Quentin Allums Entrepreneurship Guru

Quentin is the Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder of Urban Misfit Ventures. He owns IEEG, a storytelling company, and MKE Misfits a community & events company based out of Milwaukee. His team creates compelling visual stories, partner with brands to reach their target audience, consult on storytelling/branding, and host events around the globe. He was one of the first LinkedIn video storytellers & have since used the platform to accumulate millions of views and travel the world for speaking engagements. Quentin holds a Bachelor degree in Sociology from the Cardinal Stritch University. 

 

You Are A Story: A Misfit's View on Personal Branding

Real talk – I cried when the first Avengers 3 [Movie] trailer was released. The trailer! They have been so meticulous when it comes to the communication of their overarching narrative over the past 10 years. Every character has a part to play. Each hero's story has been fleshed out in their own movies, in the collaborative movies, and in the Marvel TV shows as well. Every single production contributes to the overarching narrative. And that's why I cried. Because I am emotionally attached to their overarching narrative. That's how your personal brand should be treated.

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How to Monetize LinkedIn

When I jumped into entrepreneurship full-time I had no idea what I was doing and it hit me hard: my first virtual reality startup failed within months, my girlfriend left me, my car was totaled, I burned through all of my funds, my agency struggled, and I racked up a ton of debt. I got to the point where I had -$900 in my bank account, rent due at the end of the week, and no income. And while I survived, my life royally sucked. That was pre-LinkedIn.

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