Ep 04: Your Personal Brand is Your Most Valuable Currency – Ash Kumra

Ep 04: Your Personal Brand is Your Most Valuable Currency – Ash Kumra

Ash Kumra has been impactful in the entrepreneurial space and especially in the Southern California startup community, in this phase of his entrepreneurial journey Ash shares some key words of wisdom:

  • Your personal brand, even for founders, is your most valuable currency
  • Personal fulfilment – comfortable and uncomfortableness and aligning personal happiness
  • Identify your personal gift and authentically be creative
  • Mental model – the ultimate content creation machine
  • Follow a passion not a trend
  • Comedians, authenticity. Learn from the contrast.
  • Coaches make it better; they are not there to change you.
  • Long Beach – public-private accelerator
  • Figure out early rather than later
  • Insignificance means you can start over really easy.
  • It’s still a great time to start a business.
  • Need fundamentals not just master classes

About the Guest:

Ash Kumra – Versatile radio show, podcast, and live media content producer. Over 500 interviews and productions include Dr. Oz, Sony Television, Forbes, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Entrepreneur magazine. Am also a featured course author on LinkedIn learning on becoming an industry expert and upcoming book with Ideapress Publishing (June 2021). Prior helped launch the California chapter for Startup America and listed by the White House as a top 100 impact entrepreneur.

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About the Host:

Philip Topham is The Savvy Founder and Armchair sociologist. Philip has an inquisitive mind and passion for ideas. He’s impatient to see tomorrow’s today. He focuses on helping technical founders unlock their pragmatic dreamer and develop their business skills and social capital with The Savvy Founder framework.   

With more than 25 years across startups and corporate roles, Philip has been everything from janitor to the Founder and Chief Everything Officer. His earliest career was as a network engineer bringing companies into the Internet age. He’s served as the Head of Information Technology (Divisional CIO) as well as startup Chief Technology Officer, building software and solving problems others said couldn’t be solved.

Philip has experienced what happens when a traditional company gets $20M venture capital infusion to become the next big thing. He has also experienced building a business without venture backing. He built a business from zero to profitability, selling more than $5M to big pharma and changed the way the pharmaceutical industry operates. He knows what it means to raise money for your startup, only to have it stop as a key founder steps out of the picture.  He currently is an advisor for a global AI (artificial intelligence) clinical care management system startup. 

Among his many accomplishments, Philip, is an armchair sociologist with peer-review publications in social network analysis and machine learning. He holds a BS Biological Sciences from UC Irvine and an MBA from Pepperdine University. When not working, he can be found playing billiards, woodworking, travelling or socializing with friends and family.

Words of Wisdom

  • Ideas are worthless; revenues are priceless; surround yourself with smart people.
  • Life is a journey – mole hills or mountains? it’s your choice.

Connect with Philip at:

E-mail – philip@thesavvyfounder.com

Linkedin – https://www.linkedin.com/in/philiptopham

Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/thesavvyfounder

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/thesavvyfounder

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/thesavvyfounder

Website – https://www.philiptopham.com

Clubhouse – @thesavvyfounder

10 Most Fixable Pitch Deck Mistakes – https://www.thesavvyfounder.com

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