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Miss O and Friends

A 10-year-old Juliette Brindak came up with an idea of ‘Miss O and Friends’ when she was just 10 years old. Unlike just about every person her age, she used her entrepreneurial instincts to actually create something out of her idea, which is how Miss O and Friends came into existence.

‘Miss O’ was one of the characters from a series of drawing-based characters called the ‘Cool Girls’ aimed to be positive role models for young girls and teens. Brindak created the characters herself, and spurred by their popularity, her family helped her with her venture – her mother, who was a graphic designer by profession, drew the characters, while her father, a business man, helped set up and look at the business side of things. Brindak launched Miss O and Friends in 2005 based on the popular characters. The website is a ‘for girls, by girls’ website where girls can seek advice from a supportive community, and play flash games.

Books based on the Miss O characters have sold over 100,000 copies. In 2008, Procter and Gamble invested in Miss O and Friends. The company was valued at $15 million! In 2011, the site was ranked the third largest girls-only website! Today, the website generates 10 million monthly visits – which is 20 times the traffic it generated when it was created.

A now-23 year old Brindak, who remains the CEO of the company, uses different methods to keep on top of what tweens are looking for today, and makes it possible for girls to see their favorite celebrities and musicians play live by offering all-expense paid trips for them!

Millions of Fans. 500,000+ musicians. One platform.

Bandpage is a free Page-focused application that allows musicians to create a tab for their Facebook Page where they can stream full songs for listening, post videos and tour dates, and publish to the feeds of people who like them. BandPage Plus, at an affordable $1.99 a month, gives customers deep appearance customization options. For comparison, a custom music tab can cost $3,000 to $5,000 to commission. In the four months since RootMusic launched the app, the company has signed up 20,000 bands and now has 3.15 million MAU.

J Sider worked his way up in the music business from mopping venue floors to booking some of the biggest gigs. J Sider is a veteran in the business of managing bands and venues around the country. This experience opened his eyes to the practical needs of the music community in the digital era, and the lack of a solution. Out of this realization, J Sider created BandPage to provide a powerful platform to help musicians create new revenue streams and drive higher fan engagement.

J Sider was named to both Inc. Magazine’s and Billboard’s 30 Under 30 as well as twice to Forbes 30 under 30.

J Sider

J Sider       CEO & Founder

“After years in the industry, I thought, ‘There’s got to be an easier way for musicians to promote themselves and make more money online.’ And there is. We’ve built BandPage to manage a musician’s entire online presence with one update on one, central platform.”  – J Sider

Dude with Two 6-Figure Businesses

Adam Horwitz is just a typical guy…with two 6-figure businesses.

Adam Horwitz

When Adam was a 15-year-old high school sophomore growing up in the Pacific Palisades, a mean-spirited gossip blog caught fire with his classmates. Concerned parents soon stomped it out, but Adam’s newfound desire to find online success would prove much harder to extinguish.

He started Urban Stomp, a website where he posted music and the locations of parties in the area. The site made a profit by selling clothes through affiliate links. Adam proved too successful for his own good: Urban Stomp drove 800 people to one party. He had to shut it down after only a few weeks.

Adam has learned from his mistakes and now teaches people age 15 and older how to make money online. He practices what he preaches: his courses, ‘Mobile Monopoly’ and ‘Cell Phone Treasure’, have each earned over $100,000 and he has another one in the works, called ‘Dude I Hate My Job’. To get his blood flowing, Adam enjoys driving his newly-purchased 2010 Audi A5 and playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on his Xbox 360.

Uptown Cheapskate

uptown_cheapskate_2Uptown Cheapskate was started by two siblings, Scott and Chelsea Sloan. Being poor college students themselves, they became frustrated with the fact that being stylish in today’s society requires investing in trendy clothes. The solution they provided to this problem is called Uptown Cheapskate; the fashion exchange for young adults and teens, that has made it possible for cash-poor youth to afford stylish clothes.

The idea is that they buy and sell new and like-new name brand clothing and accessories for guys and girls at crazy low prices.  Prices that will turn anyone into a serious shopaholic. How are they able to stock their racks with these amazing deals?  Uptown Cheapskate pays fashionable shoppers like you cash on the spot for like-new items.  Simply put: “we want to buy your clothes. Really.  So bring us your stylish, like-new things, and leave with cash in your hand.”

To make sure that their trading customers were getting the correct payment for their clothes, they created a system called IMAP. When asked how it worked, they responded, “Sometimes a person has a designer or unusual brand that’s not easily recognized – and we want to make sure these sellers get what their items are worth. It took me almost a year to develop our IMAP program, which is basically the Kelly Blue Book for resale clothing. Our program recognizes nearly 5,000 unique brands, and assigns a range of values to each brand by type of item. This takes the guesswork out of buying, and ensures that we’re fairly paying out our sellers based on their items. This program is the cornerstone of our franchise system.”  Having set the foundation that they needed for their business, Scott and Chelsea are pleased with the growth and direction that their company is taking.




Millennial entrepreneurs & vintage train travel

Millennial Entrepreneurs Harness Power of Vintage Train Travel

Two dozen young entrepreneurs spilled off a train exhausted after their journey and dragged their luggage toward Washington, D.C.’s bustling Union Station. The Millennial Trains Project participants had just spent a week and a half chugging cross-country in vintage train cars as part of what amounted to a moving start-up incubator. Each young entrepreneur had an idea for a project that could have broad impact but be implemented at the local level and they helped each other breath life into those ideas as they rolled across the country. The participants gained admission through crowdfunding. Those who could raise the $5000 for the trip – convince enough people their project was worth pursuing – got a ticket. They said it was a good way to avoid using traditional measures of success like GPA and to ensure that all participants started the trip on an equal playing field. It’s too soon to tell the long-term impact of the projects that were born and advanced on the journey, but the Millennial Train Project participants Fusion spoke with said without exception that it had been a time of growth and discovery.