Name: James Lopez
Title: CEO & Co-Founder of The Phat Startup
Company: The Phat Startup
What They Do: Hustle! Whatever it takes to move the needle
Originally From: The South Bronx
Field of Study: Computer Science, Telecommunications (Masters)
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A Few Notes From the Show:
- Mixes it up with Tech and hip hop to give him the balance of where he is going and remind him of where he is from.
- The Phat Startup is an education and media company that provides resources for aspiring entrepreneurs that get Tech and Hip Hop Culture.
- People get it mixed up; they think when you are the boss, when you are the CEO, you only work 2-3 hours; not the case when you’re the boss and you’re just starting out, those 24hr days are the norm.
- The Phat Startup mixes tech culture with hip hop culture.
- After college thought would be working towards being a CTO.
- Fell for the trap, go to college, get a good job, maybe a good government job but wasn’t fulfilled.
- The corporate world just wasn’t enough for him.
- Talks about buying several pairs of Jordans and selling them so he could pay for his own. He was always a hustler.
- Was working at Random house; always loved reading books.
- Came across a book by @PamSlim that changed his life. 2 months later he quit his job.
- Knew he wasn’t going to get paid the same but knew he was going to be happier somehow.
- Had no idea he wanted to be an entrepreneur. Was really introduced to it while reading books at Random House.
- After leaving Random House none of his worst case scenarios ever happened.
- Your Worst Case Scenarios probably won’t happen. You find a way.
- Want to get into entrepreneurship? Do it. Start early.
- Don’t wait. try and hope for the best. If you fail, you fail, big deal.
- The thought process of “I can actually do it,” happened because he tried.
- The possibility of actually making it is something no one really talks about. His H.S. Counselors doubted him, but he proved them wrong.
- Recommends, “Without Their Permission,” by @AlexisOhanian because we spend so much time waiting for permission. We wait for permission to go to a good school, we wait for permission to quit our job, we wait for permission to find our soulmate; this book was all about doing things on your terms.
- “Why are we always waiting for a co-sign. We don’t need a co-sign. The co-sign comes from within…make it happen”
- When you are hustling the universe opens up to you
- Have empathy when trying to connect with someone.
- Try to take the emotion out. Don’t take things too personal.
- He learned the hard way that not everyone is your friend in this game.
- Talk the language of the people you want to serve. It’s ok if the people you are not trying to serve say they don’t want your product.
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