September 10, 2012 - Monday
Creating an Empire of One: The Explosive New Trend in One-Person Online Businesses
The 4-Hour Workweek is sooo last week. Today, the "Empire of One" is all the rage.
Running a solo business in the past meant that you had a one-person practice, most often offering a professional service like lawyers, accountants, and doctors. However, a new breed of solo entrepreneurs have emerged who leverage the power of the Internet and control a vast empire from their home, office, or wherever they happen to be. Across the world thousands of people are giving birth to what is being called an “Empire of One”.
An Empire of One business is a one-person (sometimes married couple) business with far reaching influence. Typically the business out-sources everything – products manufactured overseas, sent to a distribution center in the US, marketed and sold online, with customers all over the world. Manufacturing, marketing, bookkeeping, accounting, legal, and operations are all out-sourced.
Yes, much of this has been done before, but a person’s ability to leverage people and products across country lines in a below-the-radar fashion, and still maintain control of a vast and virtual empire is refreshingly new.
The Empire of One business model is one with great appeal for those who want to regain their freedom and take control of their own destiny. These types of businesses are starting to explode all around us.
Join us as we break new ground teaching people the secrets of becoming a successful Empire of One entrepreneur.
EVENT: Creating an Empire of One
DATE: September 10, 2012 - Monday
LOCATION: DaVinci Institute, 511 E. South Boulder Road, Louisville, CO 80027
DIRECTIONS: Driving Directions
COST: $20, Members: Free, SuperMembers: Free
TOPIC: Creating an Empire of One: The Explosive New Trend in One-Person Online Businesses
SPEAKERS: Jenny Ford, Vince Clause, Dave Taylor, Thomas Frey
SPEAKER: Jenny Ford
Founder and creator of Monkey Toes and founder of Sugar Loco
Jenny Ford is the creator of Monkey Toes children’s shoes (http://www.monkey-toes.com) in 2002, and founder of Sugar Loco (http://www.sugarloco.com) in 2011. Jenny always knew she would be an entrepreneur, with dreams of it turning into several businesses. She had no idea would stick. Monkey Toes jumped into her lap after a friend’s desire to learn to hand paint various items. She developed designs of her own and a viable business was born. After a licensing deal was set ready to run Sugar Loco was started in January of 2011. Sugar Loco is a blog dedicated to dessert. Growing through vast amounts grass roots efforts of social media, tapping into brand and blogger followings, and networking her hiney off. She literally eats bonbons all day, she can’t complain – Best Job Ever.
SPEAKER: Vince Clause
Entrepreneur, Construction Technologist, Artist, Herbalist
Vincent Clause is an inventor, artist, and eagle scout who in his youth developed a lifelong preoccupation with environmentally friendly living systems, appliances, and products. Vincent worked in Texas in the 80's and 90's in construction, early on as the sole proprietor of "Picture Perfect Painting", a residential/commercial painting, remodeling, and landscaping business, and later as a home-builder for Royce Homes. Over this time Vincent invented a fireproof, ecosafe, ultra-efficient insulation panel for use in building construction. He then developed an integrated and similarly fireproof construction technology to maximize the utility of this product.
Years of R & D and several unfruitful courtings with potential angel investors left this inventions's marketing in question, when a life changing physical injury led to a radical segue of energies. Unable to work in construction, Vincent turned to his hobbies, arts, crafts, and industrious and innovative nature. Within two years while studying as an herbalist, he developed some unique extraction processes working with the leaf of a little known jungle tree from SE Asia. The miraculously effective products developed then are now the centerpiece of a very successful and vertically integrated nutritional supplement business that Vincent managed through wild exponential growth for most of last year and which is now poised once again for the same.
The resources and experience this business is providing Vincent now set the stage for renewed efforts and a segue back into the body of work centered around fireproof efficient construction technologies at a time that the need and interest in such is greater than ever.
Vincent lives and promotes an integrated lifestyle that decompartmentalizes ones energies and time to produce greater potentialities according to peoples innate gifts and talents, all while they seek personal growth, wellness, and empowerment.
HOST: Dave Taylor
Senior Fellow at the DaVinci Institute; Blogger, Speaker, Workshop Facilitator and Radio Host
Dave Taylor is the consummate solo entrepreneur. As the author of 24 books including The Complete Idiot's Guide to Growing Your Business with Google(Penguin/Alpha) (widely hailed as a must-read by business experts), and editor/producer of the award-winning AskDaveTaylor.com tech Q&A site, he's also a columnist for various print publications, a widely read film critic and popular videographer with clients like Intel Corporation, Kingston Technology and TrackVia Corporation.
In addition to his entrepreneurial ventures, Dave is a Senior Fellow for the DaVinci Institute and a gifted professional speaker lending his thought leadership and expertise to dozens of tech conferences every year.
For the last fifteen years, Dave has run his own one-person business, Intuitive Systems, LLC, with no employees and no boss: he brings in contractors as needed without the complicated tax and management infrastructure of a funded startup.
HOST: Thomas Frey
Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute
Thomas Frey is Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute as well as Google top rated futurist speaker.
As part of the celebrity speaking circuit, Tom continually pushes the envelope of understanding, creating fascinating images of the world to come. His keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies including NASA, IBM, AT&T, Hewlett-Packard, Lucent Technologies, First Data, Boeing, Capital One, Bell Canada, Visa, Ford Motor Company, Qwest, Allied Signal, Hunter Douglas, Direct TV, International Council of Shopping Centers, National Association of Federal Credit Unions, Times of India, Leaders in Dubai, and many more.
Because of his work inspiring inventors and other revolutionary thinkers, Tom has been referred to as the modern "Father of Invention" and the "Dean of Futurists." Before launching the DaVinci Institute, Tom spent 15 years at IBM as an engineer and designer where he received over 270 awards, more than any other IBM engineer.