Today’s interview is with Joel Holland, Founder of VideoBlocks. It is a company that has achieved 7,000% revenue growth over the past 5 years.
While still in high school, Joel started a small TV show that focused on helping kids figure out what they wanted to do with their lives. They interviewed over 150 awesome career professionals for the show, and while the interviews contained extremely powerful advice, the production value of the show was lacking, because they had no budget. In one specific instance, Joel had just interviewed superstar Arnold Schwarzenegger. They had this awesome footage of his advice for teens and they weren’t able to make the video look professional since it was cost prohibitive to purchase b-roll, music, professional graphics or other stock media. So Joel decided to start a company that would make stock video affordable to everyone, regardless of budget. After high school, Joel pooled his savings and purchased some professional video equipment. He then hit the road for one year, traveling to over 30 U.S. cities shooting video, editing in the hotel room, and selling the clips so that he could afford to purchase the next plane ticket and hotel room.
Fast forward eight years and VideoBlocks now is clearing over $25 million in revenue and has 45 employees. Some of their clients include professional production studios like NBC, Discovery and MTV to pro-sumers and enthusiasts like colleges, churches and video editing hobbyists. They have since become the largest distributor of stock video with over 32 million downloads. Also, on a personal note, Joel has been named one of the “Top 25 Entrepreneurs Under 25” by BusinessWeek Magazine, “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” by the United States Small Business Administration, “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and Young for the Greater Washington DC Region, and made Inc. Magazine’s “30 Under 30” list in 2013.
Resources Mentioned In This Interview
- Videoblocks: www.videoblocks.com
- Personal Website/LinkedIn profile: www.joelkentholland.com
- To upload video content: https://contribute.videoblocks.com/
- To apply for jobs: http://www.wearevideoblocks.com/
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