Growing up on Long Island as a child Rob loved music, especially Run D.M.C. One day the popular music group happened to sit down next to him on a plane as he was traveling to a tennis tournament. Afterword he took a picture with the group. Fast forward years later Rob had founded Scratch Music Group and after some hustle, Rob would show this very picture to Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C. in a greenroom at the Letterman Show in New York City while pitching him his vision. Jam Master Jay was in and together they co-founded the Scratch DJ Academy. I found Rob's story to be pretty incredible. During this episode we go over the history of Scratch as well as:
- What is it like meeting your childhood hero's.
- How Rob and Jam Master Jay of Run-D.M.C. co-founded the Scratch DJ Academy.
- The importance of building credibility when building your initial startup's team.
- Recognizing that defining inspirational moment in your life that changes the path your on.
- How Aerosmith and Run-D.M.C. came to collaborate on "Walk This Way".
- The moment when your startup becomes and feels real to you as the founder.
- Converting your initial traction into a paid business model.
- The importance of moving the chains over and over during the early years of your startup.
- The future of DJ'ing and Music
- How Music Festivals became so popular.
Ambition Today Question of the Day:
Do you think childhood plays a role in defining who people become?
Links from this episode:
- Scratch Music Group
- @Rob_Principe on Twitter
- @princee09 on Instagram
- Herbie Hancock - Rockit
- Run-D.M.C. & Aerosmith - Walk This Way
- Kid Capri
- Forbes DJ List
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