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The Mentors follows twin brothers Vadim and Sergei Revzin as they seek to uncover how successful people build their businesses and careers from day one. Twice weekly, the brothers bring inspiring stories from entrepreneurs, artists, business leaders, and entertainers they meet in NYC, to tell never before heard stories of how people get started, even when they have nothing. https://thementors.co Music by: www.purple-planet.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

The Mentors follows twin brothers Vadim and Sergei Revzin as they seek to uncover how successful people build their businesses and careers from day one. Twice weekly, the brothers bring inspiring stories from entrepreneurs, artists, business leaders, and entertainers they meet in NYC, to tell never before heard stories of how people get started, even when they have nothing. https://thementors.co Music by: www.purple-planet.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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United States

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The Mentors follows twin brothers Vadim and Sergei Revzin as they seek to uncover how successful people build their businesses and careers from day one. Twice weekly, the brothers bring inspiring stories from entrepreneurs, artists, business leaders, and entertainers they meet in NYC, to tell never before heard stories of how people get started, even when they have nothing. https://thementors.co Music by: www.purple-planet.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

Twitter:

@vrevzin

Language:

English

Contact:

(857) 400-9139


Episodes

How Real Change Happens

6/1/2020
This week we decided to address two important yet seemingly unrelated events that went on over the weekend in the United States. The mass protests that spread across most major cities in America, and the first manned launch into space between a government institution (NASA) and a private company called SpaceX. We discuss the idea that major changes often come after periods of sustained failure, and that societal progress, much like personal development, can only come with deliberate...

Duration:00:06:27

Why Your Competition Matters Less Than You Think

5/25/2020
When you're just starting out it's easy to get caught up in what your competition is doing because naturally they're further along than you. But once you learn that your competition isn't perfect and that there's likely a lot about their business that could be improved upon, start focusing on the opportunity instead of fixating on your relative position in the market. In this episode we discuss the true benefit of being a nimble startup and why young companies constantly beat out incumbent...

Duration:00:09:20

Why We Need To Approach Our Careers Differently In Uncertain Times

5/18/2020
An indisputable character trait of every successful person is their willingness to stay persistent even when it feels uncomfortable. In this episode we discuss the growing importance of persistence in today's increasingly uncertain economic climate and how we should all get more comfortable with asking for help. A good way to remove negative self think when something triggers you to feel that you're asking too much of others is to remember stories of other ambitious people accomplishing...

Duration:00:10:10

From Running Three Companies At Once To Finding A Singular Passion With Michael Fenchel Of Paradox Ventures

5/13/2020
Entrepreneurship is hard, but one of the basic tenets of being a creator is knowing that you can build something completely on your own terms. For Michael Fenchel, a young physics major out of Wisconsin who loved being a creator, that meant starting companies - three of them at once, to be exact. All three of those ventures ended up being successful, eventually leading him to start his newest company Paradox Ventures (prdx.co), a program providing personal development for entrepreneurs and...

Duration:00:55:30

How To Overcome Limiting Beliefs and Labels

5/11/2020
From a young age we're asked - "what do you want to be when you grow up?" - implying that we have to be just one thing. Our natural curiosity may take us in unexpected directions but all it takes is an expression of doubt from someone else to stop us in our tracks. In this episode we discuss the importance of questioning self-imposed limitations and removing labels that others may ascribe to us. We discuss two main limiting beliefs that we had to overcome - the idea that we're bad at writing...

Duration:00:08:41

How To Handle Self Doubt As An Entrepreneur

5/4/2020
All ambitious people, even the ones that have already experienced measurable success, feel self doubt at certain times. Knowing how to move past those feelings is critical in getting to the next stage of your journey. In this episode we discuss: 1) The importance of positive outcomes (wins) and other external validators 2) The value of working on what you care about and what you're good at 3) Why you should ask yourself if you're working on the right things See acast.com/privacy for...

Duration:00:11:22

Should You Be Fundraising During The Pandemic?

4/27/2020
All entrepreneurs have been forced to rethink their entire strategy over the last 30 days, and many are uncertain about their ability to secure funding during an unstable economic environment. In this episode we discuss what changes we're seeing in the market and how founders should approach the fundraising process now that investors are more careful about how they deploy their capital. In this episode you will learn: 1) How to setup a more targeted fundraising approach 2) What types of...

Duration:00:15:04

How A College Dropout Ended Up Running A Sales Team At Google

4/20/2020
Creating a successful career is very similar to building a successful company - your outcomes are directly correlated with your execution. This week we reflect back on a story shared by Daisy dePaulis, Head of Sales at Google Cloud, who was recently featured in a free online class at School16. Daisy worked at a restaurant after going to community college for two years when she decided that her time was more valuable than the hourly work she was doing. In this episode we talk about how she...

Duration:00:15:31

How Darrell Silver Of Thinkful Taught Himself How To Build Companies Part II

4/15/2020
Being an entrepreneur means that you get to decide what you want to be an expert in each time you start a new venture. One famous example is Richard Branson, who started off running a student magazine, then a record company, followed by a successful airline and a spaceflight company. Darrell Silver made a similar move with his second company, Thinkful. In part two of our interview we discuss why he decided to move away from enterprise tech where he successfully sold his first business into...

