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The Lesson: STRATEGY More: Management Shark Tank Season 6 Barbara Corcoran Entrepreneurs ‘Shark Tank’ Investor Barbara Corcoran On What Drives Her, What She Invests In, And How She Balances It All VIA Business Insider

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It is important to know about what drives an investor, you have to do your due diligence in researching your VC, or investment firm. I have learned through growing my own company MEDINA = CITI Design Haus and expanding my startup = SPACE a sharespace & Incubator, that investors have interests, areas of expertise and portfolios that have reasoning and strategy behind them. I find it essential to research and learn the process in order to succeed. I study the environment, I traverse the landscape and then I participate and make the clearest course I can. Of course there is so much learning in the moment, but by preparing and knowing who you are, what your value proposition is and above all the things you are NOT willing to do, you can carve out the best outcome.

Barbara Corcoran has long been a shrewd investor in my eyes, she has steered such a clear course on her investments and her story is one that resounds with me for many reasons, she encountered negative reinforcement through her professional career, obstacles even, but she persevered. Ms Corcoran used the negative to stir her up and make her more committed. That parallels with my starting MEDINA = CITI, many didn’t believe I could become an owner of a design haus that gave a high end experience while providing unparalleled end product. I used it to motivate me, not in spite of the naysayers but in support of my dream. You can do that champs, you can use the negative energy and experiences to build yourself stronger.

The part of the Business Insider article that struck out to me is this question:

BI: Was there a particular piece of advice that has stuck with you?

BC: Yeah. Again, I give Ramone Simone the credit for that. It was the early ’80s, when he left me to marry my secretary — which was a big downturn in my life. When I ended the [real estate] business and divvied it up into two teams, he picked the first one and I picked the second.

“On the way out the door he said, “You’ll never succeed without me.”

 

How powerful was that statement from her partner and boyfriend, it wasn’t kind, but it was the spark for her.

Read the rest of this great interview here

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The Entreprneur: Tell A Story

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I truly appreciate Entrepreneur’s article on “7 Tips for Storytelling That Dazzles Audiences” genuinely in life whether for our businesses or for a job interview you are telling a story, you are pitching yourself, as I pitch our new venture equalspace.co I find this to be especially true, people want to hear a story and we all want a happy ending, take a moment to read this article, I appreciate #1.

1. Opening and closing the curiosity gap

What if I told you, your income could be tripled in less than one month?

It may be snake oil, but it perked enough of your interest to hear the rest of the story and pitch. Storytellers call it an “inciting incident.” We have curiosity wired into us, tapping into that through provocative questions opens the window wide for the rest of your elevator pitch.

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The Hiatus

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So for those of you who have graciously come to my platform to read about my passions, my journey as a creative and as a business owner and style addict, I have to truly thank you! This began as a space to share what I love, what I obsess over and to help any and everyone realize their potential. So lets talk about what has obstructed me from being able to diligently contribute to this platform. I promise they are exciting and I have seen the error of my ways and I will be immediately coming back to you all regularly.

 

  1. Medinacitilogogrey

Well as you know, I am the owner of the ultra amaze MEDINA = CITI Design Haus, where the entire CITI camp crafts strategies and visual communications for uber dope clients. Well this dream has finally grown in its 6 years. We have wrapped up campaigns for Hershey’s, Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Pepsi and most recently a collaboration between Mountain Dew + Call of Duty + AMPM on the West Coast. This has been a blessing and also a true test to the bandwidth of my team. We’ve had many a late nights and juggled multiple meetings and pretty much mobilized to Olivia Pope like, levels.

  1. The Expansion

After hitting 6 years old, my business partners came together to sit, as we have every year and dream out the future of the company. These sessions include green tea, coffee and a few bottles of wine. It has been a heck of a journey, but we all came to the conclusion that it is time to expand the business. We have been proudly headquartered in Newark, New Jersey and have worked to in our own way contribute to the growth of this Gotham. With that investment in mind, we’ve decided to look for a property to headquarter ourselves and more to grow the vision of a City of design, entrepreneurship, tech and creativity. So the Manor was founded and now we are building out the new businesses.

 

  1. The New Businesses

We carved out parts of the parent company and carved them out to become full-fledged businesses of their own. Born from needs we felt our city needed and areas where we have had unique expertise in.

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  1. The Pop Venue

So I have spoken at length about being in constant startup mode; building a culture and how to build your product according to the audience needs not just your vision. Well, I make it a point to be proactive. I preach this on a daily basis. So the CITI camp came together and in 7 days found a new temporary office (while the manor is being constructed). Our intention was to create pop up versions of the ultimate vision of the new companies. So we built  = SPACE Beta 0.1 & Socialisto Coffee Haus in our new temporary digs. The reason was to interact with the target demographic and tailor the experience and amenities to our community. In essence, we were creating a listening device to make sure we were honing the experience and placing the right price point, amenities and culture for our Newark mavens. We will be operating these initiatives as bootstrap as we can.

In short, I have undertaken a new chapter of my professional career that has consumed my entire life. It is truly exciting, terrifying, actually both! Terri-cited! I am Terri-cited to be doing this to be pursuing my dream, at to a city that has been very nurturing to my dream and helping others in said city, grow their platforms. So — don’t be so mad at me, if I am perhaps late with a post or two.

 

 

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The Entrepreneur: Tell a Story

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I truly appreciate Entrepreneur’s article on “7 Tips for Storytelling That Dazzles Audiences” genuinely in life whether for our businesses or for a job interview you are telling a story, you are pitching yourself, as I pitch our new venture equalspace.co I find this to be especially true, people want to hear a story and we all want a happy ending, take a moment to read this article, I appreciate #1.

1. Opening and closing the curiosity gap

What if I told you, your income could be tripled in less than one month?

It may be snake oil, but it perked enough of your interest to hear the rest of the story and pitch. Storytellers call it an “inciting incident.” We have curiosity wired into us, tapping into that through provocative questions opens the window wide for the rest of your elevator pitch.

Read more on Here

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