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Joshua earned a PhD in Astrophysics and an MBA, both at Columbia University, where he studied under a Nobel Laureate. He teaches and coaches leadership at Columbia, NYU, and privately. He has founded several companies, one operating globally since 1999, with a half-dozen patents to his name. He competed athletically at a national and world level.

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See Fashion Entrepreneurs Coco and Breezy with Columbia Business School’s Alumni Club

posted by Joshua on January 29, 2015 in Art, Creativity, Entrepreneurship
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Coco and Breezy

Coco and Breezy

Prince wore their sunglasses — from his album cover — on Saturday Night Live. Beyoncé showed them in her video. Vogue labeled them “fashion icons”. Rhianna, Serena Williams, and more wear their accessories, sold in twenty countries and growing, as well as at

Prince Sunglasses

Find out how these twins from Minnesota started their brand in their teens … with a thousand dollars between them. I didn’t mention in my last announcement how dynamic, friendly, and open they are as speakers. Their brand is based on themselves, and they put themselves out there — in social media, in public appearances, and when they spend time with stars. Whether you want to market products, market yourself, or learn to be more open and expressive yourself, you can learn from Coco and Breezy.

Meet the new faces of entrepreneurship in fashion.

The Distinguished Leadership and Fashion Committees of the Columbia Business School Alumni Club invite you to

Meet Coco and Breezy

Fashion Icons and Entrepreneurs

February 5th, 6-8pm

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From the registration page:

Coco and Breezy: Fashion Visionaries and Founders of a cutting edge sunglasses brand based in New York City aimed at reaching new heights all over the world with their avante garde accessories.

Corianna and Brianna, also known as Coco and Breezy, stated, “Your eyewear is always your outfit and your clothing is always your accessory”. They have been featured in numerous publications such as Teen Vogue, WWD, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Nylon, New York Magazine, InStyle, Paper, Essence, GQ, Timeout, Grazia, Biba, Idol, Dazed, ID, and more.

The sisters have been supported over the years by a celebrity clientele, being seen on style icons such as Rhianna, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Osbourne, Ciara, Selita Ebanks, Theophilus London, Serena Williams, Prince, and Usher.

Coco and Breezy will be our Star Speakers addressing their meteoric rise from humble beginnings that revolutionized the eyewear industry with their signature designs and styles as highly successful entrepreneurs.

Presented by the Columbia Business School Alumni Club of New York.

Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
The TAI Group, 150 West 30th Street, 14th Floor
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Hear me interviewed on Join Up Dots!

posted by Joshua on January 28, 2015 in Audio
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A large and growing web interview series, Join Up Dots, interviewed me and posted the interview. The host, David Ralph, was a great interviewer, I felt. Here’s the link to the interview. David is creating a series of hundreds of interviews with people living lives like he likes—taking responsibility, enjoying their lives, living how they[…] Keep reading →

Influence and persuasion class starts Saturday

posted by Joshua on January 27, 2015 in Education, Entrepreneurship, Leadership
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This Saturday begins my class at General Assembly on influence and persuasion. Register here We call the class “Entrepreneurial Sales” because it teaches entrepreneurial skills and uses a model of selling for its structure, but it’s about broader concepts of influence, persuasion, value, and building relationships based on understanding others’ needs. I used to think[…] Keep reading →