Through our experience filming Start Up and conducting in-depth interviews with over 120 small business owners from coast to coast, we have discovered a huge difference between those who are driven by passion versus those who are only in it to make money. There seems to be a deeper emotional investment and an unrelenting drive that pushes these business owners ahead of the pack. Click the link below to learn more about how loving what you do can help you achieve business success. | Click here for full article.read more
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1. How did you end up being cast on Start Up? Did you submit or were you contacted?
I was contacted for the show. I was told that the show was shooting somewhere else in Washington DC and asked was there another creative business they would recommend. I realized the person they asked I had only met once at a Small Business Administration (SBA), DC Women's Business Center sponsored event. I am so happy she remembered, not to mention recommended me! Thank you, Monique Greenwood!read more
Over the past four seasons of producing Start Up, we've had the honor of spending time with some of the most successful men and women in business today. From Angie Hicks, creator of Angieslist.com, to Daymond John, creator of FUBU and judge on Shark Tank. I think we all can agree that it's important to learn from the best, but finding a worthy mentor can be challenging. Since January is National Mentoring Month, here are five signs that you have found the perfect mentor.read more
I came to New York for vocations for 3 weeks with one small yellow bag and I decide to stay this time (I have been visiting this country for about 4 years, but lived in Ukraine). Before Start Up, I worked as a director and show runner for Ukrainian TV. I also created TV characters for the hosts and set designs for a few shows, which was my favorite part. I monitored many fashion shows and played with many styles, colors, and forms, but mostly I tried to visualize my own ideas and mix it with pop style. The problem was that it was still Ukrainian TV, which limited my autonomy and creativity. I wanted more freedom and realized that without the education, my goal of becoming the next Dave Chapelle was minimized.read more
I live in Los Angeles, but I’m extremely proud to say I’m from the Detroit area. I’m a musician, audio engineer, music producer, and I design sound bites and music cues for film trailers like Steve Jobs- Man in the Machine, Nine Lives, Paranormal Activity, Insidious 3, and Worlds of Warcraft.
I’ve been drumming for guitarist and vocalist Laith Al-Saadi, an Ann Arbor native, since 2004, well before his successful run on The Voice earlier this year. I enjoy teaching, prefer listening to music on vinyl, love animals, I’ve been known to tear up at movies, and I’m a big fan of the New England Patriots.