Come Fly With Us – CSUF Entrepreneurship Community Networking Event

Come Fly With UsThis Thursday at 6pm one of the student-run organizations that we work with, Classic Gentlemen, will be hosting a networking event that connects current student-entrepreneurs with high powered members of the community. These are great events and we hope that you can make it.

To register for the event, visit the Come Fly With Us Facebook event page. Details are as follows:

Come Fly with Us is back for it’s 2nd edition with the OCHCC. Take flight with us over the city of Fullerton, collaborate with OC/LA’s top executives, & experience the Classic Gentleman or Timeless Woman culture. Since our existence in 2015, Classic Gentleman has hosted over 10 mixers & unlocked the hidden venues of the OC.

This year we expect to take things to another level by providing top tier entertainment, services, & talent to both local/international communities. Come Fly with Us is an inclusive experience to understand what it’s like to have a day in the life of an executive or industry influencer. What one can do with the mind is limitless. By combining your thought process with other like-minded individuals this will only become a catalyst for creating that future you have always envisioned. Classic Gentleman is a vessel & lifestyle for those who miss the days of chivalry and respect based off of a handshake. Those days have come & gone, but our ladies/gents strive to bring back those sort of business ethics in our society.

Let’s bridge the gap between industries & seek out collaboration together to build a better future for the generations of tomorrow. Swing by Hangar 21 at 6 PM on Thursday, April 27th for a after-work cocktail or a VIP experience with a helicopter flight. As always, “Stay Classic Think Modern.”

Willie Holmes is the awesome student who is primarily responsible for making these events happen. He will be there and you should definitely take time to meet with him; he’s one of those creative students that simply gets things done.


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For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

Attend one of our events for entrepreneurs or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

CSUF Entrepreneurship Alumnus Finds Success In Hollywood – CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider

Ryan David Tsang '13 - CSUF Entrepreneurship Success Story

Ryan David Tsang ’13 – CSUF Entrepreneurship Success Story

I think it’s safe to say that whenever anyone in the CSUF Entrepreneurship community sets out to do something their aim is to be successful at it. But what’s the best way to go about achieving success?

For Ryan David Tsang ’13 the answer to that question is to always be asking yourself “What can I give?”. That’s a powerful credo to live by and one that we think makes a lot of sense. We are not all angels and living up to that all the time isn’t possible, especially for a large community like ours, but I’m continually impressed by how many members in this community do exhibit that kind of philosophy on a daily basis.

Take, for example, Jim Cooper. In addition to being a judge at the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals, Jim also will be hosting office hours at the CSUF Startup Incubator (Placentia) this Friday from 10am to 4pm. You can learn more about his office hours and everything else that is going on in this edition of the CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider (make sure to click the link and sign up to receive our weekly newsletter so you do not miss any of the news coming out of the CSUF Entrepreneurship community!).

Ryan David Tsang ’13 has worked hard since graduating from Cal State Fullerton and that hard work has paid off. You should read all of our post on Ryan titled An Actor and an Entrepreneur but one of my key takeaways is that the clearest path to success is to create it yourself. Waiting for someone else to figure it out for you rarely works.

But Ryan’s story also highlights the importance of belonging to a strong community or, to put it in a more businesslike frame, networks are key. While your own personal initiative is absolutely necessary you also need to forge strong relationships to achieve your goals. Ryan exemplifies this ethos in the advice he gives to our student-entrepreneurs, which is to not ask “What I can get?” but rather “What can I give?”.

Ryan’s story is very inspiring and I hope you take some time to read it.

Another member of our community who exemplifies the “What can I give?” ethos is Jim Cooper. He will be hosting office hours at the CSUF Startup Incubator in Placentia this Friday from 10am to 4pm. Jim is an expert startup coach with a focus on tech startups and funding. If you have an early stage tech startup or just an idea for a startup then these office hours are for you. Jim will sit down with you and walk you through the steps you need to make in order to launch your business.

