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Mike Watts is an experienced entrepreneur who has 6 startup companies under his belt including founding three consecutive multi-million dollar companies in the last 10 years. Mike has successful exits from three companies including one for over $6 million and he even struck a deal with Daymond John from Shark Tank. Mike currently serves as CEO of LoveHandle, a fast-growing American manufacturer of patented custom smartphone grips and accessories where he leads a team of 30 full-time employees. Mike is a regular keynote speaker for entrepreneur and inventor groups as well a guest professor at Texas A M University's entrepreneur program in College Station. Mike is a 2-time winner of the Aggie 100 Award for fastest growing companies and has been listed on the Fortune 5000. Mike is currently launching his own business podcast - The Mike Watts Show - focused on sharing the detailed stories of failures and successes throughout his start-up journeys culminating in actionable and practical advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. Mike has his own professional production studio on-site for interviews and remote podcasts.
Entrepreneurship, Leadership, Business Management, Team building/recruiting, Manufacturing, Prototyping, Product Development, Digital Marketing, Social Media Management and Branding, Promotional Products, Sales strategies and cycles, Trade Show Execution, Mentoring, Product Naming, Intellectual Property, Strategic Partnerships, International Distribution, Dealing with Amazon.com and Walmart, Getting products on QVC/HSN, Public Relations, Business Sale/Exit, Quality Control, Financing, Real Estate Investment, Lifestyle Design
How did I get started as an entrepreneur and why would I want to?
How did you make a deal with Daymond John from Shark Tank?
What resources are out there for me to learn about practical entrepreneurship?
I have a business idea but I'm not sure what to do first/next?
How do I know if my business idea is any good or not?
I don't really know exactly what I want to do, but I do know I want to be my own boss. How can I quit my job and work for myself?
What were some of the biggest challenges for you in your startup companies?
How do you deal with people copying your products? Do patents and trademarks help?
What is the best way to get started with manufacturing my product idea?
Dropping Bombs with Brad Lea (pending release)
Success Unfiltered - The Pitch Queen
Get Associated - Vinyl Draught Radio
I always heavily promote my podcast appearances through my direct social platforms, my company social Verified platforms (featuring our CEO), collaborative sharing through 1st and 2nd-degree network on FB, LI, TW, and IG. I also have an email list that will drive downloads and subs.