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You might know him on LinkedIn wearing cool glasses, a beanie and having an extroverted/introverted personality but Quentin’s story is fascinating.
From experiencing the struggles of the bottom to experiencing a great lifestyle to losing it to now climbing his way to the top he’s just getting started. He is currently the Co-Founder of Mad Genie- a personal branding consultancy for C-suite level executives and entrepreneurs and is also the Co-Founder of Milwaukee Misfits- the group aims to foster a collaborative and build a community through hosting networking style events in different cities- primarily focused on Milwaukee currently.
In his spare time, he is building a Facebook community for doers & expanding his knowledge in various areas such as: computer science, 3D design, and futurism. He is a social media practitioner, 3D designer, advocate for tech & humanity, futurist, and a proud coffee addict.
Quentin, thank you for your time. Your LinkedIn video where you were playing the guitar was really intriguing to me, how did this start in business?
I used to be singer/song writer. When I was transitioning from high school to college my family went through a difficult period and we lost it all. I was homeless for about a month and when I went to college all I had was my guitar and a voice- for a good 3-4 months that’s how I made money. After I got a job flipping burgers in the cafeteria and I am grateful for that time. It taught me how to hustle, go get gigs and build relationships with people.
I enjoy learning about technology specifically Augmented and Virtual Reality and started Mad Genie with a focus on that. I also have a passion for social media and personal branding so I decided to create an agency to focus on these 2 components. However, I decided to focus on the social media and personal branding and turn it into a consultancy based on the advice of Mike Casavant and Kelly Ramirez.
I remember watching a video of yours where you went to pitch the Milwaukee Bucks and the executive team- talk to us about that.
The company that I was with for a brief period of time had gone to the Milwaukee Buck’s office to pitch a social media gig and discuss how we can bring together the Milwaukee Community and get people involved. I suggested that we do a basketball tournament on the Lakefront and transform the tennis courts into a basketball court. However, they did not agree to that idea due to certain issues they had.
What have you learned from being in business ? Share with us 1 lesson
I feared that I couldn’t do it alone and needed a Co-Founder. You need to be able to trust your own abilities and strategically bring a Co-Founder when it is needed and your values align with the company’s vision.
- Don’t be afraid to reach out and voice your concerns. If you ask for help, people are willing to help.
- Having Mike and Kelly with the company really helps because they compensate and bring strengths and skills to the table that I may not have and this is what will allow us to succeed and scale the company.
What is next for you ?
My 5 year plan is to scale Mad Genie to have $500,000 company and after I want to focus on scaling Milwaukee Misfits and continue pursuing my passion of collaborating with other content creators. I also want to show Milwaukee in the best light possible so it attracts tourists to come visit the city and they see a different vibe and light.
Have you experienced racism being of colour ?
I grew up in the inner city and even though there may have been those moments- I never saw it as a hindrance or a proxy to me becoming successful. To put things into perspective, I think my colour is an advantage because it makes me stand out in a crowd.
If you were to die tomorrow, what 3 pieces of advice would you give to people ?
- Place good people around you that you can collaborate and build each other up on the way to the top.
- Work on something- whether you’re a student, experienced entrepreneur or just starting in your career. Look for problems to solve.
- Take care of yourself and be happy. A lot of it comes down to self awareness because trust me if you’re not happy, you won’t be able to make those around you happy.
Final question: What is your legacy ? I know you’re 24, young and have lots of time but have you thought about what you want people to remember you by ?
I want to be remembered by this line: “Helping people do epic things”