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31 minutes | Jul 30, 2019
SPP65: Adam Stone automates his business to attend classes (BEST OF RERUN)
Best of Rerun episode. Initially release in 2016 Meet this week awesome studentpreneur: Adam Stone, 20 years old, Commerce and Law student at Monash University and entrepreneur with Speedlancer in Melbourne, Australia. Learn more about Adam on www.studentpreneur.com.au Time for a quick wrap up each studentpreneur 'story is different and what works for some people doesn't for others, however, I'd like to point out of few things in Adam's journey that are similar to a lot of studentpreneurs I have interviewed for my research: He started by selling things to his classmates in high schools, then on ebay. That's a start that we have seen again and again with the guests of this podcast. There is something that is really different about Adam: he totally automated and outsourced his business, reaching the ultimate goal of removing himself from the business. This is really powerful as a studentpreneur because then he can focus on his studies! It's quite interesting to see him starting a new business because contrary to a lot of the studentpreneurs on this show, it's been a while since he has started a new venture. He can bring a lot of experience from his previous business! Hopefully, we will hear from him when his 500 startup program finishes! Books recommended by Adam: 4 hour week To become a guest apply at http://studentpreneur.com.au/
33 minutes | Oct 16, 2018
SPP#64 JOB + MBA + STARTUP + BABY with Shane Dillon
Meet this week's awesome studentpreneur guest: Shane Dillon, Master of Business Administration at RMIT University and founder of International Alumni Job Network (IAJN). Links: Linkedin https://hk.linkedin.com/in/shane-dillon-48570012 https://www.linkedin.com/company/7599539/ Twitter @ShazTzu @IAJN_Official Websites http://www.ia-jn.com/ http://beatenpathsoftware.com/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/InternationalAlumniJobNetwork/ If you have what it takes you can apply to share your story on air. CLICK HERE
29 minutes | Apr 23, 2018
SPP#63 '52% of Australians don't ride their bike' Michael Haddad
Meet this week’s awesome studentpreneur guest: Michael Haddad, 25, studying his Master of International Business at Adelaide University and co-founder of BikeBus. Website: https://bikebusaus.wordpress.com
46 minutes | Jun 6, 2017
SPP#62 : 'I sold my sports car to fund my business venture' - Francis Ignatius
Meet this week's awesome Studentpreneur guest: Francis Ignatius, 30, recent postgraduate from Adelaide University and founder of Entrepreneur Story. Francis' entrepreneurial journey started with import/export while an undergraduate at Edith Cowan University. He had been working since the age of 13 but this didn't help escape one of his biggest lessons in life when he became broke after that first business. Now his mission is to help university graduates to stay in South Australia instead of going to Sydney or Melbourne. Quotes: I sold my sports car to fund my business venture I had no money, no capital, nothing but I wanted to build a business to eat meat again, not just instant noodle I started asking 50 people on a car forum what they wanted to do to their car... it's very easy to do Action = Reaction and Reaction= Opportunity Most people are too afraid to take the action because they are scared of failure I don't identify as an entrepreneur... I had no choice but hustle 45% of University graduate in South Australia can't find a job I spent less time in socialising, this is my sacrifice to build my business 10 tries and then you will be successful! My parents hated the fact that I was doing my business and my best friend was telling me to give... I was stubborn and that's how I made it U2U: If you are attending University just to get a piece of paper, I think you are wasting your time. If you are there to develop yourself, then it is worth is. Links: Website: www.entrepreneurstory.com.au Facebook: www.facebook.com/storyentrepreneur/ If you have what it takes you can apply to share your story on air.
