
  • Avoiding the financial traps as an athlete
  • First investment after his basketball career
  • His business in real estate and getting into franchising
  • and much more!

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