Here we are again with TWO featured Boundary Breakers, for y’all! This time it’s with brothers AJ and Moust Camara from Theme Fiend. In their interview, we spoke about transitioning from one business to another, working with a family member, bouncing back, and many more!
As a startup, we are always interested in meeting fellow entrepreneurs. Their stories, struggles, successes, failures take us on a different journey each time. From tech companies to entrepreneurs heading non-profits, there’s always a lesson to be learned from each one we have met thus far. Their passion and dedication to their craft continues to inspire us (as well as our readers) and we know that their impact is slowly changing the world for the better. One such entrepreneur is Percival Cunanan from Babata New York, one of the producers of one of the best organic and natural care products currently out in the market.
As the next Midnight Market rolls back around, we’re getting super excited and rallying more of our friends and family to experience the event. If you haven’t been to one, go! The first time we went was in February and we loved it so much that we invited a few of our friends to come with us to the next one in March. They did and they had an amazing time as well! The next event is on April 14th and it’s dessert-themed. (Teaser: You might see Alice in Wonderland or Willy Wonka.) We’ve invited more of our friends and family and we can’t wait to see what they have in store!
These days, mostly everyone is on some sort of social community platform. Let’s take Facebook for example. According to the World Economic Forum, Facebook would be bigger than China if it was a country. To put that into perspective, China’s population in 2016 was 1,382,323,332 (Source: worldometers.info).
There are also platforms where we can find events near us like meetup.com or eventbrite.com. Why, then, do gamers and fans of eSports have trouble finding events geared towards their community? It’s because there isn’t a platform out there yet that is known enough to the gaming community that can bring like-minded gamers and fans together.
One of our goals here at Breaking Boundaries is to feature businesses or people who are challenging their limits. We want to put the spotlight on those who are so passionate and driven about what they do that they start creating positive ripple effects in their community. I first heard about Brenda, one of the founders of House of Gains in Jersey City, from a mutual friend on Facebook. She posted a status about Brenda’s accomplishments and I immediately thought she would be a great example to BB’s community.
The ASC Fashion Week is produced by Kiran Khan and Amith Singh Chauhan from ASC Productions. We were there a couple of weeks back with Carmelo Soberano Visuals who was actually our first client that we unexpectedly got through this blog. He asked us to work with him again to cover the show and we agreed. We thought it would be a nice experience since neither Koren nor I have been to a fashion show before. Plus, we like working with Carmelo! Really cool guy!
So, to make a long story short, we got featured on his blog! We just wanted to share that excitement with all of you. You can check out the article here.
And, this is the 3-minute highlight reel that Koren made from the show:
Hope you guys enjoyed it! We usually cover entrepreneurship events so if you’d like to see more of those, please subscribe! Catch you guys soon!
Being of Filipino descent, I’m used to hearing about the glorification of formal schooling. It’s almost as if your worth is decided on the premise of whether or not you graduated from college. Take it a step further: your major is of no value unless it’s in medicine (read: doctor), law, or engineering. Their advice usually falls along the line of “Do well in school so you’ll have a great life.” This means a degree 100% equals a great life. I beg to differ.
As some of you might be aware, I started Breaking Boundaries to help empower and inspire people to go after their passion(s). I get motivated when I meet people who are set on finding success and work really hard to turn their dreams into reality even when the odds are stacked against them. I haven’t been to a startup event in a long time, but I figured I should start regularly attending some to meet industry disrupters and share their stories with you. Awesome thing is, I have been finding opportunities to network with go-getters that I have overlooked in the past. I guess it’s true when they say you attract what you are ready for.
I learned a lot from Malcom Gladwell’s The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference. He spoke about how epidemics of demand happen and the types of people who can trigger it. Malcolm claims that there are 3 types of people who start epidemics: the Connectors, the Mavens, and the Salesmen. For this article, we’re going to focus on the Mavens–the people who start word-of-mouth epidemics.
Before we go further, let’s define what word-of-mouth is. According to businessdictionary.com, it is an oral or written recommendation by a satisfied customer to the prospective customers of a good or service and is considered to be the most effective form of promotion.
I’ve mentioned Darren Hardy fleetingly in a few of my posts, but I have never really elaborated on his work. If you don’t know who Darren Hardy is, please visit his site and familiarize yourself with him as he really is an exceptional entrepreneur. So, for this post and in preparation for the new year, I’m going to share with you the exact 3-step system he uses every December 31st to prepare for the new year.