Stephen Sokoler

Stephen Sokoler

New York, New York
Member since May 01, 2019
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Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Journey Meditation, Altrum Honors, Icon Recognition
If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I want to change the world.

My favorite startups:

Impossible Foods

Why did you start your company or why do you want to innovate inside your company?

I found meditation while living in Australia and it changed my life. After I sold my previous company, I decided I wanted to do something that could significantly improve the world. When I looked at meditation, I thought it was fairly misunderstood as spiritual, religious, difficult and confusing. I then thought we could bring it to people in a simple, approachable, secular way. If we met people where they are physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially, we can really have an impact.

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Getting to work on projects that inspire you and can change the world is incredibly rewarding. The challenge is that can be very addicting and quickly overtake your personal life.

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

I think one of the biggest mistakes I see entrepreneurs making early on is not being careful with their money. Investors are very willing to give you money when you don’t need it and way less so when you do. Make sure to make every dollar count.

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

1. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst
2. Know thyself
3. As cliche as it sounds, enjoy the journey

Full bio

Lifelong entrepreneur with numerous businesses created from scratch. 10+ years of experience building and managing profitable global businesses. Created and grew most recent business to $20 million in revenue and global market leadership position via rapid sales growth and tight operations. Significant M&A and industry consolidation experience. Success taking products global with international expansion throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Strong sales and business development skills with a history of rapidly increasing both revenue and profitability. Resourceful and adept at identifying opportunities and formulating and executing a corporate strategy. Key strength in providing exceptional service to ensure long-term customer success. Ability to create and execute a powerful, inspirational vision. Core values include a focus on corporate culture, employee development and engagement, and building an exceptional work environment.