Most 16 year olds are not thinking about building an empire, but that wasn’t the case for Chop Dawg CEO, Joshua Davidson. With a talent for building websites, he set out to gain his first client by going door to door inquiring if residents needed his services. He soon got his first person to say yes, and as the saying goes the rest was history.
Chop Dawg works with entrepreneurs by taking their ideas on creating an app into development. Not only do they build dream apps, but they create dream websites, marketing strategies and identify the core audience for the product. MillionaireMatch had a chance to talk to the busy CEO about building his start-up from the ground up.
MillionaireMatch: Where did the name Chop Dawg come from?
Joshua Davidson: It’s a compromise between top dog and chop shop. We couldn’t figure out which one we wanted, so we just divided it up right down the middle. Some how, some way people love it. It has stuck around for seven years.
MM: How did you learn to create a website at such a young age?
Joshua Davidson: As a little kid, I use to screw around on Halo Hal, Myspace, Yahoo gear, Adobe, and started learning photoshop, graphic design and editing. It was like the wild west era. Fortunately, I was too young to be in the dot com bubble. I know if I was old enough, I probably would have been one of those people that got burned. I was able to enjoy what the dot com bubble brought, which was the ability to create things on the internet. At the same point in time, the dot com bubble scared away an entire generation of people who thought, ‘you can’t make money. I’m not buying any shares in this.’ I would be like, oh you CAN make money. I’m growing up on this. I’ll go and do stuff on my own. I was pretty much molded by the environment of a generation too early to be part of that bubble, but in the right generation to grow up with technology and know how it works and how to utilize it and kinda be part of that wild west era.
MM: How were you able to continue gaining new clients?
Joshua: In 2009, it was the height of the recession. At the time, I was in Atlantic City. The entire economy in Atlantic City is based on entertainment. What’s the first thing to go when people start losing income? Entertainment. People were losing jobs left and right. I started my company, which was the height of the recession. That’s number one. Number two, I was pitching websites to businesses that still weren’t on the web yet. That was 2009, which wasn’t that long ago. It was mind boggling. We had to explain to them why they needed a website. This was before mobile websites. We had to explain what was a website design.
We convinced people they needed to be on the web, because this is where eyeballs are going to make money. So at 16 years old, I was walking door to door selling that old school way which sucks. For every 100 business you talk to you get one that says yes. That one business that says yes winds up tripling your revenue in three months, because they talk to other businesses about your services. It’s call the snowball effect. You start getting referrals and exponential growth.
MM: Do you think you give away too much free information?
Joshua: That’s the incredible part. Have you heard of CAC? CAC is cost of acquisition per customer. It tells you if you spend $500, you will get $10k back in revenue. It’s a metric that tells you how much to put towards advertising. It’s kinda like a formula for success. The more free and valuable content we put out there the more entrepreneurs we can help, the more aspiring entrepreneurs we can convince to become entrepreneurs and the more potential people we can directly help, we can provide them a service. They are now discovering us. So for us, there’s no such thing as giving away too much free content. I think our issue is that we can’t put out more content. That’s why we introduced the podcast this year, and now we have a blog post three times a week. We’ve even opened it up to guest bloggers. The more you can directly help people, give them something valuable, help them in their day to day, inspire them and be a resource for them, the more you will get back.
MM: When did you realize that social media would be important for Chop Dawg?
Joshua: Around 2008 or 2009, I started to realize the power of social media. What I started realizing was that I was sitting in front of real decision makers, and talking to people who were not in my network. That’s how I knew social networking was going to be a big thing. What I realized is that social media is like the stock market. At some point, it’s over-saturated and at other times it’s under-saturated. With Twitter, we got in at a point where it was still growing. We got in kind of at the ground floor. That’s the time where it’s the most amount of eyeballs and you can communicate with people. Now, that’s happening with Snapchat.
We are not taking projects under $50k. Usually, our average customer is $75k up to $300k in a year. That’s a lot of money. It’s not an emotional purchase at that size client. The way you get in front of people is you have to give them value and constant brand awareness.
MM: What do you wish you had known when you first started as an entrepreneur?
Joshua: Thinking long-term. I was very short-sighted. I thought I was a long-term thinker. I would think, a year from now, I want to be here! The reality is how quickly does a year ago feel to you? It feels a lot shorter than a year. Now, it’s been 7 years and I’m thinking how quickly that went. When you realize time is quicker than you imagined and you start saying okay, I’m going to start to think more long-term when making decisions. Success and growth is created as a result.
MM: Do you agree with the phrase, if you chase your passion, the money will come?
Joshua: I think if you go into business for the sake of making money, you are going to fail. Usually, the people making serious ‘bank’ didn’t get in business for the money. I don’t agree with the phrase 100%. The reality is you can’t do everything you love and expect to be paid like one of the top performing people in the world. Too many people think like that.
MM: Have you ever hit a rough spot in your business where you considered giving up or pivoting?
