Today's Entrepreneur: Brandon Stevenson

Kristin Karaoglu · June 17, 2011 · Short URL:

No. 1 mistake: Not doing the research

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Today's Entrepreneur is Brandon Stevenson, Founder/President of Indie Film Depot. According to his VEQ, Brandon a thought leader and is good at negotiatio nand networking.

You are a(n):

Name companies you've founded or co-founded:
Indie Film Depot, LA Film + Music Weekend

If you are an entrepreneur, why?
I want to be my own boss, and be in control.

List your favorite startups:
Youtube, Grooveshark, Pandora

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
The most frustrating thing to me is just trying to build from nothing and generate the resources necessary to run a successful business.
The most rewarding thing is doing the work and seeing the direct result and/or benefit. Additionally, the accomplishment of building something from nothing as well so I guess that part is just a double edged sword really. . .

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?
Not doing the research or work necessary to learn details of their business and/or market.

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?
Top three things that I have learned thus far would have to be dedication, networking and not sleeping! Not necessarily the perfect answer to this question, but it is my take on it!

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Kristin Karaoglu

Woman of many skills: Database System Engineer; SplashX event producer; Author of Startup Teams

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Indie Film Depot is an online distribution outlet featuring streaming video, an online store, and an online community for filmmakers and film enthusiasts alike. Focusing on the new media buzz, we work closely with filmmakers to bring the viewer the latest and hottest independent films, while simultaneously developing strategic campaigns to keep our advertisers “in the scene”. 

Indie Film Depot, while creating an online community and portal for streaming films, also holds a strong presence in the entertainment community.  Through its annual film festival, LA Film + Music Weekend, Indie Film Depot strives to bring great films to the big screen, as well as your desktop.  In addition to LA Film + Music Weekend, Indie Film Depot will gain involvement with many events pertaining to the entertainment and lifestyle industries. 

Our core goal at Indie Film Depot entails only working with filmmakers and businesses that we truly love and believe in.  Centering in on each of one of our partners unique personalities helps bring our filmmaker’s talents, and our advertisers support together to bring our viewers an online outlet for independent films that is truly unique.