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New Book Release: The User’s Guide To Everything You Need To Know About Cryptocurrency by Sir Lawrence Albritton @EyeSkyPhantoms

Ask people about cryptocurrency and you’re likely to get a blank stare.The average man or woman on the street is as likely to tell you that it’s the currency of Superman’s home world of Krypton as they are to correctly identify it a virtual money.You can even use it to buy coffee at Starbucks. You cant technically hold it in your hand. Yet cryptocurrency is quickly becoming an international asset as well as an investment arena. This users guide will help you overstand blockchain technology to help you determine which cryptocurrencies are worth your investment, how to develop various trading strategies , as well as how to protect your money through various trades from a users perspective.

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The User’s Guide To Everything You Need To Know About Cryptocurrency by Sir Lawrence Albritton

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INspiration: The BEST Advice For Young Businessmen And Entrepreneurs x Gary Vaynerchuk | 2017 Talk

Gary Vaynerchuk gives us the best advice on the internet for young businessmen and entrepreneurs that are looking to get ahead and improve their businesses and companies. Gary Vaynerchuk is a serial entrepreneur and the CEO and founder of VaynerMedia, a full-service digital agency servicing Fortune 500 clients across the company’s 5 locations. Gary is also a prolific public speaker, venture capitalist, 4-time New York Times Bestselling Author, and has been named to both Crain’s and Fortune’s 40 Under 40 lists. Subscribe To Gary’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/GaryVayn…

New Music: B.I.G. The Frothy Main x “Entrepreneurs” | Prod: Jeftuz | #TLOAL #TheVippers

B.I.G. J the Frothy Main releases ‘Entrepreneurs’ produced by Jeftuz from Sweden, off his critically acclaimed project The Legacy of A Legend.  Always one to promote self empowerment in life & business, music diversity and truth, he continues this trend in his music with this eye opening track.

Frothy Main raps “…Don’t confuse me, I’m not a consumer, when out in public, I’m looking for entrepreneurs, amazing what money can’t do, no jewelry on but I light up a room, I’m addicted to living in truth…”.

In this climate of the music industry, feels good to hear someone speak on ownership and being on higher levels, not to mention with a super eclectic beat that goes hard!!!

Instagram: @IGrowMoguls

Twitter: @BigJFrothyMain

-Zech Wilson

College Student Highlight: Kayla Jackson is a Renaissance Student; Golfer, Journalist and Entrepreneur.

By Lisa Intrabartola


When Kayla Michele Jackson’s peers were playing in the sandbox, she was playing the links.

“By the time I was 18 months old, my dad put a set of Playskool clubs in my hand,” said the Rutgers senior, 21, whose father was a caddy at Baltustrol Country Club in Springfield.

That early introduction to the sport instilled in Jackson a tenacity that helps her excel both on and off the greens. And as an African-American woman playing in an arena still dominated by white men, she’s learned never to let others’ judgments limit her.

“I’ve been at tournaments where girls said, ‘One N-word down and one other to go.’  People assume your skill level is not up to par with theirs,” Jackson said of the racism she and teammates encountered on golf courses outside the Northeast. “It’s definitely hard as a 12-year-old hearing that, but it did make me stronger.”

Jackson’s family didn’t have the resources for her to practice with private coaches on private courses, but that didn’t stop the self-described “public course rat” from clinching junior PGA titles and receiving offers to play varsity golf for D1 colleges on the West Coast. The Franklin Township wunderkind turned down those offers to study journalism and media studies at Rutgers University-New Brunswick’s School of Communication and Information, where she plays on the university’s golf club.

“It ended up being the best decision I ever made,” she said.

Jackson fell hard and fast for journalism as a teen, embracing platforms that allowed her to address the wrongs she saw in her world. The editor of her high school newspaper, she co-founded and sold her first business – an online magazine devoted to the empowerment of African-American teens called Nubian Beauty – before graduating from Rutgers Preparatory High School in 2013.

