We have a lot of startups who are like great college football players, Roselli said. Amish is an NFL scout whos bringing in other coaches, other general managers. Shah agreed: This is the next level. Early entrepreneur A New Jersey native, Shah says he was destined for the entrepreneurial world. In third grade, he remembers hocking his own pencils and erasers to classmates for 25 cents apiece. The spare change went in his piggy bank. Shah job-hopped as a teen. He delivered newspapers, then pizza.
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Tech Entrepreneur Jason Njoku is Y!/YNaija.com’s Person of the Year 2013
In order to compete, the Caribbean will have to make sure that its brightest minds can flourish and that its brightest ideas find the light of day. But today, the Caribbean is not the easiest environment for entrepreneurs while some capital is starting to emerge for startups, accessing it is not always straightforward. Thats why the region will need to follow the example of Warren Cassell, Jr, our Caribbean Entrepreneur of the Year for 2013. Cassell, who was born in the US but grew up (and remains) in Montserrat, is most notable for his successful startup, Chupz Business Solutions (www.chupz.co), a domain registration and web hosting company.
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Caribbean Journal’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2013: Warren Cassell, Jr
While still an unprofitable venture, when compared to its elder iROKOtv, it speaks to the stubbornness of his vision, and why investors choose to take risks on people more than the particular idea. With an average monthly unique visitor-ship of about 5million (according to Njoku), iROKING stands a fighting chance of eclipsing revenue figures generated by the movies arm. Music industry piracy issues will have to be tackled head on and it will be excruciating work, but if anyone has done so, Njoku has proven time and time again that he is unafraid to put his money where his mouth is. He did this in spectacular fashion in May, when with his business partner Bastian Gotter and wife Mary Remmy Njoku he launched SPARK, an exciting new business initiative dedicated to building and grooming profitable internet start ups in Nigeria. After a $10million valuation in 3months of existence, Sparks was able to raise $2million in investment from Lagos to London. This money will be ploughed into expanding the company which currently has 9 start ups under its wings, employing about 130 staff and providing seed money for its babies.
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