42 minutes | Apr 11, 2017
SPP#61 with Gavin Bell: 'My biggest fear is to be average'
Meet this week's awesome studentpreneur guest: Gavin Bell, 22, recent graduate from the Peter Jone's Enterprise Academy in Manchester and founder of Blue Cliff Media in Edinburgh, UK. Gavin got the entrepreneurship bug early on. To get some help he decided to attend the Peter Jone's Enterprise Academy instead of going to university. His story is full of ups and downs. Quotes: I always had an entrepreneurial spark, I started with dropshiping. My main skill is to take action and learn by doing. My biggest fear is to be average I had no mentor, I never found the right person. Having a good mentor can be huge, but having a bad one can be fatal The best way to get started is to get an internship in a new business Resources: The 7 Day Startup: You Don't Learn Until You Launch by Dan Norris How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie Links: Website: http://bluecliffmedia.com/ Twitter:@bluecliffmedia email:firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/MrGavinBell/ Vblog: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYwX0DRfD06rx1E9iNa7fFw If you have what it takes you can apply to share your story on air. CLICK HERE
47 minutes | Mar 21, 2017
SPP#60 With Kayle Gray: 'Create your own Mastermind group'
Meet this week's awesome studentpreneur guest: Kayle Gray, 28, recent graduate from the University of Utah and founder of Conversion Cake, USA. Frank has been working with high school entrepreneurs for four years, leading workshops and competitions, but this year, he and his team is excited to launch the world's first business incubator for high school students. The incubator is built on a no-tuition, no-equity model. The goal is to help accepted students make $20,000 in 6 months. Frank's mission is to empower, support, and develop students as they begin their journeys as entrepreneurs and founders. Quotes: Create your own Mastermind group Use you the fact that you are a student to call businesses Take care of yourself and your body when managing a business and your studies Negotiate assignment deadlines with your professors Your peers are as important as mentors At first, I didn' identify as an entrepreneur but as a business minded person Kayle' Book: The College Entrepreneur: How to leverage your university to build a business, escape the rat race and live life on your terms. First 3 chapters free On Amazon Resources: The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss The Tropical MBA Podcast U2U: Offer interdisciplinary degrees Links: Website: http://conversioncake.com/ Twitter:@kylethegray email: Kylegray23(at)gmail(dot)com If you have what it takes you can apply to share your story on air. CLICK HERE
34 minutes | Mar 7, 2017
SPP#59 with Frank Pobutkiewicz: Be honest and ask as many questions as possible
Meet this week's StudentPreneur guest: Frank Pobutkiewicz from Whiteboard Youth Ventures in Boston, USA. Frank has been working with high school entrepreneurs for four years, leading workshops and competitions, but this year, he and his team is excited to launch the world's first business incubator for high school students. The incubator is built on a no-tuition, no-equity model. The goal is to help accepted students make $20,000 in 6 months. Frank's mission is to empower, support, and develop students as they begin their journeys as entrepreneurs and founders. Quotes: We are essentially building soft and hard skills. Priorities for high school entrepreneurs: 1) School, 2) Family, 3) Business. Failure is part of life, it's important to learn from it. Keywords: LEARN, BUILD, SELL Be honest and ask as many questions as possible. Books: Guy Kawasaki's books Seth Godin's books (purple cow) The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau Marketing Outrageously by Jon Spoelstra Links: Websites: Whiteboard Youth Ventures: http://whiteboardyouthventures.com Register for the incubator! Kickback Pant: www.kickbackpants.com Global Startup Challenge Twitter: @whiteboardyv email: email@example.com> Facebook page If you have what it takes you can apply to share your story on air. CLICK HERE
48 minutes | Feb 22, 2017
SPP#58 Most startups fail because they focus on the least value-add activities - Rob Slee
Meet Rob Slee: serial seasoned entrepreneur investor and author. Key points: Lots of opportunities to disrupt industries 'I am 10 iterations of failure in everything I do.' I felt I wasn't learning school because... Build a skill set, once a year Need a positive relationship with failure - Most business books are written for big corporate life I am a niche aholic, "niche conglomerate" ask people what they buy The only thing in common among entrepreneur is time Only focus on the activities that adds value most startup fails because they focus on the least value-add activities. We are told what to work on whereas we should identify the high value. After you have the skillset it's not about how much time you work on. Talk to people: what would you need in your business. Ask for help. You will be killed in your blind post U2U: work in small businesses, that's good, not just business plan comp. Learn how to communicate Own your time. Just knowing that activities have value change the behaviour. half the planet owns their own Links: email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: Timereallyismoney.com If you have what it takes you can apply to share your story on air. CLICK HERE
