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Lucky episode #150! Sometimes timing is just funny. This past week, my book Smarter, Faster, Cheaper came out and so did today’s guest, Scott Gerber’s, Never Get A “Real” Job. Both books are published by the same publisher (Wiley). I’m 26 and Scott is 27. His book is about never getting a real job and my book is about marketing and promoting your business and yourself once you start your company (smarter, faster, cheaper as opposed to dumber, slower expensive, of course).

Scott and I are very different. Different personalities. Different outlooks. Different in the way we have built businesses. But one thing is the same. We both have a ridiculous passion for entrepreneurship. And collaboration is a good thing. I invited Scott onto RISE today to talk about how he built his brand and of course the new book.

Scott has REALLY made a name for himself the past few years in the Gen Y entrepreneurial space in a variety of ways but, most specifically, through writing and as a columnist.

Here is his “official” bio:

Scott GerberScott Gerber is a serial entrepreneur, internationally syndicated small business columnist, angel investor and public speaker. He is the founder and CEO of Gerber Enterprises, an entrepreneurial incubator and venture management company that invests capital, management expertise, and marketing services into innovative early and mid-stage companies. Founded in 2004, the company has since launched a diverse portfolio of businesses, including Yearbook Innovation, an end-to-end provider of print and digital media school memory products and services; and Sizzle It!, the expert in sizzle reel production for a global clientele of public relations, marketing and advertising firms. Scott is also the Editor-in-Chief of, the host of the upcoming web video show Ask Gerber and the author of the book, Never Get a “Real” Job (Wiley, December 2010).

In this interview, you will learn:

  • How Scott put himself on the map by landing major columns with magazines such as Entrepreneur.
  • Why Scott’s first company failed and how he corrected mistakes when starting his next one.
  • Scott’s unique business model. How does he make money?
  • How his book deal came about and what you will learn in Never Get A “Real” Job.
  • …and much more.

As always, the idea behind RISE interviews is for you pick up some inspiration, tips, and ideas of how this can apply to YOUR business. I would love to hear your thoughts, reactions, questions, and comments.

Connect With Scott (and tell him you saw him on RISE!):

On Twitter
On His Website (Never Get A Real Job/Young Entrepreneur Council)
Pick Up Scott’s Book On Amazon (and nab Smarter, Faster, Cheaper too while you are at, *wink*)

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Did you hear? My book Smarter, Faster, Cheaper officially launched last week!

Smarter, Faster, Cheaper LAUNCH party on December 21st in at the Schlafly Tap Room in St. Louis, Missouri, presented by Social Media Club St. Louis. Attendance is free and you can RSVP right here.

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