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...
Walt Danley: Real Estate Tycoon Does $140 Million in Sales and Inspires the Upcoming Generation

Walt Danley: Real Estate Tycoon Does $140 Million in Sales and Inspires the Upcoming Generation

A Time of No Hopes For many people living in the United States, the 2007 financial crisis took everything from them. They lost their homes, the lost their businesses, and some even lost their families. In almost complete parallel to the Great Depression, the economic situation we are facing now made many lose the motivation to strive for greatness and to put everything on the line. However, there was one man, who defied all odds and continued to pursue after success. Not a single roadblock could stop him. What kept him going? His passion for people and his passion for selling homes. Meet Walt Danley Walt Danley is a real estate mogul that did $140 million in sales simply in 2012, with a combined effort of over $2 billion with the rest of his Walt Danley Realty. He shows the world, even in times of great recessions, that money is to be made. Walt has been recognized across Arizona for his work in the luxury-home market for several years. Determined, Walt Danley continues to inspire several young men and women throughout the world who aspire to be successful like him. See what advice he has to offer and what major factors led to his own success.   1. Introduce yourself. How did you get started? How long you have been in the industry? My name is Walt Danley. I moved to the Valley from Portland, Oregon in 1977 to sell spec houses a friend of mine was building.  Unfortunately, he passed away shortly after I arrived so I was basically unemployed and in an unfamiliar town.  Since I had...
Endless Entertainment: 23 Year Old Creates an Empire While in School

Endless Entertainment: 23 Year Old Creates an Empire While in School

Will Curran is a 23 old entrepreneur who started an entertainment company right out of high school. His first company was AZ Pro Djs, which later changed to become Endless Entertainment. He has been featured on several news channels as well as on the Inc 500 Start-up Companies and Under30CEO. He has received several scholarships including the Edson Entrepreneur Initiative. His passion for music has led him to become very successful in his field of expertise at a very young age. Meet Will Curran from Endless Entertainment! Where is the entertainment industry right now? Where would you place yourself? We’re definitely growing. We’re new, but we’re making a name for ourselves now. Our biggest focuses is on the quality of events and making sure our clients are very happy! Its never about us as much as its about them. Because of this, we’ve grown really fast. While, we’re not like big entertainment companies that are gobbling up other companies like crazy, we are growing at a very natural rate with our success at events. It’s definitely getting better here in Arizona because this state is truly an up and coming market! One of your first focuses was to DJ for the under 21 category. How has that been beneficial to you and Endless Entertainment? When you first start a business it’s really important that you have a niche. You need to have a specific idea and stick to it. I feel like a lot of people try to do everything. Jack of all trades, master of nothing. However, its really about the niche game. Especially when you’re first starting out, you have...