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How A 20 Year Old is Building a Billion Dollar Company

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Every one of us has been involved in a business deal before. It does not always go the way we want. However, despite this, entrepreneurs are killing it in business and continue to do so. Some of them build multi-million dollar businesses at a very young age, and we are left to wonder how they do it. An excellent example is venture capitalist and personal branding expert, Josue Arteaga.

Arteaga has already built a multi-million dollar business and is in the process of expanding it into a billion-dollar company. He is the vice president of Disrupt Media and helps multi-millionaires, celebrities and entrepreneurs achieve six to seven-figure personal brands. It is in venture capitalism that Arteaga is building the billion-dollar company, which the man refers to as his long term plan. So how exactly did he get here very young?

Investing in His First Business

Arteaga came from nothing. A rather sad situation influenced his venture into business, and it motivated him to be who he is today. His mother needed surgery when he was around 17, and the father could not help since he had just lost his job. The problems in the family triggered a need to change things in Arteaga. It took him about three years from then to start making money and afterward went into personal branding where he was making $17,000 annually. By the age of 19, Artega was making $144,000, and this when he decided to save up invest in his first business.

An old high school friend approached Arteaga and asked him to invest in his dad’s Mexican meat market and grocery store. Arteaga started saving up, and this meant he had to cut off his expensive habits. With the bad habits paused, he put together $60,000 in nine months, invested in the meat market and joined as a partner. This action set the pace for him as a venture capitalist, and he did not stop there.

Building the Billion Dollar Company

With his branding business going so well, Arteaga is looking to hit the Billion dollar mark with the meat business. He is currently managing two million dollars in revenue from meat markets. As a result, Arteaga has become a top one percent earner in his age bracket, which is quite impressive. All these accomplishments have just motivated him to aim higher as an entrepreneur.

Arteaga has big dreams for the meat business in the next seven years. He wants to expand to owning 1,000 meat markets and make a billion dollars in revenue annually. It sure sounds like a crazy fete but not impossible for the genius venture capitalist. If it does not work out this way, Arteaga thinks $10 Million in revenue a year won’t be a bad idea. His other ambition is to turn his online business into a need-based business. He wants to teach other entrepreneurs how to do what he does.

Tips on Investing

Arteaga’s money philosophy is that online money is fast money. Shopify stores, Facebook ads, Ecom, social media, are sure ways to make quick cash online. He advises entrepreneurs to get into these industries to learn how to create a business, make money fast, save it, and then invest it in something more long term.

The people doing good in those industries get put on but fall off quickly. Facebook ads eventually die out, Shopify stores get successful fast because of trends, influencers come and go, and Ecom is all about who is at the top of the search just like Amazon. All this is just a peek, and if you go about it the right way, it can set off the rest of your sustainable career. 

Conclusion

Arteaga has proven to be the creme de la creme of venture capitalism at a very young age, which is not easy. He is the right mentor to all millennial entrepreneurs. By venturing into business, Arteaga was able to rise from the ashes. He made sure to bring his family along with him to the top, which is what most of us want in life. He is a pure genius of his generation.

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The Power of Podcasting and Where It’s Headed: Interview with Ejay Cruz

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The Parables Podcast Host: Ejay Cruz.

Ejay Cruz is a registered nurse turned entrepreneur from Eastvale, California who decided to take up a new venture in podcasting. What started as a passion project quickly evolved into an impactful platform, reaching over 43+ countries and ranking Top 100 podcasts on iTunes in its category within only one year of launching. With a global reach and unceasing audience growth, he realized there is a much bigger purpose now with the impact his podcast “The Parables” (@theparablespodcast on IG) is making.

Podcasting is an adaptation of blogging and still in its infancy. Previously known as “audio blogging,” it began to catch hold in 2004 and since has seen exponential growth. Yet, the platform still doesn’t match up to other media channels. Currently, there are an estimated 500 million blogs out there, as well as an estimated 500 million YouTube channels. With only an estimated 1 million podcasts however, the media platform shows it is still in its pre-mature stages and is popularizing at a fast rate.

Why Ejay Encourages you to start your own Podcast?

Ejay encourages all entrepreneurs, businesses, and brands to start their own podcast as soon as possible. As the new kid on the block in broadcast media, podcasting is an innovative platform to gain exposure and stay relevant in today’s competitive market.

It is also a great networking vehicle, allowing you to reach, access, and collaborate with other high profile individuals. Being a podcast host establishes you as an authoritative figure, a sense of importance and immediate access to get in touch with other people, similar to a speaker or an author.  