Joshua: It happens a lot more often than anyone likes to discuss. There have been plenty of times in the early part where I thought how in the hell am I going to do payroll next month. We had no new clients come in and what in the hell are we going to do. I can’t think of one moment, because it happens all the time. Now, we are trying to push the envelope and try to take our company to the next level, the next gear. We have to make some aggressive moves. The issue with that is if you fail, you’re taking ten steps back. That’s terrifying when you’ve worked your butt off and know that just one wrong move, you are back to square one again.
We’ve pivoted before and we’ve had moments where we just flat out failed, and learned a lot of lessons. I like to call it paying tuition. You make a mistake, learn from it, and never do it again.
The Shade Room, a blog, celebrated its second year of dishing out moment by moment celebrity news. The event was held at a luxurious mansion with many of your favorite stars including Ray J, Karlie Redd, Malaysia Pargo, Brandi Maxiell, Jessica White, Eugena Washington, Trinidad James and Torrei Hart. The atmosphere was filled with music by DJ Damage of the Real 92.3 radio station.
The event brought out many stars of reality television who have leverage their career by having been featured on the blog. The ladies of reality came to support and thank Nwandu for her work, as well as give a few dating tips. MillionaireMatch was able to talk to Karlie Redd, Malaysia, Brandi, Eugena and Torrei, who is the ex-wife of actor/comedian Kevin Hart, about how they keep their celebrity lives private and how to date while being in the spotlight. The ladies talked about the challenge of social media revealing their dating woes and mistakes.
The blog was started only two years ago by Angela Nwandu, who at the time had just quit her job as an accountant. Within two weeks of starting the blog, Nwandu had over 10k followers. She now has over twenty interns in various cities and four full-time staff members. Today, her main audience is on The Shade Room’s instagram account (@theshaderoom) boasting over 5 million followers. Earlier this year, Nwandu was recognized for the innovation of taking blog posting to instagram. She was listed on Forbe’s 30 Under 30 list.
Guests enjoyed a beautiful view of the Hollywood hills while sitting poolside with delicious summer cocktails and cupcakes. It was definitely a night to remember.
The Canadians celebrated big on Friday, July 1st at Mohawk Bend. Not only was it Canada Day, but stars from some of television's hit shows like Silicon Valley (HBO), Rookie Blue (ABC), and The Librarians (TNT) were honored by The Academy of Canadians in Sports and Entertainment-Los Angeles (ACISE-LA). It was the second year for the awards show. Natasha Henstridge was the event emcee. MillionaireMatch was on the carpet to speak to the shining stars.
The members of ACISE-LA voted for the winners in the categories of Best Actor in a TV series broadcasted in the US, Best Actress in a TV series broadcasted in the US, and Newcomer of the Year in a TV series broadcasted in the US.
Ben Hollingsworth (CBS, Code Black) walked the carpet with his expecting wife. He delighted in reminiscing about his favorite Canadian food, Poutine, which is made with french fries, cheese and gravy. Hollingsworth was nominated for Best Actor. Other stars like Meaghan Rath (Fox,Guide to Surviving Life) shared her craving for ketchup chips. Rath along with model, actor and social media star, Nick Bateman the presented awards.
Brad Schwartz, president of Pop TV, was honored with the 2016 Maple of Excellence for Outstanding TV Executive award. Missy Peregrym took home the award for the Maple of Excellence for Outstanding Acting Achievement and Bateman was honored with the Maple of Excellence for Outstanding Social Media Achievement award.
Other winners included Ricky Mabe (IFC, GiGi Does It) for Best Actor, Natalie Brown (FX, The Strain) for Best Actress and Amanda Crew (HBO,Silicon Valley) for Newcomer of the Year.
Check out our video coverage of the event for more inside scoop and some fun dating tips from the stars.
It’s Summer and love is in the air. We wanted to give you the best tips on how to find that special someone to make this a Summer you won’t forget. MillionaireMatch was able to speak Canadian born dating and sex expert, Shannon Boodram.
Shannon is the author of the bestselling book, LAID: Young People’s Experiences with Sex in an Easy-Access Culture. She has been seen on Fox News, KTLA, ABC Advice for Life, CBC News and more. If you can’t catch her on television, you can always see her on YouTube along with 140,000 other subscribers on her channel, Shan Boody.
MillionaireMatch: What’s your thoughts about online dating?
Shannon: I think online dating is fantastic. I think, we evolved beyond what our parents were basically confined to, which was to find your soulmate in high school or your small town. Now, you have the entire world to find, pick the best partner for you, and to get to know yourself through other people. What I also like about online dating, it’s really an opportunity to cut through the B.S. You can find out really quickly if someone just got out of a relationship, and if they are just looking for a good time. All the questions that would traditionally take three or four dates to figure out what the person wants, you can now do in the first three to four exchanges.
I think it’s a really great, efficient way to weigh your options, meet new people. Be clear with others about what those intentions are, and be clear with yourself about those intentions.
MM: Do you think there is a strategy to online dating?
Shannon: My strategies would be: 1) Be clear about what you want so that they know what your intentions are for being online. If you’re looking for a husband, girlfriend, boyfriend or a fun time, just be comfortable sharing that so that you don’t waste anyone’s time.
