Is Your Profession and Passion the Same Thing?

Is Your Profession and Passion the Same Thing?

By Zack Rosenberg Here is another good question, have you stopped to think about it? When you reach your freshman year of college almost everyone wants to know what you plan to do with your life. As if at 18 you are fully equipped to answer that questions. Can’t answer it now. What you plan to do after college is usually the thing you are most passionate about, until reality strikes. The job you want doesn’t exist or the job you want doesn’t pay. Even Warren Buffet advises that you…

Social Business isn’t just a……Nice Idea.

Social Business isn’t just a……Nice Idea.

By Zack Rosenberg Business leaders act, not react. By nature they are forward thinking and innovative– a ballast on a ship. But never before has leadership been a more critical tool, with billion dollar brands being built overnight and distribution trending in ways we never imagined. It’s the internet, of course. Consumers are interacting with brands in ways that could never have been done before. Twenty years ago our choices were limited to whatever was on the shelves at our local supermarket or pharmacy. Now, every brand and product is available at anytime and…

Interview with Ben Lerer, Founder of Thrillist

Interview with Ben Lerer, Founder of Thrillist

By Zack Rosenberg (originally posted on 12/22/11) Ben is the Co-Founder or Thrillist and along with his father (Co-Founder of Huffington Post) Ken Lerer, are the Principles in Lerer Ventures which has invested in everything from BuzzFeed to Mic. 1. What digital/media trends excite you right now? I am focused on the cross-section of commerce and content. Traditional media companies have, for a long time, monetized the reader and viewer and spoke to them in a separate voice when asking these same people to buy. But, the reader/viewer and buyer…

Checking out the Startup Scene of New Jersey

Checking out the Startup Scene of New Jersey

By Zack Rosenberg New Jersey has a Tech Scene? When you think of the greatest startup scenes in the US, cities like San Francisco, New York, and Austin probably come to mind way before anything in New Jersey. Rightfully so. However, as Rachel and I become more and more acclimated to living here in the Garden state, we’re seeing a much brighter picture than we had ever imagined. In fact, a staggering amount of money has made it’s way into the coffers of New Jersey companies. Venture capital funding jumped…

Interview with Paul Polizzotto, Founder of CBS EcoMedia

Interview with Paul Polizzotto, Founder of CBS EcoMedia

By Zack Rosenberg (originally posted on 9/18/12) Paul Polizzotto is one of the most amazing entrepreneurs I’ve ever had the opportunity to know. As Founder of EcoMedia (acquired by CBS), he’s been able to bring more attention and dollars to some of the world’s most worthy causes through partnerships with his advertisers. Truly a win for all. Here are my 5 quick questions for him around the concept, social good, entrepreneurship, and selling the company. 1. What was the “ah-hah” moment that drove you to pursue a career in social…

How To Find A Great Partner

How To Find A Great Partner

By Zack Rosenberg “You don’t get agitated about one little thing or another. We work through it. Also, generally, we’ve gotten to think remarkably alike, which scares some people around us.” Sergey Brin on Larry Page (Co-Founders of Google) Let’s state the obvious. It is really, really difficult to find a great partner. Think about it. You can likely count on one finger a person that you can spend a lot of time with, work well with, and share common goals. Even luckier if they are good at what they…

In The Captain’s Chair: Jack Dorsey (Twitter)

In The Captain’s Chair: Jack Dorsey (Twitter)

By Zack Rosenberg “Make every detail perfect and limit the number of details to perfect.” — @jack on Twitter, December 2010 Interesting quote from a man who dreamed big and founded two billion dollar companies, Twitter and Square. Twitter gave us the hashtag and the handle (@zacksoapbox if you’re looking for me). Oh and by the way, he is currently CEO of them both. Spending 8 hours a day at each company. What’s my excuse? For this post, we are going to stick to what’s going on at Twitter. In reading…