Eric Crown: Former Fortune 500 Founder of Insight and Executive Producer for TMNT

Eric Crown: Former Fortune 500 Founder of Insight and Executive Producer for TMNT

Meet Eric Crown I had the great opportunity to meet with Mr. Crown, former founder and CEO of Insight Enterprises. He graduated Arizona State University with a Computer Information Systems degree. With only a credit card cash advance, he was able to launch his business of buying and selling PC’s at 22 years old. At the age of 29, he took Insight public and brought it to a billion dollars in revenue a few years later. His company was listed in the Fortune 500, and Inc recognized Insight as one fastest growing companies and best places to work. Currently, Mr. Crown invests in several companies and spends his time in the entertainment space. Recently, he was the executive producer for the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Questions I ask: What did you want to become when you were younger? When did you find your passion? What was your first major sale? What were some of the marketing channels used by your company? Did you have a proof of concept before jumping into the business? How did being a Computer Information Systems major at Arizona State University helped you grow Insight? Do you believe in traditional schooling, especially in our current society? What are your thoughts on going to college for a specific skill set? What were some common traits that you saw within your employees? What are some future trends that you’re looking into or spending your time on? What motivated you to pursue the film industry? What was your best and worst business investment? What you will learn: Mr. Crown’s story from his college years to taking his...
Planet Parle: A Rising YouTube Personality and Entertainer

Planet Parle: A Rising YouTube Personality and Entertainer

Meet Parle from Planet Parle The other day, I had the amazing opportunity to speak with Parle from Planet Parle. You may have already heard of him or seen many of his hilarious Gujarati parents videos. Parle currently resides in the United Kingdom, where he creates his comedic masterpieces and empowers others in the Gujarati community. He’s a passionate individual that truly cares about his culture as well as making others around him happy. Always full of positivity and wisdom, Parle joins us today to shed some light into his career and background. There is just so much to be learned from this young man. From receiving only 13 views back in the day to reaching over 500,000 views on his most recent videos, Parle has come a long way, yet still has a lot of terrain to cover. His ambitious and optimistic attitudes about life are what have brought him this far. Read more to discover how he got to the point of where he is today and his future goals. Questions I ask: What did you want to become when you were a young boy? What sparked your interest and passion for making videos? Why isn’t entertaining suited for everyone? How supportive were your friends? What types of opportunities opened up from YouTube and networking with other professionals? Why do you think Indian parents are so closed minded when it comes to career choices? What is your favorite moment when a fan recognized you? Do Indians in India realize that they have an accent? Rapid Fan Questions What you will learn: Why it’s important to follow your dreams and not give...
Sylvain Bitton and David Jarrett: The Masterminds Behind Warwick, Aventine, Beso, and Les Deux in Los Angeles

Sylvain Bitton and David Jarrett: The Masterminds Behind Warwick, Aventine, Beso, and Les Deux in Los Angeles

Just a few months ago, I had the opportunity of sitting down with two of the greatest minds in the nightlife business. Sylvain Bitton and David Jarrett are a part of a nightlife and hospitality group that currently own two restaurants (Aventine and Beso) and one of the most popular night lounges in LA, Warwick. I don’t believe I’ve ever met someone like Sylvain, who radiates energy. Building long-lasting relationships is so second-nature to him. In the hour that we were sitting at Aventine, several people came up to Sylvain, just to say hi! David Jarrett is the powerhouse on the business side. He handles a majority of the business operations for their group. His experience extends to working for the top restaurants in the world. He turned a concept of a sushi place called Geisha House, into a worldwide phenomenon. Overall, I believe this interview will provide a lot of insight into the business of building relationships, but also give you a new perspective. Questions I ask: What were your responsibilities as an intern at Dolce? When you were in college, did you know you wanted to be in the hospitality business? How do you find investors and how do you get them behind your idea, as a young college student? What’s the most valuable lesson that you’ve learned? If tomorrow, you lost everything you had, where would you go and what would you do? Why do you think the customers are coming in, staying, and keep coming back? Have you had a memorable encounter with someone that you had worked with or met at one of your venues?...
Peanut Butter Americano: How a College Graduate Launches His Own Line of Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter Americano: How a College Graduate Launches His Own Line of Peanut Butter

Meet the Founder of Peanut Butter Americano Introducing Jeff Malkoon, the founder of PB Americano, a 100% natural peanut butter with low sugar made here in the United States. Peanut Butter Americano is currently in over 30 retail locations. From backpacking in South America to being featured on 35 entrepreneurs under 35, Jeff Malkoon tells a well-rounded story of how he got to where he is today. A proud non-profit management graduate of Arizona State University, Jeff enjoys regularly giving back and truly making a difference in the world. We hope you enjoy what Jeff has to say and learn a little something on the way! Questions I ask in the video: What are the flavors available? How did you go about actually creating the butter? Where are the peanuts from? How competitive is the peanut butter market? What makes your peanut butter better than the rest? How did you grow your company? What percentage of your sales is given to non-profit organizations? Where do you see this company in 10 years? Have you considered going on Shark Tank? Who do you look up to as a mentor? What you will learn: How you would be contributing to relief work in 19 countries in South America How Jeff discovered a market gap to create his product The country that produces peanuts like no other The competition within the peanut butter market Where the profits of his peanut butter go How grassroots marketing enabled Peanut Butter Americano to grow The widely known entrepreneur that mentors Jeff Jeff’s favorite quote His advice for other entrepreneurs looking to follow up in his...
Board Blazers: How a 22 Year Old Grew His Skateboard Lighting Business

Board Blazers: How a 22 Year Old Grew His Skateboard Lighting Business

Meet Greg Rudolph, Founder & CEO of Board Blazers From being featured by Trukfit, Lil Wayne’s street clothing brand, to going on live national television, 22 year old Greg Rudolph stops at nothing to grow his business. This ambitious lad began his start-up at Arizona State University as a sophomore, three years ago. His product, Board Blazers, are LED lights that stick to the bottom of your skateboard or scooter and are available in in eight different colors. From the idea’s conception to execution, Board Blazers has gone on to sell thousands. To learn how Greg was able to manufacture his product in China and how he grew his company through media, watch our interview with him below. The following interview has been divided into two parts. Part 1 of the Board Blazers Interview Questions I asked: What is the story behind Board Blazers? How did you get started? What was the manufacturing process like? Any specific resources you used? How did you manage school and your business? Explain the process of how you marketed the product from start to present? Paid advertising? Guerrilla Marketing? Door to Door? How were you able to get featured by Lil Wayne and his street clothing brand Trukfit? What is the market like for your product? Is there any competition? What you will learn: How easy it was for him to manufacture the product in China and a specific website he used to expedite his manufacturing process. How he managed going to school and running his business at the same time Awesome productivity tips to progress forward faster and more efficiently in your business or project How he was able to...