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ICS Presentation

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Presentation to Irvington Community Schools Career Day, 2012

Kim Brand

(Just Google me)



  • Definition of Entrepreneur:
    • Owning your own business
    • Being your own boss
    • Earning as much as you are worth - but possibly less.  (Vs earning less than you are worth to your boss.)


  • Entrepreneurship is patriotic: without Entrepreneurs nobody would have a job


  • What does an Entrepreneur do?
    • Create value out of thin air; connects labor with capital
    • Solve problems
    • Motivate: customers, employees, communities, vendors
    • See beyond the rules
    • Leader 


  • The dark side
    • Stress, Depression 
    • Health
    • Relationships: Marriage, family 
    • Failure, Reputation, Credit Rating


"It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." U.S President Theodore Roosevelt, (American 26th US President (1901-09), 1858-1919)


  • Talent required 
    • Energy, Work ethic, Honest
    • Writing, Speaking, Presence
    • Sales & Marketing
    • Self confidence & Humility
    • Cleverness & Curiosity
    • Basic Math (12x tables,) basic law, basic accounting 
    • Persistence


"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan press on has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave."  U.S. President Calvin Coolege, (American 30th President of the United States, 1872-1933)


Famous Entrepreneurs


From anywhere

          Ben Franklin, writer, scientist, inventor, statesman, diplomat, publisher; fathered an illegitimate son - President of Abolition Society in Pennsylvania 

Mark Zuckerberg, 27, Facebook founder, he's worth $13B, $100M to Newark Public Schools, pledged to give half of his fortune to charity

Bill Gates, Microsoft, youngest self made billionaire, saving children's lives through immunization programs around the world

Bill Cook, Cook Industries,, Medical Devices, richest man in Indiana, historic preservation of Fench Lick and West Baden Springs, Orange County 

Ted Turner, started CNN, father committed suicide, pledged $1 Billion to the United Nations

          Lady Gaga, 25, (Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta) performer, five Grammy Awards, #7 Forbes 100 Most Powerful Women, 15 Million Albums


From Wikipedia: "An avid actor in high school musicals, Gaga portrayed lead roles as Adelaide in Guys and Dolls and Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.[23] She described her academic life in high school as "very dedicated, very studious, very disciplined" but also "a bit insecure" as she told in an interview, "I used to get made fun of for being either too provocative or too eccentric, so I started to tone it down. I didn't fit in, and I felt like a freak."[24][25] Acquaintances dispute that she did not fit in at school. "She had a core group of friends; she was a good student. She liked boys a lot, but singing was No. 1," recalled a former high school classmate.[26] Referring to her "expressive, free spirit", Gaga told Ellemagazine "I'm left-handed!"[27]


From Indianapolis

Madam C. J. Walker, Walker Manufacturing Company, first woman millionaire - ever!

Scott Jones, inventor of Voice Mail

Mark Hill, Banking Software, Venture Capitalist

Dave Becker, founder of First Internet Bank


Visit these sites for more information






Notable books:


Four Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferriss

The E-Myth by Michael Gerber, particularly this chapter.


More about me: http://kimbrand.com/ and my companies: http://www.computerexpertsindy.comhttp://filesafeserver.com/, namestechllc.com



     The questions are more important than the answers.

     People are polynomials.

     Life is non-linear.


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