“I’ve always been a minority in majority spaces, and it ticked me off that I never saw positive media representation of women who look like me,” said Jackson of the magazine that quickly captured 500,000 page views and the attention of both Procter & Gamble’s My Black is Beautiful and Black Girls Rock Inc. campaigns before she sold it to Love Girls Magazine for an undisclosed amount.

The experience stoked a new passion in Jackson – entrepreneurship – in time for her first year at Rutgers.

“Rutgers has an Entrepreneurial Society, Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development, Innovation Lab and an administration dedicated to helping students pursue their entrepreneurial dreams,” she said. “I believe those resources, and the fact that our community is a mini city, foster the perfect environment to start a business.”

Exploring those avenues led Jackson to likeminded Rutgers-New Brunswick student Chisa Egbelu. Together they founded PeduL (Pronounced “petal”), a higher education crowd-funding platform that aims to reduce student loan debt.

“We are GoFundMe, but for college tuition,” she said. “It’s a third party scholarship so kids can’t go off to Cabo (San Lucas) or buy a car with what they raised. It goes straight to their university.”

The group started working on PeduL in January 2016 after a friend of Egbelu’s was forced to abandon his dream of studying music at a college in Boston because he couldn’t afford the tuition.

“He said, ‘I really wish I had something like Kickstarter for college,’ ” said Jackson, “And that’s when Chisa said, ‘Let’s do it.’ ”

What will set PeduL apart from other fundraising sites? Jackson envisions a platform that will allow corporate sponsors to invest in and groom future talent.

“We want to make the crowd-funding process more than just about the money. It’s about networking,” she said. “Building relationships and community are as essential for success as education.”

PeduL entered the incubation phase this June after receiving funding and a pre-launch valuation of $600,000 from IDT Ventures. PeduL’s beta site is expected to launch in January. Her immediate goal is to increase her young company’s valuation to $1M before she graduates in May.

“My dream is just to make cool things that help people,” she said. “I don’t want to stop at PeduL I want to be involved in anything that will help make people’s lives a little better than it was the day before.”

Though she’s veered away from pursuing a journalism career, Jackson said she sees great benefits to remaining committed to her major. Which is why she took those internships as a digital product coordinator at the Golf Channel, a social media coordinator at Essence magazine and an investigative reporter at WNBC.

“I knew I was interested in learning the technique of journalism and critical analysis of news and how to consume news with a critical eye,” she said. “All the skills you learn through the major transcend all industries.”

Her journalism professor Steven Miller lauds Kayla’s multifaceted approach to her education, calling her a “renaissance student.”

“Kayla is a throwback to the days when students were encouraged to try their hand at anything and everything and given the opportunity to excel at many things, as opposed to specializing in just one,” said Miller, director of undergraduate studies in journalism and media studies. “The fact that she is so talented in all of these areas makes her stand out even more.  She exemplifies what Rutgers students are capable of and represents the best of her generation.”

source: news.rutgers.edu

Business Highlight: High schooler sells $1 million in custom socks

Brennan Agranoff is a 17-year-old with a lot on his plate.

The high-school junior balances homework with another full-time job he’s had since he was 13: He’s founder and CEO of HoopSwagg, a custom socks startup.

HoopSwagg isn’t just a little project on the side for this teenager. In four years, Agranoff has grown his idea to make custom-design athletic socks into a profitable online-only business with annual sales of more than $1 million.

Agranoff’s lightbulb moment came in 2013 at a high-school basketball game, where he noticed most kids were wearing the same plain Nike athletic socks. If these simple socks started such a craze, he wondered: What would happen if he kicked things up a notch and printed custom designs on them?

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Brennan Agranoff, founder and CEO of custom socks startup HoopSwagg.

Fast forward four years, and HoopSwagg now offers more than 200 original designs created by Agranoff himself: a mix of goofy (a melting ice cream cone), funky (a spoof of the infamous Portland International Airport carpet) and tongue-in-cheek (“goat farm,” a family inside joke scattered with photos of the real animals on the family’s property). Agranoff also wants to allow customers to create their own designs in the future.

The company is now shipping 70 to 100 orders a day, with each pair of socks priced at $14.99. And this week, HoopSwagg announced its first acquisition: It bought competitor TheSockGame.com, which will add over 300 designs to the portfolio and help expand HoopSwagg’s customer base.

