Today's Entrepreneur: Jim Zamichieli

Kristin Karaoglu · September 9, 2011 · Short URL:

No. 1 mistake: Lack of planning

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Today's Entrepreneur is Jim Zamichieli, CEO and Founder of Zamolution.

According to his VEQ Jim is a thought leader and is good at technology design and marketing management.

You are a(n): Entrepreneur

Name companies you've founded or co-founded:
LHH Preferred Properties, Zamolution, Amicus Voice

Name companies you've invested in:

Name startups you worked for:
GE LogistiCom, PC RoomLink, Atlas Commerce

If you are an entrepreneur, why?
After climbing to the top of the proverbial corporate ladder, it was time to face the next challenge: set and achieve a new set of goals sans the corporate American safety net below.

List your favorite startups:
Craigslist, PlentyOfFish, Zamolution,

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?
Frustrating when I see unethical / incompetent entrepreneurs preying on unsuspecting clients.

I feel liberated that I can be completely open and honest with clients (and perspective clients), without someone looking over my shoulder, telling me, "You can't say that to a client; if they want to waste money by us executing a strategy with us, that we know won't work, who are we to stop them?"

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs make?

#1 Mistake - Lack of planning, i.e., business plan
#2 Mistake - Not understanding or acknowledging their own weaknesses
#3 Mistake - Not reinvesting profits back into the business

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

1. Do NOT sell to a prospective client; become a trusted adviser instead and the sale will naturally follow.

2. If you firmly believe you will be successful, you will prove yourself right.

3. Find the best talent and hire them. On the contrary, purge mediocrity.

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Philadelphia-based digital marketing agency, Zamolution, delivers innovative, results-oriented solutions,  including: social media, search engine optimization (SEO), online reputation management, niche website development and public relations.

Between the company's intellectual horsepower, complemented its fierce competiiveness, Zamolution provides an online share of voice to topics, brands, services and people who are deserving.

Zamolution's founder, Jim Zamichieli, possesses a unique pedigree of marketing and technology experience.  A former C-level exec, Jim cut his teath at companies such as: inVentiv Health and General Electric; spending the majority of his career at the world's third largest advertising group, Publicis.

Mr. Zamichieli has an impressive list of compaines for which he helped, including: Jenny Craig, Pfizer, SAP, Merck, Kodak, Blue Cross & Blue Shield.


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