Recording podcast content can also be beneficial in terms of content creation. Recordings can be multi-purposed as not only audio content but video content (videocasting or video podcasting) as well. Perhaps the most powerful asset is the leveraging of audiences. If your podcasts include guest features, you can leverage your guests’ audience whether it is a high profile entrepreneur or maybe just a starter in the game, you can never go wrong with more exposure and awareness.

His Opinion on the Importance of Collaborations:

Collaborations are vital in any market and podcasting is a great incubator to create them. Let it be genuine. Be selective with who you feature on your show. You should want to only collaborate with others that add value and contribute to your show, audience and boost listenership.

Pay attention, everyone is starting one! From major brands to top talent influencers and celebrities, they are all flooding the space because they understand how lucrative it can be for their personal brand or business. Now is the perfect time to start one yourself and not get left behind.

What is the Future of Podcasting?

Podcasting is still under-monetized compared to other forms of media, but that is changing really fast. As a digital marketing content hub, there is a rise in innovative methods to monetize including ad market places, sponsorships, premium content, and affiliate marketing to name a few.

“People always ask me if podcasting is paying for the time invested in it. I tell everyone YES, but not in the form of cash (yet). Instead, in the form of exposure, relevancy, relationships, networking, and experience,” Ejay stated.

As podcasting continues to popularize and grow its listener base, big companies and venture capitalists will continue to put a lot of money towards this space as the industry continues to reach new heights.

Hopefully not anytime soon or anything major, but the platform will begin to see attempts of regulation in some shape or form similar to other media distribution platforms like the internet, radio, and TV. But because the platform is so innovative and multi-versed, I don’t see it making a significant impact on the creator. 

Some Tips Ejay would Like to Share with You:

  1. If you’re thinking about launching your own podcast, stop thinking and get to it right away. Now is the time!
  2. Establish what you want your podcast to be about and who your target audience is.
  3. Utilize its power: network and use it as a content hub.
  4. This may not make sense but… it’s not easy yet it’s not hard either. It takes time and consistency but can also be simplified and systemized.
  5.  Do it right the first time. This is your brand, your business. I invested in good mics and it has rewarded me post production-wise. Remember, if you put out poor quality content, what does that say about your efforts? Your brand? Your business? 

If you would like more information you can contact Ejay at [email protected] or @itsejaycruz on Instagram. 

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WHY #PAY TAMPA BAY

Florida is home to the third-largest cluster of insurance and banking companies in the U.S., making it an ideal location to launch and support a fintech venture.

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#PAY TAMPA BAY | 02.20.2020 | EMBARC COLLECTIVE
#PAY TAMPA BAY has opportunities for speakers, sponsors and supporters.

On my recent trip to Las Vegas for the Money 20/20 event, I received a lot of questions about #PAY TAMPA BAY. I’m writing this blog to share my vision for this unique event.

First and foremost our technology corridor is experiencing tremendous growth with startup incubators and accelerators in all three major cities, Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater. Huge investments from business leaders and local government cooperation is expediting growth.

Tampa Bay Lightning Owner, Jeff Vinik is collaborating with Bill Gate’s Cascade Partners to revitalize the downtown business district with a new innovation hub as a keystone in the project.

Strategic Property Partner’s $3 Billion dollar Water Street Project will catalyze the city and it’s technology oriented growth for 2020 and beyond. Water Street Project Website

As a native of Tampa Bay this is exciting news to me and it provided an opportunity to showcase this growth to the financial services industry. We want to attract attention and investment to the area to aid in growth and prosperity.

Embarc Collective is a 33,000 square foot, $12 million dollar, state-of-the-art innovation hub opening in 2020. #PAY TAMPA BAY is the first official event following the grand opening. The hub will have private workspaces, a public cafe, outdoor lounge and lending library. 

“We’ve created an urban porch for this historic, brick warehouse,” Jan Barna, president of Kreher/Barna Design Studio, said in a release. “And designed an interior that reflects a microcosm of our urban environment.”

To make the massive space a little more close-knit, it will be split up to “mini-neighborhoods” which are intended to have the tenants create close connections with their neighbors.

“You have different companies in private offices that have a small shared area, so it’s a community inside of a community,” she said. “These companies get to know each other, cheer each other on, but in a much smaller community.”

As important as this infrastructure is, it’s the people and their passion that make the difference. We have found that Tampa Bay is full of passionate leaders that are highly involved in fintech.

Two of those people are Rosa Shores and Gabe Higgins, Founders of BlockSpaces. We have partnered with this blockchain innovation studio that is focused on creating value-added solutions to organizations looking to leverage emerging technology to organize and present this upcoming event at this brand new, downtown innovation hub.

