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NJ Tech Meetup 63: Fireside chat w Gary Vaynerchuk (author, investor, biz dude)

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Speaker: Gary Vaynerchuk, more about Gary below.

Fireside Chat with Aaron Price

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6:00 (sharp!) - 6:30: Speed Networking & Pizza
6:30 - 7:30: Welcome/Startups present
7:30 - 8:15: Feature Speaker, Fireside Chat
8:15+: Closing remarks/head to the Ainsworth (local bar) with food/drink specials


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Who will win the Audience Choice Award (and this recycled trophy)

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About Gary: I have been a businessman for as long as anyone close to me can remember. You can be fancy and call it being an "entrepreneur (," but at the end of the day, I do business. While most eight year olds were learning how to properly squeeze a lemon, I was managing seven lemonade stands across my neighborhood in Edison, NJ. When I turned twelve, I set my sights on my local mall, where I became something of a legend selling baseball cards on weekends. In high school I joined the family business, a liquor store called Shoppers Discount Liquors that my dad started. It wasn’t long before I became obsessed with collecting wine.

My core thesis has always revolved around one question: Are you marketing like the year you actually live in? ( That’s it. It’s not about where things are going to be in 5 years, and it’s definitely not about how we’ve always done it. Do what works. Right now.

In 1997 I was selling wine with an email list while most stores were still faxing their customers. Building on that, I quickly came to recognize the importance of e-commerce, and launched (, one of the very first wine sales sites. As soon as Google Adwords came out, I was the first (and for a long time the only) person to advertise against people searching for “wine.” All of this helped me to grow the store from a $3 million business to a $60 million business, and it was just the beginning.

Within a year of YouTube popping up, I knew it would be an incredibly powerful platform. Armed with a Flipcam and a NY Jets bucket, I started Wine Library TV ( 2006 to share my knowledge and passion for wine with a community that desperately needed a fresh voice. It wasn’t long before 100,000 people were watching my videos every day (shout-out to my Vayniacs – love you guys).

In the spring of 2009, my brother AJ and I launched VaynerMedia (, a strategic creative agency focusing on social and digital. VaynerMedia has helped Fortune 500 companies like GE (, PepsiCo (, and Mt Dew ( execute against their KPI’s (, and build their digital brands through micro content and other storytelling techniques. The idea took hold, and what started as a 6-person project 5 years ago has swelled to a 400-strong team spread across the country.

After years of angel investing in companies like Twitter (, Tumblr, Uber ( and BirchBox, I just launched VaynerRSE (, a $25 million seed fund that will help invest in and launch the next generation of world-changing technology companies.

When I’m not spending time with my family, who mean everything in the world to me, I speak ( and share my experiences in business with people around the world. I have also found a passion for storytelling, so definitely check out my latest book, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook ( I’m so excited you have taken a few minutes out of your day to drop by. Don’t forget to say hey. (

PS: I love to hustle! (