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HoopSwagg ships its custom socks to customers nationwide.

But HoopSwagg started small. After Agranoff’s initial idea at the school basketball game, he spent six months researching logistics like machinery and technology needed for custom digital printing on fabric.

He then made the case to two potential investors: his parents. “They thought the concept was a little out there,” Agranoff said. But he was persistent and ultimately received a $3,000 loan.

In true startup fashion, HoopSwagg launched in the family garage in Sherwood, Oregon, just outside of Portland. Agranoff set up the design printing and heat presser machines with his family’s help. He enlisted his parents to buy “as many white athletic socks as they could get from Dick’s Sporting Goods.”

Hoopswagg’s first year was slow. But momentum grew quickly after the socks — which Agranoff said are “for everyone from 6-year-olds to 80-year-olds” — took off on social media.

Agranoff leveraged his own social network and targeted a group of social influencers to help spread the word. In particular, the sock design inspired by the Portland airport’s former teal-and-geometric-shape pattern went viral, bringing more attention to the brand.

As sales soared, the company quickly outgrew the garage. The Agranoff family built a 1,500-square-foot building on their property to accommodate production, warehousing and shipping.

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Agranoff in his new 1,500 square feet warehouse on the family’s property.

His mother joined the business full-time, and Agranoff also has 17 other part-time employees. But self-sufficiency is key to his success, he said. Agranoff also taught himself to code, so he could better set up and manage his business’ website, and how to use graphic design tools to develop the designs. He remains the company’s only graphic designer, though he is colorblind.

For now, the socks are primarily sold through HoopSwagg’s website and via Amazon (AMZN, Tech30), eBay (EBAY) and Etsy. The next three years are pivotal for HoopSwagg, said Agranoff, who wants the brand to be in retail stores,” said Agranoff. He’s also expanding customization to other products like shoelaces, arm sleeves and ties.

Meanwhile, Agranoff is set to graduate high school six months early. While college is in the plan at some point, he’s slated to focus on HoopSwagg full-time after high school graduation. He currently spends about six hours per day on the business, after putting in a day of school and finishing his homework.

While Agranoff has never taken a business class, he learned a lot by buying items at garage sales and selling them on eBay — a pursuit he began when he was eight.

“So really, I’ve been learning how to do this for a while,” said Agranoff. “Especially today, with all the information available on the internet, you can’t be too young to learn how to be an entrepreneur.”

source: CNNMoney

Music Business: Just getting started as producer? #6ixxTips

Here are some points I felt would be helpful to those starting their music production career and to those who are considering to become a music producer.  If you have any other points to add feel free to leave a comment.

1.  Consult/Hire an Entertainment Lawyer to prepare the type of contracts you will need to legally protect yourself and your intellectual properties.  Form an official business for your production company.

2.  Put consistent time into maximizing your skills, learning new skills and continue to improve daily; music is a feeling, make what you feel, stay in tune with the art while increasing your fundamentals of your craft.  I encourage you to hire quality & reputable individuals or businesses to fill voids that you may not be skilled to do like graphic design, mixing or marketing; someone you trust with a proven track record of a specific skill that you need to elevate your career.

3.  Create a marketing strategy and plan for on & offline branding and promotions of your production.  Have a professional mix on your production that you are showcasing to help maximize your opportunities for placements.

4.  Build Site to showcase and sell your beats, this also offers the ability to showcase songs featuring your production.

5.  Every and I mean every artist in your immediate area should know you exist and have a place online to hear your work.  Here’s an idea, create a platform for yourself in your market by doing a project with local artists featuring your production and promote the project in the market, on/offline.  Speak to your lawyer on the legalities to make it an official release.

6ixx.  Travel to other markets with your production, maximize your personal network and create new connections at various entertainment industry events and events in general where potential clients will be networking.

These are just some tips that crossed my mind when thinking of those are just getting started or those considering to become a producer. Finally,  be authentic in all you do, in life and creating artistically.  If these tips were helpful please let me know.  Positive energy to all!!!

-INfamous 6ixx