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A Serial Entrepreneur on His Continued Struggle

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It’s not every day you get the opportunity to interact with entrepreneurs like Abuhuraira Ramay. He is the owner of The Brand Wire, a PR and branding agency. We got together, and I was astounded by what he had to say about his journey so far.

Abuhuraira, an “internet entrepreneur”, is anything but ordinary. After disrupting the PR and branding industry, and managing a division of over 20+ full time employees, he turned his attention to helping other entrepreneurs scale 6 or 7 figure companies.

Below are some of the highlights of our conversation:

What’s your story, Abuhuraira? You’re pretty young… was this an overnight success? How did you achieve this feat?

It wasn’t an overnight achievement; that I can tell you. In fact, at one point, I was working for few bucks whole day just to avoid dropping out of college. But I never gave up.

I knew that in order to achieve success I had to learn skills that would allow me to have it.

I delved into coding and understanding how social media marketing worked. Stuff that most weren’t willing to spend the time learning.

I wasn’t a big fan of the 9 to 5 cycle and initially, it looked gloomy. So I kept learning and trying, and I held on to the notion that my opening will come, and I just had to keep my eyes peeled to grab the opportunity when it presented itself.

And it did. Gradually, I was able to put my foot in the door and go on to help many projects with their social media marketing needs, including lots of international brands. One thing led to the next, and before I knew it, we were disrupting the industry.

It was certainly a transition. I had to go from freelancer to entrepreneur, but it was worth it.

Impressive! Anyone would have remained contented with managing multi-million dollar projects, but you didn’t. You shifted and took a different direction. Why?

I believe success transcends the material. The number of lives I could transform with my experience kept me ambitious. I wasn’t going to be another ‘picture-perfect’ CEO, there’s more to life than that. The Brand Wire was created for this purpose – to help upcoming entrepreneurs leverage the power of social media in the business.

Brands, multi-millions, all that is fun and good. But if you aren’t making an impact in people’s lives, what’s it matter? I wanted to be more than money.

That’s quite the shift, and very noble of you. How has the journey been so far?

It has been mind-blowing. Interacting with entrepreneurs from all over the world is eye-opening. While The Brand Wire is just about a year old, the experience so far can be compared to that of a lifetime. It’s not exactly a bed of roses, but the learning curve has been phenomenal.

We have been able to see things from different perspectives, and this has helped immensely with clarity. All through my social media marketing efforts, I have not come across this level of dynamism before.

The period I handled social marketing for multi-national brands helped expand my horizon especially as it concerns their inputs in everyday life, but none of these compares to the insight you get tutoring entrepreneurs on putting their business in the spotlight.

The challenges, breakthroughs, successes and failures have helped make The Brand Wire even stronger, and we have not scratched the surface yet. The journey has just begun.

Your journey is inspiring, Abuhuraira. What do you think the future holds for you?

Well, I might not have a crystal ball, but I am confident about what lies ahead. I intend to channel more energy into helping more entrepreneurs find their feet in this ever-changing world of ours.

My journey isn’t exactly about Abuhuraira Ramay, but the millions of entrepreneurs who have at some point seemed unconscious about the next step to take. The journey might be tedious, but it could have a beautiful ending regardless. And I am bent on making that a reality for as many entrepreneurs as possible.

Incredible, Abuhuraira. Sounds like you are well on your way to making lasting impact. Congratulations on the journey so far and good luck in the future to you and everyone at The Brand Wire. I appreciate the time you took today.

Final question, what would you say to entrepreneurs reading this right now?

Ha! So many things that could be said. I’d say keep your chin up, stay positive, and keep doing what you have been doing before, but sometimes you need a little more than that. So I’d say be disruptive. If the norm hasn’t proved effective for some time, try the abnormal. It’s always easy to stand out when you don’t fit in. Don’t be afraid to be different.

Thank you so much, Abuhuraira, and best of luck on your future endeavors.

Nabeel Ahmad is the founder of Mogul Press, a public relations and communications agency that specializes in media placements, personal branding, and marketing strategy. Apart from that, Nabeel Ahmad is the founder of Vertabyte, a full-service digital media agency that partners with clients to drive their growth and achieve all their business goals. At Vertabyte, his special focus is on leveraging the power of social media to boost businesses exponentially. A marketing expert, Nabeel has a deep understanding of what it takes for a business to completely crush it on the social media landscape. His expertise in marketing has allowed him to help a number of businesses increase their revenue by tremendous amounts.

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Jimmy Boss : A Breath in the Music industry

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Jimmy Boss, is a young entrepreneur of 25 years old. He rubbed shoulders internally with the music industry from a very young age, in particular thanks to Mister V, famous French YouTuber who decided to get into music, more particularly in rap, and this with the help in particular of Mr. Boss. After finishing his internship at Hey Pelo Records, Mister V’s label, he decides to set up his own artist management company : SDW Management.

