Success Didn’t Come Overnight For Mike Ogbebor
Focusing on the end goal and picturing the best possible future is something Mike Ogbebor, CEO of Newline Investors Capital, encourages people to do to succeed. Going with all odds stacked against him, a then 21-year-old Mike decided to quit his mundane nine-to-five job and become an entrepreneur. He was determined to create a more comfortable life for himself and his family, generating enough income for generations to come.
As a millennial, Mike wishes to help other millennials realize that the world has more to offer than a nine-to-five job they don’t love or take pride in. Thanks to his charismatic personality and compelling argument, Mike has inspired thousands of people to listen to his advice and leave their jobs to instead create their own six-figure incomes. A goal he has is to eventually help 20 individuals earn one million dollars each by the year 2022.
As a successful marketing strategist, it’s clear Mike may very well complete his wish.
Back when he first began his entrepreneurial journey, a mentor encouraged young Mike to enter the business industry, telling him that investing in land was a goldmine that was sure to generate profit. Taking this advice proved to be the correct decision. Flash forward to now, and Mike has become the founder and partner of multiple clinics and restaurants in and around the Houston area.
Having mentors to act as guides through the industry is essential, and they offer newcomers and up-and-comers someone they can rely on. Creating a network of those with the same drive and focus is an instrumental step to starting a successful business. Teamwork inspires strong ideas that can prove useful to the company.
Mike’s portfolio is quite impressive. As well as being a real estate investor and marketing strategist, he’s also a motivational speaker, mentor, and wealth coach. It took years of determination and the desire for success, but Mike was able to come out on top. He even landed himself on the list of Top 40 Under 40 Real Estate Investors in the Nation, a proud accomplishment for a man who risked everything to join the industry.
At the age of seven, Mike received his Visa to enter America, and soon after his father put their family on a plane from Africa. The five of them settled down in a one-bedroom apartment in a rough inner-city of Houston, having to live off welfare to get by. It wasn’t easy for Mike, but his upbringing inspired him to make something of himself.
Success came after years of painstakingly hard work and discipline, but every minute Mike spent on his company and investments was worth it. He had now become an eight-figure wealth coach and was creating a name for himself within the real estate community.
He credited a determined mindset to helping him; keeping his eye on the prize and staying consistent was vital. Mike shares more of his advice and tips with his one million Instagram followers. Find him engaging with them at the handle @MikeIncc__.
SamBoat Makes Waves in the US
The sharing economy’s massive popularity has led to the creation of blockbuster companies like Airbnb, VRBO, eBay, Uber, and Lyft, to name just a few. According to a report by Proficient Market Insights, the size of the sharing economy was $113 billion in 2021 and is predicted to reach $600 billion by 2027.
One of the newest companies to enter this space, SamBoat, now enables the owners of sailboats and motorboats to offer their vessels for rent. Because yachts are expensive to buyand maintain — in many cases, more expensive than purchasing and maintaining a home — yacht owners can offset some of their costs by listing their craft on the platform.
Those who may not be able to afford their own boat can still experience life on the water, however. No knowledge of boating is required, as many charters include the possibility of hiring a skipper.
When young French entrepreneurs Laurent Calando and Nicolas Cargou met, a friendship, as well as a new venture, was born. Cargou was an avid Airbnb user, and Calando had grown up sailing with his family. Throughout the course of their conversation, they realized that the sharing economy covered a lot of bases, but it didn’t include boating, which they were both passionate about.
The pair sensed an opportunity, which quickly led to action. In April 2014, they officially launched SamBoat in the Bordeaux region of France.
“SamBoat’s marketplace exploded in Europe over the next few years,” explains Robert Harrington, SamBoat’s US Country Manager. The company offers yachts throughout the Mediterranean, Aegean, and other popular travel destinations.
As evidence of the popularity of the boat-sharing model, SamBoat grew by over 70 percent in 2022. Since its founding, the company has enabled more than a million people to take to the seas. Now, the platform is rapidly expanding its listings throughout the US.
Where SamBoat operates in the US
SamBoat has already — albeit indirectly — served its American customers for quite some time, as American vacationers have often rented boats in Greece, France, Italy, or Spain through its platform. But now, the company is beginning to serve Americans on the other side of the Atlantic, right here at home.
SamBoat rentals are currently available in many American ports. The marketplace currently offers hundreds of boats just in the state of Florida, where the fleet extends up the Keys to West Palm Beach, and throughout the west coast, including Tampa, Clearwater, Naples, and Ft. Myers. SamBoat also has many boats in Chicago and Seattle, as well as throughout New England.
In the near future, the company will expand its offerings in San Diego and Los Angeles. SamBoat also plans to open in Lake Tahoe, Lake of the Ozarks, Lake Havasu, and Lake Champlain by mid-summer 2023. It also aims to have fleets available in Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket by the same time.
“Our goal is to offer thousands of boats to rent throughout the United States by the end of the year,” Harrington says.
SamBoat operates anywhere boat owners choose to list their craft for rent. “Just because the marketplace might not already have a whole regatta in a given port doesn’t mean it can’t or doesn’t operate there,” Harrington says. “Listings grow organically, cropping up wherever opportunity calls boat owners to take advantage of existing demand.”
For instance, while SamBoat only officially launched in the United States this past year, the platform was open to US-based boat owners and renters last year. From January 2022 compared to January 2023, the platform experienced a 500% increase in US-based business.
This means that, if you own a boat, you can bring SamBoat to your home port. All you have to do is go to SamBoat’s website, follow a few simple steps, upload photos of your boat along with its relevant details, and respond to rental inquiries.
“Now is the right time for boat owners to get in early and beat the rush,” Harrington says.
The secret to SamBoat’s success
American consumers have responded enthusiastically to SamBoat’s arrival for a number of reasons. First and foremost, the platform offers the very same boats as other companies, yet their prices are on average 10 percent cheaper.
The reason for this is simple: unlike most other yacht and boat rental services, SamBoat doesn’t charge its customers inflated “junk” fees.
In addition, SamBoat makes renting a yacht simple and easy. Generally speaking, other boat-sharing websites outsource customer service to the owners of the listed yachts. They will only answer the phone or attend to you if you are booking something of a high dollar amount, while the average boat rental costs under $1,000. This can lead to a very frustrating process for someone who has questions but can’t seem to get a response from a boat’s owner.
At SamBoat, however, a real human being answers every inquiry. “Sometimes, that person is me,” Harrington says. This makes it much easier for people to rent the perfect boat that will meet their individual needs.
SamBoat fulfills a long-awaited need for sailing and boating enthusiasts worldwide. With the arrival of SamBoat in the US, it’s an even more exciting time for Americans to participate in the sharing economy.
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