I had the pleasure of interviewing: Rica Elysee the Founder and CEO of BeautyLynk a tech enabled platform that connects beauty professionals and customers for custom beauty appointments.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Three years ago, I founded the company to find a solution for my physically disabled sister who cannot put in a simple ponytail. I convinced a beauty professional to come provide service at the house. It was then I realized that providing beauty to anyone when, where and how they want is an underserved and huge market.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company?
I learned the lesson about failed mentorship early on in my career because I had a mentor and her boyfriend try to take over my company through multiple actions. It was a harsh lesson of learning the difference of advice and opinions. I was trying to make everyone happy and not building my business.
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?
Adding an extra zero on a payroll check. It was the most interesting conversation to have with someone. Sorry I gave you an extra zero and I need that money back. The person was kind and wanted to be sure to correct the issue.
What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?
At BeautyLynk we believe we can make beauty more accessible with data. It allows us to make sure services are more customizable.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
- Know the difference between advice and opinions
- Be careful with whom you build relationships with
- Fundraising is not the key to success
- Be committed to the problem not the solution
- Love your lawyers your business will thrive because of it.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
My team and playlist have made success possible. I manage my team through using music to make the process effective and time effective
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I spend my time focused on building the voice for change. Inviting more founders of color and women to the table to make the difference I want to see in the world
What are your “5 things I wish someone told me before I started my company” and why? Please share a story or example for each.
- You have to do accounting, so algebra is an everyday skill
- Relationships are tough with anyone not just your team
- Spend the money don’t save the money to reach impact
You are a person of great influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
End homelessness with flexible structures
How can our readers follow you on social media?
@ricaelysee on twitter and @beautylynk everywhere else
This was very inspiring. Thank you so much for joining us!
Finding Career Clarity in a World of Noise
Scott Proposki is the founder and CEO of Photos in a Minute, LLC. a dynamic event-photography company that delivers a unique photo experience nationwide. He has photographed superstar musicians, high-profile politicians, and major media sensations. Scott is also, like thousands of other Americans, an adult with ADHD.
Increase in ADHD
Adult diagnosis of the disorder has increased massively since the dawn of the new millennium, as medical science learns more about how ADHD works and how many different ways it can present. For these people, a diagnosis of ADHD—or even the suspicion that they may have it—can mean a deep, fundamental change in their self-perception and their lives. Many are left wondering what it means for their relationships, their life goals, and perhaps most important, their careers.
Over the course of his life and career, Scott has managed to adapt to and even capitalize on the traits that might have once stood in his way. Camera Focus chronicles the lessons Scott has learned—often the hard way—struggling to navigate his high aspirations, his creative passions and his undiagnosed ADHD. His book shares tools, strategies, and Scott’s own personal stories to guide professionals who may be struggling to find a path from their current position to the future they’ve envisioned for themselves.
From the technical and artistic aspects of photography, Scott draws analogies between common career struggles and the specifics of camera work. You will learn how to select and maintain the right “viewfinder” for your career, why it’s important to “bracket” your opportunities with lots of back-ups, and how the manage your “shutter speed” for an optimum rate of growth. Like any photography project, Camera Focus is designed help you get from the inception of an idea to full, beautiful realization.
Reaching the next level
While it may be especially resonant for creative professionals or for people with ADHD, Camera Focus is a book for anyone who feels unable to reach the next level—or unable even to focus long enough to decide what the next level is. It is for anyone who is frustrated by a lack of growth or an inability to rise above old limitations. It is for anyone who is looking to cut through the noise of the modern career counseling industry and get right to the heart of the matter: How can we create a vision of our future success and then make that vision a reality?
Learn how to adjust your settings, find your point of view, and bring that picture into perfect focus. For more information on the book visit www.camerafocus.com
How David Has Helped Over 1 Million Customers Last Year by Resolving Over $100 Million in Credit Card Debt
Did you know that a significant portion of what you will pay to clear your credit card debt is interest, penalties, and unrealistic fees? According to financial technology expert Anthony Sarandrea, the majority of Americans with credit card debt have already paid back the principal of what they owe. This was one of Anthony’s greatest concerns when he and his partners decided to take action. The result of their ingenious action was relieving more than 1 million US citizens of $ 100 Million in credit card debt – in 2018 alone. But wait, how can someone make such an audacious claim (especially when it involves credit card debt)? Well, since it is not like us to leave such matters hanging, we delved into the claim and discovered Anthony Sarandrea and companies? action’ – David. Don’t get it twisted yet, David is not a person. So what is he?
David at a Glance
Popularized as the “TurboTax for getting out of debt”, David or UseDavid.com is an online debt relief platform. It was brought to life by a team of former bankers and top-notch financial technology professionals. David’s specialty is helping Americans resolve at least 33% of what they owe in credit card debts. Currently, in its 5th year of operation, David is a preferred choice by many among all other consumer debt relief methods available in the U.S. Like you, we wanted to know why. We, therefore, talked to Anthony Sarandrea, one of the brains behind UseDavid.com and compiled this article for you.