A lot has happened over the last week in the CSUF Entrepreneurship community and a lot more is planned over the next couple of weeks. Be sure to scroll down to make sure you don’t miss any opportunities.

We hope to see you soon!

Sincerely,

John Bradley Jackson
Director & Professor
CSUF Center for Entrepreneurship, CSUF Consulting,
& CSUF Startup Incubator

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CSUF Business Plan Competition Winner Profile: Piano With Jonny

Yannick Lambrecht and Jonny May at CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

Yannick Lambrecht (left) and Jonny May (right) at the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals sponsored by the Center for Entrepreneurship

As you know from reading the recap of the CSUF Business Plan Competition hosted by the Center for Entrepreneurship the first place winner of the compeitition was Piano With Jonny. Presented by Cal State Fullerton students Jonny May, Reuben Ponce De Leon, and Sylvia Dang along with co-founder Yannick Lambrecht, Piano With Jonny is well on its way to shaking up the music education industry by using technology to help thousands of people learn how to become better pianists from an accomplished piano player: Jonny May.

“I’m thrilled to have won the Business Plan Competition!  It was awesome, scary, and exhilarating at the same time! …Going into to it, I really didn’t know if I would win.  I had some amazing competitors with great ideas and strong execution strategies…I highly recommend the CSUF Business Plan Competition to any student with a business idea!” states Jonny.

Piano With Jonny is a web-based business that sells digital piano educational content that enables students to learn music online without the hassle of having to travel or pay hourly fees. On the website, students follow along on the recorded video as Jonny explains and demonstrates a particular genre ranging from blues to jazz to rock to many other genres. In other words, this isn’t your prototypical piano teacher.

The website also offers lessons from learning how to play a particular song to learning one particular technique at a time. The site also offers sheet music through SoundSlice.

Piano With Jonny earns business in two ways: 1. Through individual product sales and 2. Through membership dues. These useful products include in-depth video tutorials with an easy to see overhead display of Jonny playing the piano as the keys light up, as well as interactive sheet music for customers to play along with as fast or slow as they like.

Launched in September 2015, the membership program on Piano With Jonny gives users full access to all products online for only $40 a month (the monthly charge goes down if you prepay), as well as interactive assistance on the exclusive member Facebook page.

Much of Jonny’s audience has been derived from his YouTube channel, with over 15 million views and over 100,000 subscribers. Here’s a recent video he posted to celebrate his 100,000 YouTube subscribers.

What’s different about Piano With Jonny in comparison to other online tutorial services is that it focuses on teaching the piano to intermediate level piano players and not the beginner level, like most online services target. Additionally, the website specifically targets teen and adult piano players that want to learn non-classical styles. These are people who are dedicated to honing their craft as piano players.

Jonny expects his company to be an $8M company by 2020 and his current goal is to reach about 10,000 subscribers.

Written by Traci Muldoon


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For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

Attend one of our events for entrepreneurs or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

An Actor and an Entrepreneur – CSUF Entrepreneurship Success Story Ryan David Tsang ’13

Ryan David Tsang '13 - CSUF Entrepreneurship Success Story

Ryan David Tsang ’13 – CSUF Entrepreneurship Success Story

When deciding to create a business, an entrepreneurial student must first examine the market in order to see if their idea is feasible. By comparing their idea to others and seeing how they can make an impact in the market, students begin to understand how much work will be needed in order to make their future business a success.

However, for the students who choose to press forward by adapting to the challenges they often end up far more successful than they could have imagined. For Cal State Fullerton alumni and entrepreneur Ryan David Tsang, his journey as a business owner has led him to flourish not only in the world of entrepreneurs but also in that of film and television.

While originally an entrepreneur major, Ryan took a break during his sophomore and junior years of college to explore the world of film and television. Working in the field enabled Ryan to hone his craft as an actor and eventually led to him to enroll under the Radio-TV-Film major. As a student with a double major, Ryan decided to create a business that would reflect both of his majors. In 2011, Black Canvas Entertainment was founded by Ryan and his business associate Justin Lee. This first step into the world of entrepreneurship would prove crucial for Ryan as he continued his career after college.

