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Interview with 17-Year-Old Entrepreneur Sebastian “Sebas” Moftakhar

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The Vault Melrose Co-Founders Sebastian Moftakhar, 17, (left), and Rami Eadeh, 31, (right). Courtesy of Ben Norouzi.

Although most other 17-year-olds are satisfied with just focusing on school, Sebastian Moftakhar has already founded a retail storefront in one of the most prime locations in Los Angeles with his partner Rami Eadeh. The Vault Melrose is a sneaker store and recording studio located on Melrose Avenue, frequented by celebrity names like Swae Lee, Jake Paul, Madeintyo, SOB X RBE, YBN Cordae, Lil Mosey, and others. Moftakhar also throws parties and events in Los Angeles each generating 5-figure revenues with live performers under his brand “310.” I had the chance to interview him to learn his story and to share the strategies behind his success.

 

When did your entrepreneurial journey start?

I had always liked sneakers, but it was an expensive hobby to have. In the sixth grade, my parents told me that they wouldn’t fund my sneaker obsession any longer. The only route I had was to pay for my own sneakers. I figured out that every weekend high demand sneakers were selling out and reselling for more on the resale market. I saw that I could take advantage of this opportunity to make money to afford my own sneakers. I would buy three sneakers, then sell two of them and that profit would pay for me to keep the 3rd. I decided to scale this model and made a business out of it. I called it Snkrs Supply. I started selling rare sneakers and clothing to the other students at my school and in the area as well as celebrities and athletes. I became known as the “sneaker plug” and had every “hypebeast” coming to me for every release. I also sold on Facebook Groups and my website.

 

What businesses are you involved in today?

My time is split between running two businesses, the first being an event company called “310.” I host events and parties in Los Angeles bringing music artists to perform, and charging approximately $20 a ticket. We provide unforgettable and enjoyable experiences. I have a whole team of people helping with these events from a DJ to a professional security team to multiple different photographers.

Next, my partner Rami Eadeh and I created a sneaker reselling store within a music recording studio located at 7372 Melrose Ave and combined the popular cultures of both hip-hop and fashion into one community space located in the mecca of “The Culture.” We frequently network with artists and celebrities providing them with studio time and sneakers. It’s great that we found a way to combine these two worlds and I hope to create more joint experiences like this in the future.

What other activities are you involved in?

I had a big passion for basketball. I’m on the Varsity team at my school, and I dedicate a large portion of my life to it. I’m also News Editor and Business Manager of The Student Voice, my school’s newspaper, and President of both Entrepreneurship and UNICEF Clubs. I’m able to manage getting good grades in school, participating in extracurriculars, and running my businesses by having really good time-management skills and a lot of passion.

 

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?

People are often stuck in the trap of believing their goals are impossible or require too much work to achieve. They have a mindset where they think they will either succeed or fail. You have to have a growth mindset, where instead of worrying about failure, think about it as an opportunity to learn and grow. With this mindset, you take each failure you’ve had, examine and learn from it, then try again. Most entrepreneurs fail several times before they get it right. So take a chance and chase that seemingly impossible goal, the worst thing that can happen is you’ll learn something.

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5 Key To Success in Online Marketing With Mohit Churiwal

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The competition among people is growing over time. Nowadays, almost every person has access to the internet, which means getting opportunities isn’t as difficult as it used to be. But we all know that surviving in this growing competition isn’t as easy as getting opportunities. A person who has skills and who works hard can survive, and nobody knows this better than Mohit Churiwal, who is one of the youngest entrepreneurs we have.

Mohit Churiwal is a sixteen years old boy from Surat, Gujarat, who is known for his skills in content creation. When other boys of his age were worried about their results, he started working for a website called Instamax. Today he has his own News website called the Maharashtra Republic, and he also his own company called MaxternMedia. His journey to success has been a long one. Not only did he managed to survive, but today he is loved by people because of his work. He is still working hard to achieve his goals, and we all can see that he is not ready to stop.

So here are a few tips from Mohit Churiwal on success:

Know your audience: As a content creator, it is crucial to know and observe your audience’s mindset. Be as interactive as possible. You should always remember that today’s audience prefers quality over quantity, so make your content according to that. Quality content will not only engage audiences, but it will also be shared across various platforms, which will benefit you.

Keep learning: It is essential to know how social media works. You must keep learning about how social media works for your business, and you need to plan accordingly. Even your experiences will help you learn.

Use pictures, videos, and graphics: Using photos, videos, and graphics will increase the engagement of your audience. But you need to make sure that the visuals apply to your content of both the post and your audience.

