Interview- Steven Schussler Rain Forest Cafe Founder

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I had the privilege to interview Steven Schussler who founded the successful chain of Rain Forest Cafe. Chairman and Chief Executive of Schussler Creative, his firm designs and builds theatrical environments for restaurants, retail stores, and special events. Also co-author of best seller book “It’s a Jungle in There”.

Steven is a great mentor, speaker, entrepreneur, and investor, he shared key tips and tricks to run a successful business, no matter if it is in the food industry, retail, product, or service. You will hear and feel Steven’s passion for entrepreneurship in this interview.

Key Tips given in Interview:

  • Entrepreneurs will have ADD (Multi-Taskers)
  • You must always have an ego check
  • Make sure to have the right TEAM that can understand your vision
  • Know your exit strategy, know when it is the time to let go of your business and sale it
  • Customer retention is due to 1) Experience (Wild Factor) 2) Service 
  • Surround yourself with people smarter than you
  • Have attorneys, and branding experts on your team
  • Know your competition
  • Be up to date with what goes on around the world
  • Stay in shape (healthy)
  • Have a good attitude that you are going to succeed
  • You are constantly pitching yourself everyday, make sure to pitch with a smile

To find out more about Steven, visit Schussler Creative.

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Greg Hickman founder of Mobilemixed.com

The Creator/Host of Mobile Mixed a Mobile Marketing Consultant focused on retail, Co-Founder of Thumbfound, Entrepreneur & Mountain Biker. Greg started off as an agency guy having the opportunity to work on brands like Pepsi, Lipton, and Walmart, creating and managing digital, in-store and grassroots initiatives.

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Establish and running a successful muse

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For the past few weeks I have been working day and night preparing for our first kiosk launch at the Westfield MainPlace Shopping Mall, really thrilled and excited to share our innovative products with local shoppers. Our website will be updated soon with our Funky Charger and Character USB figures for internet purchases.

While building a concept of the idea I had to launch this project and business, I took into consideration allot of factors that helped affirm that this was the business idea (of many I have had) to launch and take on the challenges of launching a startup company. I believe that my persistence and risk taking personality traits have helped shape the business model that I have built, staying up to date with the latest technology, and doing tremendous research on what manufacturer to pick to help make a dream come true. The independence of choosing which manufacturers to hire and which to fire have been a great opportunity to help nurture and build my business (my baby). The leadership skills that I have picked up along the years, with leading other businesses, music and dance groups have helped me build confidence in my work and abilities. 

Recently I pick up a book to study and read for one of my Masters of Entrepreneurship Program course called:

It’s a jungle in there by the founder of the Rain Forest Cafe, Steven Schussler who is also founder and CEO of Schussler Creative, Inc., a company that creates theatrical environments for attractions, restaurants and retail stores worldwide. In reading the first coupe chapters I have found various personality traits that I feel I share with Steven, which fuel my drive as an entrepreneur and also help confirm that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.

I also continuously thank my parents for having supported all my business venture attempts, they have seen the many mistakes I have made with certain business decisions, however they have supported me regardless of the risks I took, and that is why I recommend having certain people like your parents, and mentors part of your life to help support you in your decisions and allow you to make mistakes to learn from. I have held many job positions in the finance and banking industry which I currently still hold a Banker role in a large bank, but with time plan to eventually take on my businesses full-time. I graduated high school in 2004, and just this year did I earn my bachelors in International Business from Cal State Fullerton,  which although I wasn’t your typical 21-22 year old college grad, I was able to share life, business, and work experiences with others part of the same business program. I found myself many times not being the only 23+ year old in college finishing a first degree. A lot of the great friendships and connections I made in my undergrad years shared different experiences in various fields and this is why I believe that the perks of getting your degree, regardless of part time or full time are beneficial for you in the long run, because you build a network that you will be part of for the rest of your life. I also thank LBSA (Latino Business Student Association) for opening their doors with open arms; it’s this network of friends and colleagues that drive student success, achievement and support.   

I am a firm believer in sharing my experiences with everyone that I can reach out to, experiences with accomplishments, rewards, and mistakes all which are lessons learned. Thank you all for your continuing support! 

 

 

 

Identifying your target market: Problemio Founder Alex Genadinik

Identifying your target market: I had the privilege to Interview Interviewed founder of Problemio.com (Alex Genadinik) website and apps that helps entrepreneurs create stronger companies that succeed.

Alex Genadinik Founder of Problemio

Alex Genadinik Founder of Problemio

Alex is a serial entrepreneur, mobile developer, web developer and a whiz marketer. He enjoys helping other entrepreneurs with their businesses and the apps are a great way to do that. He holds a B.S in Computer Science from San Jose State University. In his spare time, he likes to play soccer and enjoy the outdoors.

Alex shared great tips, and success strategies for building and running a successful business. His App Problemio has over 200,000 downloads, helping many businesses with resources on how to build successful business plans, fundraising and marketing strategies.

Visit Problemio at: https://www.problemio.com

Download apps:

Business Plans (App Store):https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/busin…

Business Plans (Google Play):https://play.google.com/store/apps/de…

Business Ideas (App Store):https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/small…

Business Ideas (Google Play):https://play.google.com/store/apps/de…

Marketing (App Store): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/marke…

Marketing (Google Play): https://play.google.com/store/apps/de…

Fundraising (App Store): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fundi…

Fundraising (Google Play): https://play.google.com/store/apps/de…

Business Plan (Kindle):http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00A…

Business Plan (Nook): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/busin…

Follow Alex on Twitter https://twitter.com/genadinik

email Alex at alex@problemio.com

Follow his Blog: https://www.glowingstart.com

Starting Grad School

I have enter a new phase in my journey of what we call life!

Many obstacles have been destructed, new challenges arise and I am loving life! Just came back from a trip to Cabo San Lucas, and now starting my first semester of Graduate School. I have been accepted into the Masters of Entrepreneurship Program at Western Carolina University, and looking forward to making new friends, collegues, and associates.

I have many projects in the pipeline, one step at a time…

Look out for more updates on my adventures, travels, and projects…

 

Sly