...is an energetic, goal-oriented, serial entrepreneur, a proven sales person, who has mastered networking and has spent significant time building his personal brand. And that's a lot to say for someone who's only 27. Paul started his first company at 16 years old, selling sneakers. Back during a time when most of his peers' internet experience comprised of instant messaging. Back before Facebook's original algorithm was mapped out and during a time when the only place you would think to purchase sneakers was at Foot Locker. Young Paul had a vision. A vision that was developed when he asked, "where do my sneakers come from?" Understanding the concept of middlemen, commonly referred to as the layer cake, he set out to disrupt that. At least for himself and his classmates. He sought out a supplier in China via eBay, back when most teens were still drooling over sneakers in "Eastbay".
From that point on Paul was hooked with the idea of turning an idea into money. He went on to be a successful sales person in several industries, while maintaining a side business at all times. His last venture, concert organization, generated him significant profits and earned him his biggest checks. He showed me a picture of his first 5 digit check from a concert, I think I'm in the wrong business. Through that venture he got familiar with marketing strategies by utilizing grassroots teams and radio advertisements. He also worked with many investors and got loads of experience with raising money. Paul started from humble beginnings, in a family where entrepreneurship was taboo. Like most entrepreneurs his parents followed very traditional routes with careers in military service and medicine. Paul's currently looking at a particular area in the tech space to dive into, he's more interested in bringing his sales and strategy expertise to silicon valley. He's currently working on something that is sure to not only lead him to disrupt another market, but earn additional significant profits. Check out his take on Entrepreneurship below.
CWTV: When did you realize that you wanted to be an entrepreneur?
Paul: It's something that I believe was always in me. However, the light bulb went off at my first job which was at Baskin Robbins. The owners were never there! The only time I would see them was to pick up money. I was 15 at that time. It was the only place that would hire someone at age 15.
CWTV: Were either of your parents entrepreneurs, if not what did they do?
Paul: No, my parents both went to school for things other than business and worked in non-business fields. My father, he's a retired Colonel from the United States Air Force. My Mother who recently retired, is a Registered Nurse.
CWTV: What was your first business and what made you realize it was a good idea?
Paul: My first business was an online business. The domain name was www.latestfashionsonline.com. I used to purchase shoes on ebay, which is how I met a supplier from China. I would save $40-50 per pair. This gave me the idea, I knew other people would enjoy saving money too. I would have him send the shoes directly to the customer's house from China, I didn't even need a warehouse! The website would make it seem as though I had them on hand. I would keep my profits, send the money to china and he would send the shoes.
CWTV: Tell me about how you got into organizing concerts?
Paul: Honestly, it was by accident. My friend and I were at a new venue drinking champagne and we started talking with the owner. At the time he needed help bringing people to his venue. He told us how we could profit. He broke down exactly how the money in that business works. We got really excited, we then decided to hire 30 people to help us create the first event. He ended up tripling his profits and we exceeded our goals tremendously.
CWTV: What's your greatest memory from all the concerts you've organized?
Paul: My greatest memory is the relationships I built on the way. Business, good business, is all about gaining and maintaining good relationships.
CWTV: What is the most important factor when it comes to organizing successful concerts?
Paul: The most important part, like in any business, is making sure that you have the right team in place.
CWTV: Would you suggest entrepreneurship to others? And if so, why?
Paul: Yes, absolutely. Only if it's what you enjoy, if not it will just feel like a job. And if it feels like a job, then what's the point? If you do what you enjoy you will never have to work another day in your life. You'll hate going to sleep, you'll love waking up. Because you'll love what you do with your time when you're awake. If you enjoy sleeping more than being awake then something needs to change in your life, quick!
...is a musician and lyricist that hails from Washington D.C. but has made a name for himself in London, Paris and Atlanta. He’s made money doing music in three different currencies with no major record deal and can still return to the same neighborhood where it all started. That says a lot about this guy. I caught up with Noah to discuss his new single, his career in the music industry and what he has planned for the future.
CWTV: How and when did you get started in music?
Noah: I got started in the music when I was a child. My mother use to tell me I use to to walk around making up words plus I have a lot of family members that was in the music industry. My uncle Jesse was a jazz musician and my cousin Louie had a go-go band called Pure Elegance with the hit, “Put Your One Leg Up”.
CWTV: How did recording and performing overseas effect your music career?
Noah: It was a big experience, it gave me motivation to start thinking International.
CWTV: What inspired you to right your new single “HardBody”?
Noah: What inspired me was what I was going through, I had just moved back to Atlanta and I was just ready to go hard at everything.
CWTV: Will it be available on iTunes?
Noah: Yes it will be on iTunes.
CWTV: What excites you most about the music industry and being an artist?
Noah: What excites me is everything I been through. I’ve experienced so much in this game. I’ve been through the ups and downs and I’ve worked with a lot of people. I’ve had deals on the table, I’ve had talks with Coke Boys South and Ty Citi. As far as management, I’ve been managed by Akon’s old manager Eskor Ladder. He’s actually the reason I went to London and gave me the game on thinking international.
CWTV: Are you working on any other projects and if so, when can we expect them to drop?
Noah: Yes, I’m working on my mixtape called “Empire”, that will be coming soon I’m thinking late august early September.
Check out the new track by Noah Da Don and this summer’s banger. You need to have this one in heavy rotation; whether you’re on the way to work, last set at the gym or heading out to the club. This is the one you’re going to need to remind yourself, to leave nothing to chance and go hard for everything.