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"I am a big believer in asking lots of questions of others. People like to share about themselves and they remember people who go out of their way to learn about them. It is a lost art of conversation."

Recently, YEC spoke with Jennifer Mellon, co-founder and president at Trustify, about her experiences networking and her advice for others aspiring to improve their own experience.
Although there are a few tried and true networking strategies, different things work for different people.
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Meet Colin McGuire. He is the founder of ViroCart Holdings, which builds eCommerce companies with integrity. The company provides quality products at fair prices, with transparent warranties and no-regrets return policies. Specialities include web design, mobile design, marketing, social media and SEO.

Colin is an expert in creating scalable sales and marketing systems for companies. He has a great deal of experience in eCommerce and digital marketing as well.
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Each week, we like to post what’s been going on with some of our members in the world of social media. Our recap will cover member news and highlights, external publications and hiring needs.

Members featured: Carrie Rich, The Global Good Fund; Eric Siu, SingleGrain; Neil Patel; Robert J. Moore, RJ Metrics; Anthony Saladino, Kitchen Cabinet Kings; DJ Saul, iStrategyLabs; Erik Huberman, Hawke Media; Srinivas Rao, The Unmistakable Creative; Tiffany Pham, Mogul; Alejandro Velez, Back to the Roots.
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YEC member Luke Schueler, co-founder and owner of Flying Squirrel Sports, recently announced the opening of Flying Squirrel Guatemala City, one of the first entertainment parks to open in Central America.

Says Schueler, “My brother and I opened one of the first trampoline parks in the U.S. in 2010, and for the past six years have opened more all over the country. We wanted to open our business in Central America to offer the community the chance to experience such a fun facility and concept we have created.”
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YEC member company Cables and Sensors, founded by YEC member Diego Orjuela, was ranked No. 337 on Inc.’s list of 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America. The article highlights Diego’s decision to start Cables and Sensors without any funding, and instead hitting the ground running.
Diego's company, Cables and Sensors, was ranked No. 337 on Inc.'s list of 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in America.
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YEC member company HourlyNerd (now rebranded as Catalant) recently raised $22M in a Series C financing round. Led by HourlyNerd’s co-founder and co-CEO, YEC member Rob Biederman, Catalant is the leading technology platform delivering elite business talent.

“This is a tipping point for our business,” said Biederman. “Top professionals are choosing to be independent: controlling where, when and how they do business. To gather such momentum so quickly has been rewarding and speaks to a massive market opportunity; we’re only scratching the surface."
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Congratulations to YEC'er Luke Schueler, co-founder and owner of Flying Squirrel Sports, who recently announced the opening of Flying Squirrel Guatemala City.

Says Schueler, “My brother and I opened one of the first trampoline parks in the U.S. in 2010, and we wanted to open our business in Central America to offer the community the chance to experience such a fun facility and concept we have created.”
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This week, YEC brings you a recent episode of Slow Hustle, founded by Peter Awad. In this 45 minute episode, Peter speaks to fellow member Andrew Thomas about his company SkyBell, a platform that allows you to answer your doorbell from your smartphone. Thomas raised almost $600,000 in an Indiegogo campaign.

“I’m passionate about creating,” says Thomas. “And whatever we create is up to us."
Peter Awad and Andrew Thomas share entrepreneurship tips and tricks in this recent Slow Hustle episode.
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YEC member Ash Kumra recently announced the launch of Youngry, a media platform with a mission to democratize entrepreneurship news on startup life and help under-served and rising groups get coverage.

Youngry is an adjective to describe those who are young in ambition, hungry in spirit.
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YEC member company POSHGLAM, led by YEC member Kimberly E. Stone, is launching a new app at the end of 2016. The app will allow fashionistas to communicate and quickly make connections around the globe.

“The fashion industry is very competitive,” says Kimberly. “It’s difficult to make connections that last, and our app will allow fashion industry insiders to browse with other members of the fashion community and make quick connections to advance and enhance their careers.”
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Get to know Donald Chu, COO at and co-founder of Finaeo, Inc., a sales platform for financial advisors. The platform allows users to access and manage client information, track and complete follow-up tasks, build teams and more.