Upon graduating from Cal State Fullerton in 2013 Ryan began to expand upon his acting career where he was featured in a multitude of different shows and commercials. Working with the companies that hired him, Ryan was able to make connections that would not only help him expand his portfolio but would also lead to more clients for his business.

Interestingly enough, the use of Ryan’s entrepreneurial skills worked well with those of his acting skills. While both fields are different, the similarities they shared in terms of networking, communication, and developing skills proved to be a perfect fulcrum in which Ryan could use to help him become a better business owner as well as actor.

One valuable lesson that Ryan learnt early in his career was that networking was king when trying to expand his horizons. As a firm believer of not limiting himself, Ryan would attend events even if it meant not knowing any of the people in the room. To many, this situation would be something that they would be instantly uncomfortable with. However, by branching out and speaking with new people, Ryan was able to land several successful contacts that later led him to being referred to work because of the connections he had made.

Another valuable lesson that many students often ignore during networking events is to not go with the intention of landing a job. While seemingly nonsensical at first, students who only attend networking events with this mission give off a different vibe than those who go just to interact and speak with one another. By getting to know a person with no ulterior motive, people feel that a person is less needy and therefore more willing to refer them in the future.

Ryan also quickly learned that Facebook makes following up with people a perfect tool in cultivating a professional relationship after initially making contact. By learning these lessons early on, Ryan was able to adapt to the rigors of working in Hollywood and flourish as an actor.

In terms of his business, Ryan began to realize that while passion and dedication proved to be great concepts to work off of, reasoning and logic are just as valuable. This proved to be true when Ryan began examining his schedule and noted that he was working well over a hundred hours every week. Realizing that he was getting too caught up in his work, Ryan began making changes in order for him to experience life and be happy again.

With his schedule adjusted and more time allocated for things he wanted to accomplish, Ryan once more was able to grow and become stronger in his fields. Currently Ryan is helping to give back to the school that enabled him to be so successful. By working as a mentor in the classroom, Ryan has helped in the creation of a platform that will allow actors to connect and find jobs. While there are currently only 2-3 sites that use this concept, Ryan’s connections and skills as an entrepreneur will aid him as he works to create an even better site that expands on the concepts already in use.

Ultimately, Ryan’s dual career path has helped him climb the ranks as an actor while helping him to grow and succeed as a business owner. It is clear to see that the skills and knowledge from both of his majors played a large role in helping him not only become a successful actor, but also a business owner.

While Ryan’s path may not portray the typical entrepreneurial story of creating a business, his journey makes him unique among entrepreneurs due to his dedication and passion for the things he loves. This kind of journey is one that illustrates to students that nothing is impossible if students have the motivation and drive to follow their dreams.

We also reached out to Ryan to get his thoughts about the one piece of advice he would give to current CSUF students. Here’s what he had to say:

ADVICE: Change your mindset from “What can I get?” to “What can I give?”

As an aspiring Producer, I wanted to get my foot in the door and make connections at Fox Studios, so I accepted a 4 week temporary position as an Assistant in Legal & Television Distribution. First day on the job, working in a quiet, gray cubicle, I thought this was not a good fit for me. So, I plugged in my earbuds, completed my assigned tasks, and went home. However, the next morning and each day afterwards I went into work with a totally different mindset – “what if I take every single opportunity to do something positive while I’m here?” From the moment I parked my car, I would talk to strangers in the elevator, hold doors open for the morning rush, learn what my co-workers love and care about, buy donuts for the office, pick up trash in the bathroom and clean up someone else’s coffee spill in the break room.

The result was beyond expectations: I looked forward to each day of opportunities. I made lifelong friends. My supervisor even gave me a thank you card with a gift card inside. As my term neared its end, 7 employees at Fox helped me look for a permanent position. Two directors on my floor gave me direct referrals to a job opportunity that wasn’t even listed! I got an interview the next week and was offered the job the following day.