38 minutes | Jan 31, 2017
SPP#57: Breaking the code of studentpreneurs down to 7 points - Julien Marchand
Special Episode: I was interviewed on the Marketing on the Move podcast and I shared the findings of my 4 years of research on studentpreneurs! Summary: Studentpreneurs are a growing phenomenon with some famous entrepreneurs (Larry Page and Sergey Brin from Google and Steve Huffman from Reddit). The numbers are rare numbers about it but in the UK a study showed there 80,000 studentpreneurs (3.5% of uni students) with an estimated collected revenue over 44 million pounds or AU$80M.Remember, the best time to start a business is when you are a student, pretty much no expenses, you can undercut everyone and nobody cares when you fail. What this study does is back up with some management theories our gut feeling on studentpreneurs. This is necessary to build dedicated programs. Here I am going to summarise 4 years of research in a list of 7 items without encryption in academic language. SECTION 1: The main problem is that studentpreneurs do not see themselves as entrepreneurs. Mostly because they do not know what is an entrepreneur, or what they know is too daunting (eg: Steve Jobs). It takes them a long time to build and embrace that identity. 1- Three stages on the journey of studentpreneurs. The uni programs for studentpreneurs need to take them on that journey but at a faster pace. HOBBYIST: driven by the student's personal interest MAKER: the stage where they want to make money or love the process of making money or build a product/service. ENTREPRENEUR: they finally call themselves entrepreneurs, co-founder, business person... 2 - Four profiles of studentpreneurs to identify when designing a dedicated programs: The Creatives: started with their passion for creating things. They start at the hobbyist stage. The Student-Athletes: they were student-athlete before starting a business. They can transfer a lot of the traits they developed as athletes: focus, dedication, sacrifices, competition. The Family Studentpreneurs: at least one parent is an entrepreneur, grew up in that environment. Most expected case. The Enterprisers: they started late, at Uni, with the motivation of making money or building something, without identifying as entrepreneurs yet but they aspire to become one. 3 - Three ways to support studentpreneurs in constructing their identity of entrepreneurs: Positively validating what they do as entrepreneurs: entrepreneurial competition (hackathons), winning a big contract, being accepted in an incubator or accelerator program, or winning awards such as 30 under 30 entrepreneurs. Getting them to realise that they want to make money and that it is okay! They can't progress otherwise. Most important is to support them understand they are different from other students and then cultivate that difference. Some call it a mindset. SECTION 2: 3 key elements in how studentpreneurs pursue opportunities with limited resources, need to be fostered by uni incubators and accelerator programs. 4 - Entrepreneurial Human Capital Skills possessed Learning Skills. Need to encourage all type of learning and run hands-on workshops. 5 - Entrepreneurial Social Capital: building relationships Networking - need to attend event, organise events with entrepreneurs Mentors - key. Can be found in incubators, events Co-founders - 12/19 had co-founders. finding one is a skill 6 - Entrepreneurial Cognition Capital -> Decision Making & How to make their own luck! Initial disregard for resources at hand. This feature is a great way to identify studentpreneurs for dedicated programs. Sensemaking: capability to make sense of the opportunity and what is around the studentpreneur. Needs to be developed! it's where the Ah-ah moment happen. Serendipity: capability to act on luck -> needs to make luck happen 7 - All these elements apply to pivoting: developing at are important to start a business or pivot it. They are going to keep using them Summary: need to organise entrepreneurial events to help studentpreneurs go through their journey to become entrepreneurs. Uni programs need to help them realise they are different, that they want to make money and it's okay. Different profiles can be targeted. Help the young entrepreneurs around you find about other studentpreneurs' journey by listening to StudentPreneur podcast. If you have what it takes you can apply to share your story on air. CLICK HERE h5x7kpxf
55 minutes | Jan 17, 2017
SPP#56 with Kyrylo and Olga: 'Tell the world your message: tell people what you need and what you do.'
