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How we bootstrapped from $0 to $5M in 5 years & the mistakes made along the way

  • May 30, 2014 · 8:15 AM
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As CEO of The1stMovement, Ming was named as one of the "Top 10 Asian Entrepreneurs in America" by Inc. Magazine, and has led the agency to numerous accolades including 3-time Inc. 500 "Fastest Growing Private Companies in America", 4-time "Best Places to work in LA", and 5000% growth in 5 years.

A Silicon Valley software engineer by trade, Ming was the recipient of the prestigious Primetime Emmy® award in "Technical Excellence in Interactive TV", and has architected many digital solutions for some of the world"s most renowned brands including 20th Century Fox, ABC, Adobe, Apple, AMD, Cisco, Disney, Microsoft, Nike, HP, Intel, Sun Microsystems, Sony Pictures and more, before founding The1stMovement in 2006.

How to find us: MetaCloud offices are located at 117 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 300 on the 3rd floor. It's the Chamber of Commerce building at the corner of Colorado and Arroyo Parkway. The easiest parking is either on the street or in the parking garage at 48 N. Raymond

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  • Bradshaw L.

    Inspiring story!

    June 2, 2014

  • Hoss M.

    Speaking of "bootstrapping", are there any Ruby programmers out there willing to moonlight on a commercial real estate SAAS project and be paid @ 2 X your normal rate (or some other creative form of payment) from income received by the app?

    June 1, 2014

  • Kevin

    Great tips on salesmanship and building on accomplishments.

    May 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Strong message from an accomplished entrepreneur

    May 31, 2014

  • Larry A.

    Good to be reminded of ways to be successful

    May 31, 2014

  • Larry A.

    Thanks, great talk. Helps us realize that there are many ways to be successful and that people like stories that they like and can relate to. The value proposition you add (beyond being able to do the work) is what others need to hear or see from their view so you are not just a worker but someone who can take them where they dream of going in their business.

    May 31, 2014

  • Tom L.

    I was reminded of what I did right and of the mistakes I made during my 30+ years as a consultant.

    May 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome and inspirational!!!!!

    May 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fascinating talk! Great speaker.

    1 · May 30, 2014

  • Ming C.

    Thanks for having me. As promised to a few of you guys, you can find me at ming[at],, and of course, future IP event

    5 · May 30, 2014

  • Matti S

    A group of us are organizing Big Data Camp LA, and I wanted to invite anyone interested to join us Sat June[masked] at DirectTV ( near LAX )
    We're getting sponsors so the event will be FREE for attendees. Please RSVP asap if you are interested in joining us.

    3 · May 30, 2014

  • Ken Y

    A great story about the importance of telling great stories!

    1 · May 30, 2014

  • Jared H.

    I'll be on a flight from NELA to NOLA that morning for a wedding, which is great except I'll be missing this. Will there be any resources from this talk online?

    3 · May 24, 2014

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