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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 and CEO 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. Apart from that, due to his PR expertise, he has been able to get many companies and public figures featured on top news publications like Forbes, Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Inc Magazine, and more.

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Interview with 17-Year-Old Entrepreneur Sebastian “Sebas” Moftakhar

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The Vault Melrose Co-Founders Sebastian Moftakhar, 17, (left), and Rami Eadeh, 31, (right). Courtesy of Ben Norouzi.

Although most other 17-year-olds are satisfied with just focusing on school, Sebastian Moftakhar has already founded a retail storefront in one of the most prime locations in Los Angeles with his partner Rami Eadeh. The Vault Melrose is a sneaker store and recording studio located on Melrose Avenue, frequented by celebrity names like Swae Lee, Jake Paul, Madeintyo, SOB X RBE, YBN Cordae, Lil Mosey, and others. Moftakhar also throws parties and events in Los Angeles each generating 5-figure revenues with live performers under his brand “310.” I had the chance to interview him to learn his story and to share the strategies behind his success.

 

When did your entrepreneurial journey start?

I had always liked sneakers, but it was an expensive hobby to have. In the sixth grade, my parents told me that they wouldn’t fund my sneaker obsession any longer. The only route I had was to pay for my own sneakers. I figured out that every weekend high demand sneakers were selling out and reselling for more on the resale market. I saw that I could take advantage of this opportunity to make money to afford my own sneakers. I would buy three sneakers, then sell two of them and that profit would pay for me to keep the 3rd. I decided to scale this model and made a business out of it. I called it Snkrs Supply. I started selling rare sneakers and clothing to the other students at my school and in the area as well as celebrities and athletes. I became known as the “sneaker plug” and had every “hypebeast” coming to me for every release. I also sold on Facebook Groups and my website.

 

What businesses are you involved in today?

My time is split between running two businesses, the first being an event company called “310.” I host events and parties in Los Angeles bringing music artists to perform, and charging approximately $20 a ticket. We provide unforgettable and enjoyable experiences. I have a whole team of people helping with these events from a DJ to a professional security team to multiple different photographers.

Next, my partner Rami Eadeh and I created a sneaker reselling store within a music recording studio located at 7372 Melrose Ave and combined the popular cultures of both hip-hop and fashion into one community space located in the mecca of “The Culture.” We frequently network with artists and celebrities providing them with studio time and sneakers. It’s great that we found a way to combine these two worlds and I hope to create more joint experiences like this in the future.

What other activities are you involved in?

I had a big passion for basketball. I’m on the Varsity team at my school, and I dedicate a large portion of my life to it. I’m also News Editor and Business Manager of The Student Voice, my school’s newspaper, and President of both Entrepreneurship and UNICEF Clubs. I’m able to manage getting good grades in school, participating in extracurriculars, and running my businesses by having really good time-management skills and a lot of passion.

 

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

People are often stuck in the trap of believing their goals are impossible or require too much work to achieve. They have a mindset where they think they will either succeed or fail. You have to have a growth mindset, where instead of worrying about failure, think about it as an opportunity to learn and grow. With this mindset, you take each failure you’ve had, examine and learn from it, then try again. Most entrepreneurs fail several times before they get it right. So take a chance and chase that seemingly impossible goal, the worst thing that can happen is you’ll learn something.

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From Broken Relationships To Whole Relationships

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I had a quick chat with Stefanos Sifandos who merges the best of eastern and western methodologies and philosophies to promote balance, sacredness and joy in life. Using integrative techniques and methods, Stefanos has created programs, models and systems to enhance the quality of your life, your intimate relationships and in essence bring you closer to your potential. He transforms you to become the better you. I asked him a few questions about success and here is what he had to say.

When was the first time you tasted success Stefanos?

I first tasted success when I chose to ‘do the work’. When I chose to get real with myself and realise that my life wasn’t where I wanted it to be. When I became willing to explore my painful past and committed to growth and to contribute to the world in a meaningful way. That commitment was my first taste of success.

Many individuals fail to “do the work” or even start so congrats! What is your end goal with this?

I feel successful in my service and business now. I simply want to continue to expand this. I want to continue to expand because I believe in my message, my service and that people want to be more connected, intimate and bonded in union. We are searching for deeper connection in relationship to self, to others and to ideas and purpose. I believe in the tools I offer people and truly believe it is my path to serve others in this way. My ‘end goal’ is to serve humanity and Earth at the highest possible levels – creating global systems that transform the way we govern ourselves and bring us greater evolutionary peace.

Thank you for taking the time to chat Stefanos! Do you have any words of wisdom for readers at home?

Whatever you do in life, be willing. Be willing to look at the tough stuff, be willing to venture in to the unknown, be willing to celebrate your wins, be willing to share, to be ‘wrong’ and be willing to believe in your dreams.

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Social Media Mogul in the Making: Julian Reeves

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I had the opportunity to talk to Julian Reeves who is a creative executive that transitioned from being a freelance video director to a software company Co-Founder. Growth X is built on the premise that content conglomerates like Google, YouTube, & Instagram can provide entrepreneurs with significant incomes – even more than mainstream corporate jobs. I asked him when he really tasted success for the first time and here is what he had to say:

When was the first time you tasted success Julian?

The first time I tasted success was when I started dropshipping in early 2018 right before it became super mainstream. After running a massively successful influencer campaign, I generated $10K in 48 hours from a women’s clothing store I had built a week prior. This was my first time making a dollar online and I’ve been hooked since. In terms of a way to make money with the least startup costs – ecommerce was in a world of its own. I knew from there I would become a millionaire from the internet.

That is amazing! Not many people have that drive like you do. So, why do you want to be successful and what’s your ultimate vision of success for yourself?

I want to be successful so that I can make my imprint on the world. If you look at all the major pieces of culture: Adidas, Gucci, Dell, Audi, Forbes, Bacardi, Fendi, Ferrari – all of these companies are someone’s last name. At this point in time I’m one of the only entrepreneurs with ambition in my family. My family has never seen massive entrepreneurial success before, and being that i’m living in one of the most progressive technological eras EVER – I want to be the one that leads the charge. My ultimate vision of success is financial freedom and time freedom. Not being a slave to the company i’m running, but consistently traveling and impacting different parts of the world. Creating a massive influencer network with the top athletes, musicians, politicians and business leaders and curating partnerships between uncommon entities.

Now what is your end goal Julian?  

My end goal is to own a venture capital (vc) firm that invests millions into numerous startups that are making changes in society. Beyond money, I know that children are the future. After I’ve reached my financial goals I want to buy my own island – similar to Tony Robbins and Kanye West and really create a new society. Natural foods, fresh water, removing the super toxic parts of American society and attempting to build my own utopia. I feel like that’s what legacy is in its truest sense. If I can leave an impact in the form of a new way of living and a new generation of people I’ll feel like my job is done.

Thank you so much for sharing your story Julian! I know this will motivate and inspire others. Do you have any last words of advice for others?

For anybody who wants to be the best at what they do, you have to be uncommon amongst uncommon people. You have to find who works the hardest and work even harder. The world is good for rewarding mediocrity and that’s why I constantly urge people to get uncomfortable. Do something everyday you hate doing. Wake up earlier, eat that salad, don’t look at social media for 12-24 hours. If you take anything from this, take risks. Get used to being uncomfortable and finding peace within that. Become obsessed with being the best and don’t compare your path to anyone else’s.

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