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How Instagram Helped Him Quit His Job To Become A Full Time Artist

My favorite stories are all about hustle and Jeremy’s story is precisely that. In the fall of 2014, Jeremy Wolff quit his nine to five day job doing marketing and sales in the pharmaceutical industry. He did this while living in New York City of all places and took a huge leap of faith to pursue his dreams: being an artist. I spoke with Jeremy to get his story of …

Future Of Work Predictions For The Year Ahead

This post originally appeared on Forbes. We’re unofficially past the “Happy New Year” stage of 2017; that new year smell has almost entirely worn off, people are back from their sunny vacations in the Caribbean, and many are hard at work. A lot of enterprise tech trends have been predicted to establish themselves this year, but none is as buzzy as artificial intelligence. It has …

5 Tips Every Small Business Owner Needs To Know

The 4-year-old business, Shopqitues.com is an online destination for customers to shop brick-and-mortar boutique stores. Having recently signed its 5,000th store, Vidisheva’s company is now the largest of its kind. I sat down with Vidisheva to get her perspective on what it takes for small businesses to thrive online.

This Startup Failed In Year One And Is Now Doing Over $6M In Sales Per Year

This post originally appeared on Forbes.com. On January 19th Kyle Porter, CEO of SalesLoft, a sales technology startup out of Atlanta came to chat with the Building The Sales Machine community here in New York City about the challenges of building company as it relates to culture, values and building the sales organization. Kyle and the SalesLoft story is compelling because the business was pretty much a …

How This New Podcasting Platform Pulled Off The Perfect Product Launch

This post originally appeared on Forbes.com. In the world of technology startups, it seems many people look to a few select sites to figure out what products are new and exciting. Product Hunt is one of those sites. At the time of this writing, Product Hunt has 4,007 products listed, 15,795 comments, 71,842 upvotes, and 29,021 subscribers from around the world. So I was fascinated to see …

How These Founders Built A $1 Million+ Business And Acquired A Competitor All While Bootstrapped

This post originally appeared on Forbes.com. These days, it seems rare to meet entrepreneurs who have opted to bypass the route of raising venture capital in favor of a building a business that sustains itself through revenue. Josh Goldstein and Chris Muir, cofounders of an NYC-based hiring startup that’s quietly amassed a customer list with some of the best-known technology companies in New York and San Francisco, …

When R2D2 and TARS Show Up For Work – My New Company, Troops

This post originally appeared on Forbes.com. I’ve been thinking about R2D2 a lot lately and it’s not because I’m a nerd or a big Star Wars fans. Although on some days I’m probably both. I’ve also been thinking about the other sci-fi movie robots out there like TARS from Interstellar, Samantha from HER, or even Arnold from The Terminator. I think Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have …

How These 20-Year-Olds Raised $13M And Built A Massive Food Tech Company

Eric Martell started EatStreet, the largest independent food ordering company in the United States, when he was 20 years old with two classmates at the University of Wisconsin. EatStreet has raised $13 million and powers the online ordering of 15,000 restaurants nationwide. The startup, founded in 2010, exists in a cohort of foodtech and delivery companies that have some impressive deal flow: Instacart raised $220 …

My Unhappy Customer Wanted to Kill Me

This post originally appeared on Forbes.com.  When I was in high school, I learned two important lessons about business and life. First, if it’s too good to be true it probably is and second, know who your business partners are. Unfortunately, it was only after receiving death threats from an anonymous Russian, that I came to understand these valuable principles. About five months earlier my …

South Beach Wine And Food Festival Beginnings

This post originally appeared on Forbes.com. If you’ve ever done sales before you know how important customer service is. At the heart of any sale, there is mostly always good old fashion communication and relationship building. That is why I find it fascinating to look at how some of the best people in the hospitality business do what they do and how they think about all …