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This Guy practically does everything, He practically is connected to everything on the web, just continue reading, you will understand.

1). Marc is an entrepreneur, investor, startup coach, blogger, and a multi-millionaire software engineer best known as co-author of Mosaic, the first widely-used web browser, and founder of Netscape Communications Corporation, Netscape was acquired in 1999 for $4.2 billion by AOL, which made Andreessen its Chief Technology Officer.

2). He was the chair of Opsware, a software company he founded originally as Loudcloud, Opsware was purchased by Hewlett-Packard in September 2007 for approximately $1.6 billion. He is also a co-founder of Ning, a company which provides a platform for social-networking websites.

3).As of June 30, 2008, he is said to be joining the Board of Directors of Facebook. On September 30, 2008, it was announced that he had joined the Board of Directors of eBay. Andreessen is a frequent keynote speaker and guest at Silicon Valley conferences.

4). Andreessen  received his Bachelor’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

5). Andreessen is an investor in social news website Digg and several other early-stage technology startups, like Plazes, Netvibes and Twitter. His latest project is Ning,He serves on the board of Facebook, eBay and Open Media Network, a combined Kontiki (VeriSign) client and media player, launched in 2005. Andreessen is now active in the blogging community. His blog can be found at: http://blog.pmarca.com/

He actually has time to blog, this guy is a genius..it’s that simple

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Mark Zuckerberg talks about Web 2.0, talking about Facebook Connect, the newest developments in social networking, monetizing social networking and the future of Facebook.

This is some really really good interview, couldnt believe i have missed it for some much, woow, some really good stuff from mark, he can only get better…

MARK ZUCKERBERG SOUNDS LIKE BILL GATES RIGHT???

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Mark in the video talks about the new facebook office, How technology is changing the way messages are being sent around with facebook, twitter and blogs…
He also talks about the competition facebook faces from competitors such as: Twitter, and friendfeed.

Check out the full interview
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A little memory lane into success story got me listening to this.
Tom, Tom, The Great Tom of Myspace….

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Sunil Bharti Mittal talks about the leadership and entrepreneurial lessons he has learned during his career.
This is really some good stuff and i encourage everyone to watch every minute of it, it’s totally worth it.

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Recently saw some of these companies on inc.com, and thought hopefully their stories could somehow motivate us to start now, or influence us into developing our ideas.
O yeah, All of them started in college…

Age: 26
Location: Falls Church, VA
2007 Revenue: $7.5 million
Employees: 70
Year founded: 2001
Website: http://www.k4solutions.com

Sumi Krishnan was just 19 years old when she entered the competitive federal contracting market. Today, her company regularly lands multimillion-dollar contracts to provide help desk support, network engineering support, video teleconferencing, and data management services for Air Force bases and other agencies, including the Pentagon. This summer, the company was awarded a contract to oversee office automation and military personnel administration support for the 88th Communications Group at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, one of the nation’s largest military installations.

Nick Friedman
Omar Soliman
College Hunks Hauling Junk
Age: 27 (Friedman) and 27 (Soliman)
Location: Tampa, FL
2007 Revenue: $2.5 Million
Employees: 165
Year founded: 2005
Website: http://www.1800JunkUSA.com

Raised in the nation’s capital, these two entrepreneurs were schoolmates of Chelsea Clinton and Al Gore III before they launched America’s first all-student junk removal franchise three years ago. The company’s “hunks” — clad in bright orange hats and green shirts — will haul away everything from construction materials to old couches, and Friedman and Soliman donate a portion of revenue from each job to local college scholarship programs. Today, the company employs more than 100 college students at nine outlets across the country and recently launched College Foxes Hauling Boxes, a spin-off based near Washington, D.C., which helps homeowners get rid of unwanted clutter. Revenue is expected to hit $4 million by 2009.

John Bicket
Sanjit Biswas
Meraki
Age: 28 (Bicket) and 26 (Biswas)
Location: San Francisco, CA
2007 Revenue: Undisclosed
Employees: 40
Year founded: 2006
Website: http://www.meraki.com

Launched as an MIT graduate student project, this rapidly expanding company uses inexpensive WiFi routers to create cheap, grassroots wireless networks in underserved regions of India, South America, and Africa, among other areas. Its 20-something founders have already landed over $20 million in funding from such key players as Google and Sequoia Capital. After a successful test drive in San Francisco, Meraki now connects customers in 125 different countries, providing broadband-speed access to the Internet for under $10 a month. “In two years, we went from selling products from our living room to selling them around the world,” Biswas says.

