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‘You Gook! You Slant Eye!’: Steve Aoki Recounts Struggles Growing Up Asian American

Steve Aoki is hands down one of the most successful DJs in the world. He was ranked 5th on the Forbes 2016 list among the world’s highest paid DJs and raked in $23.6 million in 2015. These are well-deserved accolades for the man once dubbed the “hardest working DJ in the world”, having done up to 300 shows a year.

A fun fact about Aoki is that he’s the son of Rocky Aoki, the former pro wrestler and founder of the Benihana restaurant chain. While some might immediately assume that Steve Aoki was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, it’s the opposite that’s true.

Woody Allen’s Wife Soon-Yi Breaks Her Silence to Defend Her Husband

After decades of media silence, Soon-Yi Previn, the wife of Woody Allen, spoke in length surrounding her early life with adopted mother Mia Farrow and about the allegations that Allen molested his daughter Dylan Farrow.

In an interview published by New York Magazine on Sunday, Previn said Dylan Farrow was merely spreading lies about Allen while taking advantage of the recent conversation about sexual harassment in Hollywood.

How a Teen ‘Cheated Coded’ His Way into Running a $20 Million a Year Startup

Oftentimes, when we aspire to do something, we complain about not having enough resources to get it done. If we want to build a company, we delay doing it because raising money is hard. If we want to become Hollywood’s next biggest actor, we say we don’t know the right people.

Meet Brian Wong, the 25-year-old CEO of mobile advertising startup Kiip. His clientele includes heavy hitters like McDonald’s, Coca Cola, Proctor & Gamble, and BMW, among many more. This year alone, Kiip has raked in $20 million.

Meet Charles Michael Yim: The Man Who Made History on Shark Tank

Charles Michael Yim is a successful entrepreneur who has started three companies to date and sold two of them by the time he turned 28. His most recent startup, Breathometer, became the very first company on the hit TV show “Shark Tank” to get an investment from every single shark.

Yim, 33, has been able to attract top mentors including the “Paypal Mafia,” Virgin founder Richard Branson, and “Shark Tank” investor Mark Cuban. His Instagram account documents the fun-filled life he’s been able to create.

How a Top Pickup Artist Went From Orgies and Bondage to Becoming a Family Man

In 2005, Rolling Stone writer Neil Strauss released his book “The Game,” which chronicled his years-long journey in the seduction community. These communities provide men who moonlight as pickup artists the opportunity to get together to share and learn ways to court women. Strauss’s book follows his interactions with the women he was trying to woo along with his pickup mentor, known as “Mystery.”

The book was a hit and brought the once underground pickup artist community into the mainstream. It also created an explosion of businesses aimed at helping men improve their skills in socializing with women. Some of these businesses offer weekend “boot camps” for men to train with pickup coaches and get real-life experience talking to women and can cost thousands of dollars.

He Sold His Startup For $54 Million, Then Gave His Family a Gift of a Lifetime

What do you do when SnapChat buys your startup and you become a millionaire? If you’re 25-year-old Garrett Gee, you put all the money in savings, sell everything you own, and take your family on an endless trip around the world.

Gee is the founder of Scan, a QR code-scanning mobile app he pitched on “Shark Tank” in 2013. He appeared on the show wearing just a hoodie and flip flops, an ensemble he wears when pitching investors.

Meet the Man Who Did LSD With Steve Jobs in College

Daniel Kottke was once a good friend of Steve Jobs. In college, the two friends experimented with LSD together, but as one of Apple’s earliest employees, Kottke’s friendship with Jobs crumbled when the tech visionary refused to give his friend any stock in the company.

In the early years when they were students at Reed College, Kottke and Jobs became good friends after discovering they both had read “Be Here Now,” a book about psychedelics and spirituality. They hung out and traveled together while regularly experimenting with LSD. Back then, they were just young college kids having fun and discovering who they were.

How This 23-Year-Old Got a Billionaire to Invest in His Data-Profiting Startup

Whether we are aware of it or not, companies are collecting our data — produced from daily activities on our phones or browsing the internet — and selling it for profit. A new startup called DataWallet is now giving us the tools to take back control of our data while putting the money in our pockets.

German-born Serafin Lion Engel, the founder and CEO of DataWallet, discovered the idea for his startup after he dropped out of college to follow his entrepreneurial pursuits. He then caught the attention of billionaire Tim Draper and attended Draper University, a renowned school by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, on scholarship.

How This Entrepreneur’s Startup Made $9.5 Million Before He Turned 20

Dan Fleyshman was already hustling to make money at just 4 years old. Back then, his parents owned three Levi’s stores and would sell the jeans at a swap meet in Long Beach during the weekends. Fleyshman would set up a stand right next to his parents’ to sell and trade baseball cards.

In high school, Fleyshman did not stop the grind and worked a multitude of jobs to make money.

How a Nerd Who Got His First Kiss at 21 Built a $30 Million ‘Sugar Daddy’ Dating Empire

“Love is a concept invented by poor people.” – Brandon Wade

One of the best ways to create a great product is to simply come up with a solution for your own biggest problem.

For entrepreneur Brandon Wade, his problem was relationships. For a long time, he struggled to find a quality girlfriend. Desperate for an answer, he created SeekingArrangement.com.