Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Startup Your Own Movie or TV Show: Interview with Sean & Taylor King, Producers of Private Sales

Have you ever wanted to produce your own movie or TV show? Well now you can and it's easier and less expensive than you might think.

Listen to this exclusive interview with Sean King and Taylor King, the owners and producers of New Zealand Son Films, which recently produced the series on Amazon called Private Sales, a mystery and thriller that takes place in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. Sean and Taylor were the directors, writers, producers, and actors for the series.

This fascinating podcast will provide you with extensive amount of information, including:

Finding actors and actresses
How long it takes to film an episode
Choosing shooting locations
The budget
Deferred pay for actors
Getting a deal with Amazon
The four ways to get paid by Amazon
Future projects
Advice for someone who wants to produce their own indie movie or TV show
And much more

The Interview

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To watch Private Sales on Amazon, click:

To find out more information about New Zealand Son Films, click:

Check out the trailer for the series below:

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Don't Miss the TechCrunch Disrupt Conference

The TechCrunch Disrupt Conference will be held at Pier 36 in New York City on May 15th through the 17th. You have 16 days to get tickets before prices go up. 

If you have a startup in any of the following areas, you have a chance to display in Startup Alley for free

  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
  • E-Commerce
  • Fitness & Beauty
  • Fintech & Payments
  • Food & Beverage
  • Hardware & IoT
  • Health & Biotech
  • Media, Gaming & Entertainment
  • Mobility & Transportation
  • SaaS, Marcom & Advertisement
  • Security & IT
  • Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality

If you want to be a speaker at the event, you can submit your submission here

Hopefully, you will get the chance to attend. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Tim Ferriss Interview

Fred Fuld & Tim Ferriss
I think most people are aware of Timothy Ferriss, famous author, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, fitness enthusiast, public speaker, and much, much more.
Last night, he spoke at an Inforum at the Commonwealth Club event, held at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, California. He was interviewed by  Naval Ravikant of AngelList. The entire session, including questions and answers, lasted an hour and a half.
For those of you who don’t know,  Tim Ferriss is the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, who wrote 4-Hour Workweek , 4-Hour Body, and 4-Hour Chef. He just released his latest book, Tools of Titans .
He talked about a lot of different topics covering a wide range of areas. (I don’t want to give any of it away.)
Fortunately, for those who were not able to attend, the presentation was broadcast live on Facebook (FB) and the recording is available on Facebook right now. Enjoy!

Friday, January 6, 2017

How to Get Free Tickets to the LAUNCH Festival on April 6-7

If you have never been to the Launch Festival, the world's largest startup event, you need to attend at least once. And if you have been before, you know that it is worth coming back to.

The latest festival will be held in San Francisco on April 6th and 7th at the Innovation Hangar & Palace of Fine Arts Theater in San Francisco.

Ten startups wil be features in each of various Summits, including:
Smart Home

Free tickets are available to founders but only to the first 10,000 applicants, and they are almost at capacity. The tickets entitle you to all stages and the demo pit.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Do You Do Your Own Taxes? Half Off on Tax Software Today Only

For those of you that do your own taxes, you may want to get the H&R Block Tax Software, which is on sale for today only. The discount is as much as 51%. The discount applies to both PCs and Macs.
Here are the offers:
H&R Block Tax Software Deluxe + State 2016 Win + Refund Bonus Offer(As an example, normally $44.99, today only, $21.99, a 51% discount)
Remember, these discounts are available for today only!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Exclusive Interview with Dan Schatt CCO of Stockpile: World’s First Gift Cards for Stocks

