Disruptors is a book that will inspire entrepreneurs, recent graduates and Wall Street analysts to pursue their passion. The entrepreneurs featured in this book overcame harsh criticism, bankruptcy and self-doubt to achieve lasting success in their own businesses. They are passionate about what they have created and these live accounts will act as a guide for aspiring entrepreneurs.
I have been working on this project for over two months and have already signed up several CEO's and members of founding teams to be a part of this project. So far the companies and individuals involved are:
Co-founders of TechStars - David Cohen & Brad Feld Pinterest Designer & Gumroad Founder - Sahil Lavingia Former Blackstone Analyst & Founder of Yipit - Vin Vacanti Former Banker & Head of Business Dev. at Foursquare - Charles Birnbaum Founder of Dwolla - Ben Milne Founders of BaubleBar - Amy Jain & Daniella Yacobovsky Founder of Venture for America - Andrew Yang Former Goldman Analyst & Founder of PolicyMic - Christopher Altchek Founder of Ipsh!, Local Response, Non-profit Ahimsa - Nihal Mehta Former Consultant & Founder of Betterment.com - Jon Stein Former Banker, Fulbright Scholar, Founder of Sonar.Me - Brett Martin NYU Stern Graduate and Founder of Sun Culture - Samir Ibrahim Former Banker, Navy Seal, Founder of IMI - Brent Gleeson Former Goldman Banker, Founder of PureWow - Ryan Harwood TFA Alum, Founder of Kickboard, 30-under-30 - Jennifer Medberry Founder of FEED Projects - Lauren Bush 30 Under 30, Founder of Contently - Shane Snow Former Media Exec at NBC & Founder of Sweet Revenge - Marlo Scott
Venture Capitalists Union Square Ventures - Christina Cacioppo Bessemer Venture Partners - Anna Khan
I worked in finance for over 5 years before hitting a breaking point. I could not do this for the next 50 years. I wanted to build a business of my own instead of walking in the same footsteps as the analysts before me. Many other college graduates are faced with the same dilemma and are leaving Wall Street in an exodus to start their own companies or non-profits. I witnessed the struggles of my friends as they took up jobs they were unhappy in and began to feel stuck.
After months of conflict, I finally worked up the courage and left the bank I was working for, to start my own company. In the process of doing so, I turned to the founders of large startup companies for inspiration and advice. I noticed that there was no forum which focused on the initial struggles of these founders when they left their corporate jobs.
Who Am I
I am a recent graduate of NYU and currently working on a business of my own. I'll keep that a secret for now but hope to start releasing more information about that soon! I've lived in Brooklyn my entire life and was exposed to finance from a young age. I was passionate about the work but realized that I am entrepreneurial and wanted to have the pleasure of building my own business. I am working on this book as an inspiration for recent college graduates and for my friends to find and pursue their own passion.
Funded by You
I will use your funds to continue the process of writing this book. The process thus far has been capital intensive as I have hired an editor and designer for the book cover. These funds will go directly towards covering the costs of an editor and designer. I am offering rewards for all your donations and I genuinely appreciate your support!
Please encourage your friends to join in this movement. Your support in helping bring the brilliant ideas of these CEO's to market is invaluable. We are building a bigger community of entrepreneurs and dreamers.
After the book has been published, I will host a function and invite the CEO's featured in the book for a brief Q & A evening with our readers. Aspiring entrepreneurs and loyal followers of these companies can come and discuss how these CEO's overcame their corporate jobs to become founders. This event will be held in New York.
Risks and challenges
There are some key struggles I face as I continue working on the Disruptors.
I have already scheduled interviews with several top Startup CEO's and they are set to begin in the coming weeks. My main goal/struggle is to sign up the notable CEO's from Warby Parker, General Assembly, Rent the Runway and Airbnb. I have already been in talks with them to be a part of this book but I have yet to hear confirmation. I am confident that I will be able to gain their support.
After my recent interview with the WSJ where I discussed the concept of the book, and after being fully funded on Kickstarter, the project will become ever more realistic. I will have tangible achievements to show these founders.
Another problem I may face is in finding the ideal publisher. I am currently in talks with WW Norton but plan on meeting others over the coming months. I have spoken with a deputy editor at Reuters and am speaking with other staff members from Business Insider. Each day, I am introduced to new agents and publishers but it is a slow process as they read the material. Once the book is finished, I will leverage press contacts and find the best publisher to support this project. This book may also be published through Amazon if that seems like the best fit.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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