Horrified Father Discovers 14-Year-Old Daughter Working as a Sexy Hostess at Shanghai NightclubAuthorities in Shanghai are carrying out investigations into entertainment venues across Jing’an district after a father discovered that his 14-year-old daughter was working as a hostess at Mook.
The father, identified only as Zhang, tracked down his daughter at the popular nightclub on Nanjing West Road, where he saw her wearing a skimpy outfit and selling alcohol to customers.
First off, I never went to business school, no one taught me how to run a business and half of my adulthood, I was in the United States Navy working on the engine of a ship as a mechanic and became an Operations Specialist where I navigated the ship when we were out to sea. I finished off my eight year career in the Navy as a training officer for the Naval Reservists on an Air Force base in Las Vegas. None of this taught me business, but being in the military did teach me discipline and how to be a leader. Most of my trial and error in business came from my humble beginning in the nightlife industry back in 2005 when I threw my first nightclub event at Empire Ballroom for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The success of that event catapulted me to my success today. Here is what I’ve learned through my rigorous journey in the nightlife and entertainment business.
The usual way entrepreneurs launch businesses today start with building a product, raising funds, and then scaling, or some other combination in that realm. It’s rare to find an entrepreneur who truly started from the bottom and worked their way up to the top. This is why I find the story of Jesse Waits, co-owner of XS Las Vegas and Tryst Nightclub, so fascinating. What’s also amazing about Jesse is the fact that he’s been able to form deep relationships with the people that he’s worked with. There was even an instance where renowned DJ Deadmau5 played for free one evening at XS, largely because of the great friendship he has with Jesse.
While entrepreneurs typically have a direct plan of what they want to build, this wasn’t the case initially for Jesse:
I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Dash Berlin after his spectacular show at Marquee Nightclub & Dayclub in Las Vegas. What I find most fascinating about this talented artist is not that he’s currently one of the hottest EDM DJs in the industry, or the fact that he’s been in the DJ Mag Top 100 list for several years now, nor his rugged good looks that could make any lady swoon- what I find most enamoring about him are his humble beginnings and the particular emphasis of how he got to where he is today.
How Two High School Club Promoters Who Hated Each Other Built a Multi-Million Dollar Nightlife Empire
For anyone that loves partying at the hottest venues in any major city in the world, chances are you’ve most likely frequented a place owned by Jason Strauss and Noah Tepperberg. This dynamic duo are the founders of Strategic Hospitality Group, the company that owns some of the most popular nightlife venues and restaurants to date, including Marquee, TAO, and LAVO. These venues collectively made close to $200 million in revenue in 2012 just for their Las Vegas locations alone. Their awards and recognitions include being honored by the Harvard Business School through a published case study on their work, as well as being named two of the 50 Most Powerful People in EDM by In The Mix in 2013.
But all these accomplishments didn’t come without lots of hard work, dues being paid, and differences set aside. Although they are best friends today, Noah emphasized that they didn’t start out as friends when they started promoting clubs back in high school.