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 19: Uncelebrated Moments

What’s good, my friend. Lots happened this past week in my life. The Jumpstart team had a breakthrough all day off site meeting that will push us into and through a very big quarter ahead. In partnership with Oasis Center, The Unlikely Company’s Oasis Venture program graduated our first class of young entrepreneurs and it…

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The Grind 18: Keeping Priorities

How’s it going? Last week, my capacity and priorities were challenged. One of my teams made it clear that a missing critical role was having a significant impact on the work we were doing. And there wasn’t any shuffling of roles that was going to fix it. We’d tried that a couple of times, didn’t…

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The Grind 17: Love Yours

Happy Father’s Day! I’m writing this to you from my couch after an early morning coffee with my father-in-law as he passed through town, and a great brunch with my parents, Rachel and my boys. The day has gotten off to a great start, and I hope yours has as well. On Tuesday of last…

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The Grind 16: Prayers for Orlando

Context: This was written in response to the June 12th act of terror in Orlando, Florida.  Hello my friend, There is no way to make sense of indiscriminate hate. There is no way to find good in the pointless destruction of lives and families at the hands of terror. We have seen it over and…

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The Grind 15: Thoughts In Reflection Of The Greatest

A lot has happened this past week in the world. The greatest of all time passed away. He wasn’t undefeated, but he was undisputed. He was greater outside of the ring than inside of it, and that is almost unfathomable. Uber raised 3.5 billion dollars from a Saudi sovereign fund. This is the largest private…

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The Grind 14: Batching

It’s Memorial Day weekend. A time for us in America to reflect on the sacrifice that our family members and neighbors have made for the freedoms that we all enjoy. I never met several of the men in my family, my Grandfather and Great Uncle in particular, because of their sacrifice. I thank them and…

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The Grind 13: Storm and Settle

First, I want to share with anyone who hasn’t heard. On Thursday it was announced that Nashville was awarded a professional soccer franchise with the United Soccer League. I’m grateful to be part of the ownership group that was awarded that franchise. It’s exciting for Nashville. Ok, back to the topic we started on last…

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The Grind 12: The Iron Triangle

Yesterday I was at Steeplechase and a friend of mine asked me “how do you get so much shit done?!?!?” I don’t think about it that often, it’s just sort of how I’m wired… but I do take pride in being productive and prolific. I think a lot of that is at the heart of…

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The Grind 11: Hope Binds Us

Happy Mother’s Day! I’ve been under the weather the last couple of days. I’m actually about to head out to urgent care to make sure it’s not something more than a cold. Being a bit ill has a pretty significant impact on my mood. I don’t handle it very well, admittedly. It’s one of the…

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The Grind 10: Prioritize Balance

Today, I’m thinking about balance. I’m in South Beach with my best friends from college. We get together here semi-regularly to recharge and make sure our collective bond stays strong. I usually spend half the time I’m here thinking about how lucky I am to have them in my life. I live pretty far from…

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The Grind 9: How My White Belt Made Me More Thoughtful

I started taking Hapkido, a Korean martial art, along with my youngest son as a way for us to stay in shape and be more connected to each other. We started in January and just received our yellow belts last Saturday. Even at 40 years old, that was a very proud moment for me and…

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The Grind 8: 40 Hours In And Still Scared

Yesterday was TEDxNashville. TED and TEDx events are always a great time to expand our thinking, but for the last two years, they have taken on a different meaning for me. They represent a breakthrough, when I conquered the fear of sharing my idea about hustling to over 1000 people. It’s impossible to disconnect that…