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Crowdspring Founder Mike Samson on Starting a Business
192: Crowdspring Founder Mike Samson on Starting a Business

192: Crowdspring Founder Mike Samson on Starting a Business

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DECA-ENT-MikeSamsonMike Samson on transitioning from a traditional career to starting a business

Mike Samson had an exciting career in TV and Film for over 25 years, but eventually, even the bright lights of Hollywood no longer felt like a challenge. Mike left his career to start Crowdspring.com. Mike shares his insights about career transition and starting a business on this episode of the How to Quit Working Show.

About Mike:

Mike Samson is the co-founder of crowdSPRING and resides firmly at the bottom of the company’s ping-pong totem pole. An enthusiastic entrepreneur and active speaker, Mike is a leading voice on crowdsourcing, industry disruption, startups, and small business issues and writes a regular column on the crowdSPRING blog (ranked in the AdAge Power 100 Marketing Blogs).

Prior to starting crowdSPRING, Samson was an Emmy Award® nominated Producer, and Production Manager with more than 20 years of experience as a senior manager in the film and television production industry. He has worked on dozens of feature film and television projects including “Wall Street,” “Bull Durham,” “Steven King’s The Stand” (Miniseries), and “Men in Black II.” Mike has received numerous honors individually and as a team member, including a George Foster Peabody Award. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Samson has a BA in Mass Media from the University of Illinois and a MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He speaks often to audiences of entrepreneurs and marketing professionals as well as to business schools and professional organizations.

About crowdSPRING:

crowdSPRING  is the world’s No. 1 marketplace for custom logo design, a new company name or other writing and design services. Entrepreneurs, small businesses, nonprofits and agencies simply post what they need, when they need it and how much they want to pay. Once posted, nearly 132,000 creatives from 200+ countries around the world submit an average of 110 options for the buyer to choose from until they find “the one.” crowdSPRING is a privately held company based in Chicago. To learn more on why crowdSPRING is trusted by more than 34,950 happy clients worldwide, visit http://www.crowdspring.com. To hear more about the world of small business, startups, design, marketing and business strategy, follow crowdSPRING’s blog, their Twitter stream or their Facebook page.

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