Donald is skilled in improving the efficiency of independent financial advisors via AI task automation. Recently, the company built a team of 10, where everyone is a champion in their own role. Additionally, the company’s beta product was just launched.
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An invite-only membership organization comprised of hundreds of the world’s most elite and successful young entrepreneurs.
Introduction

The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only membership organization comprised of hundreds of the world’s most elite and successful young entrepreneurs.

YEC members hail from every market sector and industry and have, collectively, generated tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in revenue.

Our goal is to provide entrepreneurs with access to everything they need to succeed — today, and in the future.

That’s why we connect the world’s most successful young entrepreneurs — so they can grow their businesses faster, while giving back to aspiring entrepreneurs through #StartupLab, our virtual mentorship program.

See our current members here >>

Honored By Nasdaq & The White House — Recognized In Media Outlets Worldwide.

Our work has been formally honored by both NASDAQ and The White House, and our organization, team and initiatives have been featured in hundreds of publications like The New York Times, Fortune, CNN, Mashable, Inc., Fast Company, Forbes, Tech Crunch, The Washington Post and The Atlantic.

We have been recognized several times over as the most elite entrepreneurship organization in America.

YEC is the Most Elite Entrepreneurship Organization in the Country. Here's Why.

YEC members, who are carefully vetted by existing members, get access to a variety of concierge-like benefits, including a dedicated community management team to facilitate introductions and connections, members-only forums and a mobile app for 24/7 peer-to-peer support, a professional editorial team for PR opportunities, and quarterly in-person events. New products, partnerships and services are rolled out regularly.

Plus, YEC members give back to the startup ecosystem by mentoring tens of thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs every month through our virtual mentorship program, #StartupLab.

A Trusted Community

The YEC is a highly selective, invite-only group of likeminded peers from nearly every industry. YEC members have access to a community of entrepreneurs just like them, including:
  • Dedicated community management team to facilitate warm introductions and connections
  • 24/7 peer-to-peer support via private community forums
  • Monthly video-based speed networking events
  • Members-only dashboard, private network and mobile app
  • Quarterly in-person lunches, dinners and events in YEC hubs — open to local members AND any members passing through!
Exclusive Brand-Building & PR Opportunities

Our dedicated editorial team helps members leverage — and get published in — dozens of our media partners, including the most recognizable business publications such as Forbes, Inc., Yahoo!, Read Write, The Huffington Post, VentureBeat, FastCompany, The Washington Post, MSN, Fox Business and dozens more.

With our editorial and community team’s help, YEC members get:
  • Quick-and-easy PR through our “Q&A”-style advice columns
  • Major media exposure via their own how-to, tips-based AND op-ed articles
  • Social media promotion via YEC social channels
  • Multiple interview and article/blog syndication opportunities
  • Hands-on help refining and editing content.
Access To Business Tools and Resources

One of the biggest advantages YEC members have is the ability to get advice, deals, discounts and peer-to-peer support anytime, anywhere via our members-only dashboard, app and online community forums. Access business development resources like:
  • Regional and community-wide forums for 24/7 peer-to-peer support
  • Weekly community request emails, where you can post opportunities or ask other YECers for resources/opinions/assistance
  • A YEC members map so you can connect with YECers in person, no matter where your business travel takes you
  • A members-only mobile app to connect with YEC resources on the go
  • Exclusive discounts on business products and services.
High-Touch Support

Community management is our top priority. Members can count on the YEC team for concierge-like service, around the clock. Our core team includes:
  • Knowledgeable support staff
  • Professional editorial services
  • Top-notch community management.
Our goal is to provide every single member with a unique, personalized experience that helps them grow their networks — and their businesses.

Opportunity To Empower Other Entrepreneurs Worldwide

We’re passionate about the same things you are: namely, improving the startup ecosystem, helping to pave the way for other startup founders and aspiring entrepreneurs to succeed, grow and give back. YEC offers its members multiple ways to nurture the startup ecosystem (while maximizing their limited time and bandwidth) through #StartupLab, a virtual mentorship program fueled by YEC’s collective brainpower.

