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  • Announcing a live chat with Switchcam’s Ryan Stoner

    We will host a live chat with Ryan Stoner on Thursday, October 24th at Noon PST, 3PM EST, right here on the Young Entrepreneurs blog. 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

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  • Live video chat with Mike McGee, Co-Founder of the Starter League

    Here are the highlights from the live chat with Mike McGee

     










































    Mike McGee is the co-founder of The Starter League, an in-person school in Chicago that teaches beginners how to code and design web apps in 3 months. Before The Starter League, Mike's greatest claim to fame was that his High School mascot was a pretzel. He went to Northwestern for four years where he spent two years being a student and two years in student government - miraculously becoming Student Body President Senior year. In Spring 2011, Mike decided to turn down Obama for America (his first real job offer) to co-found The Starter League.

    #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

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  • Announcing a live chat with Mike McGee, co-founder of the Starter League

    We will host a live chat with Mike McGee on Thursday, October 17th at Noon PST, 3PM EST, right here on the Young Entrepreneurs blog. Mike McGee is the co-founder of The Starter League, an in-person school in Chicago that teaches beginners how to code and design web apps in 3 months. Before The Starter League, Mike's greatest claim to fame was that his High School mascot was a pretzel. He went to Northwestern for four years where he spent two years being a student and two years in student government - miraculously becoming Student Body President Senior year. In Spring 2011, Mike decided to turn down Obama for America (his first real job offer) to co-found The Starter League.

    #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

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  • Announcing a live chat with #DominateFund Co-Founder and Managing Partner Ben Parr


    Streaming live on Yahoo! Small Business Advisor’s Young Entrepreneur blog Co-Founder and Managing Partner of #DominateFund, Ben Parr will answer questions from readers at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) Thursday, October 10th. As part of the Young Entrepreneur Council’s #StartupLab initiative, a virtual mentorship program, Ben will appear live via video chat broadcast on this site.





    Ben Parr is a respected technology entrepreneur, investor and journalist. Parr is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of #DominateFund, an early-stage venture capital firm that helps startups get attention for their products by 1) connecting startups with celebs and influencers and 2) coaching startups on how to deal with media and the press, user acquisition strategies, and how to navigate Hollywood. In addition to #DominateFund, Parr is also a Columnist & Commentator for the popular technology news website CNET, where he opines on technology and entrepreneurship. He is currently writing his first book, Captivology: The

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  • Gregg Pollack, Envy Lab’s Founder answers questions via live chat

    Here are the highl;ights of the live chat we held with Gregg Pollack








    Gregg Pollack is the founder of Envy Labs, a consultancy that builds big web applications, and Code School, an online learning platform that teaches software developers new skills. Gregg also helps run Orlando's BarCamp, the Orlando Ruby Users Group, the EdTech Orlando Meetup, and the Orlando Tech Events newsletter. His newest project is Starter Studio, a business accelerator in Orlando.




    #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

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  • Jason Headsetsdotcom – IWearYourShirt Founder and CEO answers questions via live chat

    Here are the highlights of our Live Chat with Jason Headsetdotcom, Founder and CEO of IWearYourShirt.







    Jason Headsetsdotcom (formerly Jason Sadler) is the Founder and CEO of IWearYourShirt. In 2008 he recognized the growing influence of social media and decided he could utilize these platforms in a new and unique way, by getting paid to wear sponsored t-shirts for a living. Each day, Jason represented a different company online using social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Ustream and Flickr. Jason has worked with over 1,000 clients that include professional sports organizations, advertising agencies, Fortune 500s, startups, and more. Jason previously co-owned a web design company and in 2013 auctioned off his last name to the highest bidder. Jason will be selling his last name again for 2014 and has a new project launching October 1.







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

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  • How do you hack offline as rapidly and as effectively as you hack online?

    Web startups can iterate a product and get it back on the market in a matter of seconds. But with product companies, we’re faced with manufacturing lead times that create a much longer development cycle. Luckily, Ministry of Supply's co-founders also went to MIT, where we learned the importance of hacking -- i.e., moving fast, iterating quickly and using customer insights to educate design.

    To that end, I want to share some creative ways that MoS brought some of the best online practices offline, and applied them to our product company:

    A/B testing isn’t only for web companies.

    When A/B testing, companies randomly test two variants and determine which one better achieves the company’s goals (e.g., click-through rate or conversion).  Web startups are notorious for doing this often and well -- and then optimizing based on the results.

    When we started Ministry of Supply, we wondered if we could take this same principle

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  • Announcing a live chat with IWearYourShirt Founder and CEO Jason Headsetsdotcom

    Jason Sadler

    Streaming live on Yahoo! Small Business Advisor’s Young Entrepreneur blog Founder and CEO of IWearYourShirt will answer questions from readers at 3 p.m. ET (12 p.m. PT) Thursday, September 26th. As part of the Young Entrepreneur Council’s #StartupLab initiative, a virtual mentorship program, Jason will appear live via video chat broadcast on this site.

    Jason Headsetsdotcom (formerly Jason Sadler) is the Founder and CEO of IWearYourShirt. In 2008 he recognized the growing influence of social media and decided he could utilize these platforms in a new and unique way, by getting paid to wear sponsored t-shirts for a living. Each day, Jason represented a different company online using social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Ustream and Flickr. Jason has worked with over 1,000 clients that include professional sports organizations, advertising agencies, Fortune 500s, startups, and more. Jason previously co-owned a web design company and in 2013 auctioned off his last name to the

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  • Cash Flow

    My client Steve called me up the other day to ask, “Where’s all my money?” I did a double take, thinking he wanted me to pay him.

    “What do you mean?” I asked.

    Turns out, Steve is invoice rich, but cash poor -- meaning he has plenty of business (invoices going out and payments coming in), but he also has a lot of cash going out. He needed to understand the difference between cash flow and profitability.

    The definitions are pretty clear, but sometimes the application is a little more complicated. Cash is the amount of money you have in your wallet, in your bank, or under the mattress. Simple as that. Cash flow is the actual movement of that money in or out of the business. Profit is the (theoretical) amount of money you keep after you pay your expenses, it is closely related to cash and cash flow, but it is NOT cash.

    Steve’s design agency is doing all right. They generate $1.2 million in revenue and earn a 5 percent net profit on that volume. Steve’s customers pay 30 days after he invoices

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  • Live Chat with Fritz Heffinger, President and Founder of Out Cold Marketing

    Here are the highlights of our live chat with Fritz Heffinger, Founder and President of Out Cold Marketing, LLC, Fritz has more than 10 years of experience in event and experiential marketing. Client and project highlights include the development and execution of non-traditional marketing campaigns and events for Toyota, Chrysler, Nordstrom, Topshop and Liquid Force. Fritz is a proud graduate of the University of Kansas and Jayhawk for life, as well as a self-proclaimed amateur stuntman, DOT-certified truck driver, at-home beer brewer and enthusiast, official “#1 Dad,” and Ordained Minister.






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