ROTE 038: Carl Forrest and Selling Comic Books to Fund a Startup

Have you ever wanted to create a new business or raise money for a startup, but simply had no idea where to start?

The good news is that there are plenty of options for people to access money when they are in need, or wanting to start a new business. From friends, family, banks and even pitching your idea to VCs in Silicon Valley, it’s all possible.

However, all of these methods also have downsides and no one really ever wants to ask anyone for money. Your best bet would be to look your options around you, things you could possibly sell and how to use your expertise in the process.

This is exactly what we are going to be talking about in the latest episode of the Rise of the Entrepreneur.

Rise of the Entrepreneur – Episode 38 with Carl Forrest

Carl Forrest

Carl Forrest is the co-founder of DataSetGo, a data analytics companies that helps businesses better understand their customers and how to improve profit margins. In addition to being the co-founder of the company, Carl is also a comic book mogul and lover of analytics.

While millions of people are running their own business today, the interesting story usually isn’t what they are doing to day — but instead how they got there. Carl’s story is one that grabbed my attention because he was able to fund his startup by buying and selling comics through offline sources and making huge profit margins through eBay. It sounds easier than it was, but because of Carl’s dedication and love for both comics and data analytics, he was able to combine the two for massive success.

Talking Points Discussed in this Episode:

  • Carl’s first jobs in the world of data analytics
  • Experience and lessoned learned during BP’s oil spill
  • Starting a recording studio from his college dorm
  • How a love for comics books helped fund his startup
  • The importance of knowing your audience and following up
  • Data analytics and how businesses should be using it
  • Three great Q&A questions for Carl in the Pit of Fire

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