Startups seeking financing often turn to venture capital (VC) firms. These firms can provide capital; strategic assistance; introductions to potential customers, partners, and employees; and much more.
The year 2019 saw many changes in the startup ecosystem. While many new startups emerged, a few became unicorns.
Successful entrepreneurs are able to adapt to any situation that they deal with good or bad.
They are able to turn any situation into a positive one. They didn’t learn these skills in a classroom, these were skills that they developed overtime with hard work and perseverance. At the end of the day everything is based on your commitment to your cause and what you are willing to do to achieve your goal.
Startups are among the most unique new ideas of the modern world and these ones are changing the face of the startup world. In the world of ever-changing markets, people have to be able to move fast and adapt in order to stay on top.
Here are some exciting entrepreneurs to look out for in 2020:
Shazir Mucklai is an award-winning influencer, an activist investor, a former investment banking analyst at Goldman Sachs and is currently in law School while growing his public relations digital arbitrage firm. Collectively, Mucklai’s firm generates over millions of impressions a month and has served thousands of clients, including Game of Thrones, Emmy award winning singer Halsey, and most notably Matrix 4 (currently in pre-production).
Mucklai began writing seven years ago, landed his first client that same year, and published his first book seven years ago. Mucklai helps clients scale product offerings, prepare for product launches and capital raises, and get featured in top outlets.
Andrew Jones, CEO of Connoisseur Corporate
Andrew Jones, an inventor in the Cannabis industry has created the Cannabis Vape Industry as it is known today. In addition to inventing the terpene profiles used to flavor nearly every cannabis vape cartridge in the America, he holds six issued federal patents covering the majority of cannabis extraction devices in use today. He is currently working on a solution to advertising cannabis related products on social media.
Andrew Jones is the CEO of Connoisseur Corporate, parent company of numerous companies including MrExtractor.com, The Terpene Lab, The Terpene Institute, Connoisseur Concentrates and DabDolls.
Allen Semerjian, LA Based Entrepreneur
Allen ‘ Blue’ Semerjian is a Los Angeles born entrepreneur and it reflects in everything he does. After running some of the top Recycling companies in California, he turned to the medical marijuana market in 2009. Leading the market with some of the tastiest and recognizable house strains, he and his team entered into the recreational market with LA Fav Farms. Allen continues to show his passion and love in everything he does, including real estate development, music and fashion. His take on lifestyle will continue to influence any market he sets his goals on next.
Thomas Carter, CEO, DealBox
Digital securities pioneer and capital markets innovator Thomas Carter is the leading mentor and evangelist for enterprise adoption of blockchain technology. Carter launched into entrepreneurship in the 80s with the founding of the hugely successful wakeboarding industry venture known as Thruster.
“Thruster and other action sports brands went on to become one of the most innovative companies in the action sports area in the late 80’s and early 90’s,” Carter says. “At that point my passion for entrepreneurship caught on fire. I pivoted to tech in the mid-90’s through the early 2000s. After taking two companies public , I realized it was time for a change, and the foundations for my current companies were born from 2002-2004.”
In 2016, Carter founded DealBox, A FinTech Merchant Bank and capital markets consulting firm focused on innovation and democratizing venture capital by leveraging blockchain technology. DealBox empowers entrepreneurs and investors to take advantage of the tremendous capital formation and growth opportunities offered by blockchain technology. Thomas on DealBox, “DealBox is the culmination of 25 years of venture capital funding experience. DealBox has been setting the standard for how data is presented and shared in private equity investment workflow.
Terrell Davis, Founder, DEFY
In 2017, Pro Football Hall of Fame Running Back Terrell Davis (TD) first used CBD to recover after a workout—and it changed his life. Inspired to share his experience with all athletes, TD and his partners Beau Wehrle and Megan Bushell embarked on a mission to launch DEFY.
DEFY is the world’s first mainstream CBD performance beverage built specifically for athletes. DEFY uses patented technologies to ensure 0% THC, enable optimal absorption, and deliver increased bioavailability with maximum benefit. DEFY’s hemp extract is exclusively sourced from U.S. licensed crops grown organically, traceable seed-to-sale, and always 3rd-party tested.
TD on DEFY: “All CBD is not created equal. We launched DEFY because we saw an unserved audience of consumers and athletes looking to harness the power of CBD without the risks of THC. There was a need for a brand to set the “gold standard” in quality and transparency. DEFY was born to deliver on this promise of safety, efficacy and 0% THC in our premium CBD products.”
Jordan Verroi, CapGenius
Jordan Verroi moved to New York City after leaving a successful career in recruiting to create the life he’s always dreamed of. He handled partnerships for a media company where he strategically had them drive hundreds of thousands of downloads to his creative content keyboard, CapGenius. The keyboard acts as a simple search engine generating on-demand content and publishes it through a downloadable mobile keyboard on the App Store. Users can instantly search for captions, find relevant content, and use anywhere they access their native keyboard. CapGenius recently announced a strategic GIPHY integration, which now allows its users to search the perfect GIF response and put CapGenius at #17 on the paid App Store for Social Networking apps.