YEC members empower other entrepreneurs in several ways:
  • Conduct a #StartupLab live video chat with thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs from around the world
  • Participate in, teach or speak at on-the-ground mentorship events
  • Produce content for #StartupLab training materials, including weekly email lessons and eBooks.
YEC is an Invite-Only, Highly Selective, Quality-Over-Quantity Organization.

After an application is filled out, our member selection committee uses a combination of qualitative and quantitative information about a candidate’s business to decide if they are eligible for membership. The YEC is a vetted democracy, in which current members vote on all new members. We don’t share every detail of the selection process, but certain core criteria are explained below.

Founders & Business Owners

In order to qualify for YEC membership, the candidate must be an entrepreneur (under 40 at the time of application) on the founding team of an existing business venture — or past business venture that they have successfully exited from.

High-Growth Businesses

We look for businesses with accelerating revenue models and a plan for sustainability or a profitable exit. The typical YEC candidate has either a minimum of $1M annual revenue and/or has secured a minimum of $1M in financing for their current venture(s); while the majority of candidates report significantly higher revenues or financing, these are a good baseline criteria. (Those who do not yet meet these criteria are encouraged to join #StartupLab, our free mentorship program.)

Awards & Recognition

We look for company founders who have been recognized and awarded by reputable organizations for operating successful businesses in their given industry (for example, by Inc. 30 Under 30, Forbes 30 Under 30, Crains 40 Under 40, Business Journals 40 Under 40, Entrepreneur 30 Under 30, among others).

Community Impact

We want our members to be as passionate about giving back to the entrepreneurship ecosystem as we are. We seek out members who have exemplified true leadership in the startup community by giving back through volunteering, investing, donating, mentoring or otherwise.

Social Influence

We look for members who are widely recognized as the thought leaders in their respective industries and look at various contributions each candidate has made online and offline to the larger entrepreneurship brain trust.

YEC Was Created By Entrepreneurs For Entrepreneurs.This is Our Story.

Today, Scott Gerber is a serial entrepreneur, internationally syndicated business columnist, author (Never Get a “Real” Job) and TV commentator.

But early in his entrepreneurial career, as a college student, he found himself making “every possible mistake one could make as a rookie entrepreneur” — which led to the failure of his first business.

At that moment, he made a promise to himself: if he ever succeeded in the future, he would work to ensure that no young entrepreneur ever felt alone or struggled without the proper resources again.

Gerber knew he needed candid advice and support from his fellow Gen Y entrepreneurs who’d been there, done that.

Nearly a decade later, with several successful businesses in tow, he realized his vision with the first version of the Young Entrepreneur Council: an informalbrain trust of like-minded peers who wanted to help each other’s businesses grow, while also supporting the millions of aspiring young entrepreneurs just getting started.

“We want to aggregate the best of the best.”

From the start, the YEC was an invitation-only forum to exchange ideas and resources, make high-value connections and provide needed mentorship.

When Gerber met Ryan Paugh — Brazen Careerist co-founder and “something of a cult legend in the online community-building world” — they began building out the YEC community on a larger scale.

A few short years later, “the most elite entrepreneurship organization in America” — to date, the invite-only organization has accepted just a few hundred out of over 11,000 applications — is helping disrupt business mentorship and the professional business organization model as we know it.

Paying it forward while supporting each other’s growth is integral to YEC’s mission to empower young entrepreneurs, who, across the board, believe that doing well and doing good are not mutually exclusive — nor should they be.

To that end, the YEC has led various public campaigns to improve access to and policy around entrepreneurship, from the#FixYoungAmerica grassroots campaign to the Youth Entrepreneurship Act, Gen Y Capital Partners and, most recently, the launch of#StartupLab, a virtual mentorship program (in partnership with Citi) that helps millions of aspiring and current entrepreneurs launch and grow new businesses.

“Everything we do at the YEC is meant to fulfill a social need and promote free enterprise at the same time,” says Gerber.

“If we can create a series of mentorship programs for aspiring entrepreneurs, and unprecedented access to high-level resources and connections for our elite members at the same time, then we’ve achieved something very powerful.”

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