141: Jay Clouse | Founder of Unreal Collective

Jay is a writer, entrepreneur, and community builder. After discovering the power of small groups of driven individuals who meet regularly to make rapid progress, Jay founded Unreal Collective. Unreal Collective is a virtual accelerator for entrepreneurs and creatives to reach their next milestone.

Previously, Jay spent several years in tech startups as COO of a ticket exchange called Tixers (sold in 2015) and a product manager at CrossChx, a healthcare startup. Now, Jay serve as Vice Chair of the Create Columbus Commission and Facilitator of Startup Weekend. The Create Columbus Commission exists to advocate for young professionals to the city officials in Columbus, Ohio. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour community event that teaches individuals how to conceptualize, build, and launch a startup company.

February 14, 2018 31 Mins Download (MP3)

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02:57 Imagine you just had the absolute best day of your life. Where are you going to eat, and what are you eating in order to make your day complete?
03:52 Tell me about a time in which you felt lost, or blind in business. How did you overcome it?
05:10 Was there anything or anyone with specific experiences that you were able to learn from?
07:52 How does Unreal Collective help people?
10:29 What were some of the ways you were able to achieve your first 100 customers?
15:15 If you could meet any one person who could further your business, who would it be, and why would you want to meet them?
24:45 Do you have any habits that have made you more efficient throughout your day?
26:45 The Blind Entrepreneur was created for those individuals that may be temporarily blind in business. To those individuals, what are 3 pieces of advice that you could share with them?

On today’s episode With Jay Clouse we are going to talk about:

1. Finding mentors even if its digital

2. Get used to hearing the word no

3. Practicing the art of daily writing

How Jay Clouse achieved his first 100 customers

“Well, you need to find a problem, find a solution to said problem that is viable and get it out in front of people. It also helps to get feedback – good feedback – in order to better refine the product. Also, to be able to sell to 100 customers, you need to first be able to sell to one customer. You also need to be able to sell offline before you can start selling online.”

Three Pieces of Advice from Jay Clouse

“Number one would be incredibly resilient – you’ll be told ‘no’ quite a lot. Getting to that ‘yes’ takes a lot of numbers. Secondly, find incredible people to surround yourself with. This could be mentors, coaches, peers, etc. These people can identify blind spots and provide you with the necessary guidance. My last piece of advice is to get comfortable with selling – remember that you’re out there to provide value.”