TaskUs’s Jaspar Weir shares his tips for future entrepreneurs

New Theory surveyed top entrepreneurs, including TaskUs CEO Jaspar Weir and asked them for tips for new millennial entrepreneurs. 24 founders, presidents, directors, managers, authors and other notable guests shared their secrets for success.

Radical Transparency is the key. Regular and comprehensive updates meet Boomers’ need for stability, Xers – the latch-key generation that took care of themselves as kids – equate communication, in small doses, with respect and trust. And the Millennials’ distrustful nature is calmed when a company is forthright even when the news isn’t good,” said Weir. “TaskUs takes transparency to an extreme, sharing revenue, C-suite salaries and much more with its employees”

Read the full article: Top 24 Tips for Millennial Entrepreneurs From The Best of The Best (New Theory)

EY announces Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Greater Los Angeles Awards semifinalists

EY today announced semifinalists for the Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2017 Awards in the Greater Los Angeles program. As the world’s most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur Of The Year recognizes innovative trailblazers in more than 145 cities in 60 countries who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. The semifinalists listed below were selected by a panel of independent judges from nearly 60 business leaders nominated. Finalists will be announced May 8, and winners will be revealed at a black-tie awards gala on Thursday, June 15 hosted by FOX 11 News anchor Christine Devine at The Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, California.

Semifinalists:

• 24Hr HomeCare | David Allerby, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Tyner Brenneman-Slay, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer, and Ryan Iwamoto, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer | Los Angeles, California
• Berkley International | Eric Berkley, Co-Founder and President, and Jeff Berkley, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Carson, CA
• Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop, Inc. | Ashley Morris, Chief Executive Officer, and Jason Smylie, President | Las Vegas, Nevada
• Chef’d | Kyle Ransford, Founder and Chief Executive Officer | El Segundo, California
• Cherokee Global Brands | Henry Ian Stupp, Chief Executive Officer | Sherman Oaks, California
• Chrome River Technologies, Inc. | Alan Rich, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Los Angeles, California
• Clipper Corporation | Lina Hu, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer | Carson, California
• Cloudbreak Health, LLC | Jamey Edwards, Chief Executive Officer | El Segundo, California
• Coolhaus | Natasha Case, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Culver City, California
• Cypress Creek Renewables | Matt McGovern, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, and Mike Cohen, Co-Founder and President | Santa Monica, California
• DECO Lighting | Benjamin Pouladian, President, and Sam Sinai, Chief Executive Officer | Commerce, California
• Direct Relief | Thomas Tighe, President and Chief Executive Officer | Goleta, California
• Evite | Victor Cho, Chief Executive Officer | Los Angeles, California
• FabFitFun | Daniel Asher Broukhim, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Michael Barouch Broukhim, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, and Katie Rosen Kitchens, Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief | Los Angeles, California
• Factual | Gil Elbaz, Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Los Angeles, California
• FreedomPop | Stephen Stokols, Chief Executive Officer | Los Angeles, California
• Gelt, Inc. | Keith Wasserman, Founder and President | Tarzana, California
• HATCHBEAUTY Products, LLC. | Tracy Holland, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles, California
• Hawthorne | Jessica Hawthorne-Castro, Chief Executive Officer and Owner | Los Angeles, California
• Imprenta Communications Group | Ron W. Wong, President and Chief Executive Officer | Los Angeles, California
• inMarket | Todd Dipaola, Chief Executive Officer | Venice, California
• Inspire Energy Holdings LLC | Patrick Maloney, Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Santa Monica, California
• KabaFusion | Dr. Sohail Masood, President and Chief Executive Officer | Cerritos, California
• Los York | Dex Deboree, Co-Founder, and Seth Epstein, Co-Founder | Santa Monica, California
• Micro Quality Labs Inc. | Karine Aylozyan, Chief Executive Officer and Q.A. Technical Director | Burbank, California
• Omaze | Ryan Cummins, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, and Matt Pohlson, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer | Los Angeles, California
• Render Media | Vic Belonogoff, Chief Executive Officer | Los Angeles, California
• Ross Organic | Stephanie Leshney, Chief Executive Officer and President, and Erin Coulter, Chief Operating Officer | Santa Fe Springs, California
• ServiceTitan | Ara Mahdessian, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Glendale, California
• SmartyPants Vitamins | Gordon Gould, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, and Courtney Nichols Gould, Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer | Marina del Rey, California
• Soothe Inc. | Merlin Kauffman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder | Hollywood, California
• StackCommerce | Josh Payne | Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Venice, California
• TaskUs | Bryce Maddock, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, and Jaspar Weir, Co-Founder and President | Santa Monica, California
• The Agency | Billy Rose, President, and Mauricio Umansky, Chief Executive Officer | Beverly Hills, California
• The Bouqs Company | John Tabis, Founder and Chief Executive Officer | Marina del Rey, California
• The Camp Transformation Center | Dr. Sam Bakhtiar, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, and Alejandra Font, Co-Founder and Partner | Los Angeles, California
• The Mobile Majority | Rob Jonathan Emrich, Chief Executive Officer | Santa Monica, California
• TrackR | Chris Herbert, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, and Christian Johan Smith, Co-Founder and President | Santa Barbara, California
• Xencor Inc. | Bassil Dahiyat, Founder, Chief Executive Officer and President | Monrovia, California
• Yamibuy | Alex Zhou, Founder and Chief Executive Officer | City of Industry, California

