About us

What is NextShark?

It is said that Generation Y is the most entrepreneurial generation of our time. With the increasing availability of business resources on the internet, launching a startup is easier than ever. We’re here to be on the cusp of this movement.

NextShark is an online magazine redefining success, by millennials, for millennials. Our mission is to offer a fresh take on the business lifestyle, entrepreneurship and personal growth, while spotlighting current and rising leaders set on following their passions to change the world.


Benny Luo – Founder

Benny Luo is an ADHD-inflicted serial entrepreneur and internet marketer. He prides himself on thinking up new business ideas, getting excited about them, then realizing someone is already doing it — and then getting back to work. He is terrible at writing self bios.

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Alan Van – Editor-in-Chief

Alan brings his expertise on (and love/hate relationship with) new media, pop culture, startups and Pokémon to NextShark. He has been cited in numerous publications, including the New York Times, The Guardian and his mom’s diary entry from 05/10/1987 entitled “Never Again: Why One Child Was More Than Enough For Me.”

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Waylae Gregoire – Managing Editor

With a bachelor’s degree in international studies: political science from the University of California, San Diego, Waylae works as a blogger/editor for NextShark. Along with writing, he is an aspiring entrepreneur that enjoys hip-hop, fashion and learning about new cultures.

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Melly Lee – Creative Ninja

Melly Lee is a photographer based in Los Angeles, Calif. She’s a hyper child who cannot sit still and enjoys tongue-in-cheek humor.

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Sean Willis – Head Video Ninja

I produce and direct a variety of formats of media — music videos, films, shorts, new media. And I’m also a headshot and fashion photographer.

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Aaron Newell – All Things Ninja

Serial entrepreneur and E-business-obsessed web engineer that transforms ideas into realities.

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Nina Sugasawa

Nina Sugasawa – Director of Marketing

With a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from UCLA and a successful startup under her belt, Nina offers her immense marketing talents to NextShark. She enjoys hiking and aspires to start a child learning center one day.

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Laura Dang

Laura Dang – Staff Writer

Laura Dang is a writer at Nextshark and a graduate of UCLA. She enjoys traveling and has been to ten countries. Laura counts yoga and avocados among the loves in her life.
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