Now, I’m utilizing my Producer skills to coordinate a department responsible for overseeing every single film Fox releases outside of North America, which represents 2/3 of all Box Office revenue!

This story was written by Kevin Emery. Photo credit: Ryan David Tsang.


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For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

Attend one of our events for entrepreneurs or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

Fullerton College Small Business Day May 5

Join the Fullerton College Business Management department for Small Business Day on Friday, May 5. And if you are a student-entrepreneur with a business an invitation is extended to you to promote your business at this event (email us at csufentrepreneurship [at] fullerton [dot] edu for more information on how to set that up). To register, please go to fc-eship.com.

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For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

Attend one of our events for entrepreneurs or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

CSUF Alumnus Jason Khoo Profiled in Daily Titan

CSUF Alumnus Jason Khoo helping an entrepreneur become a better marketer

CSUF Alumnus Jason Khoo ’15 (right) helping an entrepreneur become a better marketer

Every other Monday at the CSUF Startup Incubator CSUF alumnus Jason Khoo ’15 hosts office hours to help eager entrepreneurs tackle their toughest marketing problems. As a successful entrepreneur himself and a marketing expert, Jason is uniquely able to help entrepreneurs with any issues they have and the Daily Titan recently sat down with him during his office hours to discuss his personal entrepreneurial journey.

Khoo always knew he wanted to start his own business. He said he began knocking on doors on Chapman Avenue and State College Boulevard asking for businesses to give him a chance when he was only a sophomore at CSUF.

On January 17, 2013, he got that chance with Quickly Chinese Cafe.

“It felt like the biggest victory of my life because I was doing business,” Khoo said. “It felt amazing to be able to get started and to have someone blindly just accept me. That was the confidence boost and I still use that to this day whenever I get a little bit shaky with my confidence. I think about that and it kind of pushes me forward.”

After he graduated, Khoo became the marketing director at Ron Wave Design, now known as the Search Business Group. He said he wants to stay connected and help people who are interested in starting businesses.

Every other Monday, Khoo will be at the CSUF Startup Incubator to continue to help entrepreneurs with any questions they have about internet marketing and search engine optimization.

The whole story is worth reading. It goes into detail about how the people who attended Jason’s last office hours were able to get some clarity on the marketing problems they were facing. As you know, search engine optimization (SEO) is a critical issue for every entrepreneur because being able to cut through all of the clutter on the internet can mean the difference between your business succeeding or failing. And reading articles online about different SEO strategies is a poor substitute for being able to discuss your pressing issues with an expert like Jason.

If you would like to get some assistance with your SEO and internet marketing efforts you should definitely attend Jason’s office hours at the CSUF Startup Incubator.


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For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

Attend one of our events for entrepreneurs or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents

How to Build Your Startup Team – Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship

How to Build Your Startup Team - Knowledge @ CSUF EntrepreneurshipThe early days in any business are tough. The entrepreneur, the person with the idea, ends up doing most of the jobs. And this is important because it is during these formative times that processes are created and the startup’s culture starts to take root.

But after some time you need to start hiring people. After you have figured out how to do something, like QuickBooks, you will need to hire someone to start doing that for you. And then, more or less, you wash, rinse, and repeat that process until you have developed your team.

Oh, and you better like your lawyer because you will be working closely with this person from day one. Your lawyer will obviously help you with legal matters but they are also a tremendous source for business intelligence and they can make key introductions for you as well.

This Knowledge @ CSUF Entrepreneurship clip was taken from a talk at the CSUF Startup Incubator given by Jeff Greenberg. Jeff is currently the Managing Director of Tech Coast Works and a serial entrepreneur.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreyrgreenberg/

Edited by Bo Kim


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For more details on CSUF Entrepreneurship: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/

For more details on how we help people become entrepreneurs: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Incubator

For more details on how CSUF Consulting can help businesses thrive: http://business.fullerton.edu/Center/Entrepreneurship/Consulting

Attend one of our events for entrepreneurs or sign up for a free mentoring session: http://bit.ly/CSUFEntrepreneurEvents