Meet Rob Slee: serial seasoned entrepreneur investor and author. Key points: Lots of opportunities to disrupt industries 'I am 10 iterations of failure in everything I do.' I felt I wasn't learning school because... Build a skill set, once a year Need a positive relationship with failure - Most business books are written for big corporate life I am a niche aholic, "niche conglomerate" ask people what they buy The only thing in common among entrepreneur is time Only focus on the activities that adds value most startup fails because they focus on the least value add activities. We are told what to work on whereas we should identify the high value. After you have the skillset it's not about how much time you work on. Talk to people: what would you need in your business. Ask for help. You will be killed in your blind post U2U: work in small businesses, that's good, not just business plan comp. Learn how to communicate Own your time. Just knowing that activities have value change the behaviour. half the planet owns their own Links: email: email@example.com Website: Timereallyismoney.com
43 minutes | Jan 8, 2017
SPP#55 with Matthew Mills: An incubator is like a seal of approval
Meet this week's awesome studentpreneur: Matthew Mills (22), engineering and business student at the University of Sydney and founder of Hireflow, Australia. Matthew was looking for a job in creative industry and it was only through resumes and cover letter. Through this Matthew was looking for a job in creative industry and it was only through resumes and cover letter. Through this experience, he embarked on his entrepreneurial journey with his co-funder. He met him through a University project. Michael had another startup before. Quotes: Talk to other incubate graduate As an introvert I learnt my sales skills through selling charity in the street No idea is a bad idea as long as you have reasons for thinking so. An incubator is like a seal of approval, great for credentials. You don't want to be taking money from people who are not engaged Always keep trying' give another phone call Books : Book Zero to One, How to network with other U2U (Uni to support you): Get great alumni to come back to present their story Links: Twitter: @hireflowsystems Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Hireflow/ Quotes: Talk to other incubate graduate As an introvert, I learnt my sales skills through selling charity in the street No idea is a bad idea as long as you have reasons for thinking so. An incubator is like a seal of approval, great for credentials. You don't want to be taking money from people who are not engaged Always keep trying' give another phone call Books: Book Zero to One, How to network with other U2U (Uni to support you): Get great alumni to come back to present their story Links: Twitter: @hireflowsystems Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Hireflow/
4 minutes | Mar 24, 2016
Special Announcement: gotta submit that PhD!
To my listeners I started this podcast because I was amazed at the stories shared by the studentpreneurs I interviewed for my PhD. I decided these stories had to be shared with the world to motivate other potential studentpreneurs out there. I love doing those interviews, there is always so much to learn and it keeps me motivated when writing my thesis. For me, contribution to the practice is as important as contribution to theory, maybe sometimes more. These interviews also help me understand how I can help studentpreneurs once I am an academic. Long story short I would love to be part of a University that values studentpreneurs. I have started working on how I would organise classes. For me, it's all about practice with a touch of theory from time to time. I can see my first years working toward participating in a hackathon or a startup weekend. Then classes for the second year and third year would be run as an accelerator program. Grades would be based on effectiveness of customer validation and other real life criteria... I can go on and on If you know a university who is looking for an academic like that, tell them about me;) But first of all, I need to complete my PhD, and I have less than 4 months to do so! So after publishing episodes for 53 weeks in a row, I need to take a break. I have done more interviews but I will have to edit and publish them after I submit my thesis. In the meantime, I invite you all to re-visit previous episodes, on studentpreneurpodcast.com you can search them by countries, universities, or themes. I hope these stories keep you motivated to pursue your entrepreneurial journey. Keep changing the mindset! Julien,studentpreneurpodcast.com
41 minutes | Mar 15, 2016
SPP#53 with Roslyn Teng: I still have those 2 AM moments when I wonder what am I doing with my life
