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  • David Gardner

    ColorJar Co-Founder David Gardner will answer questions from readers at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) Thursday, December 5th here on the Young Entrepreneurs blog. David will appear live via video chat broadcast as part of the Young Entrepreneur Council’s StartupCollective initiative, a mentorship program.

    David Gardner is the Co-Founder of ColorJar, a digital agency that specializes in positioning strategy and creating custom websites and apps. David was honored at the White House in 2011 as one of the Empact100 'Top 100 Entrepreneurs Under 30 Years Old'. In 2013, David was elected a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. He is a mentor for Tech Stars Chicago and Impact Engine and speaks nationally on positioning strategy and entrepreneurship at places like Google, IBM, Notre Dame, and C-E-O. He previously founded an India-based startup that received an acquisition offer from AOL. David was an All-Ivy League basketball player and two-time team MVP for Dartmouth, and went on to play professionally

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  • Is there a Top 25 team that doesn't have a DeMatha player on it? – ESPN Announcer

    After my startup Speek raised a large round of seed funding, we began to build out our full-time staff. This was a key undertaking, as every hire was critical to improving or degrading the natural culture the company had already started forming. As we went through this process, I couldn’t help but think back to another great culture which I’d been lucky enough to be a part of.

    I went to DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Maryland. There is no place of which I am prouder. At DeMatha, they've figured out how to instill the expectation of greatness. Winning isn’t a bonus—it's presumed.

    At DeMatha, All-Americans, Merit Scholars, and nationally recognized musicians surrounded you. Every morning over the loudspeakers you heard about championships won, awards earned, scholarships signed. No one ever said, “Man, I really hope we win it all this year” because it didn’t need to be said. Anything less than winning it

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  • Ruben Gamez, Bidsketch Founder answers questions via live chat

    Here are the highlights from the live chat with Ruben Gamez.

     

     

     

    Ruben Gamez is the founder of Bidsketch, a web app that is used by freelancers, consultants, and agencies to create professional looking client proposals. With a shoestring budget, he founded Bidsketch as a single person company in south Florida in November of 2009. Originally a software developer, Ruben bootstrapped Bidsketch while working full time and was quickly able to grow it into a profitable business. Since 2009, Bidsketch has grown to serve over 1,000 customers who have won almost $200 million with Bidsketch proposals.

    #StartupLab is a free virtual mentorship program created by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of hundreds of America’s most successful young entrepreneurs. #StartupLab takes YEC's mission to help more people start successful businesses to the next level by offering millions of entrepreneurs direct access to YEC members through interactive video chats, email

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  • Announcing a live chat with Bidsketch Founder Ruben Gamez

    Bidsketch Founder Ruben Gamez will answer questions from readers at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) Thursday, November 21st her on the Young Entrepreneurs blog. Ruben will appear live via video chat broadcast as part of the Young Entrepreneur Council’s #StartupLab initiative, a mentorship program.


    Ruben Gamez is the founder of Bidsketch, a web app that is used by freelancers, consultants, and agencies to create professional looking client proposals. With a shoestring budget, he founded Bidsketch as a single person company in south Florida in November of 2009. Originally a software developer, Ruben bootstrapped Bidsketch while working full time and was quickly able to grow it into a profitable business. Since 2009, Bidsketch has grown to serve over 1,000 customers who have won almost $200 million with Bidsketch proposals.

    #StartupLab is a free virtual mentorship program created by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of hundreds of America’s most successful

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  • Kelsey Meyer, Influence & Co. Co-Founder answers questions via live chat

    Highlights from the live chat with Kelsey Meyer

     

     

     

    Influence & Co. which assists individuals and companies in growing their influence and credibility online through thought leadership and content marketing. Kelsey is very passionate about building entrepreneurial communities. She was the original Director of The League of Innovators an entrepreneurial organization in Columbia, MO and the lead organizer for Startup Weekend Columbia 2011. Kelsey enjoys speaking with other entrepreneurs, mentoring young entrepreneurs and golf.