Olmstead Williams Communications is a proud sponsor of the Entrepreneur Of The Year® program. To learn more about the Greater Los Angeles program, please visit www.ey.com/us/eoy/greaterla. Join the conversation on social media by following @EY_EOYUS and using #EOYGLA.

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LABJ Biz Seen Features Photo from EOY Mayoral Kick-off

On February 28, 2011, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and First Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner joined Brian Ring from Ernst & Young to kick-off the 25th annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® (EOY) program for the Greater Los Angeles Area. The Mayor and Beutner welcomed award nominees, distinguished past award winners and award sponsors. For the silver anniversary of the prestigious award and in line with the City’s new tagline – “Where the World Creates and Innovates” – the award recognizes entrepreneurs that stimulate the economy by creating businesses and jobs in Los Angeles.

LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa; Brian Ring, Ernst & Young partner; Bill Browning, Ernst & Young Los Angeles office managing partner; and First Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner at the Entrepreneur of the Year mayoral kick-off.

City of Los Angeles Partners with Ernst & Young to Launch 25th Annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Los Angeles, CA — Award celebrates regional innovation of finalists in Los Angeles who in this past year accounted for 14,683 jobs and almost $5 billion.

Today Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and First Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner joined Brian Ring from Ernst & Young to kick-off the 25th annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® (EOY) program for the Greater Los Angeles Area. The Mayor and Beutner welcomed award nominees, distinguished past award winners and award sponsors. For the silver anniversary of the prestigious award and in line with the City’s new tagline – “Where the World Creates and Innovates” – the award recognizes entrepreneurs that stimulate the economy by creating businesses and jobs in Los Angeles.

EOY celebrates entrepreneurs who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses. Awards are given in each region for innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to the businesses and community achievement. Finalists in Los Angeles this past year accounted for 14,683 jobs and almost $5 billion.

“I think it’s great that an established firm like Ernst &Young takes the time to acknowledge emerging companies that are re-defining how we conceive the world,” said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “Today’s nominee reception illuminates the contributions of the best and brightest entrepreneurs in our City.”

Each year, Ernst & Young recognizes successful entrepreneurs from more than 140 cities in 50 countries and receives over 100 nominations for the Entrepreneur of the Year® award from companies in Greater Los Angeles. Approximately 45% are located in the City of LA proper. Over the past five years, City of Los Angeles finalists have brought in over $7 billion in revenue and 36 companies in Los Angeles companies have made it to the EOY finals. The average winning company has 1,900 employees, $418 million in net sales and 27.5% growth. Key past Los Angeles winners include: Tim Leiweke, Magic Johnson, Jr., David Bohnett and Greg Waldorf.

“Congratulations to this year’s Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® nominees – or what I would call, Job Creator of the Year – and past award recipients,” said First Deputy Mayor Austin Beutner. “Los Angeles is the creative capital of our country and we’re proud to recognize the entrepreneurial spirit in our business community.”

The regional awards will be announced in June, followed by national gala in Palm Springs in November. Winners are chosen on the basis of vision, leadership, achievement and social responsibility. In order to qualify, entrepreneurs must be the founder or executive who organizes, manages and assumes the risk of a business early in its life cycle or during its growth. There are four stages to the local Entrepreneur of the Year® award competition: nomination, semi-finalist, finalist and award recipient. This event celebrates the launch of the award – the deadline for entries is March 18th.

“This is an auspicious time for us to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Entrepreneur of the Year® because entrepreneurs are the ones who will bring jobs and revive our economy,” said Brian Ring, Entrepreneur of the Year® program director for Greater Los Angeles.

Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year® is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The award makes a difference through the unique way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year® celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 140 cities in 50 countries.