The Unlikely Journey Of Becoming A Founder: From A Blue-Collar Upbringing To A Successful Exit To SoftBank (And Later, Warner Bros)

From Seung Bak, CEO and Co-Founder of Olmo. I was a late bloomer in many respects. Long before I became an “entrepreneur” and successfully exited my first venture (sold to Warner Bros.), I was just another kid trying to figure out how to be normal. See, I didn’t grow up in an environment of high expectations. I come from a very blue-collar, humble background, where everything for my family was a struggle. We didn’t have very much money. I was the first person in my family to go to college. And as I reflect back, as far as I can remember, there was always this sense of insecurity from my […]

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The Fallacy Of Networking In 2019 And 3 Big Challenges To Overcome When Imagining The Future Of Work

From Seung Bak, CEO and Co-Founder of Olmo. Back when I was in my 20s and about to step into the “real world,” there was no discussion about working remotely, or “wanting to be mentored.” I’m 41 years old now, but back in the 90s, there was a completely different set of expectations about work. You got smacked around. You paid your dues. You worked hard and didn’t expect your employer to give you “life advice” or guidance as to how you could climb the ladder faster. That’s what college was for — at least, that’s what employers expected it to be. But today’s workplace looks nothing like it did twenty […]

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Formal Mentoring Is A Thing Of The Past. Here’s Why Learning From Your Peers Is The Future Of Personal Development

I don’t know anyone I would consider a formal mentor. From Seung Bak, CEO and Co-Founder of Olmo. Over the course of my career, I’ve learned a lot of different lessons from acquaintances, colleagues, and peers — but I’ve never had a single person I would consider a formal mentor. I realize this isn’t a universal truth, but in my case, I always found myself learning more from the people around me. They didn’t need to be a startup veteran or a massively successful executive. They didn’t even need to be that much further along in their careers than myself. They just needed to know whatever it was I wanted to […]

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4 Ways Millennials Should Be Thinking About Networking In 2019

From Seung Bak, CEO and Co-Founder of Olmo. Many millennials entered the workforce expecting a very different reality than the one that they actually experienced. As a demographic, millennials grew up their whole lives being told they could be and do anything they wanted. And yet, most entered the current job market when it was at an all-time low. They couldn’t get their dream jobs because those positions no longer existed, weren’t hiring, or the companies themselves had been shut down due to the recession. As a result, this extremely educated generation has ended up drowning in debt — and more than that, unsure of what to do about their […]

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