Episode 136: Dani Zoldan, owner of Stand Up NY, shares how the comedy club helps him to build relationships and launch multiple businesses.
Dani Zoldan been an entrepreneur since I was 19 years old. While in college, he founded the online music company Eargazmic.com which was a website where independent bands and musicians could promote and sell their music. Each artist had their own web page which consisted of photos, a bio, upcoming tour dates and links to purchase MP3’s.
In 2004, when phone carriers starting utilizing voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and routing their traffic over internet lines instead of phone lines, Dani decided to experiment with that technology and built an IP connection from his apartment closet (that’s closet, as in where you put clothes) to Trinidad & Tobago and successfully was able to make long distance phone calls but paying local (Trinidad) prices. This experiment launched Titan International, which ultimately became a big player in selling wholesale long distance services to phone companies. Verizon, China Telecom, TATA Communications and many phone companies around the world relied on Titan's services.
In 2008, Dani purchased Stand Up NY, the famous comedy club on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Stand Up NY made its name in the 80’s and 90’s with many of the world’s best comics known to frequent the club including Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Robin Williams, Louis CK and Jon Stewart. Today, the club is home to many current A-listers including Amy Schumer, Michael Che, Pete Davidson and Judah Friedlander.
In 2013, Dani and co-founder Jon Fatigate created Stand Up NY Labs, a comedy incubator. They successfully launched several hit podcasts including Tuesdays with Stories, Race Wars, The Jtrain podcast and In the Conversation which can can be found on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and SoundCloud. In 2015 DGital Media, an audio engagement company invested in their company and currently ad-rep the network.
At the end of 2016, Stand Up NY launched Skitish Media which creates short, funny, and shareable video content for brands and media agencies.
Dani lives on the Upper West Side with my wife Billie, an orthodontist and three children - Bradyn, Sydney and Ryder.
In this episode, you'll learn:
- Insights into running a comedy club.
- How to grow by building other businesses around a core business.
- The value of making connections with people and growing your network.
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