I assure you, it’s not an order” Jimmy Boss tells you in his Paris office, while you contemplate with dismay a picture of a bearded “Mona Lisa”, the work of a Dutch fan of SDW Records, urban music label that he founded in 2017.

Jimmy Boss goes further than the others and had the crazy idea of bringing together the essentials of what a record company could provide to independent artists of 2020 to create a business that will help artists to finance, create, as well as promote themselves, while remaining independent ; he explains it to us in more details during an interview that he very kindly granted us :

«Artists these days no longer necessarily need the creative side that a major can offer. Actually, he no longer needs anything that a major can offer to him apart from the contacts and the financial aspect. This is exactly where SDW Management supports its paramount value. The company keeps offering total flexibility on the contracts in function of needs of the artist. Depending on the contract, SDW can also guarantee immediate funding to the artist, weekly monitoring and incomparable transparency of sales made. The goal is also to take care of all administrative tasks so that the artist does not only take care of the creative side. »

On the other hand, Jimmy Boss must validate the projects before releasing it :

«Basically my desire to do this job concerned people, being close to the artist, assisting them and finding something new that the record companies do not offer. But it was my creative side that pushed me to do this job, indeed, from a very young age, I have a very commercial ear and I never stop finding new artistic trends, that’s what has been the strength of the business so far, it is the icing on the cake.»

After two years spent managing artists, Jimmy Boss undertook to create his own label in 2017. His desire is simple, to release the music he loves, there, now, immediately. It was the meeting in 2015 with Mister V that created the real trigger. The latter inaugurates the long list of artists. SDW Records was born with the “Do It Yourself” spirit and the mix of genres as its only weapons.

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How Romy Johnson Became A Successful Entrepreneur

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Romy Johnson is a popular Indian Entrepreneur, Businessman, Educationalist who is currently based in Canada. He is the founder, owner and CEO of Cool Gurus, Xaare and British India Academy.

In 2017 he started his first company British India Academy which offers English language courses and international test preparation coaching. Today at the age of 21, Romy is at the helm of a unicorn startup. Cool Gurus is a joint venture with Kerala based British India Academy, which is now valued at more than 55 crores. Romy Johnson appeared in Silicon India and was featured as the youngest and most successful entrepreneur Indian on the list. Cool Gurus Solutions provides blended learning management through mobile and cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS).

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In a bid to promote online learning and boost content creation in the ed-tech space, aligned to the needs of 2020, Cool Gurus decided to generate an affordable alternative to formal education in collaboration with schools, colleges, universities and companies. The company is jointly owned with the British India Academy based in Kerala, India and is currently valued at more than 55 crores. In November 2019 the British India Academy accomplished its first milestone by delivering courses to over 10,000 active learners, making it the top-rated language institute in India.

He was recognized nationally for his scientific research and innovations during his highschool for building a brain-controlled electric wheelchair and finding an alternative to plastics using banana peels and tapioca.

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Why people call Linda Andrade the Fat Freezing Queen

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What’s your backstory?

I started my first business when I was 16 years old, it was called “luxe by Linda” and it was mainly focused towards women’s fashion and makeup, I did really well, especially because I was still in high school and girls in my high school started buying from me. I got married at 19 to another badass entrepreneur, my husband Ricky, and since then I’ve started my fat Freezing business which blew up, with plans to franchise soon. 

Can you tell me the story of your prior successes, challenges, and major responsibilities?’

Before I got married and started my own successful business, I was a student at orange coast college. My parents would not let me drop out or I would be kicked out, basically. I was the typical entrepreneur drop out cliche, really wanting to drop out. That was a responsibility I had that really hindered the way to my success. I was taking unnecessary classes just to be busy and keep my parents happy. Eventually, I got married and moved to Vegas, so my parents kind of let go of the whole college thing after that.

What made you decide to choose this career path?

I got fat Freezing done myself, I loved it so much. I got rid of my love handles and tightened my stomach up really nice. I started looking up more about it and decided to take a training to teach me more about it. 1 and a half years later I have 2 locations and have helped thousands achieve the results they want. 

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting?

Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that? Oh my god, in fat freezing there are levels of suction, and I usually go up in levels when they’re numb and can’t feel anything, because otherwise it hurts. One time, I forgot to take the level back down after the 1st area she did, so on her 2nd area, she immediately went to the highest level, and she was freaking out and making the funniest noises, and I couldn’t understand why, I was like “what’s wrong? It has a great grab of fat.” And then I realized she was at the highest level. It was like a solid 45 seconds of confusion and laughter. Then I felt really bad. But it was definitely the funniest mistake I ever made 

What do you think makes your company/personal brand stand out?

Because the product I offer isn’t just catering to 1 person, it caters to everybody. Literally everybody I know needs my service, and they know it too. 

What’s a quote that you live by?

How you do something is how you do everything. 

Linda Andrade

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