Two friends graduated college at the same time.
Both had good grades, similar ambitions, and were out to change the world.
Upon graduating each had job offers of $100,000 or more to work at their respective "dream jobs."
After some deliberation, one decided to take the job offer...
...and the other, took the advice of a "rogue mentor," deciding instead to continue building the tiny business he started in college.
As the years passed, these two friends journeys looked surprisingly similar.
Both worked hard, made good money, and were considered "successful" by their friends and family.
The one who took the corporate job consistently worked 60 hour weeks, but cherished his 2 yearly vacations... where he could escape his responsibilities.
The other also worked 60 hour weeks (for the first few years), but was able to create a life where he could travel and pursue his passions as he pleased.
Having lost touch, the two ran into each other by chance.
As they shared their stories over drinks, it was apparent their different paths had changed them.
When one asked the other, "What does success look like to you?"
The corporate one said: "Making enough money to retire and buy a yacht."
The other said: "Making enough to live life on my own terms."
After a brief moment of silence the two friends looked at each other and smiled...
As you may have guessed, I am the one who didn't take the corporate job...
... and today I want to be the rogue mentor who challenges you to take the path less traveled so you too can start living life on your own terms.
To your success,
Picture of me after ringing the bell at the NASDAQ. This photo taken in Times Square.
Yardena and I in Sedona, AZ. Just one of our many adventures in 2012 and 2013. In total we visited over 19 countries and lived in 3.
At the launch of BroadbandNow.com with my best friend and co-founder Duane in Austin, TX.
An early "business" photo of me taken in 2006 just weeks after launching my email marketing business. Ironically this was taken at the Florida state senate where I was also intering at the time.
One of my (almost) daily rituals in addition to taking cold showers, drinking tea, and dancing with Yardena.
Find BroadbandFebruary, 2017
Businesses searching for business internet service have a unique set of problems. This tool is streamlined to help make their lives easier.
Broadband NowJanuary, 2014
Easily Research, Compare, and Shop Internet Service in Your Neighborhood. So far we've crunched over 1,000,000,000 (that is a billion) rows of data to make this site possible.
Met YardenaJune, 2012
It's not every day you meet the girl of your dreams. The photo above is from the day we met in Barcelona. I'm such a lucky guy.
Skip Winter Conference2012 & 2013
A life changing annual retreat and mastermind for entrepreneurs in a warm location. (Currently on hiatus).
PhotoDropper2012-Present (Side Project)
Find the best photos for your blog in seconds. This WordPress plugin has been used on over 130,000 sites.
Traffic and TrustPublished 2011
How to Turn Traffic and Trust into Sales was created as a plain English guide to affiliate marketing. It's a little dated now that is 2020, but 2011 it was "before it's time."
Auto Loan Business2007-2014
A second business I started with my Dad while I was in college. To date we've helped over 150k people with bad credit get auto loans while cutting out the loan sharks.
Gwun2006-2010 (1st real business)
Absurdly effective email marketing for real estate. This was the freelancing business that I started under a bunk bed in a fraternity house. In 4 years I scaled this business to $100k/year, served over 400 realtors and marketed thousands of luxury properties. This was the training ground that started it all.
We made fun college t-shirts, shutdown 9 months in due to legal issues. I lost my shirt, both literally and figuratively.
Nick Reese is an online marketing expert who inspires individuals to take their business and life to the next level through his actionable marketing and personal psychology advice.
Having built several successful businesses, Nick is currently the CEO of Microbrand Media, a company specializing in building highly profitable web assets.
Nick has personally mentored over 100 entrepreneurs who have gone on to build businesses with more than $100k in revenue. He has also spoken at the White House about building a business in a tough economy.
Nick is an active startup advisor specializing in customer acquisition and affiliate marketing strategy.
Nick has been featured in Forbes.com, Mashable, TechCrunch, The Washington Post, Inc.com, MSNBC, OPEN Forum, and more.