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Member Spotlight – Aditya Varanasi

Member Spotlight – Aditya Varanasi

Venture X’s flexible workspace options give businesses of all sizes an opportunity to find what works for them. Today, businesses across many industries are finding that coworking is a great way for them to network with other businesses in a space that will allow them to grow at their own pace without being tied down by long-term contracts. Startups, entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized businesses as well as many freelancers have fallen in love with coworking at Venture X. Aditya Varanasi, Founder and CEO of Sophos Marketing, was one of the first members to find membership at Venture X Plano – Legacy West in Plano, TX to be the perfect fit. Our team took some time to get to know Aditya and his role at Sophos Marketing.

What does Sophos Marketing do?

Sophos Marketing is disrupting digital advertising by making it affordable for businesses of all sizes to advertise on relevant websites with display ads.

We asked Aditya some Q & As to get to know him a little better and learn about the journey he’s been on, career-wise. Here’s what he had to say:

  • What made you want to get involved in this line of work?

I started my career at PepsiCo and worked on big brands like Lays, Cheetos, Tostitos, and Cracker Jack. I left for a small business and this was the first time I had to market without the resources of a Fortune 50 company. So, I founded Sophos Marketing with a mission to make World Class Marketing accessible to everyone.

  • What has been the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Hearing stories from small business owners about how their business growth accelerated, in part, from our services. There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing our clients succeed in their ventures.

  • What’s the biggest challenge that you have faced in business and how did you overcome it?

Getting the business started was challenging. Honing in on the minimally viable product, getting those first few customers, and making sure they were happy were all unique challenges. It took almost two years before we started scaling up and they were two very difficult years.

  • What business tips would you like to share with others?

Be confident in what you’re doing, but listen for what your prospects and customers are really feeling (and maybe not saying directly). In today’s age, every business has to constantly evolve to changing needs, and listening is the only way to achieve this.

  • What has been your favorite part about working at Venture X?

We have been working at Venture X for nine months, and it’s been the ideal place for us for multiple reasons. First, the location is perfect for us personally and professionally. Second, the upscale design and premium feel is a place we have been proud to bring sales prospects and clients to, and they all have been impressed. Third, the floor to ceiling windows allow us to see natural light from nearly anywhere, which helps keep us energized. And finally, the networking has been phenomenal. The owners of Venture X Plano – Legacy West have become a true partner for us and have helped us with our business in many ways. From adapting to our needs to inviting us into their network, the impact on our business has been incredible.

A Personal Look at Aditya Varanasi

Aditya openly shared that this journey has brought him closer to his faith, friends, and family. He elaborated, “Seeing the outpouring of love and support from so many people who wanted to help us succeed was a great inspiration, and when my wife became involved in the business, it was inspiring to see her passion for what we’re doing.”

In his spare time, Aditya enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, fixing things around the house, watching Purdue University sports, and when time permits, playing some sports himself. He’s a big Purdue sports fan because as a student at the university, he played the violin in the orchestra – although, he admits he wasn’t very good. You can’t be great at everything, or can you?

If your business is looking for the perfect workspace and hasn’t found the perfect fit, consider your local Venture X. With perks and amenities designed to help you succeed, Venture X is the place to be. A flexible and worry-free workspace that encourages networking and community awaits you and your business. Book a tour and you’ll see why everyone loves working at Venture X!

Member Spotlight – Marc Meyer

Venture X Member Spotlight - Marc Meyer

Venture X’s premium coworking spaces offer the flexibility that many startups, entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized businesses as well as many freelancers need in terms of their workspace. Marc Meyer, a Digital Marketer/Strategist/Consultant for Digital Response Marketing Group is a member at Venture X Naples in Naples, FL.  We took some time to get to know Marc and his role at Digital Response Marketing Group.

What does Digital Response Marketing Group do?

Digital Response Marketing Group is a marketing and communications agency that strives to design, build, and deploy agile marketing programs with their client’s goals in mind.

We asked Marc some Q & As to get to know him a little better and learn about the journey he’s been on, career-wise. Here’s what Marc had to say:

  • What made you want to get involved in this line of work?

