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NewMediaRockstars - A Startup CEO’s Thoughts After 1 Year

Today is the 1 year anniversary of NMR, an online magazine I launched exactly 1 year ago from today with my 2 partners. Its crazy how fast time has past, its even crazier to think of all the challenges and drama I’ve faced this past year as I experienced head first what it felt like to run a company. 


I was expecting to write this incredibly long and though provoking post on everything that has happened since NMR started, but I really don’t know what else to say other than to repeat how crazy it is to see how fast NMR has grown. We are closing in on half a million unique monthly hits now and we aren’t stopping. NMR’s goal is to be the #1 source for new media entertainment news and we will continue to set the bar higher and higher until we get there.

Its so funny to for me to recount the day the idea of NMR came into my head. It was last year towards the end of summer and I just went to bed after watching a Ryan Higa video. I had some trouble sleeping so I began to think about the success of my other site http://www.theotherasians.com (because I’m just that narcaccistic), it was awesome to think about what me and my partners Melly Lee and Julie Zhan were able to build in a such a short period of time with a 3 man team. It was great building a popular blog while simultaneously giving back to the Asian American community. On top of that, it was great to get a first taste of what running a startup was like for all of us. Naturally, with an abundance of Asian American’s finding success on YouTube, many of the features we showcased on OA were from new media. Apart from all we’ve achieved, we were also able to build a valuable network of contacts within the YouTube community.

…Then a random thought popped into my head.

Why don’t I create a site that focuses on featuring YouTubers and this new generation of creators online? Why I don’t create a resource for people to see the latest things happening in the new media space? I then started to imagine what the name of this publication would be. At that time, the term “new media” was starting to get thrown around a lot by the creators in my circle so then I thought “why not NewMediaRockstars?”. I then jumped out of bed and went on Namecheap to see if it was taken, obviously it wasn’t so I immediately bought it.

I then pitched the site to my OA partner Melly Lee at the time and she was on board immediately. Flash forward about 1 months later and clients of mine at the time fell in love with the idea with me and decided to become our first investor. We started building the site in early November using a custom wordpress theme and and after a whole month of Googling how to build a website, hiring our first initial team members, and interviewing people, NMR was officially launch December 1st with MysteryGuitarManbeing its very first feature. Joe and Sarah Penna will always have a special place in our hearts as they were one of the first big influencers to believe in the concept of NMR and has supported us until now.



After just 1.5 months of launching, we quickly realized that the “new media industry” was bigger than we all thought, we had no idea networks like Big Frame, Maker Studios, and Fullscreen existed. Heck, we didn’t even know the prominence of web series stars like Felicia Day and how big of an impact they had in our industry. If any of you were to meet us 1 year ago, you’d probably think we would’ve never found success doing this.

Alright, enough about me talking about NMR history. At this time, I’d like to thank everyone we’ve interviewed and all who has supported NMR thick and thin, you guys all know you are. I want to thank my partner Melly Lee for bringing my idea visually to life, setting the creative standard for NMR, and being a never ending supporter as a friend. I want to thank my other partner and NMR’s CFO Ryan De Vitis for believing in the idea and heading our advertising department. I want to thank our Editorial Team especially our Executive Editor Alan Van and Managing Editor Matt Manarino for improving and setting the standard in quality editorials for NMR (and of course our writers Ed, Jeff, & Carly) . I want to thank Eddie, Justen, and Drew from our Creative Team for always putting out killer graphics and quality videos for NMR. Finally, I’d like to thank our interns Daniel & Krystal. You all are the reason why NMR has grown the way it is and the rate that it continues to grow. Stay excited with us because we have a TON of amazing things planned in the horizon!

Gangnam Style’s Impact on the Internet Visualized [INFOGRAPHIC]

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SEE FULL INFOGRAPHIC: http://newmediarockstars.com/2012/08/visualizing-the-virality-of-psys-gangnam-style-infographic/

Resident Pure Night Club DJ Tweets Racist Remarks

Lets put this guy on blast. Such ignorance and bigotry has no place in this society.

theotherasians:

Hello All OAers,

We have received numerous request regarding the tweet below. This tweet is from the account of DJ Shift, a resident DJ of Pure Night Club at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. He has deleted the tweet since then, but a formal apology has yet to be released. The irony out of all this is that his profile picture has “No H8” on it.

If you are interested in voicing your opinion to Pure Night Club regarding this matter, you can contact Angel Management Group at 702-212-8804

Really dope infographic by our graphics designer regarding The Avengers impact on Social Media. Even this movie made ME want to try Shawarma. Click below for the hi-res version!
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Check our latest infographic on The Avengers impact on social media!

Really dope infographic by our graphics designer regarding The Avengers impact on Social Media. Even this movie made ME want to try Shawarma. Click below for the hi-res version!

newmediarockstars:

Check our latest infographic on The Avengers impact on social media!

Totally saw this coming! Get ready for Ads Tumblr users!
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Here are 3 ads we hope Tumblr never uses! 

Totally saw this coming! Get ready for Ads Tumblr users!

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Here are 3 ads we hope Tumblr never uses

Fun time today with @shaycarl! This guy is incredibly generous and down-to-earth. I can now see why he has so many loyal fans. 
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Check out the BTS photos we took today with Shay Carl! full feature is coming soon! Check out the rest of the photos at: http://www.facebook.com/newmediarockstars

Fun time today with @shaycarl! This guy is incredibly generous and down-to-earth. I can now see why he has so many loyal fans. 

newmediarockstars:

Check out the BTS photos we took today with Shay Carl! full feature is coming soon! Check out the rest of the photos at: http://www.facebook.com/newmediarockstars

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Check out our interview with New Media Director Ross Ching. He is the director behind “3 Minutes” with Harry Shum Jr. & “Valentine” by Kina Grannis”.

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Check out our interview with New Media Director Ross Ching. He is the director behind “3 Minutes” with Harry Shum Jr. & “Valentine” by Kina Grannis”.

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Check out our FIRST YouTube video! This is our BTS footage of our feature with Ross Ching tomorrow. He is the director behind videos with Harry Shum Jr. David Choi, Kina Grannis, AJ Rafael, and more! 

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Check out our interview with Kingsley

8 Things I Learned at the 626 Night Market

1. Shoving the entire Southern Californian Asian population into one block is absolutely possible.

2. This is the night that AT&T gives the middle finger to all their carriers.

3. The genius placement of the food court (which from my understanding was their BIGGEST selling point) proves that not all Asians are great engineers. 

4. It is easier to get into XS on a Saturday night with Avicii spinning then to get your turn to buy food. 

5. Walking around the event with your baby in a stroller is not necessarily the smartest thing to do. 

6. The tallest person you find will probably be a lost white guy. 

7. You will have a newfound appreciation for finding parking in LA after attending this. 

8. You will be challenged in finding your own corner to enjoy your food with the absence of ANY chairs or tables to sit down at. 

**With all jokes aside. Planning an event like this for the FIRST time is not an easy task. I commend the organizers for successfully marketing the event and I am certain that next years will be twice as good!