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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!

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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Mar 10, 2018

Sri Sharma is CEO and Co-founder of Increasingly, the AI product bundling technology company.
Previously, Sri founded and sold two digital marketing technology businesses. He has won National Business Awards’ highly commended Entrepreneur of the Year, Sunday Times Tech Track 100 and Deloitte Tech Fast 50. Most recently, he won a Google awarded scholarship to study AI and futuristic technology at NASA.

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Sri and I discuss;

  • How he started online?
  • Past business ventures
  • First "super affiliate" venture turning into a full business
  • Current business ventures
  • What criteria he follows when looking for investment opportunities
  • Steps he takes to find peace when business has challenging times
  • How to create demand for a product that the market doesn’t necessarily know they have a need for
  • and much more!

 

Mar 3, 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. 

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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 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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