    It’s been an evolution of about 16 years. I had always been curious about marketing on the Internet but my initial jumping off point was in web design. From there, I got involved in Search Engine Optimization and Search Engine Marketing and was extremely successful through trial and error. That success caused me to look around at the types of vehicles that lend themselves to online marketing. One of those was social media. In 2007, I became one of the early adopters and I embraced it with both arms. That experience propelled me into the management consulting world where I have essentially written and collaborated on the digital and social media strategies for some of the largest companies in the world. Some of my clients/relationships include Accenture, IBM, JLL, Ernst & Young, Wipro, Tata, Dow Chemical, Diageo, Oracle, and SAP.

  • What has been the most rewarding aspect of your job?

    This might not seem like that big of a deal, but to do what I do in Naples is huge. Normally, I would have to be in a large metro area but I got lucky. Given the global nature of what I do, the ability to not only be home but also to attend my kids’ games, events, and other milestones, has been nothing short of a blessing. I’m lucky.

  • What’s the biggest challenge that you have faced in business and how did you overcome it?

    Without getting into the details, eleven years ago, I had to essentially start from scratch. I was let go from a company that I made a lot of money for. It was during the 2008 financial meltdown. I felt it was coming, but still didn’t expect it. I thought I might be safe, but just like that, I had to make things happen quick. I started my own company. I focused on what I knew which was digital marketing and I made calls, I sent emails, and took whatever work I could get no matter how outside of my comfort zone it was. One of the keys back then was social media. I used it and leveraged it to create my brand. I was visible and I was active and slowly but surely, I clawed my way out. I essentially used every conduit there was to prospect and land business. Things were tight and tense but we survived. It is and was incredibly humbling and I use that experience to motivate me every day.

  • What business tips would you like to share with others?

    A couple of things. First and foremost, it’s all about the funnel. You have to keep it full and you can’t put all your marbles with one client. It will always be about the next project, client, and or engagement. Also, this may sound odd but getting paid on time even by large companies can sometimes be daunting. So, you have to stay on top of it. Next, the relationships you have, you need to cultivate them and nurture them. They can turn into more work Lastly, it’s important to maintain relevancy and value. In this world, there is constant pressure to deliver and there is constant heat from competitors and believe it or not, from people that you work with. Everyone has an agenda, you just don’t know what it is. Proving your value, especially in a world that’s becoming more automated by the day, might be the biggest obstacle that you can never quite overcome. You can stay ahead of it, but you can’t conquer it. Keep your eyes and ears open and when you can, improve your skillsets.

  • What has been your favorite part about working at Venture X?

    I love the environment. It’s so conducive to work and getting work done. Amanda and Bri bring an infectious attitude of community and support to a pretty diverse group which can sometimes be tough and yet, their attitudes never waver. They are the face of Venture X Naples and they bring it every day. I think I’ve been here for 3 or 4 years at this point.

A Personal Look at Marc Meyer

Marc shared his inspiration and motivation with us, “I have three people and a really ornery dog that solely rely on me.” In his spare time, he is busy working on a screenplay, he’s a fledgling artist, and “of course, I binge watch.” When he’s away from the office, Marc is a basketball and baseball coach at Seacrest High School and Naples High School. Marc, a man of many talents, co-founded a non-profit geared towards parents, teachers, and children to help them all navigate the perils of digital, mobile, and social media. The goal is to create more responsible digital citizens. He added, “We now have over 500 instructors in all 50 states delivering the curriculum. The whole thing born out of a social media panel I sat on back in 2014 with the Collier County Public Schools.”

Looking for that perfect office space that is flexible enough to suit your business’s changing needs? Venture X is the place to be. Perks and amenities abound at every Venture X location and each has been designed to foster community and growth. It’s a worry-free workspace – when you arrive, the coffee is ready, the offices are clean, the copiers and printers are stocked with paper, and you can get down to business. Sharing ideas, networking, and getting the job done is easy when you are surrounded by like-minded professionals across countless industries. Venture X locations are making a statement across the country; book a tour and you’ll see what all the buzz is about.

