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This 22 year-old Tech Entrepreneur Plans to Disrupt The Smart Phone Industry

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Quiane Crews the founder and CEO of LPG Technology, Inc. Just like many success stories you read about, Quiane dropped out of high school in 2015 to pursue his dreams. Quiane found his success in 2016 after partnering up with a friend drop-shipping on sites like Amazon and eBay where he grossed $1.2M. Mr. Crews partnered up with Shenzhen Communications Co. where they developed smartphones, laptops and wearable devices. In 2017 Quiane parted ways from Shenzhen Communications Co. and started developing technology for his new tech start up LPG.

Hey Quiane can you tell us a little about your background story?

Quiane: When I was younger I was always into shoes, fashion and technology. I started out doing Network marketing when I was about 17-18 years old. It taught me the basics of being an entrepreneur, being a leader and helped me learn how to build a successful team. At the time I was a senior in high school working at Blue Beacon Truck Wash washing semi-trucks.

After spring break in 2015 I decided to drop out of school not knowing 100% what my next move was going to be. June 11, 2015 I found out I was going to be having my first kid and I quit my job the same day. I got back into network marketing and direct marketing to sharpen my skills as a marketer. I found some success with it building one of the biggest movements called Live Free Retire Young with a group of friends. I later ventured into doing Drop-shipping on Amazon and eBay. Once I got the hang of it I built my own website drop-shipping varies of different products from a few sites. I collected my profits from that and started outsourcing to China to sample and develop different products for my tech company.

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? What lesson did you learn from them?

Quiane: and foremost I am thankful for God because anything without him isn’t possible. I am grateful for my good friend/partner Leonard for always believing in me. He has helped me sharpen my skills as an entrepreneur and taught me how to be shark in my field of work. Through all the drama and backlash I was getting in the beginning he didn’t do what everyone else did and just leave. He stuck with me and showed me how to move smarter and more strategically.

What are two things you wish someone told you when you first started?

  1. Hire slow and fire fast: In the beginning I didn’t care who I hired or who I brought on the team. I just wanted to build with people whether it was friends or family. I ended up growing an emotional attachment to those people to the point to where I knew they were bad for business but I allowed them to stay which made matters worse in the long run.
  2. Things are not what they seem: Growing up I thought when people were rich and famous that they didn’t have to worry about certain things. I thought they lived a stress free life. Well, I thought wrong. Once I got a little taste of fame, popularity and some extra money in my pockets things were the complete opposite. I found myself more stress, insecure and struggling to find my happiness in life. Dealing with hate, trolls and people feeling entitled to the things I worked hard for kind of overwhelmed me a little. I had certain family and friends try to make me feel guilty of my success because I didn’t do certain things for them. Be careful for what you ask for because sometimes God will give you exactly what you wanted to show you exactly why you don’t need it.

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 What advice do you have for anyone who wants to disrupt an industry?

Quiane: My best advice to anyone is to know what you want and go after it. The sky is not the limit so DON’T EVER limit yourself. I’m a 22 year old entrepreneur launching a new smartphone later this year. Dreams don’t work unless you do. As you know there’s no age limit to success and the amount of money you can make. Surround yourself with great people, network, TAKE RISK and HOLD YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE. Throughout my journey I learned that you got to focus on one thing until you are successful at it. Do what you love and love what you do.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company?

Quiane: January of 2018 I had reached out to the now Exec Chairman of sprint Marcelo Claure on Instagram to make some shoes for him. My goal was to make him some custom Sprint shoes to start building a relationship with him for a potential partnership I had in mind. I was really excited that he replied back to me the next day. I made the shoes for him and got them sent out. I reached out to Marcelo again in March to talk to him about my new smartphone and possibly distributing my phones through Sprint. He later sent me his email to send him the information about my company and smartphone. Since I was still in the early stages of development he declined. I wasn’t upset about it because I figured out why he said no and I knew that this was all apart of the process. That moment also showed me that I was on the right path for success, I was just missed a few steps

How can our readers follow you on social media?

Instagram: @ThatBoyCrews

Twitter: @QuianeCrews

Jourdain is the CEO and Co-Founder of a Branding & PR Agency called Beast Media. Where he focuses on helping Influencers and Entrepreneurs get their message out through Personal Branding and PR. Jourdain also shares his expertise on entrepreneurship, branding and PR by contributing to publications like Disrupt, Succeed, Future Sharks, BuzzFeed, Thrive Global, WealthLab, Kivo Daily and more!

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Interview with Raul Villacis – The Edge

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We had the pleasure of interviewing Raul Villacis from The Edge. Raul has started a global wave of male re-empowerment. As an entrepreneur and a man who believes in the power of family, Raul knows the difficulties men face as they try to find balance in being business leaders, family men and role models. He knows what it’s like to pursue balance while trying to find strategies to boost life to the next level. His determination and drive are fueled by an overwhelming desire to bring about tangible change. After years of research and personal experience, Raul has developed a unique and powerful approach to help individuals create balance, find purpose and infuse creativity into their lives. His highly successful professional development brand, “The Next Level Experience” focuses on helping entrepreneurs, CEOs and celebrities devise a system to regain the balance in their lives and create success in any economy. Raul is a highly successful entrepreneur with over fourteen years of business experience. As the CEO of minority-owned and operated, ARG Advisors, a real estate firm based in Connecticut and New York, he led the company to consistently market and sell over $100 million per year in distressed real estate. His acumen working with top financial institutions caused the Wall Street Journal to dub ARG as “One of the Nation’s Top Real Estate Firms”. Raul can relate to business owners and companies because of his own success keeping ARG strong and profitable through the financial meltdown. Raul has also co-authored books with Steve Forbes and Brian Tracy. He believes The EDGE stems from having the capacity to execute while others sit on the sidelines and wait. Learn how you can get the EDGE at www.TheNextLevelExperience.com

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Ishan Goel is the Mastermind behind the World Record Egg

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Ishan Goel is the 19 year old social media guru who just broke Kylie Jenner’s world record for most likes on an Instagram post. 💥 Last week, an anonymous account appeared on Instagram with only a few thousand followers, compared to Kylie Jenner’s 100+ Million, and no other posts than an image of an egg, set out on a mission to beat the Kardashians record for the most likes on IG. In only 14 days, the image not only surpassed the world record for likes at 18 Million, but completely blown the record away at 47M at the time of this article.