Meet this week's awesome studentpreneur: Roslyn Teng (20), Arts and Humanities student at the YaleNUS College and founder of Made Real, Singapore. Roslyn and Robin caught up for coffee one day after high school and they discussed their personal issues with food and diet. They decided to start a social project to address these issues. Now they are running a business: curated healthy snacks delivered to your door. They got tremendous help from SMU by being awarded a spot at the incubator program that provides them with a co-working space. Quotes: I decided to focus on the business after realising that I was achieving so much during uni break. I took a semester off. Attending and pitching at networking events built up my confidence and helped me to open up a lot more. Building Made Real helped me realise a lot about myself Now there are between 30 to 40% of women attending startup weekend events, it's growing! My parents have been very understanding and supportive Google is my number one tool Every week is a rollercoaster I still have those 2 AM moments when I wonder what am I doing with my life At the beginning we did delivery on our own. Resource Websites : Shopify GrowthHackers.com U2U (Uni to support you): Community Structured programs: incubators Modules of entrepreneurship courses for everyone Links: Twitter:@maderealsg email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook page Website: MadeReal.sg If you have what it takes you can apply to share your story on air. CLICK HERE
34 minutes | Mar 8, 2016
SPP#52: Special Episode: How to leverage your University for your business: Queensland University of Technology
Special Episode: How to leverage your University for your business: Queensland University of Technology with Dr. Rowena Barrett, Head of the School Management. -If you have just started at QUT or you are in high school in Brisbane, this episode will help you understand how to quick start your business thanks to the ecosystem at the Queensland University of Technology. -For all studentpreneurs around the world, this special episode will make you wonder double check your own university ecosystem, have asked around for similar groups or programs? How does your University compare? Key Strengths of Queensland University of Technology Couple of entrepreneurship units part of core. Minor in entrepreneurship available University-wide (4 units). Shifting the program to more active doing vs. theory (bringing informal environment). QUT Starters: a student-run society supporting students from all disciplines who have an interest in discovering their inner entrepreneur. QUT Starters offer entrepreneurship program all along the semester. Bluebox: The university accelerator for students, staff, and alumni, in connection with QUT researchers. Creative Entreprise Australia: an incubator for creative industry (the Coterie), a program for early stage entrepreneur (adoptaprener), and a Startup Weekend on creative tech. Open to all students! Success Stories: Fruit Ninja (halfbrick.com), created by QUT business students! Humminbird House, Queensland's unique Children hospice developed by QUT MBA students Links: QUT Staters: website , Facebook, @QUTStarters QUT bluebox: website, Facebook, @qutbluebox Creative Enterprise Australia: website, Facebook, @QUTCEA QUT Business: website, @QUT If you have what it takes you can apply to share your story on air CLICK HERE
43 minutes | Mar 1, 2016
SPP#51 with Sam Polgar: 'I apply the customer feedback loop from the Lean Startup to my life.'
Meet this week's awesome studentpreneur: Samuel Polgar (23), Applied Physics student at the University of Technology Sydney and founders of Chewsr, Sydney, Australia. Samuel started working at the age of 10 at his mum's work. Then he worked at 14 in a restaurant and fell in love with Cooking. He had a lot of ideas but never started anything until he went to a Food Hackathon that he won with his co-funder Angela Edwards, thanks to a lot of traction. Chewsr was born: it's like ordering food from Tinder. Now they are going to the next step: an accelerator (Slingshot, Melbourne). Quotes: · 'I apply the customer feedback loop from the Lean Startup to my life.' · 'I asked for a lot of help and received a lot, so ask me for help now.' · 'Just do it, don't think about it too much, go and learn it yourself!' · 'I said, how can I get involved in entrepreneurship and he replied, go to a hackathon. Best advice' · 'Meetup.com is such a great way to connect with the community.' · 'Failure is the best way to learn, don't be affraid.' · 'I talked to the right person who told me to get into a hackathon.' Books: · The Lean Startup by Eric Ries · Zero to One by Peter Thiel · Thinking Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill U2U (Uni to support you): · The UTS association BUILT is great, they provide great presentations. · 'We need recognition from the top level and that's what we have at UTS: I met the VC at the Project Pitch competition.' · We need credits when doing entrepreneurial activities doing creative intelligence a degree. · It's great to be next to the largest co-sharing space in Sydney. Links: Twitter: @samuelpolgar email: email@example.com Facebook page Website: Chewsr.co Other website on STEM education: Technoda.com.au Slingshot accelerator in Melbourne: Slingshotters.com/ Hackathon at UTS: UTS Project Pitch If you have what it takes you can apply to share your story on air. CLICK HERE
44 minutes | Feb 23, 2016
SPP#50: There is always someone you can help, target someone like you, a few years younger.
