Brian Verne, CEO of Phenom, former college baseball player, and native of Cleveland, Ohio. Listen as Nathan and Brian chat about life as a college athlete, and why big time athletic brands are starting to sponsor high school athletes when they once only cared about the pros.
Favorite Book? – The Art of Feeling
What CEO do you follow?— N/A
What is your favorite online tool?— Slack
Do you get 8 hours of sleep?— No
If you could let your 20 year old self know one thing, what would it be?—Understand how difficult it is to build a business.
Time Stamped Show Notes:
01:17 – Nathan’s introduction
01:35 – Welcoming Brian to the show
01:45 – What Phenom is
03:35 – How Phenom makes money
04:01 – Phenom gives young athletes the ability to connect with large brands
04:38 – Currently connected with Wilson
05:18 – The payment model between Phenom and Wilson
06:04 – Currently have 60K users
06:50 – defining an “active” user
08:49 – There’s a massive psychological connection between gear and performance
11:15 – Brian talks about supporting himself in lieu of revenue
12:32 – Right now, Brian is taking down $30K per year
13:28 – Maxing out credit cards, getting down the last penny—but it’s worth it
15:18 – Brian is 28
16:00 – Instagram is the basis of Phenom’s business
3 Key Points:
Building a business is a bitch—never forget it.
Don’t quit just because the money isn’t “there”—make whatever personal cuts you need to keep the momentum going.
Parlay life lessons into your business.
Edgar – Nathan uses Edgar instead of other scheduling tools for Twitter because Edgar cycles through content over and over (buffer/others you have to re-input content over and over – time consuming). In the last several months, Edgar has driven Nathan over 3728 clicks that he didn’t have to work or pay for.
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Slack – The online tool Brian can’t live without
The Art of Feeling – Brian’s favorite business book
Wilson – Large sporting goods company that Phenom partners with
Phenom – Brian’s company
The Top is FOR YOU if you are:
A STUDENT who wants to become the CEO of a $10m company in under 24 months (episode #4)
STUCK in the CORPORATE grind and looking to create a $10k/mo side business so you can quit (episode #7)
An influencer or BLOGGER who wants to make $27k/mo in monthly RECURRING revenue to have the life you want and full CONTROL (episode #1)
The Software as a Service (SaaS) entrepreneur who wants to grow to a $100m+ valuation (episode #14).
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