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...
Social Media App UFree Makes Waves on College Campuses and Will.i.am Supports

Social Media App UFree Makes Waves on College Campuses and Will.i.am Supports

Arizona social media app UFree is on its way to be the next big thing for college social media! Therefore, we talked to its founder in Tucson, Arizona: Stephen Ost.  This new social media app is a tool that locates your friends within the area of a college campus and allows you to instantly see who’s free to hang out, accommodating everyone’s schedules. Hence the name UFree. Luckily for us, Stephen Ost was free, and we got to ask him a bunch of questions concerning college life in Arizona, web development, and what he thinks of other social media apps. Hi, can you introduce yourself for those who don’t know you? Hello, I’m Stephen Ost, the founder of UFree. I am 23 right now, and graduated from University of Arizona with a computer science degree in May of 2013. So, tell us a little bit about your story, and how you came to create the new Arizona social media app? I came to UofA as a freshman, and, as I got out of class, I often found myself in that similar situation where I did not know who to hang out with, so that’s what started the main idea. Since I was a computer science major, I decided to try to develop an app that served my needs on my own. What resources did you use to help you get started in the mobile development industry? Because I did not learn much, if anything, concerning mobile development while studying computer programming at UofA, I had to learn most of it myself. A great resource for me was Startup Tucson,...
Swagg Store CEO Talks with 21 Year Old Entrepreneur Freddy Kalolo

Swagg Store CEO Talks with 21 Year Old Entrepreneur Freddy Kalolo

Freddy Kalolo: An Ambitious Entrepreneur Meets CEO of Swagg Store When you think of most 21 year olds, you think of getting in trouble with the law, excessive drinking, and pretty much any type of chaos. Meet Freddy Kalolo, a 21 year old entrepreneur from Phoenix, Arizona with a pretty insane vision for someone his age. He wants to create one of the LARGEST clothing lines the world has yet to see with his buddy and co-founder, Dakota Haeffner. Freddy and Dakota are currently in the search to find top retail stores across the States that want to help them spread their vision. After talking to CEO of Swagg Store, which has 97 locations across the country, Freddy and Dakota are even more ecstatic about this new venture. They are moving up the ladder at a very rapid rate. Although their clothing is specific to sportswear, they plan to dominate every niche in the future. Introduce yourself. Flex Fashion was an idea that I came up with while I was in high school in my junior year. I was messing around and I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life. I eventually became distracted and joined football, but received an injury that took me out of the entire season. That’s when I fell into a path where I didn’t know exactly where I was going. My idea from high school, then seemed very practical for me. I went hard at finally got all my licenses and patents. I was ready to rock and roll! It has gotten me into business mode. Now, I’m working hard...