2) Know what you prioritize. If humor is very important to you, make your first question something like, what do you think would win in a fight? Bear or shark? I always ask that question, because I want to see what funny, creative answers they give me. Also, if someone was to write me, ‘hey sexy,’ off the top, I know we won’t gel. It’s just a matter of prioritizing what you want.
3) I would suggest a phone call where you block your number before you first meet. It can get exhausting going on all these first dates. What you want to do is minimize the number of people that you spend in-person time. I don’t give out my phone number until after the first date. I don’t want to have a bunch of dudes who have my personal number. I don’t feel obligated to give out my personal information before we know if we have chemistry.
If you are going to go on dates, I suggest making it local to where you live. I think you can burn yourself out really fast if you’re going on 20 first dates and they’re all forty minute drives away. It’s a matter of being efficient and clear in what you want, and making sure you are protecting yourself in terms of privacy.
MM: I love the idea of blocking your number. I’ve never thought about that.
Shannon: Yes, I learned from experience. There are people that you have a cool time with, but you don’t find them attractive in the way you thought. Now, you have to go through this awkward thing of breaking up with someone that you went with on one date.
MM: Do you think women should wait a certain amount of time before having sex with a new guy?
Shannon: I think there’s two ways of approaching anything. There’s study based and then there’s intuition or gut. The study based way will tell you that prolonging sex from men will deepen their interest. If you’re worried, then you should wait. I do think you could give a man the benefit of the doubt to be smarter than their basic instinct and use reasoning based on each situation. If you’re worried that it’ll change someone’s opinion of you or not, then I don’t think it hurts to wait. It’s safer to wait until you can trust someone before you’re in an environment where you are completely vulnerable. Some people have gotten married after sex on the first date. There’s no hard, fast rule. If you’re concerned, probably err on the side of waiting for three dates.
MM: You talk about the difference between sensuality vs. sexy in some of your vlogs. Can you tell me the difference?
Shannon: Sensuality is enjoyment in yourself. Sexy is really about how others perceive you. Sensual is an experience where you just find pleasure in everything that you do. Eating can be a sensual experience. Going for a walk can be a sensual experience.
MM: What’s next for you and the Shan Boody brand?
Shannon: I want to be the Martha Stewart of sex. When you think about living your best sexual life you think about Shan Boody. I want to continue to partner with people who can bring the conversation to a larger audience. I’m finding more topics that are approachable for everyone and not exclusive or isolating. Finding unique outlets, whether it’s web or tv, in which I can share my message. My message is finding your individual sex positive blueprint, and living in that space unashamed.
For more information on Shannon, check her out on Facebook and Twitter at Shanboody or www.shannonteresa.com.
Many people know Gary Vaynerchuk because of his unique voice or his high voltage energy. As he likes to put it, some like him and some don’t. That may be debatable, but his passion to sell and make money would never cause an argument.
An immigrant from Russia, Vaynerchuk grew his father’s wine store from $3 million to $60 million in sales when he jumped on a new platform at the time called YouTube. He spent 18 months making videos before he was able to grab the attention of an audience. Determined, he continued to make content. The start of Wine Library TV on YouTube resulted in an enterprise of 600 employees with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, San Francisco and Tennessee.
Gary is also the owner of VaynerMedia, a social and digital full-service agency that offers creative production which drives results. He started VaynerMedia in 2009. The company has grown from $3 million to $100 million in four years. Vaynerchuk has spoken at many conferences, workshops, podcasts and digital platforms educating and inspiring those who wish to take a step into being an entrepreneur. MillionaireMatch has gathered his most powerful quotes that capture his philosophy on achieving success as an entrepreneur. His three tips are: 1) self-awareness 2) work ethic and 3) gratitude. Vaynerchuk is a huge champion for doing what you are good at and leaving the rest for someone else. He also believes in working hard and working a lot along with showing gratitude.
“I suck at 99% of stuff. I’m a salesman. I’m a storyteller. I understand where consumers are going to go before other people.”
“People need to start breaking the rules.”
“You have to audit who you actually are.”
“Ideas are shit. Execution is the game.”
“I really think that people who think they are entrepreneurs that don’t work 15, 17 hours a day, aren’t.”
“If I don’t do what came naturally to me, there would be much bigger problems.”
“If you have a full-time job, you are not an entrepreneur.”
“I really respect my haters.”
“I failed all my classes and that’s why I’m winning. In hindsight, the fact that I was considered a failure for the first 18 years of my life has become the foundation of my success.”
“Put in the work.”
“You have time.”
“If you are giving more than you are taking, you have leverage for life.”
“I just want the pursuit of building.”
“When you are grateful for what you have instead of worried about what you don’t have, you’ll have a totally different mind-set.”
“If you are grateful, I think it’s a segue to kindness.”
“No matter what you do, your job is to tell your story.”
“The only differentiator in the game is your passion and your hustle.”
Vaynerchuk is the author of three books every entrepreneur should have: Crush It!, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World and his latest, #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness. Add these to your summer reading list!