Tag Archives: Gary Vaynerchuk


Dec 17, 2010

Gary Vaynerchuk At LeWeb 2010

Gary’s latest appearance at LeWeb Paris. I love listening to his inspiring talks; I have learned so much from him. Have a watch. (Note: This video has cursing. Don’t watch it if you’re easily offended)





Jun 21, 2010

Gary Vaynerchuk 2010 Railsconf Keynote

Take some time to watch Gary Vaynerchuk’s keynote at 2010 Railsconf. Earlier this year, Gary announced he would be doing fewer speaking engagements so that he could spend more time executing.  Well, I’m glad he took time to do this (paid) engagement – he was in rare form!  I was sweating by the end of this.  You can always debate if Gary broke any new ground here, or that he’s just too loud and obnoxious.  I still love the energy, and he was one of a few select people that inspired me all the way to my new job at Scorch Agency.  So for that, I owe him.

WARNING: This particular keynote is filled with cursing. If you’re easily offended by foul language, you should not watch this.





May 19, 2010

Use Video As Part Of Your Communication Plan

Author David Meerman Scott talks (in a video, ironically) about using video to enhance your communication plan.  See video below.

The eternal cons to video are “Well, I don’t know how to edit video, and I’m not very good looking, and I don’t have the right clothes to wear, and I can’t afford a camera, and no one will want to hear what I have to say, and who will operate the camera, and….. ” Stop it. That is all wrong!

  • Gary Vaynerchuk has proved with Wine Library TV that you don’t need to edit.  Just shoot start to finish.  Silly mistakes or impromptu interruptions actually make the video better.
  • Yes, Gary uses a nice camera, but my $160 Flip HD shoots incredible video.  This or a Kodak zi8 are all you need.
  • Get a cheap tripod – you will operate the camera.
  • None of us are that good looking, so who cares.
  • And if you have a well-thought-out position on a topic, we want to hear from you.





Apr 26, 2010

Gary Vaynerchuk Talks Twitter on CNBC With Some Fellow Panelists That Are Highly Confused

Gary nails it here in the first 30 seconds – real-time search has tremendous value.  (video below).  Companies need to pay hyper-attention to what people are saying about their brands, and they need to follow up with the proper kind of interaction.

Peter Kafka of All Things Digital says, “You don’t go to Twitter to search for stuff.”  I highly disagree! (and I call him “highly confused” in only the nicest way!).

Like Gary says, Twitter can monetize with advertising, just like Google did.  Google used to be so very simple, and now it’s so huge and monetized with 100 different services… and people are still flocking to Google.  Frankly, like Chris Brogan said here just the other day, people are completely beholden to Skynet, er I mean Google.  There has been no mass exodus from Google, and there probably won’t be from Twitter either once they decide to take the monetization plunge.

Contrary to what some of the panelists said, Twitter is a really big deal, and companies that are running in the other direction are making a huge mistake.





Mar 10, 2010

Gary Vaynerchuk Has Passion – Do You?

Gary Vaynerchuk probably needs no introduction, but here’s a short one anyway: he took his family’s wine business from $4 to $50+ million per year.  He then did a 180 and turned himself into a marketing and social media powerhouse.  My dad is now buying wine from Gary’s newest wine site Cinderella Wine.  If they broke my dad down, that means Gary and his crew are good!

In this now-famous video, he talks about two critical elements to success – patience and passion.  You need to have patience to make it big – Gary often talks about the fact that our fathers and grandfathers built real businesses over many years, while we think we’re going to hit it big with six months of blogging.  AIN’T GONNA HAPPEN!  And it certainly won’t happen without passion – it’s nearly impossible to succeed unless you really love what you do.

As Gary said: “Look at yourself in the mirror and ask yourself, ‘What do I want to do for the rest of my life?’ Do that!”

Another now-famous video that I just had to have as part of the history of my blog – here it is [ Warning: some naughty language ] :

Me and Gary in November 2009 at Robust Wine Bar – this was a great night.  Gary left at a reasonable hour – I closed down Robust at 2am – sorry Stanley!





Mar 4, 2010

Link Roundup on Rizzo Tees – What I’m Reading 3/4/10

Playing the part of Internet DJ, here’s a sampling of what I’ve been reading the past few days.

1.) Tim Ferriss and the 4-Hour Work Week – I have not read this book, and had no plans to. There is no shortcut to success, and the whole premise of his book sounded flawed to me.  However, I am reconsidering the book, and may even buy the new updated version of it, after reading this post on the 9 habits to stop now.  Included on the list is something I’ve been giving great consideration – somehow getting a better handle on email. I need to turn it back into a productivity tool instead of a business ball and chain.  Why did voicemail never turned into the time suck that email has?

2.) Mark Hayward is a new blogger I’ve stumbled upon.  His recent post, “It’s OK to BE Different” is just what the young, nascent entrepreneur needs to hear.  The psychology of the entrepreneur is one of risk-taking, but not all entrepreneurs are balls-out crazy.  Therefore, it sometimes helps to have people rooting for you. And those people would hopefully be friends and loved ones.  When they are the ones telling you that you are crazy, it’s good to have a.) thick skin, and b.) a solid, bullet-resistant business plan.

3.) Jason at A Smart Bear talks about “sunk costs” and explains that throwing good money after bad is quite obviously a terrible idea. And yet, businesses do it all the time.  This is a must-read post for not only entrepreneurs, but anyone in a decision-making position in business.  Kudos to A Smart Bear on this post – it rocks.

4.) Philip at UrbanBacon interviews one of my favorite people on earth, Arlene Maminta Browne of Robust Wine Bar. I have had some rough (read: awesome) nights at Robust, and I especially appreciate their embrace of Social Media.  Plus, it’s hard to forget that I met Gary Vaynerchuk there and got to drink wine with him.  If you can feel a certain enthusiasm coming from Arlene in this interview, that’s no mistake – she and Stanley love what they do.  Restaurants, take note – Social Media can help your business!