In the early dawn of the internet, it wasn’t easy for an independent artist to sell their music online — so Derek, an musician himself, decided to create a system where he could. Then his friends, and friends of friends, wanted to do the same thing — that’s when CD Baby was born. It later became a lean sales machine producing over $100 million dollars in sales and servicing over 200,000 musicians. Derek later sold CD baby, giving proceeds to charity, in 2008 for $22 million — he’s also a best-selling author, musician, programmer, world traveler, and circus ringleader (to get over his fear of public speaking.)
I have the pleasure to speak with Derek, via Skype from his home in New Zealand, to talk about marketing, automation, and how it applies to product-based companies.
Do you want to know what it takes to startup your own restaurant? Well then, meet Bradley Sanchez, he went to school for art, worked on Broadway Street, and started his first restaurant, The Salad Shop, by the age of 25.
I had the opportunity to sit down with him at his place, in Baton Rouge, to talk about what it takes to start your own restaurant in a highly saturated market.
Ah, the end of the year is here. This is my first year on my own terms (leaving the status quo, that is) and I’ve talked to quite a few amazing entrepreneurs, athletes, foodies, and world travelers. One thing I always find fastening about them is their character — what books do they love? Music? Influencers? So at the end of every interview I ask, “What’s a book, a song, and a quote you love?”
Robbie Vitrano started an ad-agency in New Orleans, Trumpet, that took a major part in the city’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina. He co-founded Naked Pizza, an international pizza chain that uses simple, wholesome, natural ingredients. And Idea Village, the local watering hole for entrepreneurs and like-minded people in New Orleans.
I had the pleasure to sit down with him at Laurel Street bakery (please excuse the noise in the audio) in New Orleans, to talk about how important branding is for a new company to grow.