Aaron Levie
Dylan Smith
Box.net
Age: 23 (Levie) and 22 (Smith)
Location: Palo Alto, CA
2007 Revenue: Undisclosed
Employees: 37
Year founded: 2005
Website: http://www.box.net

Launched as a college project in a dorm room by these two Seattle area high school buddies, Box.net allows users to share, store, and access any type of digital file from anywhere at anytime. This year alone, the company netted $6 million in venture capital and has attracted nearly 2 million users, a number that’s sure to grow with Dell having recently added a direct link to Box.net on its new Inspiron Mini 9 notebook to boost the device’s storage capacity. Box.net users range from individual consumers to small businesses and large corporations, which use the site to collaborate on projects. Co-founder Aaron Levie says after receiving a call from billion entrepreneur Mark Cuban during his sophomore year, “we started realizing we stumbled upon something big.”

Keith Nothacker
KHN Solutions
Age: 29
Location: San Francisco, CA
2007 Revenue: $2.2 million
Employees: 7
Year founded: 2001
Website: http://www.khnsolutions.com

While selling consumer products online during his senior year at the University of Pennsylvania, Nothacker saw a business opportunity in handheld breathalyzers. He began importing the product and created a retail site. After two years of maxing out credit cards and juggling two part-time jobs, Nothacker finally gained momentum, with orders for the breathalyzers coming in from businesses, hospitals, law enforcement units, and concerned consumers. Today, the company manufactures several of its own models and has had its breathalyzers used in episodes of CSI: Miami and CSI: Las Vegas, as well as on the set of an upcoming Renee Zellwigger film. KHN Solutions ranked No. 3,003 on the 2008 Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

Tina Wells
Buzz Marketing Group
Age: 28
Location: Voorhees, NJ
2007 Revenue: Undisclosed
Employees: 10
Year founded: 1996
Website: http://www.buzzmg.com

Tina Wells was a teenager herself when she began writing product reviews for young girls, years before the youth marketing movement exploded. Today, her reviews go straight to the source, providing market research and strategies for SonyBMG, Sesame Workshop, and other youth-oriented businesses via a network of more than 9,000 teen consultants. Wells, who’s been featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, says she used to wear suits to impress her corporate clients. “Now I wear whatever I like,” she says.

Bobby Kim
Ben Shenassafar
The Hundreds
Age: 28 (Kim) and 28 (Shenassafar)
Location: Los Angeles, CA
2007 Revenue: $2 million
Employees: 30
Year founded: 2003
Website: http://www.thehundreds.com

What started as a blog and a simple T-shirt line produced by two law school classmates has become The Hundreds — a worldwide skateboarder lifestyle and apparel brand with an online magazine that attracts more than 1 million unique visitors a month. Kim and Shenassafar are the company’s sole owners, and they credit much of their success to their independence. “We’re not a corporate clothing company trying to sell down to you,” Kim says. “We’re ringing you up and sweeping the floors, and then going back to running a 30-person company. Our customers relate to it because we’re on their level.” Revenue is expected to hit $4 million in 2008.

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Ismilewear is a London based clothing company, providing a range of casual clothing for all ages.

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They said:

The clothes you wear are a form of expression, and to each who expresses himself, carry along a message. Ismilewear message is simple… Smile. After all, it takes fewer muscles to smile, and then it does to frown. Their belief in conserving energy.

How are you today?

I’m all good, just tired, but it’s all for hard work

Can you give us a bit more information about yourself?

My name is Styla; I’m 21years old studying marketing at Uni. I’m an entertainer/entrepreneur who likes to smile.

What is the concept behind your brand?

A simple positive message: smile. I’m a person who has always got a smile on his face, so I decided to make it into a way of expression, like clothing and badges.

Do you think your line is effective?

It matters how you measure effectiveness. In terms of profit and money making, it keeps me going, but that’s not why I started the line. As for pushing the image and promoting a message about smiling, it has become more and more effective. The logo is an animated version of my face, which makes it fun to push and promote.

What makes your clothing line relevant to today’s society?

It doesn’t and that’s the point. Too much negativity is advertised and praised amongst our community. Gun crime, knife crime, domestic problems, etc, is always glorified in the media. I believe it takes something as simple as a smile to change someone’s perspective on things.

What’s the most unique thing about your line, so much people doing what you’re doing, what will make me buy your designs?

The most unique thing about iSmileWear is that it’s not just an image or design, it’s an idea. When I wear one of my t-shirts to an event I’m performing at, or a party, if I see someone who looks uneasy, I tend to point to the word ‘Smile’ on my top, and they react in kind. It becomes a positing icebreaker. A lot of people have got into clothing lines for the ‘buzz’ of having a clothing line, without thinking ‘what does this mean to whoever is wearing it?’ or ‘how does this express me?’ Realistically, not everyone feels like wearing a top with a big smile on it, but the target market for iSmileWear may appreciate a top with a difference in its message, not one of self praise, or negativity, but of positivity.

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Have you done any shows, how have they been? They cost, the planning, did you have a budget, and did you go over your budget?

