How to Become a Successful Gaming Entrepreneur

The doors are open for more people to monetize enthusiasm surrounding this $150 billion industry. February 12, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Tech is obscuring the lines between the dream world and real world. As Morpheus explains to Neo in the 1999 film The Matrix, what’s real is “simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.” Gamers play an average of seven hours each week, according to a 2019 report by Limelight Networks, and they spend even more time on Twitch and YouTube watching their peers. Games versus schoolwork? No contest. Video games are far more thrilling than algebra.  Players increasingly move forth in their real-world lives viewing adversity as mere gamified challenges to be overcome (and score points from). So long as developers have the budget to code a fictitious activity into a game, a universe of fancy avatars makes anything possible. And in turn, the doors are […]

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The Most Worthwhile Luxury Destinations for Vacation-Starved Entrepreneurs

Disconnecting is as important as hustling; here are some amazing spots that justify the travel and expense. January 27, 2020 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Being an entrepreneur can be a grueling lifestyle. Some entrepreneurs boast of not taking vacations in a bajillion years and never disconnecting (#hustle). I’m not that type. I love to travel the world and break often. For me, it’s all about sustainability and longevity. That’s why my wife and I travel as often as possible. We love experiencing new cultures, people, places and foods (especially foods) and have visited each of the places on the list below. Whether you are looking for an intimate, relaxing getaway or travels full of adventure, this list of luxury stays has you covered. Kauai, Hawaii The Hawaiian Islands usually makes the list when it comes to luxurious destinations rich with unrivaled experiences and cultural […]

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5 Ways Esport Entrepreneurs (and All Other Business Leaders) Can Build An Active Community

An engaged user base is the secret to growth, whether in video games or any industry. January 7, 2020 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I’ve taken a very personal interest in the growth of esports and how gaming entrepreneurs can leverage traditional tech strategies. I’ve been advising an augmented reality app for the past couple of years with a gamified growth strategy. The company is called Captive, and we’re figuring out ways to leverage our tech skills to drive the gamification components while creating community. And the more involved in the space I am, the more I’ve realized how key content and an active community are on both sides of the table (traditional tech and gaming).  As covered by NewZoo, 2019 will end up being the first year esports exceeds the billion-dollar revenue mark. Per the article, “Around 82 percent of the total market ($897.2 million) will […]

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Social Publishing Is a Trend That Business Owners Must Leverage

A how-to for utilizing content that drives growth. December 20, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Content creation is a tired phrase. It’s obvious that brands need to create awesome content to engage audiences. What makes the task challenging is that audience behaviors are changing rapidly, especially as more millennials and Gen-Zers join the consumer-demographic pie. Younger viewers aren’t easily impressed, either.  Platforms, user preferences and communication practices are vastly different from a generation ago. For example, more than 700 million emojis are used daily on Facebook. Business owners and corporate marketers must speedily adapt to the fast pace of change. How can they communicate with a generation that “speaks” through tiny images or playful content  like memes? At Press Hunt, my partners and I have seen an uptick in entrepreneurs sharing memes, data visualization and emoji-based emails. This trend of visual, static data has afforded our platform higher reach […]

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Watch How We Go From $100,000 ARR to $1 Million ARR in 12 Months

Follow our journey so that we can provide tips, techniques and tactics for upping your annual recurring revenue. December 19, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. You read this article title and thought either: “This dude’s high AF” or, “That’s child’s play bruh.” If hitting $1 million annual recurring revenue (ARR) sounds too easy to you, stop reading, put down the coffee and go back to selling life-coaching packages to hedge-fund managers. But if you’re an early stage entrepreneur building a real company and seeking some tactical tips, keep reading, because I’m going to break down how we’re going to accomplish this goal in 12 months or less. (Note: we’re going to be documenting everything at SaaS Army, so make sure you go subscribe there).  Before I get into strategy, let me give you the context of everything so you have an idea of where I’m coming from, metaphorically […]

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Assessing the Effects of Apple’s Ban on Vaping Apps

November 27, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. By mid-2018, as Juul’s sales skyrocketed, the company was valued at a booming $15 billion. However, amid stringent investigations stemming from a rash of vaping-related illnesses and legal scrutiny due to tobacco laws, the company and the its industry as a whole have taken some flak. And on November 15, Apple made the unexpected and widely impactful decision to remove all vaping-related apps — apps that either encourage or facilitate the use of e-cigarettes — from their app store. Though they sought to reduce the damage that vaping has created, especially on the youth population, they have consequently removed apps that strive to help vape users wean off of nicotine, quit cigarettes,or quit vaping entirely. This should come as no surprise, however, as Apple has a history of removing apps with controversial implications. For example, in 2017, the tech […]

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5 Signs That You’ve Set Yourself Up for Failure

Make sure your goals are the achievable fuel that boosts your growth. November 18, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. How will you grow your business from $100,000 per year to $100,000 per month? How will you scale from 10 employees to 100 employees? How will you propel your business forward? My partners and I at Press Hunt are creating an incentivized roadmap to hit $1m/ARR from $5k/MRR in 12 months, and I’m going to share it bi-monthly in my column in order to illustrate the lessons we’re learning and provide the tactics we’re implementing. And this goal will be our primary driver.  Goals are like rocket fuel for your business. They help you envision a future where your business accomplishes more and help usher that future into reality. As Norman Vincent Peale once said, “All successful people have a goal. No one can get anywhere unless he knows where he […]