Duration:00:25:57

Finding Focus During A Time Of Crisis

4/13/2020
"Keep busy at something. A busy person never has time to be unhappy" -Robert Louis Stevenson. Today's episode is inspired by a message from Naval Ravikant, prolific entrepreneur and investor. His observation states that the physical spaces that we, typically, navigate to and from every day - be it the office, school, church, etc. - are primarily there to keep us busy. When going through a difficult period an effective way to keep negativity at bay is to create an environment where there's no...

Duration:00:09:40

How Darrell Silver Of Thinkful Taught Himself How To Build Companies Part I

4/8/2020
Most successful founders will tell you that you can’t build a company for the purpose of selling it, yet some entrepreneurs are able to successfully find acquirers for their ventures time and time again throughout their careers. After all, that’s one of the most common exit scenarios for founders and shareholders. In this two part series we had the pleasure of sitting down with the founder of Thinkful, Darrell Silver, who sold his education company last year for $100 Million to Chegg, his...

Duration:00:29:46

What Can Happen When You Set Audacious Goals

4/6/2020
The simple act of setting a big goal can change your outcomes because it defines the tasks that you prioritize in the immediate future. This week we talk about how we experienced this phenomenon first hand when we decided to launch our new education program School16. We discuss what motivated us to set a highly optimistic goal and how this led to getting over 600 signups in just a few short weeks. A simple framework that can be used to replicate this process is called SMART goal setting....

Duration:00:11:50

How to Get the Attention of Important People (Rebroadcast)

4/1/2020
Ever wonder why someone isn’t responding to your email? Maybe you made a great connection with someone you met in person, but when you follow up with them you never hear back. Every day others are vying for our attention, but we only truly engage with those that succeed in piquing our interest. This is especially true if you’re trying to reach someone important or busy. We’ve been able to get the attention of some of the most incredible people in the world after refining the outreach...

Duration:00:35:30

How Entrepreneurs Are Responding To The Crisis

3/30/2020
In difficult times it helps to remind yourself that every day there are good things happening in the world. This week we highlight how some entrepreneurs are taking the opportunity to rapidly innovate and address the problems caused by this crisis head on. We also talk about the importance of being grateful for the positive things that happen throughout your day while trying to avoid the negativity of the daily news cycle. We end the episode by highlighting some of the happy moments we...

Duration:00:09:45

Getting To Millions Of Users Through Word Of Mouth With Vu Van Of ELSA

3/25/2020
When Vu Van was struggling to learn how to pronounce words in English correctly as a grad student at Stamford, she couldn't have known that a passion for this problem would drive her to build a language learning app with millions of users just a few years later. In this episode Vu breaks down exactly how she managed the process of proving demand for her language app ELSA by getting 1000 users in just one week. She also walks us through how she tested with hundreds of early users in Vietnam...

Duration:00:50:07

What We're Working On During The Quarantine - Announcing School16

3/23/2020
Entrepreneurs are not defined by their product but rather their ability to come up with an idea and bring people together to make it a reality. Given recent events this week we decided to launch a new initiative to help people land jobs in more resilient and flexible industries, starting with tech. Starting in two weeks (April 1st, 2020) we will be launching a series of free live online classes to help people 1) understand the opportunities available to them in tech 2) learn how to develop...

Duration:00:09:32

From A 7-Figure Event Business To A Global Leadership Training Company, With Claudia Chan of S.H.E. Summit Part II

3/18/2020
Starting one successful business doesn’t necessarily make it easier to start another one. However, experienced entrepreneurs are more likely to be successful the second time around simply because they know how to push forward until they start to reach their goals, even if it takes longer than anticipated. In part two of our interview with Claudia Chan we discuss what gave her the idea of starting a women’s empowerment company and why this business was more challenging to build from the...

Duration:00:21:22

Why It's The Perfect Time To Start A Company

3/16/2020
We're in a unique time in history right now where the whole world is going through an experience together. While it's clear that there's a lot we don't know about the spread of a pandemic and it's eventual ramifications, if nothing else our very humanity is evident now more than ever. This is creating a heightened sense of camaraderie and a realtime shift in how we interact with each other. In this 5 Minute Pick Me Up we talk about how Scott Heiferman identified an opportunity for a...

Duration:00:09:18

From A 7-Figure Event Business To A Global Leadership Training Company, With Claudia Chan of S.H.E. Summit Part I

3/11/2020
Before Claudia Chan was even 30 years old, she was already running a 7-Figure women’s entertainment business in New York City. How did this first time entrepreneur accomplish so much, so quickly? It was through that own-your-own-destiny mentality that Claudia’s parents ingrained in her from a young age that she was able to have the confidence to think of herself as a born entrepreneur even as a teenager. Always keeping her eyes open for opportunities, Claudia spotted her first business...

Duration:00:32:08

What Happened When Our Venue Canceled On The Morning Of Our Event

3/9/2020
We were all set to hold our conference with more than 500 confirmed attendees, but at 8:00AM on the morning of the event we got an email from the venue saying that due to the coronavirus threat, they can no longer host our event. With 4.5 hours left, it seemed that the only option was to email all speakers and attendees apologizing for this unexpected turn of events and cancel the whole thing. But it took just one person to ask, is there any way to keep the event on? This is exactly what...

Duration:00:08:48