Brandon Chicotsky [chicotsky]
What is the business idea that you are working on right now? How did you come up with it?
Currently building a poker-youtube. It's basically a site dedicated to premier poker entertainment using new social media (videos, chat boxes, direct messaging, and comment boxes). Without an official launch we had over 25,000 hits in 2 months. Video with humorous, informative, and sometimes edgy content have serious viral potential. Even a small-scale growth pattern produces thousands of hits.
Along with new social media, I'm constantly refining a training center facility model that I co-manage in Vegas. Our business model enables poker players who are world leading in winnings an opportunity to train students with unprecedented salaries.
Is there a website, blog or social media link where we can see more about your project and/or yourself?
What is your professional background? What were you doing before?
I worked for two years in lobbying with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and since 2007, have been building a portfolio offering of start-up companies for early stage investments (www.TexasVentures.org).
How did the entrepreneurial spirit rise up in you? Were you exposed to entrepreneurship in your family or your social environment when you were a child?
My first business endeavor was at the age of 11 with my brother. We were mowing lawns in our neighborhood and marketing our services within our family network. We both learned to trade stocks in elementary school with our dad's help. In high school, I started a rock band that was more industrious than any other in our age group. The band has since signed with Virgin Records and have opened for Bon Jovi and two American Idol Winners on national tours (www.GreenRiverOrdinance.com). In college, I started several businesses and stuck with the most profitable options available. Since graduating, I've expanded my enterprises to Las Vegas and maintain an office in Austin, TX.
Are you looking for investors? What are you offering in exchange for what?
Vegas enterprises are available for minority equity purchases:
What is your main motivation: being your own boss, adventure and discovery, getting rich, doing good for others, or is there something else?
Honoring a family narrative.
What other types of businesses are you frequently tempted by?
The manufacturing industry has always intrigued me. I believe in big quantity and big margin enterprises as worthy of pursuit.
Austin, TX USA