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Pollination Founders Comment on Overcoming Challenges: How to be Successful on the Internet

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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!

Muhammad Ali

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!

Pranav Rastogi

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!

Jourdain Bell is an entrepreneur, writer and Co-founder of Beast Media Agency where he focuses on helping Influencers and Entrepreneurs get their message out through Personal Branding and PR. He also works for one of the most active Venture Capital Firms in the world, Alumni Venture Group. Jourdain sleeps, eats, and breathes entrepreneurship. He started selling Candy and electronics in high school, then joined a start-up in college that he helped grow from $20k to $130k a month in just 8 months. Now he shares both his and others expertise about business and entrepreneurship on sites such as Influencive, Future Sharks, Kivo Daily, Disrupt and more!

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Sam Bakhtiar On His Way To A Quarter Billion

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Dr. Saman Bakhtiar, who prefers being referred as Sam, lives in an 8200 square foot $5.2 million house, Sam is a multi-millionaire entrepreneur, the co-founder of The camp Transformation Center, a fitness franchising business and the CEO of One Percent Nutrition – a supplement and nutrition company.

 

Last year 2018 he made over 54 million in revenue. Being a car enthusiast, his car collection includes the 2017 Ferrari 488, Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the 2018 Dodge Demon, the 2018 Lamborghini Performonte just to name a few and he is looking into acquiring the 2019 Ferrari 488 Pista very soon. This clout, glamor, and affluence was however not handed to Sam on a silver platter. He rose from the ashes to achieve the success he has today. This is the story of how a poor refugee child from the war-stricken country Iran, came to America, making millions and is living the ultimate American dream.

 

Coming To America

 

At the age of 11 in 1985, Sam Bakhtiar and his mother packed a sack bag with $500 to their name and left their home country Iran to come to the US as refugees. This was after having to endure living under the conditions of constantly fired missiles, air strikes and bombs from the age of 3. With only one piece of luggage, a measly 500 dollars in their name and no father, the mother-son duo came to the US in search of a better life. Settling in Pennsylvania Sam was safe and no longer feared for his life.

 

But the hardships were yet to come to an end by a long shot. Sam began working early in his pre-teen years earning as little as 200 dollars after putting in over 128 hours a month. He went from one odd job to another with the hope of saving up enough to buy his childhood dream car which was a Volkswagen GTI.

 

The Turning Point

 

Sam Bakhtiar’s passion for fitness did not start as a business venture. It all began in school when he wanted to join the basketball team but his scrawny physique did not make the cut. His mother, however, told him not to give up, suggested he join the local boys’ club, start training and try out again the next year. But it was at the gym where he gained an interest in bodybuilding.

 

 

At the age of 14, he decided he would become a champion bodybuilder. And this he did, winning first place in every weight class and earning 23 major bodybuilding titles today. In 2008, the US markets were hit by the recession and Sam Bakhtiar was hit hard. At the time, he was a personal trainer running his own gym having started it with a capital of 40,000 dollars, half of which was a loan from his mother.

 

The success and returns he had enjoyed since 2000 came to a shocking halt with his revenue dropping from 2.4 million dollars in 2007 to about 400,000 dollars in 2009. His house was on foreclosure, his ex-wife was then pregnant with their 1st child, and at that verge of brokenness, the idea of Camp Transformation Center was born with his business partners, Alejandra Font and Luis Font.

 

The Transformation

Currently, the Camp Transformation Center is a multi-million franchise with close to 110 branches all over the US. This was born from an investment of 11,000 dollars only and an idea to develop a fitness model that would be flexible and relevant in changing times. At Camp Transformation center, the focus is not only on physical fitness but mental fitness as well, with the goal being to assist every client to rise above.

 

Sam and his partners have watched their fitness concept take their business from their first small crappy location with limited equipment to having world-class fitness facilities. Sam Bakhtiar is also the CEO of One Percent Nutrition supplement company that is quickly gaining traction as the premier supplement company. He is developing his brand by ensuring only the best ingredients are used to manufacture the products, educating his consumers and working with ambassadors who believe in the company’s mission and vision.

Sam Bakhtiar says he is nowhere close to the top of his success. With the growth both the Fitness Franchise and Supplement Company are experiencing, he hopes to develop them into household names in the next few years. Until then, he will keep dedicating himself to transforming lives the best way he can. Lives just like yours.

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Finding Career Clarity in a World of Noise

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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.

Camera Focus

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

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How David Has Helped Over 1 Million Customers Last Year by Resolving Over $100 Million in Credit Card Debt

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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.

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