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Our goal is to provided you with the tools and resources you need to build a sustainable business. While we are building our own company, we want to share what we've learned and are learning, along with providing you with a community of other entrepreneurs who are also trying to figure out how to succeed at the game of entrepreneurship.
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TOOLS FOR SUCCESS
Always be learning. This is something that has stuck with us from the very beginning of our journey. We believe that the world is full of tools (such as books and apps) and it's important to find tools to help you execute. The fact is, using the right tools at the right time can shave minutes, hours, or even days off of tasks and projects. Our goal is to expose you to the different tools we have found valuable. Use what works for you and don't be afraid to use other tools that you find available. Lots of valuable tools are free, but sometimes it's worth spending some money to have access to tools that others may not. Go test and explore!
After thinking about all of the different tools we have used throughout our entrepreneurial journey, we picked some of the top ones and have them presented below. Here are the categories we broke them out into.
These are people who have been unbelievably beneficial to us, and their content has helped us to get a better handle on what it takes to be effective as entrepreneurs. Also, most of their content is available online for free.
Another great tool is books. In a book, we can essentially get distilled information from whatever individual wrote it. Information that was chosen out of an entire lifetime of business experience cut into a book on the subject. Our preferred method of consuming books is listening. Audiobooks allow us to take care of more mindless work (such as doing the dishes or driving) while learning at the same time.
It is amazing how much you can learn just from watching certain YouTube videos. We decided to include some of the ones we felt were some of the most impactful when it came to entrepreneurship.
TASK MANAGEMENT TOOLS
When you're an entrepreneur, you're going to be doing a lot of work. It's important to figure out how to organize that work. If you're working alone, you can be fairly disorganized when it comes to workflow and get away with it, but when you start adding teammates, you will need to figure out the best way to manage and assign tasks. You can start simple, but in order to scale your business, you will need to have good tools when it comes to overall task management for your organization.
While there are many other tools to consider using, here are some final tools we want to discuss to help you stay efficient and on track as an entrepreneur.
Gary is the chairman of VaynerX, a modern-day media and communications holding company and the active CEO of VaynerMedia, a full-service advertising agency servicing Fortune 100 clients across the company’s four locations.
Gary is a highly sought after public speaker, a 5-time New York Times bestselling author, as well as a prolific angel investor with early investments in companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Venmo, and Uber.
Gary is currently the subject of DailyVee (recently changed to WeeklyVee), an online documentary series highlighting what it’s like to be a CEO and public figure in today’s digital world, as well the host of The GaryVee Audio Experience, a top 100 global podcast, and host of #AskGaryVee, a business and advice Q&A show which can be found on both YouTube and Facebook.
Gary and his family immigrated to the US from Belarus in 1978. He lived with eight family members in a studio apartment in Queens, New York, before relocating to Edison, New Jersey. Gary often calls himself a “purebred entrepreneur,” having successfully started a lemonade franchise at the age of 7, and eventually selling tens of thousands of dollars worth of baseball cards and toys throughout his high school career.
At 14, he joined his family business bagging ice for $2 an hour. When Gary identified “the internet” as a land-grab opportunity in the late 90s he transitioned his father’s local liquor store (then named “Shoppers Discount Liquors”) into one of the first e-commerce platforms for alcohol in the country resulting in explosive top-line growth. Renaming the business to “Wine Library,” Gary grew his father’s company from $3 million to $60 million in sales during his tenure at Wine Library.
During his time at Wine Library, Gary Vaynerchuk started one of the first long-form episodic video shows on YouTube in 2006 called WineLibraryTV. Gary produced an episode almost every day for 5 years . Gary’s charisma and uncanny ability to engage with his community landed him appearances on national television with Ellen Degeneres and Conan O’Brien.
After growing his family business through what Gary calls “underpriced attention,” including the impact of content, e-commerce, email marketing, and Google AdWords, Gary began his own journey of producing original business content as the voice of entrepreneurship online.
Replicating what Gary had done for WineLibrary for other businesses and brands, Gary then co-founded VaynerMedia in 2009 with his younger brother, AJ Vaynerchuk. True to his own DNA, Gary never raised startup funding and began the business in a conference room at Buddy Media. Just nine years later, the company now includes more than 800 employees, servicing clients such as PepsiCo, GE, Johnson and Johnson, Chase, and more.
Today, Gary has more than 12 million combined followers across social media, producing content daily on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook. Twitter, Snapchat, Spotify, and more.
In the Fall of 2017, Gary announced his first signature sneakers in collaboration with K-Swiss. Also, Gary’s life ambition is the pursuit of buying the New York Jets.
Start with why
Principles for success
Task / Project management tools
Boring but important
Website (including email) - Shopify/Wix
Social Media (marketing including LinkedIn)
Cloud storgage (Box and Capture?)