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How You Can Create Content That Generates 40,000 Targeted Visitors

141 commentsApril 2, 2014

A few weeks ago I bookmarked the article 21 things related to SEO and was blown away by how much I learned. So I tracked down “Backlinko” as he’s known online, aka Brian Dean, and read almost all of his amazing content. His stuff was pure gold so I traded him 50 bratwursts and some beers (he lives in Berlin) for him to share this post.

Buckle up. You’re in for a ride.

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I think you’ll agree with me when I [...]

How to Create a Marketing Plan

20 commentsFebruary 5, 2014

As part of my 2014 to-dos, I’m working (and writing this) from Thailand for the next couple of weeks!

It’s funny, I spent over $25,000+ to major at UC Berkeley in one of the top undergraduate business programs in the world and I don’t use any of the knowledge I learned there in my career.

That includes product management at Facebook, marketing for and marketing at Over the years, I’ve learned how to organize an effective marketing campaign.

For the month [...]

How I Made $50,000 in College (and What You Can Learn Too)

4 commentsDecember 29, 2013

It all started out when I saw many freshmen at UC Berkeley unable to get summer jobs.

I asked: How can I take advantage of people who are super smart but can’t get an internship?

I decided to create a local business consulting company. Why?


I was around college kids all the time (I was in college myself).
The kids wanted experience and something cool to put on their resume.
I’ve always wanted my own army.
I figured it was something that could be fun for the [...]

The Difference: Successful People and Losers

29 commentsNovember 24, 2013

A few months ago, members from our course came in-person to a workshop I held in Seattle. We drank whiskey, cried, and went through each person’s business to help it grow.

We discussed starting a freelancing design business, hangover pills, web hosting and other businesses. Everyone was challenged as we spent over 4 hours working through each business.

After the workshop, I looked at Anton (Biz-Dev Sumo) and said, “Let’s select a dream team. If we were starting a business, who [...]


1 commentOctober 5, 2013

When people aren’t asking me whether I’m still an eligible bachelor or why I got fired from Facebook, they’re asking me how I’ve bounced back from my many failures (gee, thanks!) and how I started a successful business. They aren’t asking to make small talk–they are looking for a way to overcome their fears and get on the road towards accomplishing their own goals. Put simply, they are asking because they’re afraid.

The core fear entrepreneurs share is the fear of [...]

Why I Quit (and lost out on $1.7 million)

23 commentsJune 25, 2013

My friend Jonathan Abrams (a great dude who founded Friendster) and I have a running joke that if a company wanted to be super successful they should hire me…and then fire me.


First it happened with Facebook (read about the day I was let go).


Then it happened with Mint.


Mint is a free personal finance tool and was bought by Intuit for $170 million less than two years after it started. At the time I owned 1% of the company.


While I was [...]