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The Entrepreneurial Roller-coaster and the Sacrifices

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / September 27, 2012

“How did you do it?” is a question I often hear after telling people that I run my own media company at the age of 27.  An expectant grin awaits some sort of magical, oversimplified answer that just doesn’t exist. I typically respond simply- “hard work”, “took a chance”, “found a great opportunity”- knowing that most people don’t really want to hear a long story that started 3 years ago with a…

Music Industry Goes Gaga for Hyperlocal

by / ⠀Startup Advice / February 1, 2012

At the core of the ever-expanding hyperlocal industry exists the belief that communities prefer to engage in content that is targeted towards their region; people like to learn and talk about what’s happening in their own backyard.  Hyperlocal networks like AOL’s community news-focused Patch, Happenings Media’s string of local lifestyle magazines, and Examiner’s grouping of local experts from around the country are all striving to identify with the…

What’s all the Hype about Hyper-local?

by / ⠀Finding Customers Startup Advice / December 17, 2010

Business is buzzing with talk about hyper-local websites, and it is likely affecting you & your business. It can be overwhelming for any young entrepreneur to attempt to navigate through the rapidly changing world of media.  Now, with the latest hyper-speed evolution of hyper-local media, following the industry is more challenging than ever. Since co-founding a lifestyle blog based in a suburb of Philadelphia, my business partner and…

How to Avoid the Quarter-Life Crisis by Making the Most Out of College

by / ⠀Startup Advice / September 10, 2010

College is an incredible opportunity, and I’m not referring to the classes. Many students in college enjoy a financial freedom that they’ll never again experience after graduation. Of course this isn’t the case for everyone, but there are certainly a lot of you out there. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that you shouldn’t spend time in college partying & hanging out with your friends…

Startup Hot Seat: Universities Finest vs Bucks Happening

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews / August 28, 2010

Today we have Universities Finest and Bucks Happening profiled below. Both companies are making moves and cost virtually nothing to start. Universities Finest simply saw an opening and starting making calenders at campuses across the county. Bucks Happening is an extremely niche blog show casing everything happening in Bucks country Pennsylvania. Simple ideas that a few young people jumped on to take charge of their lives. Of course…

How to Keep Your Sanity Riding the Entrepreneurial Roller Coaster

by / ⠀Startup Advice / May 19, 2010

Let’s face it- entrepreneurs tend to be a little bit crazy.  Starting a business takes a touch of insanity, but running a business can sometimes send you over the edge. You put everything you have into your business, face challenges you never could have prepared for, & on top of it all, are constantly scrutinized.  How do you stay sane?   After two years of being on the rollercoaster…

Dear Baby Boomers: A Message From Gen Y

by / ⠀Startup Advice / March 9, 2010

Dear Baby Boomers, I know you’re not my biggest fan. I’m one of those pesky GenY twenty-somethings that you’ve called “cocky,” “lazy,” and “incompetent.”  It appears our generation has hit a nerve, really gotten under your skin.  Well, I am writing to you because I feel like we’ve gotten off on the wrong foot. Please hear me out. I’ve thought long & hard about what it must be…

Startup BeMe Encourages Creativity and Individuality

by / ⠀Entrepreneur Interviews / February 27, 2010

What is the story behind BeMe? Individuality is something our family always embraced. Growing up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, we kept our parents busy by exploring a plethora of activities throughout our childhood- soccer, basketball, gymnastics, dance- you name it, we tried it. Our activities allowed us to form a strong sense of identity that played an important part in shaping our lives. These experiences inspired Tina…

A Lesson Learned: Taking the Entrepreneurial Plunge

by / ⠀Personal Branding Startup Advice / February 24, 2010

Today I woke up at 6am. Like any other Monday, I rushed to get out of the house by 6:30am to begin my two hour commute from Washington Crossing, PA to New York City.  I grabbed a large cup of coffee & jumped on the NJ Transit express.  As caffeine washed away the remnants of morning grogginess, my heart-rate quickened with growing anticipation. Today was not like any…

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