Brandon has always loved design, music, books, and games. So much so that after years of doing what he was supposed to do, he left his corporate job at Sony and started Studio Pepwuper and co-founded 30 Day Books, working towards what he believes in – that everyone should follow their inner passion and be creative!
- Sony Corporation, Tokyo. Headquarters Strategy Division, Network Products and Services
- Electronic Arts. Maxis Studio (The Sims series)
- University of Southern California, MBA 2007. Concentration: Entrepreneurship, Technology Commercialization
- University of California, Berkeley. BA in Economics 2002
- Social Profiles: Twitter - Linkedin - Google+ – Quora
Some of the other things he’s done:
- Bestselling Amazon Author – aced the GMAT within a month, and wrote/published a book about it. The book is now among the best selling GMAT books on Amazon and Kindle.
- Performed at Carnegie Hall in 2009, with celloist Yo-Yo Ma and conductor Daniel Harding in New York City with the Sony orchestra (he played violin) .
- Proposed at one of the world’s busiest intersections in Shibuya, with a picture of him and his wife on the TV display. (and did it without spending a dime.)
- Survived living in Japan for 3 years without speaking much Japanese.
Selected Media Appearances:
- CNN Money / Fortune: 5 Gen-Y Corporate Refugee Entrepreneurs
- Lifehacker: Interview Yourself to Help Define Your Goals
- 聯合報 UDN Newspaper (Taiwan)
- Sony Corporate Website
About This Blog
The Conversation about Terminal Value
I am at the Elliot Bay Book & Cafe. Two young men sitting in front of me with their laptops on the table. I can hear their conversation:
“…previous year cashflow times 2.4 …. do I need to discount that?”
“Yeah that needs to be discounted by 5. How does that impact the terminal value? That’s gonna also affect our equity value.”
“Ok we just went from 670 million to 250 million in terminal value. How can we incorporate their recent growth?”
… net income … interest rate … equity … forecast … balance sheet …
Wow. It’s been 6 years since I first learned these terms in business school, and it’s been 2 years since I had to use that knowledge on a regular basis at my previous job. And it’s funny how foreign these words sound to me right now.
It’s hard to pinpoint what exactly happened that led me to the point I’m at right now, running a creative business outside of my front living room rather than wearing a suit and hobknobbing with other MBAs.
Some days I wonder why I left a steady 6-figure job in one of the most amazing cities in the world (Tokyo, in case you were wondering). And then I’ll remember: it’s because I can create something from nothing, do something that I love, every single day.
This blog is for the dreamers, the doers, the inner you that keeps nagging to start making things happen.