I started The Rise To The Top in October 2008 for some simple reasons. After starting three companies, like many of us OCD entrepreneurs, I became frustrated that I could not find an entertaining and educational TV show and online hub that resonated with forward-thinking entrepreneurs looking to grow their businesses.
Like you, I found lots of practical information on how to START a business (how to set up an LLC for example), but a real lack of advice on how to GROW your business. Answers to questions such as:
How do I get from $1 to $1,000,000 in revenue or $1,000,000 to $100,000,000?
How do I market my business in this crazy fast-paced digital world?
How do I not burn out and have more fun?
How can my company be more efficient while saving more time and money?
What can I learn from other people’s failures and successes?
How do I introduce a new product or service?
How do I maximize social media?
How do I schmooze in the digital world (and real world) and make incredible connections?
How do I get my business to reach its full potential?
How do I know which of these new shiny, cool online tools I should be using for my business and why?
Everything out there, to me at least, seemed so darn dull and boring. *Yawn*
Like many ventures, The Rise To The Top was born brainstorming in a coffee shop with my graphic designer Elizabeth Erickson and has taken a life of its own evolving from just a TV show (the original idea) to an online resource, event series, and more.
There have been ups and downs, hard work and crazy stories, big defeats and massive victories and I love every moment of it (well maybe not EVERY moment but darn close). And it has been incredible to hit benchmarks such as 1,000,000 cumulative TV viewers and over 500 entrepreneurs and business owners attending TRTTT events in 2009.
My number one goal has been and always will be to be helpful to entrepreneurs looking to maximize their businesses.
With that in mind, this is how I plan to be helpful to you in 2010: The launch of “RISE” a new daily web show for entrepreneurs.
And what about TV and events you ask? Great question! Quick answer: This past Sunday was the final episode for 2009. Season #3 of The Rise To The Top will be on KDNL-ABC30 in September 2010 and is going to be a HUGE season which believe it or not we are already working on. If you would like more information on learn how you can become involved, feel free to email me (David AT DSGagency.com). Also, we are launching events all over St. Louis in 2010 from live shows to educational and entertaining seminars to help you as well.
One shameless plug is 2010 is booking up fast, so if you want hire me as a speaker at your next event or as a consultant or trainer to help your business become more interactive, social and profitable, whip me an email and we can talk about “Digital Schmoozing” and “Maximizing Social Media” programs as I’ve been working with a variety of entrepreneurs and big brands. It has been a blast (end shameless plug).
So, why should you care about the new show?
1. RISE is 100% About You: The Entrepreneur Looking To Maximize Your Business:
Starting Monday, January 4th you can count on 5 minutes of easily-digestible practical tips, tricks, creative marketing ideas, How-To’s and more in our “web dome” which includes a white board for diagrams and other goodies (Thanks to Virtual Nerd for the inspiration). There will be action steps, resources and more.
2. You Won’t Be Bored:
Every day will be a little bit different. It may be 10 book reviews for entrepreneurs in 5 minutes or a dissection of how Chris Brogan does business and what you can learn from him or 5 simple things you can do on Twitter right now to create business partnerships. Also, special guests and experts will be stopping into our new studio to do lessons of their own with me.
3. Have A Question? We Will Answer It:
Seriously, this is all about you. It will be easy to submit a question for the show on the newly designed website (launching January 1st, 2010, PUMPED about that) and on social media sites. Many shows (at least once a week) will be devoted to your most burning questions (I had to get the word “burning” into this).
4. Expert Interviews:
I don’t know about you, but I love learning from the absolute best including those that have risen to the top or are standing on top of the mountain. Yup, interviews are here to stay especially in our new longer form Skype interviews that will compliment many of the 5 minute shows. So if you want to stick around and learn from folks like the author of The Four Hour Workweek Tim Ferriss, we will have plenty for you.
5. Resources, Resources, Resources:
It seems every day new web tools are coming out to make your life easier. Awesome. But which ones are the absolute best and add the most value for your business? Well in our “lab” (if you will) we have done the testing (and are still testing and looking for products and services to help entrepreneurs grow their business so if you have one, feel free to contact me). There will be product reviews, demos, and a downloadable interactive PDF called “The Ultimate Entrepreneur Playbook” which has comprehensive listings of products and services we use and trust and recommend to you and why (Mix of free and paid services).
Of course, in full disclosure, each 5 minute show will have a sponsor who we know and trust that brings something great that you can use right now. There will be no crap and we are working hard to get you the absolute best deals on their products and services only offered on RISE and nowhere else (If interested in partnering up with us, feel free to shoot me an email to David AT DSGagency.com)
And that’s it. Like a coffee shop, I’m looking forward to 2010 being a year of high energy, collaboration, entrepreneurship, and lots and lots of schmoozing and tips.
If I had my choice, I hope I can help motivate 1,000,000 entrepreneurs to make $1,000,000 or more with their businesses all while having fun and living an inspired life.
More importantly, I would love to hear your thoughts. Do you have an idea for a show? A burning question? A suggestion? Lets start a dialogue about your ideal resource and what you would like to see. I’m all ears (Thanks to Ria Sharon for help with this title *wink*) and although I have a big mouth, I’m most excited about hearing YOUR ideas.