    #StartupLab is a free virtual mentorship program created by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of hundreds of America’s most successful young entrepreneurs. #StartupLab takes YEC's mission to help more people start successful businesses to the next level by offering millions of entrepreneurs direct access to YEC members through interactive video chats, email lessons and a library of how-to articles, videos and eBooks. Whether

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  • Live chat with Influence & Co. Co-Founder Kelsey Meyer

    Kelsey Meyer


    Influence & Co.Co-Founder Kelsey Meyer will answer questions live from readers at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) Thursday, November 14th. Part of the Young Entrepreneur Council’s #StartupLab initiative, a virtual mentorship program, Kelsey will appear live via video chat and answer your questions live right here.

    Influence & Co. assists individuals and companies in growing their influence and credibility online through thought leadership and content marketing. Kelsey is very passionate about building entrepreneurial communities. She was the original Director of The League of Innovators, an entrepreneurial organization in Columbia, MO and the lead organizer for Startup Weekend Columbia 2011. Kelsey enjoys speaking with other entrepreneurs, mentoring young entrepreneurs and golf.

    #StartupLab is a free virtual mentorship program created by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of hundreds of America’s most successful young entrepreneurs. #StartupLab takes YEC's

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  • Allie Siarto, Loudpixel’s Co-Founder answers questions via live chat

    Here are the highlights of the live chat we held with Allie Siarto








    At age 24, Allie Siarto co-founded Loudpixel, a social media research company that has redefined how companies approach market research. Rather than relying on expensive, time-consuming surveys or focus groups, Loudpixel's technology and team help companies better understand their customers and market by analyzing social media conversations that are already taking place each day. Loudpixel has worked with global Fortune 500 companies and agencies across the technology, restaurant, finance, auto, retail, consumer goods and healthcare sectors. Allie's work has been published in Forbes, PC World, The Washington Post, Upstart Business Journal, Yahoo! Small Business Advisor, MSN, VentureBeat and Under 30 CEO.

    #StartupLab is a free virtual mentorship program created by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of hundreds of America’s most successful young entrepreneurs. #StartupLab

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  • Announcing a live chat with Loudpixel Co-Founder Allie Siarto

    Allie SiartoLoudpixel Co-Founder Allie Siarto will answer questions at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) Thursday, October 31st.


    At age 24, Allie Siarto co-founded Loudpixel, a social media research company that has redefined how companies approach market research. Rather than relying on expensive, time-consuming surveys or focus groups, Loudpixel's technology and team help companies better understand their customers and market by analyzing social media conversations that are already taking place each day. Loudpixel has worked with global Fortune 500 companies and agencies across the technology, restaurant, finance, auto, retail, consumer goods and healthcare sectors. Allie's work has been published in Forbes, PC World, The Washington Post, Upstart Business Journal, Yahoo! Small Business Advisor, MSN, VentureBeat and Under 30 CEO.

    #StartupLab is a free virtual mentorship program created by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of hundreds of America’s most successful young

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  • When you first launch your company, you have to micromanage to some extent – there’s little or no team infrastructure and, since you’re building a company from the ground up, every decision builds and shapes the future of the company. As you scale your business, however, there comes a time when micromanaging actually damages your organization. It also makes running and working in your business a lot less fun.

    Assuming you have the right people on the bus in the first place, real growth comes in realizing when to nitpick and when to simply let go and delegate. I believe a dedicated individual delivers far more value performing in an environment of freedom than when someone is continually looking over her/his shoulder.  So as my company has grown, I’ve had to learn how to be an efficient boss who lets his employees take the reins and, thus, grow personally and professionally, leading to happier employees and an overall enhanced team performance.

    In my opinion, the most effective management

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  • Here are the highlights of the live chat we held with Ryan Stoner








    Ryan Stoner is the marketing & business development arm for Switchcam. As a serial entrepreneur and experienced strategist (also previously the founder of MoPix), he brings extensive knowledge across media & technology to the Switchcam table. He spends his playtime exploring his passion for scuba diving and cheering on Indiana basketball. Go Hoosiers!

    #StartupLab is a free virtual mentorship program created by The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of hundreds of America’s most successful young entrepreneurs. #StartupLab takes YEC's mission to help more people start successful businesses to the next level by offering millions of entrepreneurs direct access to YEC members through interactive video chats, email lessons and a library of how-to articles, videos and eBooks. Whether you're just starting up, a current business owner, or you run an organization that supports entrepreneurs, sign

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