How Boris Veldhuijzen Van Zanten Went From Joining the Circus to Creating The Next Web

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Boris is not your typical entrepreneur.

He went from dropping out of school at the age of 15 to joining a circus school, and became the first person in The Netherlands who could juggle 9 balls at once.

Boris then went on to build multiple successful companies, and had successful acquisitions for both of the companies he started. He joined the management team at a company he was acquired into, but quickly followed his heart into entrepreneurship and started The Next Web, one of the largest technology conference and media companies in the world.

As some of you may know, I’m a writer for The Next Web, and it was one of the many exciting reasons to speak with Boris. But the best had to be when he decided to bring his talented circus skills for us.

Here’s a preview:

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In this episode, Boris shares his story on how The Next Web started, his unique journey as an entrepreneur, and his advice for entrepreneurs today looking to start their own business.

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Some questions I ask:

  • How did The Next Web get started?
  • How did you become an entrepreneur?
  • How can a new entrepreneur successfully network their way into a new industry, without any initial contacts?
  • What will you be working on next?
  • Where do you see the online media industry going in the next 5 years?
  • Who is the one person you think of when you hear the word “Success”?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • How The Next Web started back in the day by “accident”
  • Why not knowing what you’re doing can be an advantage
  • How joining the circus and being different helped Boris find success
  • Why you should follow your heart in life and business
  • Why Boris doesn’t believe the traditional “networking” model doesn’t work, and what he suggests
  • The importance of treating everyone as equals and investing in relationships
  • The future of where online media is going
  • Boris’ recommendations for new entrepreneurs
  • Why you HAVE to love what you do to find long-term happiness and success
  • How to know if you have found the right job and career
  • The crucial influence his parents had in his life
  • Plus much more…

Where to Find Boris:

What did you guys think about the episode? I’d love to know in the comments below. I read & answer to every single comment. Until next time, -Sean


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