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Secret Academy Episode - Kumar Arora

Not all of us have started our lives out saying, “I am gonna be an entrepreneur”, Kumar certainly didn't. He never once thought about the path he is on now until the recession of 2008 hit him so hard that he had no other choice than to make himself a job so he could avoid bankruptcy. In that struggle, Kumar found his true calling. Kumar now is the founder of Rogue Eyewear, a luxury sunglass/eyewear company that got it’s start from Kumar’s mind for scientific advancement and design. Though eyewear ins’t the only thing he does. Kumar has his hands in many different pots as a serial investor: fashion, food and beverage, sciences, chemical development, are just a few of the spaces you would find him working in on a day to day basis. Though he may have not started out with this lifestyle in mind, Kumar now can’t see spending his life any other way.

Lesson's in Today's Interview:
  • Sometimes our failures bring out the greatest success.
  • Not everyone starts their careers out working towards entrepreneurship.
  • Being an investor is a great way to get you to see many different areas of business without having to actually work job to job.
  • What is the difference between a good message and a bad message?
  • Sometimes rebranding is necessary to succeed.
  • In fashion you have to be sure you can fit your product to the needs of the consumer.
  • Brand trust is crucial to make your small fashion line succeed against the big brands.
  • Sometimes a large amount of inventory is good when your brand is first starting out, narrowing down can happen later.
  • Fashion sometimes needs to become a brick-mortar.
  • Influencer marketing isn’t what it used to be 3 years ago, thanks to instagram.
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