Stockpile Stock Gift Card
Reprinted courtesy of Stockerblog.com

The following informative interview was provided by Dan Schatt, the Chief Commercial Officer at Stockpile, which is a provider of the world’s first gift cards for stocks, making it extremely easy for the average consumer to invest in the stock market.
Stockpile gift cards are now available at local grocery and retail locations, including:
  • Toys“R”Us
  • Safeway
  • Office Depot / Office Max
  • Kmart
  • Giant Eagle
  • Buehlers
  • Lowes
Over a thousand stocks are available as gift cards, including ETFs and ADRs. Some of the most popular gift cards are for:
  • Google
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • BMW
  • Coca-Cola
  • Disney
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • eBay
  • Facebook
  • Hershey
The Interview
You will certainly enjoy all this great information that Dan Schatt provides.
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You can download as an mp3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.”
More information about Stockpile can be found at Stockpile.com
Let us know what you think about this interview by entering your comments in the comment section below.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Four Failure Points that Undermine Biz Success: #1 is Dont Follow Your Passion

by Ed McLaughlin

Veteran entrepreneur and former Fortune 100 executive, Ed McLaughlin comments below about the reality that Americans can see failure as a stepping stone to success, “It’s difficult to celebrate failure as a stepping stone to startup success if entrepreneurs can’t pay their bills, provide for their families, meet payroll or realize their business visions.” Ed's own research tells us that 75% of new businesses fail within the first five years. Ed continues with this challenge for small business owners and entrepreneurs in some of the big ‘innovation-driven’ cities, “What if we could turn the tables on the startup failure rate by introducing a new set of business principles that increases the probability of startup success?” He also offers the four failure points things that undermine the success of a small business below, excerpted from his book, using his own company as an example. Ed has also highlighted the framework for sustainability and profitability in his new book, The Purpose Is Profit: The Truth about Starting and Building Your Own Business, by focusing entrepreneurs on these principles, including: Distinctive Competence, Dynamic Planning, and the Ten Commandments of Startup Profit.

Only nine months after starting USI, I launched a second business called Sigma Communications Inc., or Sigma for short. Starting Sigma had been the culmination of a long-term vision to create a vehicle that would more efficiently connect buyers and sellers of commercial real estate. After three years of bleeding red ink, I was forced to shut down Sigma.
Here are the 4 failure points that undermined the success of Sigma Communications.  

             Failure Point #1: Starting a business based on passion alone, rather than building a business based on distinctive competence.  
When I started Sigma, I believed that my passion for publishing the magazine would trump everything else. That proved to be a costly assumption. The hardest lesson I learned from the Sigma experience is that a venture filled with passion is not enough. You will substantially increase your probability of startup success if you build a business based on your distinctive competence.

Failure Point #2: Starting up without preorders to validate your business model. 
I made the fateful decision to launch the magazine without selling advertising and securing paying customers first. In the end analysis, I took a huge gamble on a concept business with an untested business model. Sigma spent millions before I shuttered the business in failure. Securing preorders is the single most important point of validation for a startup.

Failure Point #3: Launching your business without adequate time and funding to reach profitability. 
Unfortunately, I had not properly factored the size and scale of Sigma, nor how long it would take to ramp-up to profitability. Since I had never manufactured and shipped a product before, I underestimated the continuous cash drain from ongoing production and distribution. Rather than bootstrapping the business with the profits from USI, I should have lined-up outside funding with a more reasonable timeline to breakeven. Make sure to allocate the time and the funding needed to achieve profitability. 

Failure Point #4: Closing your ears to the advice of industry experts. 
Rather than listening to my advisors, I convinced myself that I could beat the normal ramp-up to profitability in the publishing industry. My unbridled passion for becoming a publisher, combined with my lack of distinctive competence put blinders on me. Cultivate relationships and heed the advice of industry experts.

Ed McLaughlin is the founder & CEO of Blue Sunsets LLC, a real estate and angel investment firm based in Darien, CT. Previously, McLaughlin founded and served as chairman & CEO of United Systems Integrators (USI) Corporation, a corporate real estate outsourcing firm, sold to Johnson Controls (JCI) in 2005. In 2001, he earned Entrepreneur of the Year honors from Ernst & Young, and USI was named to the Inc. 500 list of America’s fastest growing companies. His book,  The Purpose Is Profit: The Truth about Starting and Building Your Own Business, is available on Amazon.