ENTREPRENEURSHIP

I have been fortunate enough to have employees, generate over millions in revenue by myself, raise significant venture capital, sit on numerous boards, and partner in a pro sports venture which is cool but incredibly difficult to navigate. I’ve also failed to make payroll and had to lay people off. I’ve been sued. I’ve had my technology product crash when I got my big chance to partner with Def Jam Records on the launch of Watch The Throne. I’ve curled up in a ball and wanted to die probably 20 or more times over the last 10 years. Nothing about this is for the faint of heart.

But I wouldn’t trade any of it. The failures are inevitable. But the effort, the planning, the heart, the autonomy… these things are magic, and I think they are only accessible to the average person through entrepreneurship. That’s why I’m so passionate about it.

I also believe there is a ton of bullshit out there about entrepreneurship. Because I learned by doing as an adult, I had to figure out the hard way what was real and what wasn’t. As an investor, mentor, advisor, partner, and now content creator, my take on entrepreneurship will be consistent and authentic with good intentions even if it’s hard to swallow. The game is hard enough, you don’t need bad guidance to make it any harder.

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

I have been fortunate enough to have employees, generate over $1M in revenue by myself, raise significant venture capital, sit on numerous boards, and most recently partner in a pro sports venture which is incredibly cool but also incredibly difficult to navigate. I’ve also failed to make payroll and had to lay people off. I’ve been sued. I’ve had my technology product crash when I got my big chance to partner with Def Jam records on the launch of Watch The Throne. I’ve curled up in a ball and wanted to die probably 20 or more times over the last 10 years. Nothing about this is for the faint of heart.

But I wouldn’t trade any of it. The failures are inevitable. But the effort, the planning, the heart, the autonomy… these things are magic, and I think they are only accessible to the average person through entrepreneurship. That’s why I’m so passionate about it.

I also believe there is a ton of bullshit out there about entrepreneurship. Because I learned by doing as an adult, I had to figure out the hard way what was real and what wasn’t. As an investor, mentor, advisor, partner and now content creator, my take on entrepreneurship will be consistent and authentic with good intentions even if it’s hard to swallow. The game is hard enough, you don’t need bad guidance to make it any harder.

 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP

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Marcus Whitney On Creative Entrepreneurship – This Week’s Six Pixels of Separation Podcast

When Marcus Whitney dropped out of college and started waiting tables, it was probably hard to imagine that would end up as an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and bestselling author.

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From Desperate to Mogul: Marcus Whitney Shares His Secrets on How to Rise to the Top – 207

Here’s a success story of an entrepreneur that spans such a range that I can only refer to it as cinematic. That is, if you could convince anyone to fund the picture. Most production companies would feel uncomfortable getting behind a story that reads like an entrepreneurial fairy-tale. At first glance, it doesn’t seem like a gritty e-commerce journey.

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5by5 – Featured Change Maker: Marcus Whitney

When Marcus Whitney dropped out of college, moved to Nashville and started waiting tables, it was probably hard to imagine a path that would end up with him as an award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and bestselling author. And yet, through hard work, dedication and a little bit of luck, that is exactly where he ended up.

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Build Your Brand – Marcus Whitney LIVE with Mitch Joel

Today’s guest on #MWL is Mitch Joel, a seasoned marketing agency executive and the founder of Six Pixels Group. We talk about brands, commerce, community, and what’s next for us all as we build our new normal together.

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Parnassus Books: Marcus Whitney Virtual Author

Marcus Whitney’s book Create and Orchestrate was listed by Entrpreneur as the number one book to help you move past your entrepreneurial fears.

Marcus walks you through his unlikely journey from college dropout waiting tables to successful entrepreneur.

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Black Leadership in Tech and Entrepreneurship – Marcus Whitney LIVE with Clarence Bethea

Today’s guest on #MWL is Clarence Bethea. We discuss entrepreneurship, venture capital, and startup accelerators.

We also talk about the current state of Black leadership in tech.

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Black Entrepreneur Blueprint 314 Marcus Whitney From College Dropout To Venture Capitalist

I was working as a waiter when I decided I needed to make a change in my life. I joined Jay Jones on the Black Entrepreneur Blueprint podcast and we spoke about my journey.

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Music, Photography, Authorship, & Business: The Whole Package – Marcus Whitney LIVE with Michael Weintrob

Today’s guest on #MWL is Michael Weintrob. We discuss entrepreneurship in music and photography, as well as the innovation needed to pivot during COVID-19.

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Entrepreneur: 7 Books to Help You Move Past Your Entrepreneurial Fears

Marcus Whitney’s book Create and Orchestrate was listed by Entrpreneur as the number one book to help you move past your entrepreneurial fears.

Marcus walks you through his unlikely journey from college dropout waiting tables to successful entrepreneur.

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Changing course in a pandemic: How one man, afraid to leave his front porch, turned a panicked moment into a movement

Shawn Dromgoole discuss how he turned a moment into a movement during the COVID-19 pandemic and how he caught Marcus Whitney’s attention.

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The Combined Power of Music and Business- Marcus Whitney LIVE with Mark O’Shea

Today’s guest on #MWL is Mark O’Shea. We discuss business ventures like Noise New Media, overcoming personal obstacles, philanthropy, and music.

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Empowering Entrepreneurs and Developing Diversity – Marcus Whitney LIVE with Oliver Libby

Today’s guest on #MWL is Oliver Libby. We discuss entrepreneurship, innovation, and the future of work, as well as principles of leadership.

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The Grind 90 Mind Body and Soul

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The Grind 89 The Resistance

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The Grind 88 Let It Go

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The Grind 87 Nap Time

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The Grind 80 Maturity Matters

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