Monday, August 3, 2020

#MondayMotivation | Run It Up



Run It Up
Kairo X Sha'ki


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Monday, July 27, 2020

#MondayMotivation | Can't Be Me By Russ




Can't Be Me by Russ

Nah, it can’t be me
Bein’ one of those ones (Nah)
Who doesn’t get shit done (Uh)
Wonder why they never won (Hm)
Nah, it can’t be me (Hm)
Lettin’ time go to waste (Nah), sittin’ around all day (Uh)
Never makin’ shit shake (Nah)
Nah, it can’t be me


You may have heard about Russ as a hip-hop artist, but he is also a successful entrepreneur with a startup formed around himself.

Russ got his start like many startups...applying talent, doing the work, finding users, engaging, delighting them with content and leveraging technology to grow.

Sports and entertainment is full of traditional gatekeepers.

In music, labels have traditionally been the only way to succeed from getting on the radio to distribution.

He showed it was possible to be independent and successful, doing everything himself.

From posting free content on Soundcloud to dropping one song albums every week, he got people to try the product, bloggers to post about it, driving his own attention through word of mouth and then eventually pay for it through platforms and tours as his audience scaled.

Starting to sound familiar to many of the most successful startup stories?

It's why we're excited to feature Russ as our first Monday Motivation.

Check out Russ on all his platforms.

Note: special thanks to Ben Horowitz from a16z for inspiring this series and Steve Stoute for sharing the story about Russ. More on that coming soon...


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Startup Outdoorsy Goes From Crisis to Boom During Pandemic




Initially as the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States and North America, almost every travel, sports, recreation and hospitality business was hit hard.

That included Outdoorsy, the RV rental marketplace based in Silicon Valley, but as Americans have adjusted to travel by road and concerns of keeping a safe environment instead of a hotel, the startup has seen a massive surge into the summer.

CEO Jeff Cavins, in a conversation with Emily Chang, says Outdoorsy went from a 90% decline in business to now revenue of $3M per day.

93% of customers are first-time users of an RV experience.

Note: New users can get $50 to try Outdoorsy with our referral.



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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Pandemic Perspective from Boston Red Sox to Liverpool with Fenway Sports Group




Fenway Sports Group, which owns both the Boston Red Sox and Liverpool, is in the business of both baseball and global football (soccer).

Sam Kennedy, President and CEO of the Red Sox, shares the challenges around the two sports during the pandemic.

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