Today we are talking to Sergei & Vadim Revzin, identical twins that also have a podcast together, called The Mentors. They are doing a lot of cool things and you’ll hear how Vadim is teaching as NYU and how he hacked his way into becoming a professor there, without going through the usual process of slugging through a master’s degree. We also talk about how Sergei runs a venture capital fund at NYU and helps businesses with investing and start-up mentoring.
They shine a lot of light on brand new startups and how people should approach this issue, what to have in place before you start creating a partnership and key components to look for to determine whether you have a sustainable idea.
After you’re done, be sure to check out our shows with Abdo Riani on unique strategies for bootstrapping new business ideas and Brad Spencer as we discuss a three-step process to maximize results with any project.
“Owning private property and being an owner of your own destiny is human nature.” – Sergei Revzin
“In America, even though there’s still a lot of rules and regulations you have to follow, it’s actually relatively easy to start a business. You can be a sole proprietor and you never even have to go to college.” – Vadim Revzin
Some Topics We Discussed Include:
- Some common pitfalls when people are creating a startup
- How the brothers started at a young age helping their father run a pillow pet kiosk at the mall
- Why everyone should join a Meetup community
- What are some of the criteria companies are looking for when researching venture capital firms
- How to test ideas to make sure you are validating problems in your market
- What companies want to see when investing in other companies
- The number one reason most start-ups fail
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- And much, much more!
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- Check out our show we did on The Mentors
- The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
- How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
- The Lean Startup by Eric Reis
- The Four Steps to the Epiphany by Steve Blank
- Losing my Virginity by Richard Branson
- Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
- Derek Sivers’ Ted Talk on why to stop sharing your goals
- Kolbe assessment test
- Unique Strategies To Bootstrap New Business Concepts – Abdo Riani
- 3 Steps to Maximize Success on any Project – Brad Spencer
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