Phil O’Brien is the founder and publisher of W42ST, a hyperlocal lifestyle print magazine and media brand that connects readers to the New York City experience. As others migrate toward a more digital presence, W42ST Magazine is a successful print magazine for and about Hell’s Kitchen. Under Phil’s leadership, W42ST Magazine has a circulation of over 30,000 and has featured original interviews with local luminaries like Broadway leading man Max von Essen; New York politician Corey Johnson; The Vagina Monologues author Eve Ensler; and many others.
As an entrepreneur who also successfully founded and sold the world’s largest independent photography agency in 2004, Phil can discuss how he built a thriving photography agency, why he sold it, and how he started a new media company in New York City. Phil can also discuss his tips and advice on entrepreneurship, marketing, and sales, as well as evergreen topics like how to come up with a great business idea; finding and filling a need in the marketplace; and how to find your first customers.
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