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"My best piece of advice is to not take yourself too seriously. Allow your business to be fun. Allow yourself to mess around and make mistakes." - Steven Carse, the King of Pops.
How a laid-off AIG analyst turned a Mexican dessert into a beloved Atlanta brand with a fierce cult following. A feature from the first YEC Quarterly Magazine.
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"The Internet, and particularly cloud-based platforms, has made entrepreneurship simple for anyone with an idea, some decent skills and the drive to make it happen." - Justin Beegel, founder of Infographic World.
Overwhelmed by all the tech services offered? Here the three you actually need.
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This year, YEC hosted members and invited guests to mix and mingle at The Jacobson in Kansas City. Tito’s Vodka, Experience Events Group, and The Jacobson sponsored the event.
Earlier this year, members came together for Kansas City Connections.
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"Unlike entrepreneurs, many professionals are allowing their corporation to dictate their career path – a mistake that can render them obsolete." - Brendon Schrader, founder of Antenna.
Whether you work at a startup, want to start a startup, or love your corporate job, there's a lot you can learn from the entrepreneurial mindset.
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What is one tip for dealing with competitors that are intentionally undercutting you on price?
Learn how to keep business strong even when competitors are intentionally undercutting your prices.
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YEC member company Yeti just announced that their new, free app is available for download in the iTunes store. Yeti President Tony Scherba and Design Director Geoff House worked with actress and comedian Chelsea Handler to develop “Gotta Go.”
YEC members work with Chelsea Handler to create an app for those unfortunate but inevitable awkward situations.
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What is one thing young entrepreneurs should be aware of when considering an acquisition offer? Answers by members of YEC.
The offer might look good now, but don't overlook these details.
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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.
Learn what YEC Members are talking about online this week.
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"Here, I put the family-work balance to the test. I had to prove to my father that replacing the COO he’d selected — and moving forward under my leadership — were the right decisions for the company." - Kristy Knichel, CEO & president of Knichel Logistics.
Whether it be a family business or a self-run startup, putting what you want to see into action can be your biggest challenge.
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"Building a business requires more than just good software. A company needs sticky messaging, intelligent marketing and smart sales as well to be successful. Software alone isn’t enough." - Pratham Mittal, co-founder of VenturePact.
Don't let these early mistakes with your software process keep your fledgling company from success.
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"Success in business begins with the right mindset. As a business ages and becomes more sophisticated, the business owner’s mindset changes." - Nitin Chhoda, CEO of In Touch EMR.
The sooner you can think of your business as an enterprise, the faster it will become one.
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YEC members are experts in many fields. From technology to food innovation, they’ve started successful and forward-thinking companies across a variety of industries and gained first-hand knowledge of the challenges of starting and sustaining a business. This week, our members offer insight on how entrepreneurs can be creative and competitive.
Learn from YEC members some best practices and insider tips on being more creative and competitive.
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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.”