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Secret Academy Episode - Andrew Paradise

Andrew Paradise is the CEO and founder of Skillz. Skillz is the world-wide leader in mobile eSports and connects the world’s 2.6 billion mobile gamers through competition. Skillz is ranked number one on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list and the first eSports company on CNBC’s Disruptor 50. In 2016 alone, Skillz received a revenue of $54.2M after only launching in 2012. Prior to Skillz, Andrew founded AisleBuyer, which was sold to Intuit in April 2012 as well as Photrade, which was sold in 2009 to MPA Inc. He has also worked in venture capital and private equity investing for Fort Washington Capital Partners and The Watermill Group.

Lesson's in Today's Interview:
  • What triggered Andrew to become and entrepreneur.
  • How Andrew went from working in private equity and venture capital investment firms for launching his own startup.
  • How Andrew’s first business was created.
  • Start a company with the idea of a product or service that will add value to the economy.
  • Two key elements to starting a business.
  • What inspired the establishment of Skillz.
  • What obstacles Andrew experienced during the beginning stages of launching Skillz.
  • What makes Skillz an unparalleled gaming platform.
  • Andrew’s mantra to success.
  • How Andrew plans to completely dominate the market.
  • Andrew’s advice for young entrepreneurs.
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