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Meet Daniel Newman, CEO Of Dandy: The Tech Startup Spearheading The “Live” Movement In Social Networking

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Just three short years ago, Newman began his journey as a full-time CEO of his very own tech startup named Dandy. He created the company with his partner and co-founder, Leor Massachi, while the two were seniors in college. We’ve got the full scoop on how Newman went from a Real Estate Development student to a full-time entrepreneur, all before earning his undergraduate degree.

Newman was born and raised in Beverley Hills, CA. Although he’s mainly American, he takes pride in inheriting a Persian background from both his mother and father. Early on in his younger years, he became interested in the various aspects of business and how they were created. He also enjoyed learning about the Israeli economy and the country’s positive outlook on young people developing their own startup companies.

When Newman got to high school, he became heavily involved in extracurricular activities and always did well in class. Not only was he named Senior Class President, but he was also involved in several sports and school clubs. As if that weren’t enough on his plate at 17, he also had the opportunity to get a taste of what it was like to build a business when he founded his own tutoring company during his junior year. He saw an opportunity arise when the younger kids in grades K-8 were complaining about their tutors being too old and not up-to-date with the material. Brilliantly, Newman asked some of his friends if they wanted to earn some money tutoring the students, and the rest was history. The company took off instantaneously, and Newman kept it running until he graduated in 2015.

Once he reached college, the grind continued. Newman decided to pursue a degree in Real Estate Development at the University of Southern California. Although he was indeed partially interested in the real estate portion of the program, he was far more captivated by the school’s innovative take on technology and its multifaceted ability to influence new businesses. At that point, he began to understand the building blocks of a tech startup, and he fell in love. Along the way, he met several friends, mentors, and executives that taught him the dos and don’ts about the complicated world of Silicon Valley. But regardless of the dire risks he was advised of, he knew his ultimate goal would be to someday establish a startup company of his own.

In the meantime, Newman founded his second small business with his then-roommate and best friend, Leor Massachi. The two college students created a design agency that helped businesses market toward the Gen Z demographic via custom-made interactive Geofilters on Snapchat. At the time, the social networking app had just begun allowing users to publicly submit Geofilters for a fee, but it had not provided any tools or instructions on how to create them. Due to the high design skillset and intricate strategy required for the process, Newman and Massachi saw it as a business opportunity and proceeded to create a company named Geocasion. Although the business only lasted a few months, the experience proved essential for what followed for these two college students. In addition to founding Geocasion, Newman also founded USC’s TAMID Tank event during his sophomore year, which is the school’s equivalent to the popular television show, Shark Tank. The competition was created to provide students with a real-life experience of pitching their startup concepts to big-name investors and venture capitalists. Their first event filled an auditorium of 500, and since then, TAMID Tank has held the event annually. The organization also named Newman their Vice President of Operations.

But things changed in 2018 when Newman’s roommate suggested the idea of creating a dating app for millennials and gen Z’s unlike the existing ones on the market. After sitting and brainstorming for hours in their dorm, they came up with a concept that was far too tangible to pass up. They wanted to create a version of a dating app that would mimic two people meeting in person for the first time. Users would log onto the app once it went “live”, and they would have an allotted time to attempt to find their match and start a conversation. Once two users established they were interested, they’d be transferred into a three-minute video call where they could formally introduce themselves and decide whether or not to move forward with communication off the application. They called the app Dandy and instantly began searching for the perfect engineers to develop the product. 3 months later, the app launched its beta testing.

Dandy blew up all over USC, and eventually, all over Los Angeles. People were excited to try this new version of virtual dating and claimed that it was a “magical” app since it cut around the BS and got straight to the point of building new relationships. At this point, Newman and his Massachi began to pitch Dandy to investors in hopes to raise funds for the app’s future development. After hearing 117 no’s, they received their first yes, as well as their first check from an investor. Once the first came, many others followed, and soon enough Dandy has fundraised over $3.3 million in a matter of months from investors involved in companies such as Uber, Airbnb, Snapchat, and Facebook. Newman took over all finance and logistic aspects of the company while Massachi handled the marketing strategy and creative.