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6 Unique PR Tactics That Drive Growth and Sales

A productive public-relations strategy can establish authority, social currency and growth. November 8, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Technology has transformed the way we find, connect with and grow our customers. As businesses and consumers increasingly move online, the barriers between you and your audience break down, and it becomes possible for companies to form more direct relationships with their clients. Succeeding in this world requires understanding and excelling at public relations, or PR. I recently launched a bestseller campaign for the comedy book I wrote about prison, Don’t Drop the Soap, and attracted a media frenzy, with outlets such as CBS, FoodBeast, CheddarTV, KCAL 9 and many more picking up the story. Leveraging PR is what ultimately led to my book becoming a bestseller. PR is how businesses establish trust with consumers. It’s basically a third-party endorsement. With traditional media now supplemented by social media […]

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13 Upcoming Conferences Every Serious Entrepreneur Should Attend

Find customers, network with peers and establish authority at these value-laden events. October 28, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every year, B2B conferences generate more than $1 trillion in direct spending and attract one billion attendees, according to the Events Industry Council and Oxford Economics. And for good reason. Conferences allow you to make valuable connections, network with like-minded people, learn from peers who have accomplished what you hope to accomplish and create more word-of-mouth buzz for your business.  But which conferences should you attend? Here’s a list of 13 upcoming events worth considering. At Startup Grind’s global annual summit, 10,000 people from all around the world — investors, entrepreneurs, and tech leaders — all huddle together for two days of intense learning and networking. This is one of the biggest, most well-known conferences for entrepreneurs around right now. If you’re starting a new habit […]

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4 Undeniable Signs That Your Industry Is Ripe for Disruption

Entrepreneurs should be on the lookout for these massive market opportunities. October 11, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Before Amazon, people purchased almost everything in person at a brick-and-mortar store. And while consumers still like to go shopping offline, 76 percent of adults in the U.S. now also consistently make online purchases, according to a recent poll conducted by Marist College and NPR. As Amazon’s customers discovered the undeniable convenience and ease of purchasing books online, it disrupted the entire retail experience.  Today, Amazon is the most successful company on the planet, with a net worth that’s inching eerily close to a trillion dollars, and consumers all around the globe expect to find the products they love with a quick Google search — not just from Amazon, either, but from all of their favorite brands. Retailers that don’t sell products online are now at a serious […]

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7 Gourmet Prison-Food Recipes for Bootstrapped Entrepreneurs

A former inmate’s guide to surviving those early, hungry days of small-business ownership. September 13, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Whether you’re building that next big AR platform, creating another startup PR agency focused on blockchain (like the world needs more of those) or are a YouTube creator making a move to China, the early stage of a business can be tumultuous. And until you’ve hit that coveted “product-market fit” with a healthy side dose of MRR, chances are you’re broke AF. But have no fear. I’ve got some gourmet prison-food recipes that I can assure you from personal experience will help you feel as if you’re living like a boss, even if it’s in your mother’s second bedroom. Instant noodles, mayonnaise and Kool-Aid may not be likely ingredients in a gourmet meal, but if you are in prison or coding around the clock, they may constitute the culinary […]

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Branding Lessons From Businesses That Use Buzz to Drive Growth.

Banksy and others demonstrate how to take advantage of this strategic tactic. August 19, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every brand hopes to build major buzz. Gaining marketing momentum can position companies and ideas to take off and succeed in big ways, but how do they best grab this kind of attention? Before I showcase some other brands, I want to share one key lesson I’ve learned while building my own resume as a tech entrepreneur, author, angel investor and radio/podcast host. That is, I rarely talk about my success, instead focusing on my biggest failure as a way to differentiate my brand. Namely, my time in prison. I turned my hardest setback into a successful branding tactic, proving that creativity and resilience can transform even the bleakest situation into a massive opportunity. So don’t be afraid to make noise and go against the grain. Some people won’t […]

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Can You Build a Million-Dollar Business Starting With Just $100 on Fiverr? Here’s a Plan to Do Just That.

Andrew Medal reveals a Fiverr plan that he says can get your business up and running efficiently — and cheaply. July 23, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. If you’re building or starting a business, then Fiverr is an excellent resource to get some of the time-consuming work done. For those unfamiliar with the website, it is a marketplace where people can buy and sell services. What makes it different from its competitors is that gigs can start as low as $5. From there, price points go up based on experience, value and any additional extras the seller may offer.  I’m a big fan of Fiverr, so much so that we’ve partnered with them on my Entrepreneur-hosted podcast that can be found here. And, as partners, they’re providing all of my readers and listeners 10% off with our promo code AA. Related: 5 Ways Fiverr Jump-Started My Life as an […]

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3 Areas Where Enterprise-Focused Startups Are Poised to Make an Economic Impact

