We had the good fortune of connecting with Charles Ewudo and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charles, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
It was important for me to do what I love. At first, that sounded so cliché to me but after going through the grueling and long journey of building a startup myself I know now that it’s only when there’s a deep passion for what you’re doing can help you find the will-power to play the long game. Being an entreperuer is hard, startups are hard so it’s important to love the process and not just the end results. Passion gives you that.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
PCN Entertainment is a private digital members’ club for people to connect through live and online intimate nightlife experiences. We built a digital space for creatives to discover, connect, and experience more life together. I believe what truly sets us apart is that we are mission-focused on human connection that happens offline.
Let’s take a look at the past year, it’s was a tough year for all of us, and theme the was “social-distance”. That theme is the opposite of what we need as humans. As we are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel and our cities are reopening, I feel incredibly excited that we are perfectly positioned to help people feel more connected and together again.
We also learned a lot from the pandemic. After a year of quarantine, we saw new consumer behavior shaping like; the huge boom of e-commerce and more people spending money online. Also, we saw the rise in virtual events and how people engaged with those experiences. We knew those habits would be here to stay, so we acted quickly to introduce a Hybrid model for physical and virtual experiences for our members.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Our entire business is around solving the question of what to do in the city. But if I had to recommend something that’s outside of our platform I would plan a staycation in Manhattan Beach.The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
They say books are the mentors from people you don’t meet. Many books have helped me along the way, but my favorite book is called The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz. This book really resonated with me because Horowitz doesn’t shy away from telling the ugly truth about how hard it is to build a startup.