Things were running smoothly until word of a pandemic began to consume the news in February 2020. The two business owners called an emergency meeting and decided it was the perfect time to rebrand Dandy into something more applicable to the possible consequences of a national pandemic. In just a few hours, they came up with the idea for Zoom University– a virtual dating app with the same “live” concept of Dandy, but with two-on-two video calls resembling that of a double date. Since some users had commented that Dandy could become stressful and awkward during the short video calls, the founders hoped that having a user bring a friend would help turn the tension into fun. The next day after the meeting, the team had a web MVP of Zoom University uploaded and a rough draft of the app immediately went live. In honor of their first creation, they decided to keep the name of their now product-based startup company as Dandy.

Since then, Zoom University has gained traction all over the internet; including Tiktok, which had a video about the app hit impressions of over 2.5 million views. Users were scrambling to get their hands on this new dating app. In just a matter of weeks, a waitlist of thousands of users began to accumulate while the Dandy teamed continued to finalize the details behind the app that was only originally meant to stay live for a week. Positive feedback came pouring in from users, and eventually, the application broke records as it made it through the Top 10 Best Social Networking Apps on the Apple Store, coming in at #9.

Four businesses and two successful startups later, 23-year-old Newman says his success has come from knowing how to take high-level concepts and applying them to a realistic, practical lens. Although his achievements have skyrocketed over the years, he shares that the work has only just begun. He and his partner are currently working with investors on their next top-secret product that is reckoned to top all their prior inventions and take the market by storm once again. Details cannot yet be disclosed, but we wait eagerly to see how a few college seniors will continue to dominate the startup world with their commitment and dedication to changing the world through the use of advanced technology.

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The Power of Using Correct Communications Skills

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Effective communication at work can be transformative for individuals, teams, and businesses. We’re here to show you why communication is vital in the workplace and how to start building your and your team’s communication skills today. 

Communication skills are, however, more than just verbal or written in nature and include several non-verbal cues such as kinesics, proxemics, and paralinguistics, in addition to human centricity and being able to communicate in a soft touch low feel world successfully. 

It is about communicating positively with clarity, developing strong, active listening skills, being able to read other people’s behaviors, effectively managing conflict, navigating difficult conversations successfully, and being empathetic and adaptable.

Communication in the workplace is important because it boosts employee morale, engagement, productivity, and satisfaction. Communication is also vital for better team collaboration and cooperation. Ultimately, effective workplace communication helps drive better results for individuals, teams, and organizations. 

To take it a step further, specifically as a manager, building good communication skills has profound short- and long-term benefits for your organization. Effective communicators can motivate their team to get more done with better results and fewer misunderstandings. And who doesn’t want fewer misunderstandings?

All of these things can contribute to the company’s success — and your success as a leader.

Not all work communication is made equal. We’ve all had the experience of sitting through a tedious, lengthy meeting with the thought, “This should have been an email.” 

Different communication channels are ideal for different types of communication. Depending on the type of information conveyed, those other channels can enhance — or detract — from how it is received. Effective communicators will develop different skills and tools to match the type of communication needed.

1. Leadership communication 

2. Upward communication 

3. Updates 

4. Presentations

5. Meetings 

6. Customer communications 

7. Informal interactions 

Every year communication tops the list of skills in demand by employers. There’s a reason. Communication is what makes our professional and personal relationships go smoothly. It’s how we show care, catalyze change, and get things done. 

That’s reason enough to improve — and keep improving — these critical skills. Luckily, we can all learn to communicate better.

Presentation Skills

Although presentation skills may not be used frequently by most of us, however, there are times when we do need this skill to present information to a group of people, either in a formal or informal setting.

Written Skills

The ability to write and convey effectively is the key to communication. This skill is not just limited to authors or journalists. A poorly written communication can be pretty frustrating for the reader and may also communicate the message inappropriately or incorrectly. Written skills are of great significance in a corporate setup, where communication occurs via email.

Personal Skills

While we may not realize the importance of personal skills such as maintaining a healthy body and mind, they enhance communication. For instance, improving your self-esteem and building your confidence helps you feel more positive about yourself, including your ability to communicate effectively. If you have an in-depth understanding of yourself and a more relaxed and positive outlook toward life, you are more likely to be charming, which further aids the way you communicate. Lastly, good communication skill is also directly linked to assertiveness – standing up for what you truly believe in.

An individual who has the experience of such skills and has worked in this line to help many people to get the benefits from it is our inspiration for today’s article – Linda K Clemons. Linda has studied Marketing and is certified in Analytical Interviewing. Professionally she has achieved the titles of Top Sales Producer, Entrepreneur, Trainer, and Speaker.

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