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Lunch and Learn with Alexander Mendeluk

Alexander Mendeluk is an actor, public speaker, and entrepreneur. He helps heart-centered entrepreneurs create businesses and lives that help change the world. He is known for his company SpiritHoods which was featured on an episode of Shark Tank. Since selling SpiritHoods last year, he now runs an influencer and brand development agency, called The Disruptive.

Culture Health

Staying Grounded in the Chaos of Entrepreneurship

When I first decided that I was going to build an empire, the last thing I thought about was how I would stay grounded and true to my soul during the process.  I set out to follow a mission and passion close to my heart and assured myself that the rest would fall into place.

Culture Productivity

How Marketing Has Changed in the Digital Age

A happy customer who tells his friends about the great service he experienced will bring repeat customers. It has been this way since the beginning of time since the very first deal was made. For years, that is how business was done. You build a reputation over time, little by little each year. Having other people

Culture Health

Lunch and Learn with Cam Kashani

Cam Kashani, also known as the Godmother of Silicon Beach, is an entrepreneur, speaker, and US State Department representative. She is the creator of CoAccel, which is the first ever human accelerator designed to build powerful and mindful leaders.   Questions Asked: How has Silicon Beach changed since you help create the movement? (2:55) What

Culture Gadgets

Neil The Little Explorer

The little astronaut that offers fun and interactive learning, to children aged 3-6 years. Neil is a start-up project about a little explorer/astronaut, who aims to integrate, with the use of technology, learning into children’s daily playing. In its prototype form, Neil is a well designed “smart” toy that connects to the Internet and that communicates

Culture Startup Hacks

The Unconscious Power of Brands

When we buy something, we like to think we know the reason why. We move through the world feeling in control of our actions; and the decision to purchase something is no different: We think we bought that new product because it had the best features, the best price or the best look. But, as

Art Culture

6 Tips From the Improv Stage You Can Apply to Your Business

The entrepreneurial journey is ripe with experiences that make you uncomfortable and, at times, even embarrassed. If this is you, here’s something to try: Bring your team (or just yourself) to an improv comedy class. Seriously! I’ve taken a couple of these, and each time I walk away, I recognize some key correlations between the

Culture Startup Hacks

Growth-Hacking 101

Growth-hacking is more than just the latest buzzword to sweep through the marketing world. Instead, it’s something that should be of urgent interest to you and your brand. Growth-hacking is the act of accelerating the growth of a brand, service or product through the use of metrics and creative, innovative marketing strategies and state-of-the-art technology.

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Lunch and Learn with Ryan Foland

Ryan Foland is a communications strategist who helps individuals brand themselves more effectively. While working at the University of California, Irvine, Ryan helps startup companies craft their brand using his 3-1-3 coaching system. Questions Asked: How have you built your personal brand while not on facebook? (2:04) What is your take on Snapchat versus Instagram

Culture Productivity

Are You Making Any Of These 6 Marketing Mistakes?

I recently hit a wall in one of my businesses, recognizing that I was making some critical marketing mistakes. But until that moment, I hadn’t realized that I myself was an offender. Credit the power of networks: I had the perfect contact in mine to help me fix the error of my ways and stop making

Culture Productivity

1 Entrepreneur’s Journey Striking Gold, Striking Out, Then Striking the Right Balance

Often, we’ll glamorize the life an entrepreneur, but what we don’t do often enough is talk about the challenges — physical, mental, emotional and psychological — intimately intertwined with this lifestyle. I recently met Robby Berthume, CEO of Winston-Salem based Bull & Beard (which matches brands with agencies) and author of the upcoming Millennial Entrepreneur, and after hearing his story, thought

Culture Productivity

4 Ways to Establish Transparency in Your Business

We all have our own version of hometown heroes. As an entrepreneur, based in Atlanta, I could name as some of mine several local entrepreneurs blazing a trail for the rest of us — with both their company’s financial success and their leadership. One such entrepreneur is Kyle Porter, CEO of SalesLoft, which helps salespeople increase

