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Pablo Fuentes

Pablo Fuentes is the CEO of Proven. He is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and UCLA. He is a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and a blues guitar player and builder.

Recent Posts

Starting a Neighborhood Vintage Guitar and Music Store | Avenue N Guitars

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on November 22, 2017

When Phil Angotti and his two guitar-loving coworkers left their jobs at a huge guitar store, they opened their own business in the Wicker Park neighborhood in Chicago. 

Avenue N guitars was founded with an overflowing knowledge and passion for guitars, especially of the vintage variety. 

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Turning an Old Building into a New Opportunity | New Roxy

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on November 15, 2017

The New Roxy in Clarksdale, Mississippi was built in the 1940's but sat vacant for 30 years until a merchant marine from Seattle named Robin Colonas purchased it in 2008.

Robin had been visiting Mississippi off and on for a while, and something about Clarksdale really grabbed a hold of her. 

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Surviving and Thriving with a Video Game Store | Play N Trade

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on November 8, 2017

When Jeff Pearson started his Play N Trade video game store in Lafayette, Louisiana, Play N Trade was a successful franchise with 750 stores nationwide.

A few years later, after the original founder retired, the company went through three CEOs and essentially collapsed.

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The Beauty of the Letterpress | Masterson Letterpress Printing

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on November 1, 2017

Letterpress printing dates back to the 1400s and was the primary method of print until the mid-20th century.

Offset printing took over and now digital printing dominates the print world.

However, recently letterpress has had a revival as an artisan printing form.

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How Overregulation Killed One Entrepreneur's Dream | Squeeze

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on October 25, 2017

The American Dream is closely tied to entrepreneurship. The notion that someone, regardless of their background, can work hard, make a better product or invent something completely new, and become whatever they want, is fundamentally American.

Many businesses fail. But perhaps one of the most frustrating reasons for failure is dealing with excessive regulations.

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Starting a Record Store in the Age of Digital Music | End of All Music

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on October 18, 2017

Just over 5 years ago, David Swider was lamenting with a friend about how they wished there was a good record store in their hometown of Oxford, Mississippi.

Finally, they asked themselves, "Why don't we do it?". 

This simple idea led to the creation of the independent record store The End of All Music.

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Embracing Company Culture, One Cup at a Time | A Cup of Common Wealth

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on October 11, 2017

Embrace community. Serve others. Create culture.

These are the words you will find on the walls of a coffee shop in Lexington, Kentucky.

A Cup of Common Wealth is doing what the biggest and best companies in the world aspire to do, create an amazing culture.

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Being a Real Estate Agent in a Hot Market | Worth Properties

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on October 4, 2017

Caroline Cook was a stay at home mother with three children (now four) when she decided to venture back into the workforce and become a real estate agent.

The initial stage for this career change was tough. She was pregnant with her fourth child and attempting to sell $4 million worth of property during a down market in 2009.

However, she not only persevered, but thrived.

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Establishing an Iconic Music Museum | Muscle Shoals Music Foundation

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on September 27, 2017

In 1969, a former coffin show room located at 3614 Jackson Highway in Sheffield, Albama was converted into the Muscle Shoals Sound Studio.

Huge names in music like the Rolling Stones, Cher, Bob Seger, Lynrd Skynrd and many more recorded songs and albums within its walls.

Only a decade later, in 1979, the studio would close.

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What’s Happening with the Growth of Craft Beer? | October

Posted by Pablo Fuentes on September 20, 2017

There has been an explosion in growth of the craft beer market over the past 10 years. Today, there are more than 5,300 breweries in operation in the U.S., up from just 2,000 in 2011.

That means breweries have grown 21% annually since 2011!

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