As iSmileWear, I’ve been involved with several shows and events, including are Bare Jokes, V.I.P. Room, Dress In White and more, and they seem to go very well. I try not to stick to the stigma of having a clothing line only allowed to be in a fashion show, so iSmileWear has liaised with several companies that do raves, youth events, magazine launches, music videos and more. As for money and budget, there’s always one involved depending on the show I’m involved in either helping run, or making from scratch.

How did you raise money for your business?

Hard working and hard grafting (and a touch of the student loan, I’m not going to lie).

Did you get any buyers at your shows?

Yes, but I usually do a few giveaways at shows.

Who are your competitors? (Customer profile)

I don’t like to say competitors, it seems like it’s a battle of the fashion lines. I’ve seen many similar companies work together to get things accomplished. iSmileWear & Fourtees have often worked together behind the scenes to aid each other. iSmileWear & ‘Where’s Your Chick?’ are part of the same entertainment company and are always pushing each other’s lines. Upshot, Benjart, Yipe, Pandemonium, all have their target market, which may coincide with one another’s, but with clothes, I’ve learned that once someone has bought a top from one shop, there is nothing stopping them from buying from another.

Who are your target markets?

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Age: 10 – 32year olds, tradition & contemporary casual clothing style… I really am trying to avoid using the word ‘Urban’

What are your advertising strategies? (Do you use any social networking sites to promote your brand)?

iSmileWear has its own website (http://www.ismilewear.com), but also use social networks such as Facebook, Fashion Space, Blogspot and more. Also, at events run by MiddleGround Entertainment, iSmileWear is promoted. Magazine & online interviews are always a good way of promoting the product.

What does your range consist of?

T-shirts, Hoodies, Polo shirts, Jumpers, Denim Shorts (ladies), Vest, Jackets… Badges… I hope to look into more as time progresses.

What fabrics do you mostly deal with?

Cottons, Suede, Synthetics, Depends on the design I guess…

How did you make your profit, did you lose more than you made?

I don’t like to talk figures, but let’s say I do alright.

Describe your collection in ten words?

iSmileWear’s message is simple… Smile… & look good doing it.

Do you make your collection to season?

Yes, but I do throw in a few exclusives mid season if I feel best fit.

How do you get your primary research e.g. in the streets, internet, books, magazines?

Looking up on the internet what is around, and what is missing… Asking others of what they think, questionnaires do work… The most simple of them all is to open your eyes, watch what everyone is wearing right now, even analyse what you yourself wear… break it down, and you’ll start to see the pattern and psychology of what you wear and why… as opposed to the simple answer of ‘I like the top, so I bought it.’

Do you try to incorporate your customer’s personality to your clothing line?

In a way, yes. As I said before, the logo is an animated version of my smile, so I would say it’s more my personality incorporated into the logo of the clothing line. But fashion is a form of expression in itself, and rather than clothes making a person’s personality shine, their personality stands out in the way a person wears their clothes.

What is your mission statement? (What are your sayings that motivate you)?

iSmile Where Ever You Go…… No Pain, No Gain….. Keep It Moving…. I don’t think there is a particular few.

Did you ever thing to turn out to be as popular as it is?

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Am I popular? I don’t really see it from the customer’s perspective on how popular iSmileWear is; I’m too busy working to get the products out to them. I think hard work and serious grafting is how you get whatever you want to succeed, to succeed. I never doubted iSmileWear would do as well as it has been doing, or else I should not have put so much time into it. I’m just happy to see it get to where it is.

Do you have any favourite business related books that you can recommend to other entrepreneurs?

Principals of Marketing. It was a book I read at university which gave me the fundamentals of how to package, advertise and sell my products.

What advice would you give to a Young Entrepreneur starting their first business today?

Research, plan and be patient… do not rush a good thing. It will succeed in time if the right amount of prep has gone into it. I spent about 7months doing the preparation work for iSmileWear because it required that amount of time in my eyes. Plan everything out properly, and also be open to advice from others.

Who are your favourite young entrepreneurs at this moment?

Ronald Cummings-John, a friend of mine and a great business minded character…
TMagic, a young individual involved in fashion, successful too…
Edwin Asamoah of J-Nissi Wear, a close friend of mine who has taken Christian Fashion way beyond a basic level…

What was the most important lesson you have learnt so far?

Work Hard, believe In Yourself, and Be Yourself/Original

Who is your role model/influence?

My mother, a marketing guru and as harsh/blunt as I need someone to be… I run anything through her, and she’ll make sure I’ve had all my bases covered…

What has been your greatest achievement so far?

I count all of the achievements great, none greater than the other. Offers to liase with companies, Middlesex University Support, RWD Magazine advertisement & article, Catch 22 advertisement, Gkidmusic.com interview, the list goes on….

So what’s next for Ismilewear?

Since being attached to MiddleGround Entertainment, there are so many projects in the line that I can’t discuss, but defiantly watch this space… on the clothing side of things, new range in 4weeks, keep your eyes peeled.

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Till next time

Thanks for your time.

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