Meet this week's awesome studentpreneur: Vincent (24), Business student at the National University of Singapore, and Mark (26) co-founders of TwentyandFree, Singapore. Mark and Vincent believe in the power of mentor, They help university students to be free. Mark never thought about being an entrepreneur. He initially joined a company to sell websites. On the other hand, Vincent started at 16 by selling candy to his friends. At some point they were both completely lost, not sure was to do. They went to a lot of paid events, read a lot of books but felt overwhelmed. Now they provide online coaching to help students build a business in 3 months. They also organise events where they bring world class coaches. They have a community where we give away all the lessons we learnt ($1 for the first month), they organise monthly masterminds, give a book a month. Connect with them on facebook & check online community at TwentyandFree. Quotes: 'I first tried network marketing but I burnt a lot of relationships and lost all the money I had. The lesson learned is that selling is about educating.' 'We organise 1-day training on how to find customer.' 'You don't have a business until you make sales.' 'If you want to sell something for $3,000, you need to solve a $10,000 problem.' 'There is always someone you can help, target someone like you, a few years younger.' 'Balance: how bad do you want it? Are you really willing to do what it takes?' Books, Podcasts, and Blogs: Check their own community website: TwentyandFree U2U (Uni to support you): We need experience. Program at NUS: Overseas colleges program where studentpreneurs are sent to startups in the Silicon Valley and other hotbed for One year. Links: Vincent's Facebook Mark's Facebook Website: TwentyandFree NUS Overseas program: life at a startup If you have what it takes you can apply to share your story on air. CLICK HERE
51 minutes | Feb 16, 2016
SPP#49: Special Episode: How to leverage your University for your business: University of Adelaide.
Special Episode: How to leverage your University for your business: University of Adelaide. The goals for this special episode are: - Help the high school and university students in Adelaide to quick start their business thanks to the ecosystem at the University of Adelaide -Help studentpreneurs around the world ask themselves if they have investigated everything that is available at their own University. How does your University compare? Meet the insiders who share their tips on how to leverage your the University of Adelaide, South Australia: - Dr. Allan O'Connor: Academic Director for Postgraduate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs - Dr. Gary Hancock: Academic Director for Undergraduate Program Key Strengths of University of Adelaide: One: Two: eChallenge Three: eChallenge of High Schools Links: eChallenge Website: Bachelor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Facebook: Adelaide University Entrepreneur Club If you have what it takes you can apply to share your story on air. CLICK HERE
43 minutes | Feb 9, 2016
SPP#48: James Jordan's mentor said: don't start a degree, start a business but he went back to uni
Meet this week's awesome studentpreneur: James Jordan, 25 y.o., Business student at the University of Technology Sydney and founder of Danny Burrito, Bondi Beach, Australia. Great example of someone with a background in Arts (major in photography) who decides to build his own business. Interestingly James Jordan went back to Uni against the advice of his mentor who was telling him to just get started! However, it looks like that he managed to leverage all his diverse experience for his latest venture, Danny Burrito: On demand food under 15 minutes. James launched his business in the famous tourist spot of Bondi Beach. Now James needs need students in business development and tech. Contact him at James@burrito.com Quotes: 'I have always looked at different ways to make money.' 'My business mentor said: don't start a degree, start a business.' 'I had to ett rid of social life, something gotta give'. I love listening to Podcasts because you can do 2 things at the same time.' I have interned with a startup called Disrupt who went into an accelerator. Gary, the founder, offered me to be a mentor. I felt uncomfortable with investors ... I crowdfunded my business: pre-selling burritos. Books, Podcasts, and Blogs: Podcast: The Tim Ferriss Show Podcast: This Week in Startups Podcast: This Week in Startups Australia Audiobook: The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk! by Al Ries and Jack Trout Audiobook: The Art of War by Sun Tzu U2U (Uni to support you): Need to be supported by the University to be in front of industry leaders like dominos. Getting introductions would be fantastic! Links: GADDIE PITCH Website: DannyBurrito.com Twitter: @Danny_burrito Facebook If you have what it takes you can apply to share your story on air. CLICK HERE
34 minutes | Feb 2, 2016
SPP#47 Harry Sanders: Perseverance is essential, but know when it's not working.
