Stay tuned for tips on growth marketing, customer success, and more! I will also share one-of-a-kind stories and insights of successful startup founders that faced different challenges.
Small businesses are the backbone of the economy. They create more jobs than any other business type, accounting for almost half of all private-sector employment. So when small businesses succeed, it's good news for everyone. They provide goods and services that improve our lives and generate tax revenue that helps pay for schools, roads, and other necessary infrastructure.
In addition, small businesses are the engines of innovation, churning out new products and services that improve our quality of life. So if you're looking for a way to help the economy, support your local small businesses!
HVH Marketing: Hayden Merryn
Founded in 2013 by CEO Hayden Merryn, HVH Media & Marketing developed a full-service modern marketing agency tailoring unique, customizable solutions that deliver accelerated measurable results.
Merryn's work in the marketing industry has been instrumental to many startups, turning them into seven-figure businesses. She is a true leader in making campaigns successful, and her creativity knows no bounds!
What do you have planned for the future?
I plan on more business, diversification, and having all of it built on to create this robust ecosystem. I also hope to parlay this success into giving back. I am quietly someone who gives back regularly and often. I want to live life on my terms, see it all, feel it all, give my family and loved ones a beautiful life, and leave an indelible mark when I go.
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made? Then, can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Entrepreneurship is all about making mistakes and learning from them. The best thing about great entrepreneurs, they find ways to make mistakes work in their favor. I've had various things happen, unlike how I planned, and I've constantly rolled with the punches to have them lead to an even more significant result.
What did you want to be as a 12-year-old?
I wanted to be a doctor or a lawyer. I knew I was smart, an over-achiever, and I prided myself on climbing to the top of whatever my perception was. But no one teaches children that someone designs the logo on your juice box or creates an advertisement marketed directly to 12-year-old me.
I wish we spent more time showcasing real-world roles to our children so they can be inspired beyond the stereotypical career roles and feel they can invent a role to encompass who they are and what they love.
Do you often feel overwhelmed when attending business meetings?
If so, you're not alone. Business meetings can be challenging to manage, but with a bit of preparation, they can be much easier.
This blog post will discuss making business meetings easy for you and your colleagues. I'll also provide some tips for managing meetings effectively. So if you're looking for ways to make business meetings less daunting, read on!
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Triangle: Justin Kuehn
Justin Kuehn is an entrepreneur and startup founder dedicated to scaling businesses. He holds a degree in Technological Entrepreneurship & Management from the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering & W.P. Carey School of Business. He specialized in understanding supply chains, investment banking, prototyping and modeling (CAD), and entrepreneurship.
As a self-taught programmer, Justin has the skills and knowledge to develop and launch new products and services. He has also gained valuable experience in marketing, sales, and management through his work with startups. In addition, Justin's passion for entrepreneurship and his commitment to helping others achieve their business goals make him an invaluable asset to any startup team.
In this edition of Next Up, Justin will share his insights on what it takes to be a successful founder. If you want to start your own business, this is a must-read!
What did you want to be as a 12-year-old?
As far back as I can go, there are two things I set out to be in life: A professional basketball player and an entrepreneur. A woman controlling her destiny controls her life, and I'm grateful I've landed where I have.
What is the most significant risk facing your company?
Triangle has a few risks, mainly a technology adverse real estate market. Although the market constantly evolves, we still feel it is slightly slower than anticipated. Thus, the greatest challenge is overcoming this technological hurdle and offering great products.
What keeps you up at night?
The inability to know whether your ideas will progress into actual companies keeps me up at night. Will you have employees? Will you get funding? Will you struggle even to get your first customer? All of these things that keep other entrepreneurs up keep me up.
Ten thousand people read and love this book, and you will too!
If you are in the startup world or just dream of being in the startup world, then you need to read The Lean Startup. Author Eric Reis provides a comprehensive guide to creating and running a successful startup. In addition, the book contains helpful tips and case studies to teach you how to think like a lean entrepreneur.
The book starts with a brief history of the Lean Startup movement and how it has changed how startups are created and run. Eric Reis then details the three fundamental principles of the Lean Startup: build, measure, and learn. Finally, he provides concrete examples of how the three basic principles can apply these principles to create a successful startup.
If you're a small business owner, I encourage you to contact me for help. I'm happy to chat and offer my advice. You can also check out my blog for more tips on how to grow your small business.
Ameet Mehta - The Founder and CEO of First Principles. He started his first business when he was 13 years old and has never looked back. Ameet's mission is to help scale private companies to $100M+ in ARR.
Madilynn Beck - The Founder and CEO of The Better Spot. Madilynn is a multihyphenate obsessed with fostering a culture of sustainable WellCare, where practitioners are at the center. Beck is an NYU alum and a loving mother of two young ones. As a psychotherapist, she focuses 100% on changing the WellCare industry by building The Better Spot.
Thank you for reading! I hope you found this month's newsletter helpful and informative. Be sure to return next month for more tips.
In the meantime, feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need help implementing any of the strategies discussed in this month's issue. Have a great day!