Paul Downs started making custom furniture in 1986, shortly after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in engineering. Downs has only one line on his résumé but has a wide variety of skills gained in thirty years of running his business. His clients range from individuals and small businesses to Fortune 500 companies, all branches of the military, and foreign governments. Downs lives with his wife and three sons outside of Philadelphia.
In addition to running the business, Paul is a prolific writer. If you felt like your business was about to shut down, could you imagine reaching out to the New York Times with an offer to share the experience with thousands of people? Paul Downs thought it would make for a good story and he wrote for the NYTimes.com for 4-years before writing a “year in the life of my business” book: Boss Life.
You’ve never read a business book like Boss Life. The book quickly joined our list of “must reads” for all current and potential business owners. The work is the most honest and transparent business book that we have ever read and we encourage all of you to read it. If you felt like your business was about to shut down, could you imagine reaching out to the New York Times with an offer to share the experience with thousands of people? Paul Downs thought it would make for a good story and he wrote for the NYTimes.com for 4-years before writing a “year in the life of my business” book: Boss Life.
The Marketplace by Priest Willis, Sr MM67: Boss Life: Surviving a Small Business with Paul Downs
As a longtime film and TV producer, Cheryl Miller Houser has become used to the fact that each production becomes its own business enterprise and creating her own company Creative Breed made it a natural investment to follow 6 (8 total including partners) young entrepreneurs in Detroit trying to find their footing in the documentary that I found on Netflix called ‘Generation StartUp‘.Generation Startup takes us to the front lines of entrepreneurship in America, capturing these entreprenuer’s stories. This film that Cheryl and Co-Directed with Academy Award winner Cynthia Wade celebrates risk-taking, urban revitalization, and diversity while delivering a vital call-to-action—with entrepreneurship at a record low, the country’s economic future is at stake. Cheryl also tells her story of stepping out and creating her own company which was designed to create emotionally engaging content that inspires people to think, feel and take action like this. The goal is to share masterful story-telling across all media/multi-platforms.
The Marketplace by Priest Willis, Sr MM66: Entrepreneurship, Detroit and Generation StartUp with Cheryl Miller Houser
Paul Jarrett Co-Founded Bulu, Inc. also known by the subscription box name Bulu Box and Bulu Marketplace in 2012. Paul was running in a marathon with his wife and as the volunteers were handing out sample products for them to use along the run, they later realized that there was an opportunity and a market for sending out health products and vitamins to others in a more curated process and collect essential data along the way.Paul’s work experience spans the country. From NYC to San Francisco, he has launched million dollar brands such as Neebo and executed multi-facted campaigns for Lowe’s and Nike so he understood what it meant to take this subscription box idea to market and quickly began to see success. It also helped that he was Vice President and Board Member of Complete Nutrition which also provided a little insight into the space. He built the Marketing Department, trained dozens of franchises and positioned Complete Nutrition and its products for success in a saturated market.I enjoyed my conversation with Paul and I hope you do as well and helps you along your journey. In this episode we cover;
From going to school for journalism to becoming the CEO of an online business
How Bulu Box works
How businesses like his is changing the way we shop
How hard is it for a subscription box company to be backed by VCs (venture capitalist)
What have been great marketing and business strategies
Author of ‘Your One Word’ The Powerful Secret to Creating a Business and Life That MatterEvan Carmichael is an entrepreneur who started doing what he loves at the early age of 19. At 22, he was a VC helping companies to raise $500,000 to $15 million. He soon found that he had a true passion for helping others, and used that drive to help others. Evan has a website called evancarmichael.com where he works hand in hand with entrepreneurs to help them accomplish their hopes and dreams. He stated that is goal is to help 1 billion entrepreneurs in his life. The only thing stronger than his friendly personality is his drive to help others meet the success that he achieved.Evan and I discuss;
What it means to have “One Word”
Understanding his idea of hustle and passion
Almost quitting as an entrepreneur
How he works on modeling himself after entrepreneurs
Why A.P. Giannini , founder of Bank of America is the entrepreneur he appreciates most
and much more!!
The Marketplace by Priest Willis, Sr MM64: Mentally Breaking Down Hustle with Evan Carmichael