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5 Things I Wish I Knew When I First Got Started: Elma & Amra Beganovich of A&E



“Don’t listen to individuals… Listen to the market and what the data tells you”.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Elma & Amra Beganovich of A&E. Today they run a top digital media agency in New York City, but as glamourous as their life may be today, it didn’t come without sacrifice. Born to Bosnian immigrants, these sisters were merely children when their parents decide to pack up and move to a foreign land. Growing up, their parents stressed the importance of a good education and they both landing positions in top Universities. By 2012, they both had a very bright future ahead of them. However, like many great entrepreneurs that came before them, they decided to take a big risk to explore their true calling. I was truly inspired by their story of triumph, bootstrapping a company to one of the top social media agencies in New York.

Gene: Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?

I was at Georgetown Law pursuing my LLM in securities and financial regulation, and Amra was working as an economist on World Bank projects. One night over dinner, we were discussing just amongst friends how to make a face mask out of your kitchen ingredients. A friend suggested to put these recipes on a blog and that this sort of content was much more relatable to an everyday consumer than the advice from Cosmo or Vogue; let’s be frank, most people cannot afford to spend millions on cosmetic surgery or tens of thousands on skincare. After our guests left, Amra stayed up all night trying to figure our HTML, CSS and JavaScript and set-up our first blog on Blogger. Shortly afterwards (only 3 months later), our DIY posts were receiving over 100,000 unique monthly visitors. This was when brands began knocking on our door.

Gene: Please tell us what exactly your company does?

A&E is a leading New York-based digital marketing agency with a focus on social media, influencer marketing, business growth and photo/video production, i.e., making brands explode digitally. We work with Fortune 500 companies and growth stage brands to boost ROI through social media, spectacular content, innovative digital strategies and influencer marketing. Currently, we are focused on releasing our proprietry technology, A&E Influencer Analytics, for brands to be able to quickly find influencers who share their target demographic. Brands are able to search and analyze the influencers, anywhere from their engagement and reach to their growth rate.

Gene: How do you use your influence as a leader to give back?

We work with a variety of non-profits, like Rescue Dogs Rock NYC, WWF, and BCRF, to donate and raise awareness about their causes through our social influence. We have worked on everything from photo production for Rescue Dogs Rock NYC to promoting Earth Day and World Rhino Day across our social channels for WWF.

Elma Begonovich Co-Founder of A&E

Gene: Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that happened to you since you founded your company?

In the beginning, I was flirting with the idea of raising capital (much to Amra’s opposition), thus we had gone to a sort of speed dating investor event. Investors would switch chairs while entrepreneurs presented their companies. One of the venture capitalists came over to our table and asked “so, how do you plan to scale this?” We both turned to each other and then back to the investor and asked “what do you mean by scaling?” Now, I can look back and laugh about how much we didn’t know but I suppose that is part of the journey – being open to learning and stepping outside of your comfort zone every single day.

Gene: What project are you working on that truly inspires you?

I believe we are all connected: humans, animals and the environment; as humans with this sort of a super brain and with our technology, we have an enormous responsibility to take care of our environment and of the animals we share this Earth with. Hence, we work with Rescue Dogs Rock NYC; they are a truly inspirational group of individuals because of their humility and selflessness and all in order to rescue and save abandoned and abused dogs and puppies. They are a diverse group of volunteers. A variety of people, from stay at home moms to truck drivers, who rescue, raise funds to treat and foster abandoned and abused dogs. Amra and I are huge advocates for animal rights and environmental conservation. Hence, Rescue Dogs Rock NYC and WWF really resonate with us.

Gene: What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

As a digital marketing agency with a focus on social media, I think Amra and I stand out because ultimately the proof is in the pudding: we have invested an enormous amount in our content, capturing images from some of the most desirable destinations around the world, have a following (about 2.3 million), and have worked with industry leaders like Johnson & Johnson, Uber, HTC, and Avon. Many agencies only recently started their digital divisions after working for decades on TV and magazine campaigns.

As a technology company, there are only a few influencer platforms that serve as directories to find influencers and analyze their following and engagement rates. Furthermore, these influencer platforms certainly do not have the background of working with brands as influencers and as a social media agency as Amra and I already do with A&E.

Gene: None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?

This is one of my favorite questions because I do not believe in individuals as mentors; I believe in the market as a mentor. In other words, do not listen to individuals because if they knew, they would do it themselves. Listen to the market and what the data tells you. I have never been more wrong than when blindly listening to “mentors” because their experience is limited not only to their industry but to their time, that time when they succeeded in their craft. The market is a lot more objective.

Gene: What are your “5 things I wish I knew when I got started”

1. Create a product that the consumers actually need and can afford. With technology and the Internet, you are able to reach a wide consumer base for a fraction of a cost; hence, work on having a quality product that people need and can afford. This is your priority. In other words, there are options outside of taking VC (or angel) funding. Focus on generating a healthy revenue rather than over leveraging your company. Then use whatever revenue the product generates to support your operations. Be resourceful, like using influencer marketing, social media and e-commerce, to reach a wide consumer base. Lastly, one does not need a fancy office space and rockstar employees to get the ball rolling; hire contractors or part-time employees, and park into a humble office space. Focus on generating actual sales rather than supporting fancy operations.