Culture Travel

7 Companies Empowering You to Give Gifts That Give Back

Holiday gift giving can be both stressful and unfulfilling. Checking boxes off of people’s wish lists may not be your ideal way to spend your hard-earned dollars. Instead, perhaps consider supporting other entrepreneurs who are not only offering cool products that your friends and family may love, but better yet, your purchases also help to

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How Cultural Momentum Can Kickstart Your Business

When launching a new business, you have enough stacked against you. The statistics say most startups are likely to fail. You’ll never have enough capital, time or energy. Getting investors and customers is hard. But there’s one way to help improve your chances: latching onto a trend that’s already happening. You may have an amazing new product or

Culture Struggles

The #Girlboss on Instagram Vs. Real Female Entrepreneurs

You probably don’t know the real entrepreneurs—because they’re too busy working  My millennial team members are pressuring me to revamp my brand in favor of the new, chic fempreneur aesthetic that every young businesswoman seems to be obsessed with. Here are some things that I have been asked to post on social media and the

Culture Struggles

7 Qualities Every Leader Should Have

Being in a leadership position for a company of any size comes with great responsibility. The title of “manager” is not just about the amount of work you’re responsible for, but it’s also about leading and managing a team and being responsible for their ultimate success. I’ve had experiences with management who were great at

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5 Steps To Keep A Founder Dispute From Tanking Your Startup

Founder disputes are one of the top reasons why startups fail. It has been written about, reported on, and even made into an infographic. Co-founding a startup is like getting married. You go from spending some time together, to spending all your time together, in a small space, and sharing your finances. On top of that, creating a business

Culture Workplace

DVLPING the environment for entrepreneurs

5:30- wake up 6:20- First cup of joe recap world news 6:45- 30 mins of 4DX ( suggested reading ) 7:10- 45 mins educational development content 7:55- Research trends and competitive advantages 8:30- DVLPER     This is my routine. How do you start your day?   Being an entrepreneur is not easy but this

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When your charity efforts are starving

Hello there you world-shattering, dent-in-the-Universe-making YOU! I might not know exactly what you are working on these days, but I know it’s epic. I also know you are working on creating social change with your business by having a charitable component blended into your model (I know that because you are reading THIS). And… while

Culture Workplace

5 STEPS TOWARDS YOUR MISSION/VISION/FOCUS/IMPACT STATEMENTS

So you want to start a philanthropic effort for your business? You want to create positive change in the world?   NOT chasing the bottom line for 5 minutes feels awesome, but then what? Starting something is often both exciting and daunting, without mentioning that (as the Buddhist saying goes) you still need to “chop wood

Culture Politics

A Brand Without a Cause

The Trump administration has long been vocal about their desire to see the Johnson Amendment (the one that prohibits tax-exempt organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates), repealed. It is one of the pillars of our government, and a way to protect the religious freedom of everyone in this country from having to subscribe to

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3 Strategies for Improving Your Business from The Inside

All businesses, especially startups, are constantly looking for ways to improve. Whether they’re refining established processes or innovating brand new products and services, everyone is looking to improve. Here are a few things that you can implement to improve your workings from the inside. Collect feedback from everyone. While customer feedback is important, it’s only

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Great Business Card Designs

Paul & Marigold Business Card by Foreign Policy Aborígens Barcelona by toormix The Kettle Black Cafe by Pop & Pac Personal Business Card II by Marcin Usarek 2015 Tu Design Office Business Card by Tu Min Shiang J.H. | Visual identity & business cards by Denis Mallet Summer business card by Maxime Archambault Don’t Try

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Start-up and Start-good

A quick search on “What’s the percentage of Millennials starting companies?” brings a slew of results ranging from “62% have considered starting their own business” to Bloomberg’s wet-blanket advice of “Millennials, you can’t afford a startup; it’s time to get a job!” That’s the full spectrum between idealist energy and conservative cynicism. Where should you

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Gamers and Entrepreneurs Have More in Common Than You Think

What comes to mind when you think of gamers? How about when you think of entrepreneurs? If you’re like most people, the two mental images seem very different- largely due to stereotypes. Many individuals stereotypically think of entrepreneurs as being these larger-than-life figures that do things that “ordinary” folk can’t. While it’s undeniably true that