How David Resolves $100 Million in Credit Card Debt a Year
When you visit UseDavid.com, what you see is a beautifully designed platform with an approach to finances and the realistic possibility of freedom from consumer debt. What you can’t see, however, is the rich network of real people that Anthony Sarandrea and his team created. Over the years, David has established strong working relationships with bankers and other lending institutions. This, Anthony says, is David’s leverage and a crucial tool in executing its debt relief strategies. David uses these relationships to negotiate debt relief offers.
From the Comfort of your home
To use David, all you need is a computer or smartphone and some internet connection. You can sit down in the middle of cooking your dinner, ask David to take care of your credit card debt, and go back to making dinner. Once you enroll in UseDavid.com, the platform asks for some information about your credit card debt situation. You will then be notified how the platform will get you out of the woods, and how much time it is going to take. David will also stop the accumulation of interest on your debt so that you don’t have to pay more than you rightfully owe.
Who is Eligible to Use David?
Anyone can use David to gain control of their credit card debt situation. Why should you pay more that you rightfully owe while you can use David to change that? The best part of it is that you will not be required to pay anything upfront when you sign up on UseDavid.com. Anthony and his team understand that you need to save money, so they don’t expect you to dig deeper into your pockets to access their service. They make money by keeping some of the amounts David is able to save you. Since all of us could do with some tips to make the right financial choices, David goes an extra mile to show you how you can stay clear of debts in the future. If all these sound like a good idea, you are eligible to use David.
Anthony Sarandrea might not have fully imagined the implications of the idea to create David. Today, on the other hand, he wishes he would have thought about it earlier. David is currently the most shared debt relief method on social media. Having already helped over 1 million customers last year, Anthony and his team are looking forward to more success this year. We have looked into UseDavid.com and pored through the financial sense it makes to sign up on the platform – it is worth your time.
Pollination Founders Comment on Overcoming Challenges: How to be Successful on the Internet
Jagrit Pratap Singh, Pranav Rastogi and Muhammad Ali are the founders of Pollination, a firm which owns and operates some of the hottest digital properties on the internet. Pollination’s portfolio boasts of websites which continue to rank on front-page in Google Searches, Social Media pages with over 15 Million followers, and e-commerce platforms across two countries.
Jagrit Pratap Singh
In an interview with Disrupt Digital, the founders of Pollination talked about how they started off, where they are – and what’s next for them!
The First Taste of Success
We started out with viral marketing during the digg.com days. This was in the early days of this decade. Our stories were getting popular on that platform and hence, we were making it to the front page of search results on Google almost on a weekly basis. Eventually, it progressed into being multiple times in a week. However, this all stopped when Digg “incinerated their own site to dust”, Jagrit said. He added:
That wasn’t such a big shock on our numbers, yet it was a valuable learning experience. We had viral organic traffic from Facebook and other platforms, and so we scaled that up. And hence began our social media journey.
Scaling it Up with Social Media!
Pranav adds that Pollination owes a huge deal of its success to social media. The trio own and manage Facebook pages which have over 15 Million combined followers! Among Pollination’s portfolio today are pages such as Art Studios, Take Moments and Life of a Rider among others. However, their fondest memories are of a project that gave them some of their biggest highs and lows – Hiptoro.
Hiptoro.com, which quickly reached to 191 USA ranking on Alexa, was a huge success for the trio. The website got most of its traffic from social media – resulting in at least 20m users every day. Everything seemed to be going well for them until Facebook decided to shake things up! After almost a year of consistent results, Facebook decided to make viral sites on their platform humble and made a monumental shift in their content distribution strategies resulting in the traffic dropping by almost 70%.
Muhammad Ali commented on what happened next, saying:
This humbling experience gave us the time to introspect our business strategies and come up with mature business strategies, focusing on the consumer or the end-user. We had always viewed retail e-commerce as an industry we wanted to be in one day, and so began our journey into 1336 USD billion dollars industry.
What’s Next for Pollination: E-Commerce!
Jagrit recalls that the e-Commerce industry was a whole different beast. So far, the trio had operated in social media – but this change in business forced them to learn the ropes of online ad distribution. They tackled this new industry head-on and managed to obtain big results here as well, reaching sales worth $2 Million in just 40 days.
Pranav adds: Multiple failures, delivering sales under time constraints, understanding our customers and regular improvisation, allowed us to reach $2 million dollars in sales within just 40 days on NoahsCave.com through various ad networks. Now, we run 2 e-commerce companies in Dubai and USA, with over 20 employees, and have business expansion plans of developing valuable product brands not only for our own e-commerce companies but also to give the same expertise to our clients who approach us for brand transformation.
Muhammad concluded by stating that innovation is the name of the game. The three will continue innovating and exploring more avenues – ensuring that they remain on top of their game for the years to come!
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