How do you improve efficiency by reducing costs and overhead without sacrificing performance? July 12, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The ongoing enterprise/business/startup saga is: how to improve efficiency by reducing costs and overhead without sacrificing performance? I deal with this on a daily basis. Trade-offs are inherent in any business decision-making process, and it is often through new developments (i.e., technology) that the optimal solution arises. I’m an early adopter for these exact reasons. So much new tech is constantly being built to create efficiencies and support business processes. For enterprises in industries ranging from digital identity verification to supply chain tracking, that answer has frequently resulted in a specific iteration of blockchains: enterprise blockchains. They are more attuned to conventional business models and are subject to many of the same liabilities as business-operated software systems, such as a cloud-based database network. […]

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4 Tech Trends That Are Positively Changing Workplaces

From reporting bad behavior to allowing more flexibility, these advancements help everyone. July 3, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Workplaces are impacted by a wide variety of factors, including changing ideologies and other external influences, both negative and positive. Technology is likely one of the greatest factors impacting workplaces, and it is also one factor that can have a truly positive impact. According to Gallup’s State of the American Workforce report, engaged teams show 21 percent more profitability, and yet only 51 percent of individuals actually feel engaged at work. Considering this, it’s beneficial to employers and employees alike to consider the following four technological workplace trends. 1. The workplace is getting safer for everyone. If an employee feels unsafe in their environment, complete productivity and satisfaction are unlikely. Fifty-nine percent of employees who observed some form of misconduct said that they were actively searching for a […]

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Cash Advance Apps Can Be a Short-Term Bridge for People Short on Money

If you find yourself short on cash, these services could be a good short-term solution. June 21, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Around 78 percent of Americans found themselves living paycheck to paycheck, according to a 2017 study by Career Builder. Perhaps it’s no coincidence then that cash advance apps, which give people access to their money before payday, have become a hot trend in recent years. These apps allow users to temporarily borrow the money they need to bridge the gap until that invoice money comes in or payday hits, at a cheaper cost compared to overdraft fees and missed payment penalties from banks. In this respect, many entrepreneurs and early stage startup employees are finding these apps genuinely helpful. For example, I recently learned of a startup team that is building a company that gets paid on the performance of their work, so their […]

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4 Trends That Will Rewire the Inner Workings of the Fintech Industry

The past few decades have seen entrepreneurs sprinting to innovate and exploit outdated process gaps for riches. June 14, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Financial technology (fintech) refers to the infrastructure for modern digital payment rails, payment processing, back-end settlement of assets on capital markets and many other financial pieces of software and hardware. With a lot of different software and hardware needs on the part of financial institutions, the past few decades have seen entrepreneurs sprinting to innovate and exploit outdated process gaps for riches. These four impending trends won’t just rewire the inner workings of the fintech industry, they’ll create space for further innovation on the part of agile startup entrepreneurs.   1. Quantum computing Modern computers are based on binary code that is interpreted by the computer as ones or zeros — each binary digit represents a binary state (on or off). […]

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Here’s What Entrepreneurs Must Know About the Booming VPN Industry

The future of the VPN industry is bright, but mostly because the future of online privacy and security is so bleak. June 7, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Twenty years ago, virtual private networks (VPNs) were almost exclusively connected to businesses. The consumer VPN industry, as it is now, was pretty much non-existent, with many people using proxies to access blocked sites. However, with more streaming sites and faster speeds, consumers have begun to take to VPNs. A huge factor in the increase in consumer VPN usage is streaming content – especially Netflix – with nearly half of all people using VPNs for entertainment. Only 31 percent of consumers use VPNs for greater anonymity. For that reason, VPN services have also become extremely user-friendly, with many applications allowing users one-click connections. That way, even the most non-technical user can get started with VPNs. Geo-blocked content, […]

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Here’s How This Former UFC Champion Runs His Company Today

Tito Ortiz became the ninth inductee into the UFC Hall of Fame in 2012, and now he runs a clothing line. May 31, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Tito Ortiz is an American mixed martial artist. In the MMA world, he is known for his stints with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, where he is a former Light Heavyweight Champion (having held the title from April 14, 2000, to September 26, 2003) and Bellator MMA. Ortiz ultimately became the biggest pay-per-view draw of 2006 for his fights with Liddell, Forrest Griffin, and Ken Shamrock. Now, Ortiz is the CEO of the equipment and clothing line, Punishment Athletics MMA. He also manages a number of other business ventures including the Ortiz Auto Group. Related: This Comedian Breaks Down Stand-Up, Startups and Entrepreneurship Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, ewitducation and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We […]

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This Comedian Breaks Down Stand-Up, Startups and Entrepreneurship

Andrew Medal chats with Theo Von about comedy and business. May 24, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Theo Von is an American stand-up comedian, podcaster, television personality, host and actor. He can be seen in his very own Netflix comedy special, No Offense, or heard on his podcast, This Past Weekend. Twice a week on the podcast, Von offers earnest suggestions to callers and gives his take on recent events. He has appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience and Joey Diaz’s The Church of What’s Happening Now. Related: This Entrepreneur Says He Spends as Much as $200K a Month on Building His Brand Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, ewitducation and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio content distributed across all digital platforms for the business genre. EN […]

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