Anyone who does business on the Internet should be honest about arrangements they have that could pose as a conflict of interest. It’s just way to easy to scam people on here, and although it’s a nice thought that “people can figure it out on their own”, based on my own history with America’s public education system … that’s not the case. Like, not at all.
That’s not to say people are dumb, they’re not, but when it comes to thinking critically about something they don’t often have to, you shouldn’t assume they will.
So, in the interest of full disclosure:
Business: My book, “Social Media Is Bullshit”, was published by St. Martin’s Press. St. Martin’s Press is a division of Macmillan Publishers.
-Macmillan Speakers books my speaking engagements although people seem to prefer using Togather. You can book me for an event using Togather’s platform here.
-I have absolutely no business relationship with the people at Togather. I just really like the platform and the team there is awesome.
-Currently I advice a number of start-ups in an unofficial capacity. I am not paid for this, it’s just a fun mental exercise for me.
This Website: Any time you see me reference a book or another product and link to Amazon, please note that it is an affiliate link. If you wind up purchasing the item, I make a small cut of that sale.
Stocks & Investments: I don’t own any stock at the moment, but two of my brothers are mentally disabled, and they are huge wrestling fans. I have plans of buying up as much WWE stock as I can for them. Having stock in WWE is simply a cool thing the three of us can enjoy together.
Charities: I am the youngest individual and the first student to create and endow a scholarship at SUNY Potsdam in the school’s nearly two-hundred-year history. The Oscar Cohen Memorial Scholarship is awarded each year to students enrolled in the Music Business program at the Crane School Of Music. The scholarship is named for my grandfather, Oscar Cohen, who passed away my first day at SUNY Potsdam in August of 2004.
If in the event I make money some day, I hope to that I can turn the Oscar Cohen Memorial Scholarship into a full-ride scholarship, and also create scholarships for his wife, Lillian, and my Dad’s parents, Louis and Esther at other universities.
Religion: I have no religious affiliation. Neither does my family … although we still pretend to be Jewish.
Politics: I don’t vote and couldn’t tell you what party I’m registered as. I think I might be a Republicrat?
Sports: I follow the Los Angeles Dodgers religiously and a bunch of other LA teams (the Lakers, Kings) casually. I’m also a NY Giants fan.
Media: I may occasionally do freelance writing for different outlets, but that’s the extent of my relationship with the American media at this point in time. So, I do not represent the interests of any media outlets in any of my communications.