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I am Pieter Levels, the founder of Nomad List, the biggest crowdsourced city database and digital nomads social network. I also founded Remote OK, the biggest remote jobs board in the world.

After I was quickly going broke in 2014, I started building “12 startups in 12 months” which got a lot of attention and forced me to ship a new app every month.

Most of those apps didn’t become successful, but some did: Nomad List became a real startup with millions of monthly users, multiple acquisition offers, $15,000 to $25,000/month revenue in membership fees, while having a real cultural impact of getting tens of thousands of people to travel and work remotely.

Remote OK started as a basic jobs board for remote workers, and grew out to now be the highest traffic generating remote careers platform with about $10,000 to $20,000/month revenue in job posts.

I am also Product Hunt’s Maker of the Year 2015 and 2017, winner of Product Hunt’s Side Project of the Year 2017, currently the #4 most upvoted Product Hunt maker, got my apps multiple times to #1 on Hacker News and I was on the frontpage of Reddit twice (with Nomad List and Hoodmaps).

I don’t have the keys to success, so I can only tell you what worked for me. A few principles I hold is that I don’t take external funding, I do everything myself, I mostly don’t really hire, I automate a lot which means I have lots of robots working for me 24/7, I like transparency and I hate business bullshit. That means I share my revenue, share the problems I have and the successes when things do work. This presentation is pretty much that!

Anthony Delgado (born February 6, 1986) is an American software developer and internet entrepreneur widely known as a professional hacker in the developer community. Anthony Delgado has won numerous hackathons sponsored by Fortune 500 tech companies like Google, IBM, Intel, Facebook and Microsoft and hosted by organizations including Rutgers University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the AT&T Developer Summit in New York City.

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How LeBron James new school is disruptive

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Last Monday, LeBron James unveiled his new I Promise School in Akron, Ohio – powerfully demonstrating to the world the power and influence of the modern day athlete.

His school aims to disrupt the unfortunate trend of at-risk students falling behind the K-12 population in the classroom, by providing a STEM based curriculum to low-income and at-risk students.

Originally, I promise was a non-profit focused on helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds focus on achievement. Now it transformed into a school program that can educate them all year round.

There are several disruptive differences that makes I Promise school unique:

There will be longer school days vs the normal 7am – 3pm schedule. The normal school year schedule will be unique as well, students will get the same amount of time off from school on holidays and summer but the schedule will be broken up differently to make sure students will be continuously learning year-round.

In an effort to simulate some of the home support that might be missing for school work. students will also have extra access to teachers and the school’s facilities. I promise will also have support for student’s parents that may not have completed high school or need employment by providing a GED program and job placement services. Another plus is that the students will receive a bike on their first day of class, to escape dangerous parts of Akron and to explore, motivated by LeBron James’s youth, when he did the same thing.

I Promise is a regular public school and not a charter, private or reform school. Usually schools that offer such perks are usually private and aren’t free for students, but this LeBron James wanted this school to be accessible to all youth in the Akron area.

Here’s to LeBron James, who’s disruption even caught the ire of the President of the United States.

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Bitcoin Energy Drink

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At the Blockchain World Confrence in Atlantic City, we got the change to interview Sheel Patel, the CEO and Founder of Bitcoin Energy Drink – Liquid Assets. Sheel told us his story about how he came up with the concept and how he worked with his team to perfect the marketing for this Energy Drink For All the Side‑Hustlers, Startups and Disruptors in the world.

Buy Bitcoin Energy Drink : https://bitcoinenergy.com/

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Gary Vaynerchuk Podcast: Wine Library to VaynerMedia

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Gary Vaynerchuk sits down with Tom La Vecchia and the New Theory Podcast to discuss his formative years, to building his Wine Library Empire to launching VaynerMedia, and his rise to fame. Gary talks about his keys to success and the tactics he has used to rise to the top of the entrepreneurial, social media marketing space. Buckle your seat belts because you are not going to want to miss this one! Enjoy!

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