The number of likes continues to climb as the post went viral. The mainstream media began to pick up the story but they were all unsure about who started the meme account. Then it was recently it was revealed that the mastermind behind this account is the social media guru Ishan Goel, @ishansgoel who works with many social media influencers to grow there following. After the account broke Kylie’s record, they began selling merch and donating a small portion of the sales to charity. The account continues to grow and it is still unknown what Ishan will do with the account in the future. It seems that Ishan has started a movement of people who believe that memes are more important that “typical” reality TV stars.

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Interview With Tal Maimon The CEO That’s Disrupting The Luxury Rental Business In L.A.

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I had the pleasure of interviewing 33-year-old Tal Maimon, CEO of Maimon Luxury Rentals and Concierge services. He currently lives in Los Angeles taking over the luxury rental business. I wanted to learn more about this business and the lessons he had for entrepreneurs who might be interested as well. Here’s what he had to say:

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you give us a look into your background story and how you got started in the Luxury Rental Business?

Tal: At age 23 I completed my service in the Israeli Navy and decided to move to united states. I worked as a waiter for the first year and slowly began to set my sights on a position that was more financially stable. After that I worked in construction to gradually build my knowledge on how to build a home, from cost of materials and goods to financing. I really enjoyed my work however, I had always felt that my interest’s were in real-estate. During my work in construction I took the opportunity to invest in a solar company which I am currently a partner at. By this time in my life I was also a nightclub owner and partner in a production company.

The lessons I have learned during this process have played a huge role in my success. The people I have met along the way have been so inspirational and have really shown me that with dedication and hard work anything is possible.

It’s sort of full circle for me that I’ve ended up where I am today. Growing up my father was in real estate and I remember him always pushing us to pursue a career in real estate as well. In 2017 I decided to take the initiative and combine all the connections I have made over the years with clients, realtors and homeowners and provide a luxury service for high end clientele. By 2018 it was apparent that I needed to expand my business since the demand for this specific kind of luxury services was high. I got in touch with every homeowner I knew and slowly started to expand my listings. It’s been a fast growth but that’s not to say that hard work hasn’t been done. On the contrary I have spent countless hours going over details and contracts with both home owners and the clients to insure all parties are satisfied. Every job, lesson and hardship I have had has fully prepared me for the position I currently have. I really enjoy what I do and that to me is a blessing in itself.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your company? 

Tal: Once I had an individual contact me regarding a birthday for their 75 year old grandmother. They had given me the list of the attendees and what I assumed was the correct number of guests. It sounded like a great gathering with friends and loved ones. We also had a mutual friend so to me it sounded like a great deal and I agreed not to take a big deposit. I knew that both the homeowners and the clients would be happy with the services that I was providing. 

So, I went ahead and verified the booking and received the payment and all was well. Little to my knowledge the house I had just rented out was being used for a party of 100+ people who were parked all over, blocking homes and driveways, and creating an overall disturbance, not to mention breaching a contract they had signed. Needless to say I was left to deal with the aftermath of police officers, tow trucks, not to mention all the damage that was done. That day I learned a very important lesson. To protect myself, homeowners and clients because at the end of the day, this business works best with long term relationships and commitments.

What inspired you to go after the luxury renting Industry?

Tal: I wasn’t born into a luxurious life style but growing up I always knew that I wanted to have more. It just so happened that my father’s advice along with my connections gave me a perfect platform to launch Maimons Group.

What has been the biggest challenge and, on the flip side, the biggest reward of starting the Maimons Group?

Tal: The biggest challenge was transitioning from nightlife to luxury services. Of course, it’s a completely different clientele and of course, we all know how much doubt there is with starting a new business. But I truly believe that if you aim for perfection and set high standards for your own performance, then you will succeed

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? What lesson did you learn from them?

Tal: Adrian, who has been my friend for over 10 years was the one who introduced me to this market and really showed me the ins and out of what it takes to have a successful rental company business. It is because of him that I used my connections in the city and applied it to this business. An I am immensely thankful for him. It’s a blessing to be around people who support you and help you to reach your end goals.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

Tal: The best advice would have to be the one my father gave me. I remember his words vividly.

“Pick your partners wisely, everything is good when its good and everything is bad when is bad. to get in to partnership or a relationship is easy, to finish them is where it gets hard and ugly.”

What were the biggest entrepreneurship lessons you learned from your experience with Maimons Group?

  1. The biggest lesson for me has been to deal with homeowners and clients directly. This way you’re minimizing misunderstandings and you’re also building a connection that will essentially bring you returning clients.
  2. Always make sure to have the payment and deposit before the client checks in. In this way you’re protecting the homeowners and yourself. So many people in this city bypass this very basic step and end up with damaged property and extended stays that will never be paid for. My goal has always been to protect the homeowner and provide a nice experience for the client.

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