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In this YEC members-only video, YEC member Arian Radman, co-founder and Director of Engineering at CoachUp, teaches other members how to lock down celebrity endorsements. Radmand and team are well-known for their celebrity endorsements, including professional basketball player Stephen Curry.
The Founder and Director of Engineering at CoachUp, Arian Radmand shares his experience securing high-profile celebrity endorsements.
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This week at YEC, we want to celebrate three members and member companies who have been recognized for their outstanding achievements.

Congratulations to YEC members: Dan Aziz, Premama; Jason Grill, Sock 101 / JGrill Media; Robert Glazer, Acceleration Partners.
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We recently spoke with YEC member Joanna Schneier, CEO at Cognotion, about her experiences networking, and her advice for others aspiring to improve their own experience.
Talk to people you meet about your passions. You never know what will come of it.
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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 managing people growth.

YEC contributors: Anthony Pezzotti, Knowzo; Charlie Graham, Shop It To Me, Inc; Elle Kaplan, LexION Capital; Andrew Thomas, SkyBell Video Doorbell; Brian David Crane, Caller Smart Inc; Matthew Weinberg, Vector Media Group; Brittany Hodak, ZinePak; Corey Blake, Round Table Companies; Peggy Shell, Creative Alignments; Peter Daisyme, Invoicing; Joshua Lee, StandOut Authority; Luigi Wewege, Vivier Group; Alisha Navarro, 2 Hounds Design; Douglas Baldasare, ChargeItSpot; Andy Leff, Electricity Labs/Warp Speed Labs; Matthew Weinberg, Vector Media Group; Kevin Conner, WireSeek; Aviva Leebow Wolmer, Pacesetter; Dustin Cavanaugh, RenewAge; Murray Newlands, Due; Eric Samson, Group8A; Christopher Kelly, Convene; Nathan Hale, First American Merchant; Duran Inci, Optimum7; David Mainiero, InGenius Prep; Jon Tsourakis, Revital Agency, LLC; Brandon Stapper, 858 Graphics; Jake Dunlap, Skaled; Manpreet Singh, TalkLocal; Thomas Smale, FE International; Cody McLain, SupportNinja; Nicole Munoz, Start Ranking Now; Micah Johnson, GoFanbase, Inc.
Learn from YEC members some best practices and insider tips on how to manage your employees through growth.
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YEC recently hosted an event in downtown Chicago, sponsored by member Jordan Kirshenbaum and his company, Prime Time Marketing. Members and invited guests gathered together at private space SUB 51, a signature bottle service lounge situated on the lower level of River North’s Hub 51.
Members recently mixed and mingled at one of Chicago's hottest venues.
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After you realize that happiness is a choice and that you actually have the power to choose to be happy, you’ll no longer harp on the negativity, point fingers, and you’ll make the best out of any situation. - Murray Newlands, President at Due.
Staying positive will do wonders for your personal and professional success.
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Altering your own thinking, behaviors and actions accordingly can help you deliver positive results. - Cynthia Johnson, Director of Brand Development at American Addiction Centers, previously Managing Partner at RankLab.
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Recently, YEC spoke with Robby Berthume, CEO at Bull & Beard, about his experiences networking, and his advice for others aspiring to improve their own experience. One tip?

"Sing a little karaoke. Tell a childhood story. Share a fear. Don’t always follow the rules and stop worrying about screwing up."
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Congratulations to YEC'ers Derek Capo, Charles Moscoe and Kristaps Ronka on your recent company launch! eFin seeks to level the playing field and empower the individual investor with second-level information in ways only institutions and hedge funds with insider contacts and research budgets have been able to do so previously.
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YEC member company DIALS, where member Thomas Scriven serves as CEO, launched a new calendar-based mobile app for iOS and wearables. It reinvents the traditional “list view” of appointments into an elegantly designed dial. Events are imposed on a clock to give you a comprehensive, easy-to-read overview of your day.
The new DIALS app received praise from Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, and Tony Robbins, renowned speaker and author.
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You may think you’re a go-getter by doing everything yourself, but that’s doing more harm than you think. That's why we asked successful female entrepreneurs to share one bad leadership habit they are actively trying to overcome, and why?
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Although tedious, the DIGS process is a solid approach to a brigade of media friends, ones who will help your startup gain credibility and sticking power. - Beck Bamberger, Founder of BAM Communications.
PR doesn't require insider know-how, but it does require elbow grease, time and a commitment to building relationships with the right media.
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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.”