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David Greenberg

David Greenberg

David Greenberg is the founder & CEO of Updater, the technology company revolutionizing how Am...

Danny Chavez

Danny Chavez

Danny Chavez is VP at SAEDF & Co-founder at Epux Dev – focused on creating jobs in San Antonio...

Daniel C. Rounds

Daniel C. Rounds

Daniel Rounds is an innovation strategist for Fortune 500 companies in biotechnology, tech, aerosp...

Chris Van Dusen

Chris Van Dusen

Chris Van Dusen is the CEO of Parcon Media, working with clients to concept, extend, implement and...

Mac Morgan

Mac Morgan

Mac Morgan is the President of Tonic Design Co., a design and development firm in Philadelphia. He...

Raad Ahmed

Raad Ahmed

Raad Ahmed is the Founder and CEO of LawTrades, a platform that connects businesses to world-class...

Mark Budgell

Mark Budgell

Mark Budgell Co-Founded Sparkcell Digital, a firm specializing in social media, digital and conten...

Nav Athwal

Nav Athwal

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Ajit Nawalkha

Ajit Nawalkha

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Andrew Fischer

Andrew Fischer

A seasoned digital media entrepreneur, Andrew Fischer most recently co-founded and helms C...

Bill Lyons

Bill Lyons

Bill Lyons is the CEO of Revestor and an entrepreneur in the real estate tech space. Who is your ...

Tim Chaves

Tim Chaves

Tim Chaves is the founder and CEO at ZipBooks, free accounting software for small businesses with bu...

Matthew Paulson

Matthew Paulson

Matthew Paulson is the Founder of MarketBeat.com, Co-Founder at GoGo Photo Contest and USGolfTV, C...

Sharam Fouladgar-Mercer

Sharam Fouladgar-Mer…

Sharam Fouladgar-Mercer is the co-founder and CEO of AirPR, a technology platform to increase PR p...

Justin Sachs

Justin Sachs

Justin Sachs is the CEO of Motivational Press, an industry leading non-fiction book publishing com...

Kasey Kaplan

Kasey Kaplan

Kasey Kaplan is the Co-Founder, President and COO at Urban FT. Who is your hero? (In business, life...

Curtis Thornhill

Curtis Thornhill

Curtis Thornhill, CEO of Apt Marketing Solutions, has more than 15 years experience optimizing busin...

Verónica Sosa Córdova

Verónica Sosa Córdov…

Verónica Sosa Córdova is the Founder and CEO of Business Fit Academy, serial Entrepreneur, Interna...

Nicholas Slettengren

Founder of Power Digital Marketing, Nicholas Slettengren

Nicholas Slettengren is the Founder of Power Digital Marketing, a top online marketing agency based in San Diego, specializing in Lead Generation and Brand Introduction Online. An entrepreneur by trade and digital marketer by evolution Nick has had great success building a startup with a focus on the next generation.

Who is your hero?

A hero and long-time mentor of mine is Bernhard Schroeder. He is a former Executive Partner at CKS Partners a large national branding company in the 90’s and early 2000’s.

What’s the single best piece of business advice that helped shape who you are as an entrepreneur today, and why?

Bernhard Schroeder once told me it is important to “fail fast in order to win big.” Our success is an accumulation of learning from our failures and making strategic pivots in order to not make the same mistake twice. The faster you fail and realize it, the more successful you become through personal growth. 

What’s the biggest mistake you ever made in your business, and what did you learn from it that others can learn from too?  

The biggest mistake I made as a young entrepreneur was thinking I could start a business right out of college without working in the business world first. Fresh out of college, I started a software company called PageWorks. With little knowledge of software development and a very blurry vision at best, my two partners and I completed our product, which fell flat as there was not a strategic need for the platform at the time. Defeated, I learned that understanding the actual need of your product or service in the market is paramount before attempting any kind of business.

What do you do during the first hour of your business day and why? 

Planning and strategizing always come first each work day. I try to always come into the office with a game plan of at least three things I want to accomplish for each day of the week.  Those three objectives become my primary objectives and goals and I spend the first hour prioritizing them. I keep an eye and great focus on those throughout the day as the rest of my business comes flooding in and I have to manage the small ad hoc tasks.

What’s your best financial or cash-flow related tip for entrepreneurs just getting started? 

If possible, don’t borrow money from anyone, especially when you are starting your first business. It is great to find what I call an “ATM business model,” which is a business that you can invest in with minimum capital and typically pays itself off in less than a year. As a result, you become cash flow positive quickly, don’t have to dig yourself out of a financial pit, and maintain your equity within the company. 

"Nicholas Slettengren, Founder at Power Digital Marketing"

Quick: What’s ONE thing you recommend ALL aspiring or current entrepreneurs do right now to take their business to the next level? 

I challenge entrepreneurs to resist temptation to fight the current up-stream by reinventing the wheel, but instead make improvements. Finding inefficiencies and designing time-saving or cost-saving improvements is a strong foundation for any business idea.

What’s your definition of success? How will you know when you’ve finally “succeeded” in your business?  

As you begin to become a successful entrepreneur something strange happens… “success” begins to become more and more ambiguous and harder to define. Hitting your revenue and growth goals is an obvious success, and it is important to stop and celebrate those victories, but often times those goals get overlooked with the need to continue growing and fulfilling the vision. Now I feel as my success comes from the company culture and having a happy and healthy company ecosystem. When I truly feel successful is when my employees let me know they are doing well and enjoy coming to work! 

What is your favourite quote?

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
- Benjamin Franklin 

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