Corey Kossack

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Corey Kossack is a Managing Partner at Game Change Ventures, focusing on partnering and consulting with startups in the areas of social media, consumer Internet and e-commerce. Corey is also an Operating Partner at Game Change Ventures' first Internet startup, Addoway, a social marketplace that helps you buy and sell with your friends and the people they know. Formerly Corey was one of the world's largest retailers on eBay, built a $1M company from scratch at age 23, has led multiple startups and received numerous awards for his entrepreneurial achievements.
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Local Marketing in 2014: 3 Tips to Thrive on Main Street

Brick and mortar retail may have lost its strength in recent years with the dominance of digital giants like Amazon, but local services on main street are alive and well. Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent every year in the U.S. at local businesses like hair salons, spas and even yoga studios, and those numbers...
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Why you Need to Build a Startup Family

Over the last 7 years, I have been involved in more startups than most entrepreneurs will in their lifetime. That's not to say that I'm an "expert" in entrepreneurship (or an expert in anything for that matter), but I certainly have had a pretty diverse set of entrepreneurial experiences for a 27 year-old. I have...
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Will Smart Phones be the New Driver of Local Commerce?

Over the last year or so, location-based services that integrate tightly with mobile phones have been one of main themes watched by the venture world, and for good reason. As we continue moving forward in a world influenced less by mass media and more by our interactions with new technology (social networks, smart phones, etc),...
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5 Facebook Tools to Help Online Retailers Sell More

Just about every online retailer out there is looking for ways to utilize Facebook as a channel to enhance their online shopping experience and acquire more customers. Below are 5 useful tools that help retailers do that: Addoway: An online marketplace for fashion, collectibles and more that integrates with Facebook's social graph to recommend merchants...
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Referrals are the future of Social Commerce, not conversations

"Social Commerce" is a big buzz word these days. As many continue to talk about merging social media and e-commerce, there is no clear consensus as to what the main driver of social commerce will end up being. Many think its about finding ways to promote and sell products on Facebook, others think its about...
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What does it really take to attract investors to your startup?

Especially for the first-time entrepreneurs out there, a lot of times there tends to be some misconceptions about what it takes to land seed funding for your startup. Presupposing that your founding team does not include guys with massively successful startup pasts (such as founding a YouTube or even a Mint.com), the investor dance can...
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Unlocked Apple iPhone sells on eBay for $1500

Since a 17 year-old New Jersey kid figured out how to unlock the iPhone to work on any service carrier, not just AT&T (watch the YouTube video that has been viewed almost 600,000 times), people are popping up everywhere trying to leverage the situation for all it's worth, and what better place to do so...
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Go back to the beginning

Remember when you first started your business? Why did you do it? What made you think it would be successful? What problem did it solve for people? How was it going to provide a return on your investment (both time and money)? So often, as entrepreneurs we forget all these things. We get so caught...
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Building the brand

Don't think because you are "just an eBay business" that you don't need to develop your company into a recognizable brand... One of the most challenging things about operating a business on eBay is that there is such a low barrier to entry. Easy to get started, hard to keep others from doing the same....
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A disappointing letter from a fan

I got a letter from a fan who read about me in this month's issue of Entrepreneur Magazine, asking me for my advice on how to launch their new eBay business. Specifically, they wanted to know what distributor would give them the best deal on iPods. This frustrates me.... I'm not frustrated with the person...
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Starting a business question from a blog reader

I began answering this question from one of my readers, and then just figured I might as well turn this into a blog post so others can benefit from it. The following question was asked: Q: I was wondering if you would mind taking time and jotting down a few pointers for me to follow...
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Does your eBay business run without you?

For most people, their eBay business dominates their lives... Day in and day out, business owners are working IN their business, looking for new products to sell, listing items for sale, answering customer service emails, organizing their inventory, packaging up orders.... Does this sound like you? It used to sound like me, but it doesn't...
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Unleash Your Passion

I've been lying awake at night... unable to sleep. It'll be 2:00 in the morning and I'll get up and walk around the house, attempting to tame a mind that is racing with ideas. Does this happen to you? To be a true entrepreneur, it should. World-renowned entrepreneurship expert Michael Gerber, author of "The E-myth",...
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Want your eBay questions answered Live?

This coming week, I will be on StartupNation Radio, broadcast across the country to answer your questions about eBay and Internet business. We will be selecting 6 or 7 eBay sellers to join us on the radio to ask questions about eBay for me to answer that the rest of the nation will hear. This...
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eBay is Like Training Wheels for Your Business Career

Don't know anything about business? What better way to get acclimated to the business world than to start one of your very own? But what about all the risk, up front cost, legal protection and marketing know-how that's required to get a business off the ground? While there's nothing wrong with starting a business of...
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The best part of eBay Live!

While there is much to benefit from, the best thing about eBay Live is being able to connect with some of the greats in the business. I had the opportunity to talk with guys like Adam Ginsberg, Jim Cockrum and Randy Smythe. I wrote about this a little in my other blog, but I have to...
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Inside eBay Live! Town Hall 2007 from Boston

Today I stood in front of what I can only imagine was somewhere between 1500-2000 eBay sellers at the eBay Live! Town Hall. Town Halls are put together by eBay to allow the community to speak their mind about the good, bad and everything in between as it relates to their eBay businesses and how...
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Live blogging from eBay Live!

I'm sitting in my hotel room after the second day of eBay Live! 2007 in Boston. I'm experiencing the conflicting feeling of intense exhaustion mixed with excitement. This is truly a great event. If for no other reason, eBay Live! is tremendous because you get to meet eBay sellers at all levels, and I've found...
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Meet Corey Kossack at eBay Live!

Hi guys, Sorry to have been away this last week - preparations for this year's eBay Live! have been time-consuming... I'm packing my bags and heading to Boston tomorrow, where eBay Live! will be held this Thursday-Saturday. For those of you who are attending, I will be speaking on the "Top Seller Panel: Metrics to...
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eBay creating competition for its own sellers!

It is rare that I get upset with eBay, but this one hits really close to home... As Ina Steiner pointed out on her AuctionBytes Blog, eBay is now sending DVD shoppers to Netflix. When someone searches for a DVD on eBay (for example, type in "Sopranos DVD" into a search), a big banner will...