"My Entrepreneur Story" - USC Marshall School MBA Presentation

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My presentation to a group of MBA students at USC Marshall School of Business on 10.28.2010 titled "My Story as an Entrepreneur"

My presentation to a group of MBA students at USC Marshall School of Business on 10.28.2010 titled "My Story as an Entrepreneur"

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  • 1. Ming Chan
    Founder/CEO, The1stMovement
    email: ming@the1stmovement.com
    twitter: mingAtT1M
  • 2.
  • 3.
  • 4.
  • 5.
  • 6.
  • 7. You?
  • 8. Full Service Digital Agency
  • 9. We Help Brands Tell their Stories
  • 10.
  • 11.
  • 12. Accolades/Recognitions
  • 13. New York
  • 14. Hong Kong
  • 15. “The accomplishments of the children were the trophies that many parents defined their own success and status by. We were the ultimate scorecard.”
    Tony Hsieh, Zappos
    on Asian culture
  • 16. My Parents
  • 17. St. Paul’s Co-ed, Hong Kong
  • 18. RLS, Pebble Beach, CA
  • 19. Occidental College, CA
  • 20. “I don’t care what you want to be when you grow up, but be the best at whatever you decide to do.
    The best Janitor will always have a job.”
    My Dad
  • 21. Occidental College, CA
  • 22. Summer, 1999
    $3,000
  • 23. Silicon Valley, CA
  • 24. Software Engineer, 1999
  • 25. Dot-com Bubble Burst - 2000
  • 26. Web Developer, 2000
  • 27. Director of Flash Development, 2005
  • 28. “I want to put a ding in the universe.”
    Steve Jobs, Apple
  • 29. The Balance of Left/Right Brain
  • 30. Advertising + Technology?
    +
  • 31. Los Angeles, 2005
  • 32. Freelance “Job Interviews” 2005-2006
  • 33. 2006 - April
    • Quit Full-Time Job
    • 34. $20,000 Personal Investment
    • 35. Registered The1stMovement LLC.
    2006 - August
    • Rented an Office in Downtown LA
  • Our 1st Office, April, 2006
  • 36. “The AC is broken but I don’t want to open the window. It smells like urine outside.”
    Bryan, Our 1st Employee
  • 37. 2006 - December
    • 4 Full-time Employees
    • 38. $150,000 Revenue
  • 39. 2007
    • Partnered up with Ann (Business Development)
    • 40. Moved to Pasadena Office
    • 41. 8 Full-Time Employees
    • 42. $400,000 Revenue
  • 43. Our Pasadena Office, 2007
  • 44. 2008
    • Opened Denver Office
    • 45. 18 Full-Time Employees
    • 46. $1 Million Revenue
  • 47. Our 1st Denver Office, 2008
  • 48. “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can't lose.”
    Bill Gates, Microsoft
  • 49. 2009
    • Feb - 2 Month of Cash Flow
    • 50. Feb - Laid off 5 Full-Time Employees
    • 51. April – Signed Cisco as Client
    • 52. 25 Full-Time Employees
    • 53. $2.3 Million Revenue
  • 2010
    • Awarded Digital AOR for PENTAX
    • 54. 38 Full-Time Employees
    • 55. $5.5 Million Revenue
    • 56. Best Places to Work in Los Angeles
    • 57. Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Private Companies
    • 58. Top 40 Advertising/Marketing Companies
    • Active Member of EO LA (Entrepreneur Organization)
    • 59. Interactive Member for the National Academy of Television Arts & Science
    • 60. Mentor at AFI Digital Content Lab
    • 61. Top 10 Asian Entrepreneurs by Inc. Magazine
  • Our T1M Family
  • 62. My Daily Mental Check-list
  • 63. My Daily Mental Check-list
    • What is My Purpose?
  • My Daily Mental Check-list
    • What is My Purpose?
    • 64. Am I still a Bootstrapper?
  • My Daily Mental Check-list
    • What is My Purpose?
    • 65. Am I still a Bootstrapper?
    • 66. Am I Fishing Where the Fish Are?
  • My Daily Mental Check-list
    • What is My Purpose?
    • 67. Am I still a Bootstrapper?
    • 68. Am I Fishing Where the Fish Are?
    • 69. Am I Improvising and Innovating?
  • My Daily Mental Check-list
    • What is My Purpose?
    • 70. Am I still a Bootstrapper?
    • 71. Am I Fishing Where the Fish Are?
    • 72. Am I Improvising and Innovating?
    • 73. Is My Glass still Half Full?
  • “A Journey of a thousand miles begin with a single step”
    Lao-Tzu, Taoism
  • 74. Thank You!
    Ming Chan
    Founder/CEO, The1stMovement
    email: ming@the1stmovement.com
    twitter: mingAtT1M