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  • Employee Turned Entrepreneur – Jasmin French

    Posted Under: Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Our Heroes, Pre-Startup on 15 Oct, 2012

    With us today is entrepreneur Jasmin French. Though she is no longer working for a big-name law firm, she still uses her law skills while also enjoying life as a self-employed entrepreneur. After being dropped from the corporate world, she fell into a business she loves. DD: Who are you and what kind of corporate job were you at? JF: My name is Jasmin French, and I am the quintessential “connector.” I connect people with ideas, one another, and most importantly, with their personal “story.” I am a Duke University and Vanderbilt University Law School graduate.  Prior to entering law school, I was a logistics/supply chain analyst for one of the world’s largest consumer packaged goods companies (home to some of the most recognized household products).  I left to pursue a law...

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  • Employee Turned Entrepreneur – Obi Orgnot

    Posted Under: Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Our Heroes on 10 Oct, 2012

    Obi Orgnot is the next entrepreneur in “Our Heroes” series. Today we will learn how he went from being his own boss in an “unsafe” way to being his own boss in the best way he could. DD: Who are you and what kind of corporate job were you at? OO: My name is Obi Orgnot, and I was a mid-level executive for a direct sales company based in London. I managed a team of around 45 people, and we often ran campaigns for large companies such as BSkyB. We had previously worked with large telecoms and energy providers performing residential campaigns, and we were known to be among the best in this type of customer acquisition....

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  • Employee Turned Entrepreneur – Elinor Stutz

    Posted Under: Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Our Heroes on 8 Oct, 2012

    Elinor Stutz found unsavory deals happening at the corporation she worked for and decided to take a stand. She is the next entrepreneur for “Our Heroes,” and what a hero she is! Learn how she stuck it to corporate before strolling out the door: DD: Who are you and what kind of corporate job were you at? ES: For 8 years, I sold business equipment such as copiers, fax machines, shredders and then networked printers.  In 2001, I entered high tech beginning with selling advertising spots on financial sites.  Three months later, the stock market crashed (dot com bust), so sales were no more.  I then moved to another high tech company that was offering a pilot program of advertising spots on cell phones.  This was when cell phones were just beginning to connect to the internet and...

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  • Employee Turned Entrepreneur – Eric Sangerma

    Posted Under: Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Our Heroes on 26 Sep, 2012

    In “Our Heroes” today we have Eric Sangerma. While traveling around Asia was an upside to the corporate job he had before, he always felt like it was jail. He broke the 9to5 jail “cold turkey.” See how: DD: Who are you and what kind of corporate job were you at? ES: My name is Eric Sangerma, and I was the Asia-Pacific Manager for one of the leading French Veterinary Pharmaceutical companies. I was based in Shanghai, China, where I have been living since 2000....

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  • Employee Turned Entrepreneur – David Wolckenhauer

    Posted Under: Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship, Our Heroes, Startup on 24 Sep, 2012

    Today in the “Our Heroes” series, we have entrepreneur David Wolckenhauer who is the President of Cloudcutter Consignments, a rare coin and collectables venue. Let’s see how he works in the corporate world while keeping his entrepreneurship running smoothly. DD: Who are you and what kind of corporate job were you at? DW: My name is David Wolckenhauer, President and CEO of Cloudcutter Consignments.  I have worked in marketing and sales capacities for Fortune 100 companies over the last 13 years, have a BS in Chemical Engineering from NJIT and an MBA in Marketing from Rutgers University....

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