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This Grammy-Nominated Singer Built A Nostalgic Video Gaming Experience—And It’s Pretty Freakin’ Awesome

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The gaming world is discovering the power of community, thanks to one of New York City’s most hip musicians.

Grammy Award nominated singer songwriter Letta J is on a mission to make gaming more social. The singer, raised in Dallas, now juggles a vibrant tour presence, songwriting, and building one of the most promising gaming events to check out.

With Love From The Grammys

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Letta J has performed in genres spanning pop, R&B, all the way to country and soft rock. Her work led to a Grammy Nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album of The Year in 2016.

Not only is she a talented performer, she’s done songwriting for labels such as Sony, Atlantic, and P Diddy’s hop studio Daddy’s House.

Somewhere in the midst of it all, Letta J reconnected with a nostalgic passion for video games.

She’s not alone.

Each month, hundreds of gamers now take part in an online community called Coexist Gaming, which Letta J founded in 2018. Coexist Gaming runs a Facebook page where they post regular updates.

From The Grammys To Gaming

The coolest thing about Coexist Gaming, however, is how it gets people together offline for live gaming events.

About once a month, gamers come together at Coexist Gaming’s pimped out space in New York City for gaming fun.

Coexist Gaming is marking its one year anniversary on August 24. With tournaments sponsored by Ultimate Wireless, the event will bring back fan favorite games, including:

  • Smash Bros Ultimate
  • NBA 2K9
  • Madden 2000
  • Nintendo, Xbox, PlayStation games
  • Alongside over 2,000 retro games spanning classic systems from the NES all the way to the iconic Sega Genesis

Gaming Together

If you feel like you’re missing out on the fun, that’s because you are. Trust Letta J’s background in the entertainment industry for crafting the most happening gaming event you could imagine.

When you walk into a Coexist Gaming event, you will be greeted by the endless variety of sheer fun.

There’s great food, drinks, alongside all the excitement you could want from pizza and sodas.

So much Pong and foosball

The backyard boasts a beer pong table and a retro gaming arcade.

If you fancy your foosball skills, you can engage in match ups against other gamers, there’s a table for that.

Where Coexist Gaming goes next…

A pool table is also available. Needless to say, this is the event to check out in NYC if you’ve ever enjoyed a video game.

What Letta J has accomplished in one short year with Coexist Gaming is breathtaking. She has brought back the nostalgia of the 90s video game consoles, but with a fresh excitement that’s so 21st Century New York style.

If you’re ready to join the fun at one of Coexist Gaming’s events, you can check them out here. The company has Basic, Pro, and Elite monthly subscriptions.

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[INFOGRAPHIC] How To Start (And Grow) Your Business With $10,000

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Today, starting a new business is easier than ever. With Fiverr, Upwork and social media, you can get started in a weekend—and for very little money.

(What you’re reading right now was created in a week, by the way…)

But if you actually have a little nest egg saved up?!

Awww, man, you are off to the races! SO without further ado, here’s how you can kickstart—and grow—your business with $10,000, courtesy of this oh-so-pretty Infographic from Intuit.

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VIDEO: Warren Buffet Bets Big On These Traits To Become Rich

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With a net worth that crosses a whopping $100B, it’s hard to question Warren Buffett’s investment moves. Here are the traits that the super investor believes can get one to be financially independent and significantly rich.

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[Q&A] This Entrepreneur Founded A $50B+ Company—And Then Helped Startups Raise Money From The Crowd

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Howard Marks is one of the most influential entrepreneurs in the modern, digital age, a rare founder who’s actually innovated before said innovation truly mainstream.

And not just once, but twice.

As founder of Activision, Howard helped kick off a gaming bonanza that’s become a worldwide pop culture phenomenon, birthing an entire new industry known as eSports.

Largely driven by Fortnite—a gaming franchise owned by Activision—eSports is expected to top $1.1B this year in global revenues, according to Forbes. Today, Activision is worth over $54B, trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

(In fact, had you invested $10K in Howard’s IPO, your investment today would be worth well over $700K.)

JOBS Act IPO revolution

Later on, as founder of Startengine, Howard helped kickstart the equity crowdfunding trend, opening an avenue for early-stage startups to raise money and redefine public offerings.

Back in 2012, President Obama signed off on the JOBS Act, allowing companies to go public, taking investments from non-accredited investors (essentially anyone without a net worth of $1M), without having to go through the tedious process of listing on New York Stock Exchange.

As head of Startengine, Howard’s built one of the market leaders in the equity crowdfunding space, with $43.72M in total investments in 2019 alone. 

More recently, StartEngine made a coup, joining forces with one of the most influential investors in the form of Shark Tank’s “Mr. Wonderful” Kevin O’Leary, as reported by Crowdfund Insider.

Crowdfund Insider, the online authority for all things crowdfunding, recently did an exclusive Q&A with Howard, touching on the new deal with Mr. Wonderful, his business and the future of crowdfunding.

Here’s what he had to say.


Challenges of crowdfunding…

One of the biggest challenges we face as a company is that equity crowdfunding is not well understood by the general public. If you walk down the street and ask a stranger if they know what equity crowdfunding is, odds are they say they’ve never heard of it before.

Doing a deal with Mr. Wonderful…

Over the past few years, we’ve had several Shark Tank alumni raise capital on StartEngine, and we eventually got connected to Kevin. When we learned that he had been following the equity crowdfunding space for a few years and wanted to help inform others about the opportunities for raising capital using equity crowdfunding, it was an easy decision to form a partnership with him.

Mr. Wonderful’s role…

Kevin O’Leary is StartEngine’s strategic advisor and a StartEngine shareholder. His focus will be on creating more awareness about StartEngine and equity crowdfunding in general. Kevin believes in the equity crowdfunding model and our business and is helping to spread the word. He is even encouraging the companies in his own portfolio to use StartEngine for their next funding round.

Deal flow during the COVID-19…

Our entire team is operating remotely and staying safe during the pandemic, and our business itself is thriving. We’ve seen a good increase over the last 30 days in the companies applying to raise on StartEngine.

From both the company and investor side, StartEngine’s business has proven to be resilient to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19.

On the SEC and raising the cap for what startups can raise…

We support the changes wholeheartedly. It’s clear that $1.07M is too low a ceiling for Regulation Crowdfunding [Reg CF], given the average size of seed funding rounds today, and it’s time that we increase the limit to help small businesses achieve their goals.

In fact, we encouraged all 10,000+ of our shareholders to write letters to the SEC a month ago to encourage them to increase the limit of Regulation Crowdfunding from $1.07M to $5M to help small businesses today when they desperately need access to capital.

Accredited investors vs. non-accredited investors…

Howard Marks: Our business, and the business of equity crowdfunding, is bringing investment opportunities to non-accredited investors. We do not focus on accredited investors. An expanded definition may encourage those new accredited investors to feel more confident making investments on our platform, as well as increase the amount they can invest in a given year, which would be beneficial to the investing space. However, I don’t believe this would have a large impact on equity crowdfunding.

On changes he wants to see…

Howard Marks: The change we are most excited about at StartEngine is the proposal to increase the limit of Regulation Crowdfunding from $1.07M to $5M. Of all of the proposed changes, I believe that one will have the biggest impact for small businesses and will encourage more entrepreneurs to turn to equity crowdfunding.

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