There is a number of other local passionate leaders in the fintech realm here in “the other Bay Area”. Numerous financial services giants are opening their doors in the corridor to leverage our burgeoning fintech industry and perks of a warmer climate.

Today, Florida is home to the third-largest cluster of insurance and banking companies in the U.S., making it an ideal location to launch and support a fintech venture. We’re reaching out to the fintech industry in many different ways to attract attention and investment to the area.

Recently a cohort representing St. Pete’s financial services leaders joined the Greater St. Petersburg Area EDC in Times Square on October 25 during the Finovate Fall event to talk to New York-based companies about the business opportunity in the Sunshine City.

Greater St. Pete EDC President, J.P. Dubuque was joined by Intrinio, Presence, Raymond James, Dynasty Financial Partners, and the City of St. Petersburg, who shared their Florida Fintech story with the Finovate Fall delegates and members of the media.

“St. Pete is young and vibrant, it’s a happening place. It’s one of the most up-and-coming cities in the Southeast”

Shirl Penny, President & CEO, Dynasty Financial Partners.

“Financial services companies don’t need to be in New York, they can be in St. Pete, thrive, succeed and be much happier” said St. Pete EDC President.

“I think we need to pump our chest out and be proud of who and what we are, and even more so about what we’re becoming” said Tash Elwyn, President and CEO of Raymond James, Private Clients Group.

“We need to continue to do more of this, we need to tell the story, work together and we need to make sure everybody knows how special St. Pete is”.

I personally find a great challenge in this and am joining the ranks of those already working to attract attention and investment to the area. I have committed my company to organizing this event with the intention of helping to build progress, talent density and take part in the growth and transformation of this thriving technology corridor.

#PAY TAMPA BAY has opportunities for speakers, sponsors and supporters. We want to challenge companies in the financial services space to get involved and participate in this special one day event designed to bring fintech leaders to the Tampa Bay area.

If you want to support innovation and gain insight to what Tampa Bay has to offer please contact us. We’re happy to discuss your organization’s participation in this unique and inspiring event.

The Mandalay Group Inc. www.paysymposium.com | [email protected]

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How Shawn Anthony Took Massive Action – And How It Immediately Paid Dividends

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Stop watching other people go out and crush it and go do it yourself. You can create a community of people who share a passion and put out content that will help you to attract a tribe of people. Shawn Anthony was able to do just that, and it’s all thanks to the fact that he took massive action to create his podcast. 

Ever since he was a teen, the skillsets have been in place for Anthony to thrive as a podcast host. At just 14 years old, Shawn was facilitating major college events and communicating with co organizers to ensure that these massive events would be a success. That early experience allowed him to get a corporate position as a team facilitator, and he would be promoted 6 times in 4 years. Even with all of his success, Shawn still was not fulfilled with what he was doing. Luckily for him, he stumbled on motivational podcasting and fell in love with it. But rather than watching guys like Ed Mylett and Evan Carmichael crush it, he decided to take instant action and launch his own podcast, titled “School’s Over… Now What?”

The aim of the podcast is to educate his audience on the opportunities after college. Shawn recognized the issue facing this country where millions of college graduates would receive their degree and then not know what to do for their careers. By interviewing high level business owners and discussing the game plans they utilized to find their own success, Anthony is able to help his audience find the game plan in their own lives. Since 2018, the podcast has drawn the attention of some of the most successful business leaders, with over 50 of them coming on the show with a combined net worth of over $2 billion. 

Fast forward to today, and Anthony’s podcast is ranked on the top 100 on Apple podcasts and he’s able to coach thousands of entrepreneurs across the world every single week. Some of the people that Shawn used to look up to in the industry are now his friends, and he’s able to be in the same circles as these brilliant business minds and have the same business opportunities as them. 

Shawn’s journey to success wasn’t all smooth, however. He’s found that being rejected or let down has put him one step closer to success. Failing has been the ultimate motivator for him, and he’s been able to get invited back to places that once denied him access. Shawn isn’t shy about his failures, and knows that sharing them to his audience will allow them to resonate with him on a personal level and find motivation in their own failures. 

While Shawn has become a master communicator and facilitator through decades of experience, he still didn’t make it on his own. He credits his brother for introducing him to the party promoting world and motivating him to set off on his own entrepreneurial journey. At just 14 years old, he was able to be at his brother’s events in the VIP section with artists like Jeezy, Rick Ross, and others. By being immersed in the process, he had a comprehensive idea of how to start it for himself and was motivated by how lucrative it could be with the right promotion. From there, he threw his own events, got the communication skills he’d benefit off of for years to come, and the rest was history.

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