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The Mentors follows twin brothers Vadim and Sergei Revzin as they seek to uncover how successful people build their businesses and careers from day one. Twice weekly, the brothers bring inspiring stories from entrepreneurs, artists, business leaders, and entertainers they meet in NYC, to tell never before heard stories of how people get started, even when they have nothing.
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The Mentors Sergei & Vadim Revzin

    • Entrepreneurship

The Mentors follows twin brothers Vadim and Sergei Revzin as they seek to uncover how successful people build their businesses and careers from day one. Twice weekly, the brothers bring inspiring stories from entrepreneurs, artists, business leaders, and entertainers they meet in NYC, to tell never before heard stories of how people get started, even when they have nothing.
https://thementors.co
Music by: www.purple-planet.com

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    Why Your Competition Matters Less Than You Think

    Why Your Competition Matters Less Than You Think

    When you're just starting out it's easy to get caught up in what your competition is doing because naturally they're further along than you. But once you learn that your competition isn't perfect and that there's likely a lot about their business that could be improved upon, start focusing on the opportunity instead of fixating on your relative position in the market. 
    In this episode we discuss the true benefit of being a nimble startup and why young companies constantly beat out incumbent competitors. When you don't have to worry about a public track record, existing investors, or a large set of existing customers that require your attention you can move in any direction you want on a dime. So, don't make the mistake of worrying about the competition at the expense of action. Your ability to act fast is what will pull you ahead of them in the long run.

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    • 9 min
    Why We Need To Approach Our Careers Differently In Uncertain Times

    Why We Need To Approach Our Careers Differently In Uncertain Times

    An indisputable character trait of every successful person is their willingness to stay persistent even when it feels uncomfortable. In this episode we discuss the growing importance of persistence in today's increasingly uncertain economic climate and how we should all get more comfortable with asking for help. 
    A good way to remove negative self think when something triggers you to feel that you're asking too much of others is to remember stories of other ambitious people accomplishing great things because of their willingness to ask others for help directly. 
    We discuss Barbara Corcoran's story of landing a spot on ABC's Shark Tank by following up with Mark Cuban after being rejected for the opportunity. We also talk about how Sergei got a job working for Andrew Yang's last nonprofit, Venture For America, after being rejected for a job there and following up directly with the COO almost two years later.

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    • 10 min
    From Running Three Companies At Once To Finding A Singular Passion With Michael Fenchel Of Paradox Ventures

    From Running Three Companies At Once To Finding A Singular Passion With Michael Fenchel Of Paradox Ventures

    Entrepreneurship is hard, but one of the basic tenets of being a creator is knowing that you can build something completely on your own terms. For Michael Fenchel, a young physics major out of Wisconsin who loved being a creator, that meant starting companies - three of them at once, to be exact. 
    All three of those ventures ended up being successful, eventually leading him to start his newest company Paradox Ventures (prdx.co), a program providing personal development for entrepreneurs and leaders. But before that Michael stumbled with various failed projects, until he figured out something important - focus on adding value first, and making money second. 
    In this episode Michael talks about how he was able to build one of the largest co-working spaces in Madison, WI (100State), while starting a software company that supported live music events (Prism.fm) and running product at BlueTree Network. In each example he was able to get the business off the ground and identify talent in his network that would then take over leadership responsibilities in the businesses. 
    He also talks about how his experience launching and growing an education company called Breathe For Change inspired him to create a founder and leadership development business called Paradox that provides a true community for likeminded entrepreneurs that recognize the need to balance personal development with audacious professional goals.  

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    • 55 min
    How To Overcome Limiting Beliefs and Labels

    How To Overcome Limiting Beliefs and Labels

    From a young age we're asked - "what do you want to be when you grow up?" - implying that we have to be just one thing. Our natural curiosity may take us in unexpected directions but all it takes is an expression of doubt from someone else to stop us in our tracks. In this episode we discuss the importance of questioning self-imposed limitations and removing labels that others may ascribe to us. We discuss two main limiting beliefs that we had to overcome - the idea that we're bad at writing and the belief that we're not good marketers. 
    We talk about the importance of taking the initial step to act on your internal desires, eventually removing your self-imposed labels through sustained effort that leads to the external validation you need to completely redefine yourself.

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    • 8 min
    How To Handle Self Doubt As An Entrepreneur

    How To Handle Self Doubt As An Entrepreneur

    All ambitious people, even the ones that have already experienced measurable success, feel self doubt at certain times. Knowing how to move past those feelings is critical in getting to the next stage of your journey. 
    In this episode we discuss:
    1) The importance of positive outcomes (wins) and other external validators
    2) The value of working on what you care about and what you're good at
    3) Why you should ask yourself if you're working on the right things

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    • 11 min
    Should You Be Fundraising During The Pandemic?

    Should You Be Fundraising During The Pandemic?

    All entrepreneurs have been forced to rethink their entire strategy over the last 30 days, and many are uncertain about their ability to secure funding during an unstable economic environment. In this episode we discuss what changes we're seeing in the market and how founders should approach the fundraising process now that investors are more careful about how they deploy their capital. 
    In this episode you will learn: 
    1) How to setup a more targeted fundraising approach
    2) What types of investors are more likely to write you a check
    3) How you should adjust your story and business plan to stay attractive to investors
    4) What traction to focus on to raise your valuation
    For more episode on startup fundraising check out our Fundraising 101 series.

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    • 15 min

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