2. You don’t need mentors. Listen to the market.

3. You don’t need rockstar employees to get your operations off the ground. Find individuals who are committed and consistent.

4. Don’t be afraid to bargain with your contractors and employees. Remember that salaries and hourly rates are whatever the market dictates them to be. Some people need jobs more than others; find those individuals and offer them positions.

5. Don’t take on an enormous amount of debt until you have a proof of concept that the market actually wants to buy your product. See point #1.

Gene: If you could spend one day with any person (alive or not), who would it be any why?

My day would probably be spent with Walt Disney because of his ability to imagine the unimaginable, persevere against all odds, and never take no for an answer.

Gene: Thank you so much for speaking with me and sharing your inspirational story.

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Hind NoursineThe STAR of Cosmetic Industry in Dubai



Noursin Beauty Extensions are synthetic, natural-looking eyelashes that can be applied one-by-one to each individual natural lash.

Mainly developed to mimic natural lashes, the design of Noursin Beauty features a thin tip with a thicker base to resemble a natural lash. This lavishand natural look of Noursin Beauty Eyelash Extensions is achieved by an artful and meticulous use of synthetic lashesthat are applied to your natural lash one by one.

During your Noursin Beauty Extension application, you will restfullylie down with your eyes closed. Noursin Beauty application is not only painless but also wonderfully refreshing and relaxing. Clients usually fall asleep then wake up to thicker, longer, darker and more voluminous lashes.Furthermore, these extensions are adhered to your natural lash via our proprietary and safe line of Noursin Beauty Eyelashes Adhesives.

From delicate individuals that slightly open up your eyes, to sets that provide full-fledged anime eyes, these lashes come in wide ranges of sizes and shapes. Additionally, there’s a part of fake eyelashes that is the absolute best; the super satisfying feeling of peeling them off.

Hind Noursine who has a degree in economics, has proven her excellence once again as she is about to rock UAE with the launch of her amazing line of Noursin Beauty. Having dreamed of introducing her beautifying product line, the Emirati fashionista is ready to turn the world of beauty and health on its head.

Introducing her beauty centers in Al Ain, UAE, Hind has created a unique personality for herself in the cosmetic industry as she is graciously referred to as an elegant, gentle, strong, rebellious, beautiful, ambitious, dreamy, and realistic feminine mystery. As a veteran conductor, Hind manages a team consisting 45 employees.

Through meticulous work and keeping her vision alive – Hind’s dream is unfolding for Beauty Life.

As being a renowned beauty expert, Hind is regularly invited by Arab television for interviews. She is very passionate when it comes to sharing all her knowledge and expertise without any restriction, and Arab television admires her for it. Hindis also determined to establish a new universal beauty center in various international capitals in the image of first Emiratis institutes. Hind believes that every woman is remarkably created, that’s why she hopes to bring the best to women by providing them unique benefits.

Hind concluded, “Seeing my dream finally come true is a real pleasure. This will give me the opportunity to use my talent to affect both the present as well as thefuture generation positively.”

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Sofia Ella Symonds @ AMFAR GALA



Sofia Ella Symonds joined international Celebrities and AIDS advocates who attended the 20th annual AmFAR gala in New York City. Since 1998, The amfAR Gala New York has served as the unofficial kick-off to New York Fashion Week and honored individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS. Sofia Ella Symonds is dressed b Dolce & Gabbana Jewelry by Jacob & co

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Choosing the Right Michael Kors Handbag



Handbags for women are one of the most important fashion accessories for ladies. Handbags without a doubt are a complete necessity for any girl who goes to college, outings, office, mall, etc. It becomes tough to carry belongings without a bag. We have magnified the importance of handbags in our life that they have become an addiction!

During the earlier times, when handbags gained popularity among women as a fashion accessory, then it wasn’t a fashion statement but a necessity to carry stuff. However, it didn’t last for long, the ladies started to get obsessed with handbags to match every outfit they carried. A ladies bag is the most popular fashion accessory worn by women and is, extremely noticeable.

Here are some different kinds of handbags for women-

  1. The Shoulder Strap Bag- is the most common style carried by many women. This style comes with one or two straps as demanded by the stylist. These bags are hanged by the wearer on their shoulder. The shoulder bag comes in various designs, styles and sizes.
  1. The Hand Bag- these bags are meant to be carried rather than being hanged on the shoulder. These bags go well with both semi-formal and formals. It isn’t ladies favorite as it occupies your one hand, however for parties and other social events, it’s a style statement! Must try Michael Kors Bags!
  1. The Hobo Bag- is a typical half moon shaped with a medium length strap. These bags go well with the outfit that describes the bohemian culture. They are mostly used by the college goers as the bag is made up of soft material and light in weight. It’s spacious too.


  1. The clutch- they are the best when you want to carry limited stuff to a party or an event. The clutch bag isn’t spacious, but is attractive. Strongly jeweled and embellished, this style should be complemented with a traditional outfit or an evening gown. They are clutched in your hands and give you a look that is accentuated.

The bag collection features handbags in varied styles from totes and satchels to clutches and more. All available in a range of finishes from highly detailed heritage print, bright bold colours from the Jet Set collection to chic everyday bags. Step out in style with MK footwear, this season showcases trainers with heart embellishments, sandals perfect for the summer and plenty more to suit every occasion.

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