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Sigma Phi Epsilon 40 Under 40 Writeup:

SigEp’s mission is Building Balanced Men. But what does a balanced man look like? There are countless alumni who embody the ideal. Sound Mind and Sound Body are core to their sense of self, and the Cardinal Principles cemented in their college years continue to guide their careers and personal lives.

We hope you enjoy the Journal’s first endeavor to highlight some of SigEp’s most exciting young alumni. Together, they represent the diversity of our brotherhood and the strength of our alumni network. What do they have in common? Each is a living example of our Balanced Man Ideal. And each is actively fulfilling his lifetime responsibility of brotherhood by helping build the next generation of balanced men.

The Journal staff and our selection committee believe it is impossible to rank our alumni, and no list of 40 will ever be complete. So many of our graduates deserve the Fraternity’s attention and praise. Know a brother who deserves to be featured in a future issue? Let us know—we hope to keep the SigEps under 40 conversation going.

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Source/Date: Sigma Phi Epsilon National Fraternity/January 2016

Forbes Magazine: How To Stick By The Resolutions That Will Kick-Start Your Business Growth

By Ash Kumra and Seline Shenoy

The start of a new year offers the promise of another chance to progress further in both our personal lives and in our businesses. We have an opportunity to start afresh and recalibrate ourselves for new goals and missed opportunities from the previous years. Yet study after study has shown that although most people start off the year filled with a sense of hope and enthusiasm, their efforts to act on their resolutions fall short within the first couple of months.

For example, if one of your business resolutions this year was to improve your work-life balance by delegating more, you may be successful for a few weeks. But if you still find it challenging to loosen your grip and trust others, you’ll eventually revert back to an overwhelming work schedule.

The good news is that with the right perspective and tools, this challenge can be easily overcome.

Start With “Why”

We can begin creating this internal shift by first crystallizing our vision for what we want to manifest in our lives and then backing it up with a strong enough “why,” i.e. the reason why we are so passionate about accomplishing this vision.

Let’s say that one of your resolutions for your business is to focus more on promoting your products and services. You need to first get clear on why that is important to you. Besides increasing sales and profitability, maybe you truly believe that your offerings will make a difference in the lives of your potential customers and this is your way of contributing to the world.

The key to making resolutions stick is by attaching them to deeper and more meaningful intentions. From Steve Jobs to Walt Disney, every single successful entrepreneur in history was a visionary who created his or her businesses from a place of purpose and passion.

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Source/Date: Forbes Magazine/January 2015

Entrepreneur Magazine Profile

For Ash Kumra, winning a pitch competition yielded much more than the $30,000 in cash and professional services he received. “Contests offer instant validation,” Kumra says. “That tells an investor or a sponsor that this business isn’t going to disappear.”

In 2010 Kumra won the Irvine Entrepreneur Forum, a pitch contest held by the Chamber of Commerce in Irvine, Calif. The win helped him launch DesiYou, a digital video distributor of Indian entertainment. Since then, he has been recognized by the White House as a young entrepreneur to watch and co-founded, an online personal growth community with more than 50,000 members and sponsors such as Microsoft and HR provider TriNet.

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Source/Date: Entrepreneur Magazine/February 2014

Ash Kumra on Crowd Funding – A New Source of Capital for Start-Up Businesses

Jim welcomes entrepreneur Ash Kumra of Ash discusses the dramatic effect of social media in business and particularly in recent IPO’s such as Facebook and LinkedIn. Ash and Jim also discuss “crowd funding”, and how it can be beneficial at every stage for young up-and-coming companies. He also notes how crowd funding is becoming much more common as a funding source for specific niche-business start-ups. As to the influence of social media in business, Ash believes it’s clearly here to stay, and is more of an enabling technology than a disruptive one.

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Source/Date: Financial Sense News Radio/July 30th

The Power Of Women In Technology

Women are changing the face of technology. More and more women are being noticed as developers in the technology space, from Silicon Valley to Silicon Prairie to nearly every major metropolitan area. These women are making the actual product, coding, and hacking (now there are female-only hackathons, where developers spend a short burst racing to develop a program).

In addition to creating, women are also running technology spheres like never before. From founding their own companies to leadership positions, it’s clear that technology isn’t a boys club anymore.

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Source: Huffington Post/December 2012

Forbes Column on How To Visualize Your New Startup Idea

As entrepreneurs, we dream big and see a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But what exactly are you dreaming about? What tools are you using to live out those dreams? And how are you making it happen now? It’s time to start dreaming smarterabout entrepreneurship.

“Dreaming smart” is what I like to call the process of methodically identifying and developing ideas so that they become profitable, realistic businesses that manifest into what you truly dreamed them to be. It’s like creating your own luck. By simply visualizing the right dream to pursue, all the clutter and lack of focus go away, and you find yourself one step closer to success.

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Source/Date: Forbes – September 2012

American Express Open On College Entrepreneurship

The college years are lean times for most students, but this shouldn’t put a damper on your ambitions to think (and be big) with your new business. From social media and networking to pitch events and even volunteering, you can market yourself and your college business on a budget by employing some of these 10 simple, no-cost strategies!

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Source/Date: American Express Open Forum – August 2012