Jim Stroesser, Co Founder @ Cali Strong
Cali Strong Inc is a consumer-direct California lifestyle sports brand that produces apparel, footwear, equipment and accessories distributed exclusively in our 10 military locations, special events, the brand flagship location that offers a one-of-a-kind “retailtainment” experience with interactive sports games to win free gear, the website www.cali-strong.com and social media @calistrongusa.
Cali Strong is an entrepreneurial insurgent brand that creates unique products including our one-of-a-kind glow-in-the-dark design that turns blue at night, innovative interchangeable military-inspired patch hats, exclusive photo-quality printed griptape for skateboards and our creative head-to-toe design collections.
Cali Strong has unique product collaboration collections of skateboards, glow apparel, patch hats and socks with many celebrities and professional athletes including ambassador partner NBA Hall of Famer Bill Walton along with a Grateful Dead license, ambassador partner NFL Hall of Famer Andre Reed, Mikey Williams the number-one high school freshman basketball player in the world, Oscar award winning actor Jamie Foxx, LA Rams player Nickell Robey and many more.
Cali Strong has an extensive giveback program for the military soldiers/veterans and for kids organizations that stand for positive values.
Co-Founder Jim Stroesser was a senior executive/owner partner who assembled the team and formulated the strategy that brought Converse from bankruptcy to the merger & acquisition of the year in 2003; taking it from $98 million and selling it to Nike for $305 million in 29 months along with C-level experience at Nike, Oakley, LA Gear, Quiksilver and Pony along with Co-Founder Jennifer Echeverria who has been a successful serial entrepreneur in several industries with expertise in sourcing and design.
Jonathan Lepow & Layne Schmerin
Jonathan Lepow, co-founder of the firm Top Tree Agency, the firm has offices in Houston, Texas and Los Angeles, CA, the United States. They customized top quality content designed with an objective. Layne Schmerin and Top Tree Agency have started to become common names and buzzwords across the marketing space. As the world of marketing is almost solely done on the internet, Top Tree capitalized on this as the marketing techniques of our parents’ time are rather vague and useless today.
The Agency has now worked with significant brands, for example, Advanced Nutrients and Ignite Cannabis. With their web based life reach of more than 10 million clients, they can contact for all intents and purposes any crowd. Top Tree has lead marketing campaigns for companies affiliated with Shark Tank as well as music giant Macklemore. The firm presently has over 619k followers across the globe and is growing at an increasingly rapid rate with the ability to provide quality service across the United States. The page is developing by hundreds day by day. With this unfathomable, totally natural, reach, Top Tree Agency can make showcasing efforts of any size for any crowd.
Jeff Fenster, Founder and CEO of Everbowl
Since earning his J.D. from Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Jeff Fenster has proven himself as an entrepreneurial innovator. Jeff is a serial entrepreneur that was named a top 40 Business Executive under 40 and also was named a top 100 Entrepreneur in America under the age of 35. He is also an Entrepreneur Instructor for Forbes Online School of Business and Technology and a Mentor at San Diego State University’s Lavin School of Entrepreneurship. Jeff’s core business principles are to make friends and have fun and he has used these principles to build all of his companies. Jeff is currently the Founder & CEO of Everbowl Craft Superfood, WeBuild Stuff and Superfuel Coffee.
Everbowl is a craft superfood chain specializing in Acai and other superfood bowls with 30 corporate locations in multiple states and offering franchises all across the country. Everbowl was named one of America’s Top 40 Hottest Fast Casual Startups and a Top 100 Mover & Shaker in the US.
Superfuel Coffee is the worlds first Acai and other superfood infused coffee line that specializes in providing you extra nutrition in each cup of coffee. Currently offered in K-Cups and Grounds, you can you buy Everbowl Superfuel Coffee online at Amazon.com, Superfuelcoffee.com, in everbowl locations and at participating Sprouts locations. You drink coffee everyday but don’t always eat superfoods, why not drink superfoods with your coffee.
Anthoyn Nguyen, CEO at The Dart
Anthony Nguyen’s entrepreneurial endeavors have all been a result of his pursuits for his passions. It began with his LED toy invention called the SLYNG®, which lead to the formation of a branding agency called ONEUP Collaborations®, and his latest creation in the cannabis market called the DART®. His mission is to inspire other entrepreneurs with his story and believes in educating consumers and creating awareness to help break the stigmas associated with cannabis use.
The DART is the modern day one-hitter that was designed to provide a streamlined solution to smoking cannabis. They were featured by High Times Magazine, currently in 50 countries, and are working with the biggest brands in the industry.