Today we’re talking to Brad Yasar, who has had multiple exits already. He is trying to change the way our world works as an investor and a thought-leader in blockchain technology. He’s learned a lot from selling his businesses, and we’re going to talk about his exits, tax planning, and blockchain technology, which will revolutionize how we do business.
In This Episode You’ll Learn:
- Some of Brad’s background, how he became an entrepreneur and where he started as a young child.
- What ideas and experiences Brad had that triggered him to sell his companies as well as some of the takeaways he had.
- Why tax planning is so important and how Brad went about establishing his preferred tax structure.
- Some of Brad’s insights on balancing passion with planning for the end.
- Thoughts on going from a service business to a technology company.
- Information about what blockchain technology is, how it works, and how it’s relevant to business today.
- The differences between an authoritative system and a decentralized system and how commerce is affected.
- The types of businesses that are likely to be affected positively and negatively in the future thanks to blockchain technology.
- The correlation between passion and your exit strategy: Remember that the money is not what it’s all about.
- The technology of blockchain can totally change the world we live in, so it’s imperative that you understand where your business fits.
- Entrepreneurs who want to revolutionize their industry should know that there are ways out there to build platforms and systems that will allow you to effect change.
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About Brad Yasar:
Brad is an entrepreneur, investor, mentor, and advisor who has started and bootstrapped several companies from inception to maturity over the past 20 years. Brad is currently the co-founder and Managing Partner of Krowd Mentor, a strategic crowdfunding advisory firm focusing on ICOs, cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and token powered organizations.
As the co-founder for Blockchain Investors Consortium (BIC) with over $2 Billion dollars allocated to blockchain and cryptocurrency projects and has access to extensive dealflow and experience analyzing disruptive technologies. Brad has participated in dozens successful crowd sales, which have raised over $500 million from 10,000s of investors in 12 months.
Brad also served as managing director of Yasar Corporation where he mentored, advised and invested in more than 50 companies. Passionate about where the worlds of technology and marketing collide, Brad is frequently invited to speak at events related to entrepreneurship, angel investing and business strategy. Most recently, he presented at GCC, Digital Hollywood, and ITU Gate Accelerator Program. A big believer in coaching younger generations of entrepreneurs, Brad serves as a mentor for the Pepperdine Alumni Association.
Brad holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business Management (1999) from Pepperdine University (Malibu, California) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Sciences Math (1996) from Académie de Grenoble (France).
His charitable efforts focus on Goodwill Industries, the LA County Museum of Art, the LA Philharmonic and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, to name a few.
Born in Turkey in 1976, Brad lived and traveled throughout Europe; England, France, and Greece to name a few and migrated to the United States in 1996. Brad is fluent in English, French, Turkish and has basic knowledge of German, and Spanish. Brad currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Nadine, and son, Max.