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Today’s #MillennialToWatch is Dan Fleyshman.
Dan Fleyshman is the youngest founder of a publicly traded company in history. At the age of 23, after selling 15 million dollars worth of clothing in six department store chains and surpassing expectations with his 9.5 million dollar licensing deal with STARTER apparel, Mr. Fleyshman launched the “Who’s Your Daddy” energy drink into 55,000 retail stores and military bases. 10 years after starting his licensing company in high school, Dan went on to launch Victory Poker in 2010, building the third largest team of professional players out of the 550 poker sites on the market. Dan is a very active Angel Investor and advisor to 24+ companies that range from mobile apps and tech companies, to successful monthly box subscription sites like “DollarBeardClub” and consumer products like Uwheels, both of which exceeded $5,000,000 in sales in less than 8 months. During all of this, he’s supported 2 dozen charities before finally launching his own: www.modelcitizenfund.org, which creates backpacks filled with over 150 emergency supply items for the homeless. It has been the official charity of the World Series of Poker Europe the past few years and has been featured on Fox Sports, NBC, MTV, and ESPN for supplying homeless shelters, teen abuse shelters, and orphanages around the world.
Besides his passion for philanthropy, he’s also an avid poker player with multiple 1st place wins. These range from the 5k C.E.O. Poker Championship at the Palms, the Canadian Poker Tour Main Event, and the 25k high roller event at the Commerce Casino — as well as winning the 10k Chipleader Challenge at the Hard Rock. On top of all of this, “Elevator Nights” is the quarterly event that Dan holds (free of charge) for 12 companies to present for five minutes each to 150 of his angel investor friends. Currently his media site, 1stSlice.com, has generated 300,000,000 page views in the first nine months since launching — and is on pace to surpass one billion page views in 2016!
Dan shares…”Don’t talk about it, be about it.”
“#1 JUST GET STARTED!!!
I always say the line: “Don’t talk about it, be about it…”
“In business, it couldn’t be more true, especially in 2016 where we have SO MANY new amazing (mostly free) tools to use to launch things quickly & efficiently and then test them quickly & efficiently. So much time is wasted in “Meetings about meetings”. Which means, 5 people go into a room for 2 hours to discuss an idea and then they plan to meet again about it in the next week or 2… See the problem? It’s not 2 hours wasted, it’s 10 hours, and you don’t have to wait weeks for the next meeting most of the time, it just postpones the inevitable. (This obviously doesn’t apply to everything, but it does to so many things that people procrastinate on until they never happen.)
So be more efficient with time, make decisions quicker, and start executing faster, you’ll see a snowball effect into the other aspects of your business when you just decide to start NOW! It causes everyone else around you and connected to you to react, and forces them to get to work.
#2 The famous Mark Cuban line: “Sales Cures All.”
I believe that deep in my soul and I implement it in most companies I’m involved in far before there’s a problem to cure!!! The reason I say that is, if you come out of the gate with sales/traffic/clients/whatever your metric for success is, then you’ve proven your concept and removed the biggest inhibition that most of your future sales/clients have of “Being First”. No buyer at for a grocery store chain wants to buy your energy drink 1st!!! They don’t want to lose their job and don’t want to have a dead product on their shelf. That goes for hiring you as a speaker or becoming your consulting client. All buyer’s are nervous about being 1st, so in the example of the grocery store chains, back when I was selling my energy drinks, I was adamant to get into local 7-11’s and Ralph’s and then showed the regional buyer’s of Albertson’s that I was in 10 locations of 7-11 and 15 Ralph’s and then they ordered for 240+ Albertson’s which caused Ralph’s to increase their order and secured me Costco/Circle K/Military bases/etc. because they all felt more comfortable then the next. That all started with a few cases of drinks selling well in 25 local stores the 1st month and by the 2nd year before I knew it we had 43 distributors selling the drinks into 55,000 retail stores.”
So go out there and get your first sales & clients!!! (And have a good quality product/offering.)”
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Dan would like ask you…“What other steps, tips or advice should I add to the 2nd edition of my book for start-up entrepreneur’s: “How To Set-Up Your Business For Under $1,000″ www.buythisbook.com
Let us know what you think on email@example.com and will send your answers back to Dan.