Who are you?
GossipExtra.com is a news website that reports on celebrities, socialites, politicians, sports figures and crime. We focus solely on South Florida, where we are known as "South Florida's Online Tabloid."
Why Did you start your business?
I started my business as an extended middle finger to corporate America. After 20 years in newspapers, I saw how corporate giants who were not accountable to anyone killed the newspaper business. With the web, anyone is now a publisher -- and anyone can compete against 100-year-old rivals. I wanted to prove to corporate America that no one, and I mean no one, needs it for a job.
What makes your business unique?
GossipExtra.com is the largest independent news website in Florida. What makes us unique is that we have no interest in going national. We are of South Florida -- for South Florida.
What's the biggest mistake you've made with your business and what did you learn from it??
I made the mistake of not getting more money from my main investor. I learned I always need to ask for more -- a lot more.
what big goal do you have for your company and how do you plan to achieve it?
I want to sell the website to a national company that needs a strong foothold in the South Florida web business. I need to keep growing it until that's possible, hopefully in a couple of years.
what advice or tips do you have for people wanting to start their own business or follow their dreams?
Do not think for a second that you need to work for a large corporation to survive. Fill out your LLC papers and hit the ground running. We, Americans, have been screwed by industrial giants for decades. It's time to screw them back.