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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

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

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

CSUF Business Plan Competition Winner Announced!

Yannick Lambrecht and Jonny May at CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

Yannick Lambrecht and Jonny May at CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals

We hosted the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals last week and it was an amazing event! The participating student-entrepreneurs all did great and they will all receive part of the more than $20,000 in scholarships and in-kind services to help them with their startups.

And, as you will read in this week’s CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider, we have a special event planned for this Wednesday at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator titled: Self Mastery for Entrepreneurs that we hope you can attend.

The results are in and the winner of the 2017 CSUF Business Plan Competition is Piano with Jonny!

It was an amazing event and all of the finalists did exceptionally well. They all did commendable jobs presenting their concepts and ably weathered our judges’ incisive questions. After all was said and done, the finalists are not only going home with their portion of the more than $20,000 in scholarships and in-kind services but also with the experience that comes from participating in a competition like the CSUF Business Plan Competition.

We will be publishing more content about the competition over the next week or two and I will be sure to let you know about it.

But, as you know, entrepreneurs are always looking ahead and this Wednesday at 6pm at the CSUF Startup Incubator we welcome CSUF Entrepreneurship alumnus Matthew Gallizzi in to give a passionate talk titled Self Mastery for Entrepreneurs. As every entrepreneur quickly finds out, being an entrepreneur takes a certain mental fortitude to withstand all of the trials and tribulations that comes with launching a business. It’s tough work and Matthew will be going into detail about how he helps the entrepreneurs he works with become the “master of self”. We hope to see you there!

Sincerely,

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

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Judges Needed for High School and College Entrepreneurship Events

Lecturer show chart to studentsTwo of our partners are hosting competitions over the next couple of weeks and they need judges to score business plans developed by high school and college students. They are described below and if you are interested in helping out at either of these competitions please send us an email at csufentrepreneurship@fullerton.edu for more information.

Center for Economic Education Olympiad

Judges are needed to review and score written business plans by high school students from Monday, April 10 to Friday, April 14. Judges will receive the plans via email.

The finals of the Olympiad are in Mihaylo Hall on Saturday, April 15 and they need a couple of judges to score the top 15 presentations.

DECA’s 2017 International Career Development Conference

At the DECA event more than 1,500 college students and 15,000 high school students will be competing in this entrepreneurship competition. DECA needs twenty judges for the Friday, April 21 round of the event and 250 judges for the finals on Friday, April 28.

Interested in Judging either of these Competitions?

Please email us at csufentrepreneurship@fullerton.edu for more information.


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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 Business Plan Competition Finalists Announced!

Rachel Herzog Cal State Fullerton student interning in Washington DC

Also in this week’s CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider is a link to the story about Rachel Herzog, a Cal State Fullerton entrepreneurship student who is following her passion in an internship in Washington DC.

The CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals are almost here! Get your tickets now to support the great Cal State Fullerton student-entrepreneurs who will be presenting their innovative concepts for a chance at winning part of the $5,000 scholarship pool.

In this week’s CSUF Entrepreneurship Insider Director John Bradley Jackson reveals the five Finalists!

Drum roll please!

The finalists for this year’s CSUF Business Plan Competition are:

  • Don’tchu Know: A card game that gets people together to do fun, shareable activities
  • Life Skills Products: An interactive game used in therapy sessions to help build emotional intelligence
  • Parcel Sift: An integrated platform that helps small businesses get the best shipping deals
  • Piano with Jonny: A subscription-based website that teaches users how to play the piano
  • WECADEMi: An online platform that connects students with excellent tutors

Those descriptions really don’t do the finalists justice because each one of them have excellent ideas. I am eager to see them compete in the Finals!

And I am looking forward to seeing you there as well! The Finals are open to the public and I urge you to come and support these entrepreneurial Cal State Fullerton students. The Finals are on Friday, April 14 from 1pm to 4pm in the Titan Student Union’s Pavilions. Make sure to get your tickets to the CSUF Business Plan Competition Finals today!

Sincerely,

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

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