Member Spotlight – Trinh Tran

VentureX Member Spotlight - Trinh Tran

If you’re looking for flexibility with your business’s workspace, Venture X’s coworking spaces offer a great opportunity for startups and businesses in the growing phase that are not ready to commit to a long-term lease. Coworking spaces at Venture X are a budget-friendly option while you figure things out and grow your business. Trinh Tran is a member at Venture X Las Colinas in Irving, TX. Tran is the Principal Consultant for Top Page Experts; we spent some time getting to know him and his role at Top Page Experts.

What does Top Page Experts do?

Top Page Experts specializes in Search Engine Optimization. Our clients get new customers through front page placement with Google and the major search engines.

We asked Tran some quick Q & As to get to know him and learn about his career journey. Here’s what he had to say:

  • What made you want to get involved in this line of work?

    After 20 years in corporate America in the software and services industry, I wanted to apply my love of technology to business owners looking for a larger Internet presence.

  • What has been the most rewarding aspect of your job?

    Seeing my clients get new customers who had no idea they existed before they found them using a Google search.

  • What’s the biggest challenge that you have faced in business and how did you overcome it?

    The biggest challenge I have faced in business is listening to my clients. The way I have overcome that challenge is by understanding their business goals and how they can use SEO to help them achieve those results.

  • What business tips would you like to share with others?

    Always listen to what the client is saying.

  • What has been your favorite part about working at Venture X?

    I love the technology available as well as the high-end furniture.

A Personal Look at Trinh Tran

While getting to know Trinh Tran, we learned that his greatest inspirations are his wife and his children. In his spare time, he enjoys playing Pokémon Go and interestingly, he was once on a reality TV show called “Home Made Simple”.

Need somewhere convenient to spend your working hours each week without making a long-term commitment? At Venture X, you’ll find perks and amenities that encourage a fun work environment that makes it easy to network and share ideas with other professionals from countless industries from marketing and photography to real estate and finance. Venture X has several new locations opening across the US each month. Join us at Venture X as you give flight to your business ideas; our affordable and flexible membership plans are reason enough to love working here.

Contact Venture X today and schedule a tour!

Member Spotlight – Cody Cole Brown

Member Spotlight - Cody Cole Brown

Flexible workspaces are popping everywhere but Venture X’s coworking spaces offer businesses amenities unlike any other. When a new business is getting off the ground, Venture X offers a budget-friendly home for businesses across countless industries. Cody Cole Brown, a member at Venture X West Palm Beach – CityPlace, is the Owner of Cole’s Media Company, a full-service Marketing Agency that specializes in the equestrian industry and luxury brands. We spent some time getting to know Cody and his company.

We asked Cody some quick Q & As to get to know him and learn about his career journey. Here’s what he had to say:

  • What made you want to get involved in this line of work?

While working for a marketing firm out of Tampa, I developed a love for the equestrian sport of show jumping. With learning about all the many equestrian disciplines, I noticed a lack in marketing professionals who specialized in the sport.  

  • What has been the most rewarding aspect of your job?

The most rewarding aspect of my job would have to be the amazing places it takes me. I’m based in Florida during the winter months and then travel all over the world during the summer to different horse shows. 

  • What’s the biggest challenge that you have faced in business and how did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge I have faced in business is my age. I’m a young business owner which understandably might concern clients at the start of a working relationship. I’ve overcome this by making my youth my strongest attribute. I don’t claim to be an expert in anything. We live in a digital age where everything is constantly changing and if you can admit that and make it a priority every day to learn the newest and most innovative trends, you’ll find success.

  • What business tips would you like to share with others?

Don’t show people what they want, show them what they don’t know they want yet.

  • What has been your favorite part about working at Venture X?

I’ve been a member for only a couple of weeks and so far, I have loved working here. Everyone is super nice and it’s just a great working environment.

A Personal Look at Cody Cole Brown

While getting to know Cody a little better, we asked who or what had been his greatest inspiration and were pleased to hear him say “Watching businesses and people achieve their dreams and knowing that I played a small part in helping them.” It’s obvious that Cody wants to prove himself and is eager to do what it takes to help his clients find their success. He takes pride in his work and we feel that’s a quality that will get him very far.

Cody admits that he’s an old soul and that in his spare time, we’d most likely find him reading the Wall Street Journal or listening to music from his vinyl record collection. We also learned that he’s from a small German town in Michigan that is famous for celebrating Christmas 365 days a year. Now, that sounds jolly to us!

