Last Wednesday, on January 22, 2014, #Startup Grind joined forces with Google Entrepreneurs to host a much anticipated talk by Co-founder and CEO of VaynerMedia, Gary Vaynerchuk. His wildly inspiring hustle as a serial entrepreneur turned angel investor, struck many chords in a packed room of idea-makers excited to build great things. Here are a few highlights of some of Gary’s lessons learned as well as a few trends he foresees in the up-and-coming.
Gary’s talk kicked off with a lot of chuckles. Failing out of school never deterred Gary from continuing to do what he loved, and boy was he good at it. At age 12, in spite of his poor marks, he still managed to earn $2-4k/month standing behind tables selling baseball cards to strangers all day long. His early foray set the groundwork for what he was to achieve later, including successfully growing his father’s wine business from $3 million to $60 million in seven years time—get this--not once, but twice.
When asked about new media trends and the growth in social in 2014, Gary responds, “The market’s the market---Sorry that innovation is coming.” He gives it to you straight, native to New Jersey, and not afraid to be honest. Gary reminds us rather kindly, “If you do not ride it, it will crush your face.”
Vaynerchuk is the author of several bestsellers and you can follow him @garyvee.
Special thanks to Google Entrepreneurs and Startup Grind New York and the fearsome Washington DC Chapter Director, Brian Park for bringing great minds together to make great things happen.