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Steven is the founder of ProjectileX, Managing Editor of Youth Business Collective, Fellow at Stanford’s Designership Institute, and Member of the Youth Skills Initiative at Global Business Coalition for Education.
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Young entrepreneurs start a variety of different businesses. Most successful ones are internet business; fewer of them start product-businesses that end up selling well. A rare bunch are the young entrepreneurs who run successful biotech companies. The truth is, biotech businesses simply drain too much money most of the time. For instance, $1 million in funding for a social media app might be able to allow a few great engineering and product hires that allow...

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Entrepreneurs have always been important drivers of change in society. Hewlett-Packard was started in a small Palo Alto garage by two enterprising engineers. We already know the story of Facebook being started out of a college dorm room. Today, media has turned into a noisy environment. Media companies are driven by clicks (which in turn drive revenue). They put “Trump,” “Tesla,” “Facebook,” “SpaceX,” etc. in their headlines; they cover companies that are already well-known, companies...

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There are thousands of articles that touch on the skills necessary for success in the business world. By now, you’ve learned countless times over that resilience is crucial to progress. You’ve learned that domain expertise is important to being genuinely good at what you do. You’ve learned that networking is important in the business world. These are pretty obvious, and you don’t need to read another article to understand the importance of hard work. An...

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Cooking is a staple for every household globally. And as many of us have figured, it’s pretty difficult! But some chefs make it seem easy. Among the elite is Gordon Ramsay, and it’s no surprise that many of the young chefs under his tutelage in MasterChef Junior will end up making successful careers for themselves as well. But what made Ariana Feygin’s story interesting to me wasn’t simply that she was a finalist on MasterChef...

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If there’s one company building a comprehensive ecosystem of services, it’s Amazon. Beyond e-commerce, Amazon made its way into the groceries market via its acquisition of Whole Foods and ventured into the healthcare industry through its collaboration with Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan. Most recently, rumors are floating around that the e-commerce giant plans to buy out Landmark Theaters, a movie theater chain, as well. As far as the movie business is concerned, the media...

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Steve Jobs is undoubtedly one of the most influential people of all time. Having started Apple in a time when smartphones seemed ridiculous, Jobs was by all means practically a man with a crystal ball. Steve said many interesting things, but perhaps the most profound of them all is “stay hungry, stay foolish,” as a part of Stanford University’s commencement speech back in 2005. Now, this saying is one of the most widely-recognized. So what...

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The de­sign and agency spaces are among the most cut­throat spaces in the busi­ness world. Peo­ple fail, busi­nesses fail, clients don’t see re­sults or don’t like the de­signs that are pro­duced for them – these are com­mon nar­ra­tives in these two spaces in par­tic­u­lar. That’s why I was in­ter­ested in in­ter­view­ing Johnathan Grzy­bowski, the co-founder of Penji, a multi-mil­lion-dol­lar de­sign ser­vice that’s only just launched in October of 2017. To­day, Johnathan and I have a con­ver­sa­tion...

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By no surprise, the largest consumers of streamed music in the modern day are those aged between 16-24. Music dictates life at large for the average American, who listens to some 26.5 hours a week of music according to Forbes. But as Generation Z begins to achieve its foothold of influence in the music industry, including prominent artists like Khalid, Martin Garrix, Dua Lipa, Daya, and others all being under the age of 25, there...

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Gone are the days of print marketing – the age of digital marketing has arrived and flourished. That’s why marketers have immediately flocked to digital channels like social media and have been immensely successful at it. But digital marketing is a science; numbers-driven marketing is what makes its approach sound. One particular marketer, 29-year-old David Schloss, Founder and CEO of ConvertROI, a company that specializes in social media advertising, manages an astronomical yearly ad-spend budget...

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Shark Tank has been a classic, almost a staple in American television, and a phenomenal way for students to develop an interest in business and entrepreneurship. Sometimes we feel a sense of anxiety waiting to learn if an entrepreneur pitching to Mark Cuban and others will end up securing an investment. Shaan is the Founder and CEO of Prep Expert, a multi-million-dollar SAT/ACT Preparation company that received an investment from billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner,...

The Youth Business Collective is a content-based network targeted toward Generation Z business education. The aim is to expand and create opportunities for those with strong interests in business.

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