Is your business looking for a workspace that is fun and encourages networking? There’s no doubt that Venture X is the place for your business. We have new locations opening around the country every month. You’ll love working at Venture X – we offer flexible membership plans that you can afford.

Contact Venture X today and schedule a tour!

Member Spotlight – Scot Duke and Mark Neace

Venture X Member Spotlight - Scot Duke and Mark Neace

Coworking spaces offer countless businesses a home while in the growing phase and really are a budget-friendly way to get things off the ground. Scot Duke and Mark Neace, business partners and members at Venture X Dallas North – Alpha Road, TX. Duke is Chief Operations Officer and Operations Director for SyncLab Media while Neace is Co-Founder and Creative Director.  We spent time getting to know these members and their role at SyncLab Media.

What does SyncLab Media do?

SyncLab Media is a video-centric digital marketing and consulting firm that helps organizations synchronize their digital marketing efforts with their business objectives to achieve better outcomes.

We asked Duke and Neace some quick Q & As to get to know them and their career journey. Here’s what each had to say:

  • What made you want to get involved in this line of work?

Duke: I enjoy Social Media and like project management, plus I have been in operations management for over 40 years.

Neace: I helped a friend out on his thesis film project during my freshman year at the University of Hawai’i and immediately changed my major to communications with a film and television focus. After many years of working in the industry, I had the unique opportunity to help beta test the YouTube platform. That experience opened my eyes to the impending need for businesses to have the right strategy and content to market their products and services directly to their prospects online.

  • What has been the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Duke: To see the look on our client’s face when they see the finished video we produce.

Neace: I’m a serial entrepreneur and small business owner. The most rewarding thing I can do every day is help another business owner achieve their vision of success through what we do at SLM.

  • What’s the biggest challenge that you have faced in business and how did you overcome it?

Duke: The biggest challenge is getting our story told to the professional who makes the decision on a business’ digital marketing strategy. We have not found a way to overcome that . . . looking to recruit a sales influencer who would fit on our team.

Neace: Many entrepreneurs and independent business owners face the challenge of wearing too many hats, but feeling insecure about bringing in partners to share the load. One of the best business decisions I have made was asking for help and bringing on partners that share the same vision.

  • What business tips would you like to share with others?

Duke: Always get help with your marketing. A business has too much invested to let poor managed digital marketing bring it down.

Neace: Be authentic and sincerely care about bringing value to each relationship. Communicate your “Why”.

  • What has been your favorite part about working at Venture X?

Duke: I enjoy helping Venture X develop its digital footprint.

Neace: We just became Venture X members, but are already expanding our network with great connections and finding out we can add value to the community.

A Personal Look at Scot Duke and Mark Neace

While getting to know Duke and Neace, we asked who or what had been their greatest inspiration and were surprised and impressed to hear Duke say Google . . . “Google contacted me to ask if I would be interested in partnering with them to launch Google+ and YouTube. I was impressed that the local staff had been following my blog for 6 years. It inspired me knowing that someone noticed what I do and LIKED it. I must be doing something right.” Neace said, “My parents have been my greatest inspiration. Sounds cliché, but they exemplified the character traits of integrity, hard work, caring for others and entrepreneurship.”

In their spare time, both Duke and Neace enjoy playing golf. Duke says he likes to travel to other states to play golf. We know golf requires incredible strategizing and concentration so we weren’t very surprised to hear that’s their sport. Interestingly, though, Duke also enjoys playing blues guitar. Maybe we convince him to play something during our next social event at Venture X Dallas North – Alpha Road. Neace makes it a point to go camping at least once a month with his son’s Scout troop and also spends time volunteering with his Rotary club and their Scout district and council. He also used his love of golf to work as a professional caddie with well-known golfers and celebrities during Web.com, Futures and LPGA tours, and many Pro-Am events.

Are you full of ideas and looking for a convenient and fun place to spend your working hours each week? At Venture X, you’ll be able to network and share ideas with creative people like Scot Duke and Mark Neace on a daily basis. Venture X has new locations opening each month. We would love nothing more than to watch your business or startup take off within our office spaces. You’ll love working at Venture X with our affordable and flexible membership plans.

Contact Venture X today and schedule a tour!