Be open to constructive criticism: It is nearly impossible to get away from criticism in your career. Sometimes the truth hurts, but if you want to be successful, valuable feedback is something you want to embrace. Constructive criticism will help you to improve your working skills, and it will also help you to come up with innovative ideas.

Keep a proper track of your career: If you want to keep growing in terms of career, then keeping an adequate track is a must. Analyze your results. Try to know what is working for you and what is not. Keep putting efforts and learn from your mistakes. This is one of the best ways to grow in terms of career.

Also, make it a point that in the end, it is your dedication and your determination, which will lead you to your goals.

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Milad Ghasemikhah Bares It All In A Recent Interview

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Milad Ghasemi is known for his spontaneous, creative, and captivating performances and posts on Instagram. Like many other online entrepreneurs, Milad had to overcome several challenges in a bid to make a name for himself in the industry and become one of the most sought-after internet sensations to come out from the Middle East. The standup comedian recently spoke about his career growth and he was able to grow to become a force in the industry with more 4 million followers on Instagram.

Prior to becoming a content creator on Instagram, Milad used to join autocross when he was 19 years old. However, he gave up the sport when he turned 23 and broke into limelight in 2016 after he started doing dub smash. Consequently, he became famous especially with young Iranians and eventually took his creativity to the world, posting humorous videos on Instagram.

According to the Instagram star, his success secret is the desire to push limits with the belief that nothing is impossible. His zeal to keep trying even beyond his comfort zone is evident in his videos on Instagram and other platforms. His unique approach to making videos has also reiterated his creativity and versatility, especially in the area of gender equality advocacy.

The free spirited and spontaneous comedian is also famous for creating content that everyone can easily relate with and easily help the audience to forget about their worries. Milad highlights the feeling of impacting people’s lives positively as a motivation to keep doing more, especially in these trying times in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

With a net worth of more than $10 million and increasing popularity and acceptance as not just a comedian but a feminism advocate, the 29-year-old Milad has written his name in books of life as a social media influencer.

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An Innovative Take On Crypto-Currency and Blockchain With Jenny Q. Ta

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Crypto currency and blockchain have been some of the most hotly debated subjects in the past five years. Ever since the introduction of Bitcoin on the market by the highly elusive Satoshi Nakamoto, traders, businessmen and regular folk across the world have been getting more and more into this brand new, exciting field.

One person who recognized the potential attributes and benefits of a decentralized society and network was serial entrepreneur and Wall Street veteran Jenny Q. Ta. Now, in 2020, she has recently launched her blockchain-operated social network and crypto marketplace: Coinlinked.com.

Although it has not been on the market for more than a few weeks, Coinlinked is already making waves along the people in the crypto community and is bringing an array of innovations in this particular sector.

One thing that immediately stands out about this crypto-run global market is that it is easy to use and understand, which allows a lot more ‘normies’ (as they are affectionately referred to in the crypto universe) to get into this whole crypto currency thing.

Because the reason a lot of people tend to stick to Fiat money (aka “real money”) is that they do not understand the market and going-ons of a crypto currency such as Bitcoin.

But with her brand new Coinlinked.com, a much-upgraded version of one of Jenny Q. Ta’s previous networks, Jenny makes crypto accessible to the common Internet user.

Coinlinked allows each and every one of its users to buy any product from any website in the world and pay for those products with cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, and other big names in the crypto markets (to be implanted in the future).

Coinlinked can definitely be seen as a big step forward for the crypto universe, and this blockchain-backed network is what is needed to bring crypto more into the spotlight and make it more mainstream, which obviously would have great effects on the market and encourage the rise of various coins.

“We’ve designed this platform to vastly simplify the spending of digital assets, making the buying process smoother, faster, more intuitive, and more convenient for today’s crypto-holder. By combining a simple and efficient drop-shipping solution with a robust rewards system, the evolution of Social Networthing® takes on a whole new meaning. Especially in light of this new world we’re entering due to COVID-19, we’re streamlining the entire e-commerce process for people who want to move away from the dangers of spending or holding physical currency and want to purchase essential or other goods with crypto-payments.”

In this quote, taken from a recent interview that Jenny Q. Ta gave, she highlights a very interesting aspect of Coinlinked and what it may mean for the post-COVID-19 society that we are just entering.

With the recent pandemic and heavy lockdown all over the world, we are definitely seeing a gear-shift in the way people interact with coins and transactions, and we can definitely see the potential benefits of a crypto-currency operated marketplace in view of a future outbreak of this magnitude.

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