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

Press Appearance -4

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.

Press Appearance -3

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.

Press Apperance -7

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.

Recap Graphics - Mitch Joel

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.

Press Apperance -6

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.

Recap Graphics - Clarence Bethea

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.

Black Entrepreneur Blueprint Academy

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.

michael w

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.

9

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.

8

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.

Mark O'Shea - Recap Graphics

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.

Recap Graphics - Oliver Libby

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.

Copy of Copy of The Power of Less (11)

The Grind 55: Living On Purpose

Even when we know it’s right, commitment can be scary. I hope you had a fantastic holiday weekend. I love the vibe during Easter / Passover weekend. I find myself thinking about greatness and how one leaves a mark on humanity worthy of remembrance.  Not that one should do something great in order to be…

Copy of Copy of The Power of Less (12)

The Grind 54: Coming to Terms

There must be something in the air… I wouldn’t quite call it a crossroads, but I’m definitely on the verge of something big… personally. I can tell because it’s been hard to get my focus away from how I’m living my life.  Things like how much sleep I’m getting, what I’m eating, how much I’m…

Copy of Copy of The Power of Less (13)

The Grind 53: Mood Follows Action

Change is a big damn deal. I met up with a friend last week who I hadn’t seen in a while. He reads the newsletter, and last week I shared my sadness about the untimely death of Nipsey Hussle. But even prior to that, I’ve been pretty open with y’all on The Grind. It’s just…

Copy of Copy of The Power of Less (13)

The Grind 52: The Marathon Continues

When will you realize you aren’t here forever? I had a fun April Fools joke planned for today’s note. That shit is cancelled. Nipsey Hussle was just shot and killed. I’m listening to his triumphant album, Victory Lap, track number 4 “Young Nigga” on repeat. “Staring in the space that you fishing for a phrase…

Copy of Copy of The Power of Less (14)

The Grind 51: Innovation Is Lonely, Get Used To It

It’s Not Your Fault, But It’s Your Responsibility Note: This week’s edition is a little heady. I had a bit of a rollercoaster week energetically, and really wasn’t sure where I was going to land. I like where I did, but it’s heady. So apologies if it goes over yours, I’m definitely not trying to.…

Copy of Copy of The Power of Less (15)

The Grind 50: There Are Always Tradeoffs

Thank you. Before I dig in for the week, I just want to thank you for subscribing to my weekly notes and for those of you who have reached out directly afterwards, a special thanks. I didn’t know when I started back writing how important The Grind would become in my life, but you are…

Copy of Copy of The Power of Less (16)

The Grind 49: Reflect and Integrate

Slow down. Better yet, stop. Sunday morning I woke up and felt like I had a hangover. Only thing was, I didn’t have a drop of alcohol the night before. I haven’t had any for almost four months. I felt that way because my body is tired to the bone. I came into this year…

Copy of Copy of The Power of Less (17)

The Grind 48: Deepening The WHY

There are worse things. Last week was one of the most transformational weeks of my entire life. My first son is, undoubtedly, the catalyst for the person I have become over the last twenty years. It was his existence that drove me to get real with myself, become self-disciplined and make real progress in my…

Copy of Copy of The Power of Less (18)

The Grind 47: The Leverage Gained By Letting Go

In between expectation and reality… is grief I’ve been thinking a lot about leverage lately Why does leverage matter? Because it is the thing that most determines which source of power will win in a given scenario. Power can be measured by its works. And those works are not entirely physical. There is of course,…

Copy of Copy of The Power of Less (19)

The Grind 46: In Love With An Idea

When I first started thinking about how to inspire people about entrepreneurship via social enterprise, I was lucky enough to be at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, where the Social Enterprise Alliance was headquartered. It was 2015, and that January, the Social Enterprise Alliance had named its new CEO, Jim Schorr. Jim had previously been a…

Copy of Copy of The Power of Less (19)

The Grind 45: Narcissists Give Ego A Bad Name

Why can’t we talk about how great we are? Last Wednesday I had a moment to think about how proud I was of the choices I’ve been making lately, and how they have shown me just how much of a badass I am. I’m showing up in the world in a major way right now.…

Copy of Copy of The Power of Less (20)

The Grind 44: Detours

Taking a Detour If you’re a sports fan, I hope you enjoyed Super Bowl Sunday. Kinda boring game to be honest, but it’s always nice to spend time with friends and family and watch the biggest football game of the year. 2019 is off to a bang in my world. Anything can happen, but right…