Meet this week's awesome studentpreneur: Harry Sanders, 18 y.o., High School student at University High School and founder of StudioHawk in Melbourne, Australia. In Year 9 Harry got the opportunity to do a different curriculum for a term. From that experience he landed an internship at 15 and then a year later decided to go on his own. To find customers he had to be inventive. He started doing mock-ups of websites based on logos of companies, and showed them to the business owners.... and it worked very well. Now at 18 Harry has just finished high school, keep an eye on this young studentpreneur. Quotes: 50% of SMEs don't have a website. There is always a cheaper alternative to the professional tools for SEO. I started at 16, so I need to prove myself to them. In terms of design for a website, there is a lot in the logo. Who is information on a website. Dont' send an email without a proper name ABN lookup or Whois. I learnt by trial and error. I get paid for something I enjoy. The start was the hardest. Don't expect to be making 6 figures. Set a goal. Perseverance is essential but know when it's not working. Books, Podcasts, and Blogs: Reddit subreddit on entrepreneurs. https://www.reddit.com/r/Entrepreneur/ Book: Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger Podcast: Webagency. - SEO... U2U (Uni to support you): University should get more people to give talks. Links: Twitter: @StudioHawk Facebook URL: StudioHawk Website: StudioHawk.com.au If you have what it takes you can apply to share your story on air. CLICK HERE
47 minutes | Jan 26, 2016
SPP#46 Brent Comstock - Being a great CEO and great student doesn't exist. You have to compromise.
Meet this week's awesome studentpreneur: Brent Comstock, 20 y.o., undergraduate student in Business Administration at University of North Carolina and founder of Bcomm Solution LLC in Nebraska, USA. Brent grew up in a small town in Nebraska. In High School Brent decided to focus on rural communities and developed digital branding for rural grassroots businesses. The business was changed from an IT to a digital business. It was always technology focused but he pivoted a few times. He now has over 500 clients. Quotes: · Educating people is 10 times better than selling · If you have any doubt now then it is not the right time for you, go and educate yourself or change it with mentoring and coaching · There are very few people in the world that 100% comfortably jumped, they have been groomed · Reach out to people in the industry at startup weekends and startup events · The startup world is just as much a community as it is your own individual idea. Keep reaching out. · Being a great CEO and great student doesn't exist. You have to compromise. I was an exceptional student in high school and an ok CEO. · Immerse yourself in a hard skill. Don't get a degree in business unless it's of interest to you · Leverage university: they are a hotbed for innovation and creativity · Be with other people like-minded people, · College is an opportunity to fail: you have 4 summers to try and fail without having to put it on your resume. · Mentors are the most important people to help you but you need to have a 2-way conversation. Just ask them to be your mentors. If they don't want to be then ask them who they think would be good for me. Need more than one mentor. · Go do something, stop thinking, do! Make a list of things that you will do in the next days to build a momentum The world of business doesn't happen that fast. Skills developed: · Saying ABC- there are right and wrong clients · Deciding to be all in/making sacrifices · Being brutally honest Books, Podcasts, and Blogs: · Blog: One count 2 stop lights: http://brentcomstock.me/ U2U (Uni to support you): · Spending more time doing the trial and error thing than the textbook thing. Classroom not in classroom, teacher should be a guide. Links: email:firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @brentcomstock Website: BComOnline.com Facebook Page If you have what it takes you can apply to share your story on air. CLICK HERE
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