Exclusive Interview: Greg Selkoe x A.Rashed, 1 on 1 with KarmaLoop Owner & CEO Greg Selkoe!

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I got the opportunity to catch up with KarmaLoop founder and CEO, Greg Selkoe! KarmaLoop is one of the biggest online retailers of street-wear and brings in about $200 million in annual revenue. We talked the keys of having a successful online business, how to get your brand on KarmaLoop, his definition of style & more.

Check out this exclusive interview here!

Q: Hi How are you?

A: Hi, I’m good how are you doing? busy crazy time of the year.

Q:  What age were you when you first had the vision that you wanted to create a online business?

A: I was 25 when I came up with the idea.

Q: Where exactly were you when KarmaLoop was created? 
A:The first office of KarmaLoop was my parent’s basement, I was living at home that’s where the whole thing was, down there.

Q: KarmaLoop has been around for about 13 years throughout that time i’m sure you have seen different brands emerge and what not. Do you feel certain street-wear brands lack originality, the fact that some of them try to mimic other brands with their clothing?

A: Yeah I mean that happens alot with any brand any fashion genre whether it’s street-wear any other brand any other type of clothing theirs certain brand’s that are the leaders then the other people follow them.

Q: What are a few of your favorite brands?

A: Well, I don’t generally say that because, like I get that asked alot but whenever I say anything in a interview the other brands complain so I generally just don’t know.

Q: What is your definition of style?

A: I mean style is just a way someone carries themselves it’s being able to move through life effortlessly. I think you know a person’s personal style reflects their personality and their interest and often times you know if someone’s quiet their style reflects that if someone’s loud their style reflects that too. So it’s generally a manifestation of people’s personal you know way that they operate in the world.

Q: In the fashion world do you have any fashion influences?

A: I mean I think definitely when people ask me who are my fashion influences of all-time I think JFK, Marc Jacobs, Tom Ford, I think of Pharrell alot of different people in Japan I run into. Q: What do you do in Japan? A: I go over there for different business reasons sometimes I go their for inspiration sometimes I’m down there to meet with like Nigo from Bathing Ape. Q: Would you say he’s another fashion influence of yours? A: Definitely

Q: Your Top 3 favorite kicks?

A: My favorite kicks I would say the Reebok Pumps my all-time go to kicks I say Adidas Shell Toe, Reebok Pumps I mean the new business as usual Reeboks that just dropped frank the butcher put out who works for me so that’s like kinda the hot shoe that I’m talking about right now the Reebok DMX.

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Q: You and Pharrell are pretty close what do the two of you learn from each other through a business stand point?

A: I think that well we both have alot of similar ideas were both creative obiviously he’s more musically inclined I’m more on the business side of things but I mean I think we work well together cause we have alot of the same ideas.

Q: KarmaLoop has been around for a long time did you expect to have this much success, most online businesses do not stay around very long? I was about 7  when KarmaLoop was created.

A: Yeah I mean i always wanted it to be a big success so I mean everything I do I expect to give it my all so yeah I wasn’t suprised I expected it to get big and it did.

Q: What are the keys to having a successful online business?
A: I mean I would say that the keys would be have a good product that the people want, have something do something different than what is available out there I think in general in business you have to be relentless and never give up.

Q: What would you say to someone who wants their brand on KarmaLoop?
A: I would say they should submit it to the Kazbah which is the market place section of the site and I would also say they should come at us with something fresh and new and innovative if they want to be on the site.

Q: Your last words?

A: Don’t change, Look good and have fun.

This wraps up my interview with KarmaLoop Founder/CEO Greg Selkoe! Thanks so much for your time!

Website: KarmaLoop.com

Twitter: @Selkoe

Instagram:@Selkoe

Interviewed by Ajrashed

80 Fall Violently Ill At Youth Football Championship Event In Vegas

CBS Los Angeles

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SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — Dozens of players competing in the National Youth Football Championships, including 11 kids from a Santa Monica team, have come down with a violent stomach flu in Las Vegas.

Eddie Polite said his 13-year-old son, Winston, plays for the Santa Monica Vikings and couldn’t wait to play in the championships.

“He was really charged up to go, couldn’t sleep the night before, he was ready to roll,” Polite said.

Polite said Winston’s excitement changed on Thursday, a mere 24 hours after arriving to the Rio hotel.

“He got off the field around 7 p.m., at around 10 or 10:30 p.m., he started to take ill and became violently ill, and started throwing up a lot,” he said.

Five of Winston’s teammates were hospitalized.

Polite decided to rent a car and take his son home.

“I just made the decision around 7…

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Senior Day Means Much More at Mizzou in 2013

CBS St. Louis

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – LSU set the template for No. 5 Missouri. Keep Johnny Manziel in the middle of the field, and the Heisman Trophy winner can be contained.

Coach Gary Pinkel knows that’s easier said than done.

“I don’t know if you ever truly stop him,” Pinkel said. “Everybody will say, `Do exactly what LSU did.’ I don’t think every team and every player is perfect all the time.”

Manziel came close last year against the Tigers, throwing for three touchdowns and running for two more scores to help the Aggies run up a 42-7 halftime lead in a 59-29 blowout.

Texas A&M (8-3, 4-3 SEC) dropped 10 spots to 19th in the poll after getting manhandled on the road in a 34-10 loss last week. Manziel was held to one touchdown pass and intercepted twice, and for the first time in his career he fell short of 50…

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Late Night Snacks: No turkey hangover for Villanova, Arizona

CollegeBasketballTalk

GAME OF THE DAY: Villanova 63, No. 2 Kansas 59

In a day full of great games, Villanova knocking off No. 2 and previously undefeated Kansas takes the cake. The game was hardly pretty, but that doesn’t much matter to Jay Wright. In fact, it seemed like Wright’s game plan against Kansas was to play in the mud — a physical, grind-it-out kind of battle. Ryan Arcidiacono hit only one shot all night, but it was a critical one as his three-pointer from the corner put Villanova on top 61-59 with ten seconds remaining.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1) All five of Arizona’s starters scored in double figures as the Wildcats handed Duke their second loss of the season in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden. Aaron Gordon filled up the box score with ten points, seven rebounds, and four assists, and showed why he…

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No. 19 UCLA Tops Northwestern 95-79 for 7-0 Start

Everything Sports No Games

Jordan Adams, Zach LaVine and Bryce Alford all scored 18 points to lead No. 19 UCLA over Northwestern 95-79 on Friday night in the final round of the Las Vegas Invitational.

    



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Streaking Heat Show No Signs of Thanksgiving Hangover

Everything Sports No Games

The red-hot Miami Heat showed no signs of sluggishness from their massive U.S. Thanksgiving dinner at LeBron James’s house, grinding out a 90-83 win over the Toronto Raptors for their ninth consecutive victory on Friday.

    



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New Air Jordan 1 High Premier Varsity Red

Trapped Magazine

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Sneaker brands have been previewing new releases left right and centre for Black Friday, one of which is the new Air Jordan 1 High Premier Varsity Red. Following on from the recent “Oreo”, images of the new design have been building hype, showcasing a more vibrant and festive deep red from its monochrome predecessor. The sports shoe features a mixture of leather and suede, a grey signature swoosh, and a white sole contrasts the varsity red uppers. The AJ1s drop on 2nd December.

Words by Kayleigh Rawlings

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