Adam Horwitz

Adam Horwitz Interview: Dude with Two 6-Figure Businesses

by Nick Scheidies and Nick Tart on April 11, 2010 · 33 comments

When Adam Horwitz was a 15-year-old high school sophomore growing up in the Pacific Palisades, a mean-spirited gossip blog caught fire with his classmates. Concerned parents soon stomped it out, but Adam’s newfound desire to find online success would prove much harder to extinguish.

He started Urban Stomp, a website where he posted music and the locations of parties in the area. The site made a profit by selling clothes through affiliate links. Adam proved too successful for his own good: Urban Stomp drove 800 people to one party. He had to shut it down after only a few weeks.

Adam has learned from his mistakes and now teaches people age 15 and older how to make money online. He practices what he preaches: his courses, ‘Mobile Monopoly’ and ‘Cell Phone Treasure’, have each earned over $100,000 and he has another one in the works, called ‘Dude I Hate My Job’. To get his blood flowing, Adam enjoys driving his newly-purchased 2010 Audi A5 and playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on his Xbox 360.

The following is a short excerpt from 50 Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs (Volume 1).

Q: What challenges have you faced specifically because of your age? How has your age helped you to succeed?

A: People didn’t believe me at first. Even my friends were so stereotyped into thinking that you can’t do anything when you’re young – that you have to wait until you’re older and have a degree to actually become successful. So, whenever I would tell people, “I’m doing this,” they wouldn’t take it seriously. Now that I have my Audi A5, everyone’s jumping on the bandwagon.

Age also has its benefits. For instance, I use my age as a marketing advantage. I can target younger people. I’m 18 years old. I say, “If I’m 18 years old, you could be doing the same thing no matter how old you are.”

When you’re young, what do you have to lose? You’re still living at home. You don’t have 50 bills you have to cover. All you’ve got to do is cover your late night dinners and your pizzas and all that. If everything completely fails, you’re still at school. You’re still going to get your degree. So, it doesn’t matter as long as you have fun doing it, work your way up, and stay dedicated. There’s no real loss. Enjoy the way up.

I’m living at home still. I don’t have to pay for rent or anything, so I can just put it in the bank. That’s really a big benefit: building up equity. Stay at home as long as you possibly can, even if you’re making a lot of money. Don’t stay until you’re 30, though [laughs]. And if you’re 60, you’ve got to be out.

Q: What would you tell an up-and-coming entrepreneur?

A: Even if you fail the first time, who cares? What’s going to happen? You’re young. The worst thing that could happen to you is that you wake up and go to school the next day. So just keep at whatever you’re doing and I promise you you’ll hit it. It’s all about perseverance.

Entrepreneurs have this thing inside of them where they don’t necessarily give up very easily. But [a lot of] people have the mindset from the media that they could get rich overnight. It’s possible to do anything, but you have to keep working at it. If you give up, then what’s going to happen? You’re just going to sit there and wonder what would have happened a year down the road if you had kept doing it.

Maybe the idea you had will have been taken by another entrepreneur. I think it has been proven that whenever you have a really good idea, there are at least three or four people in the world that have the exact same idea at the exact same time as you. There are a lot of entrepreneurs out there. So, if you’re not going to do it, they’re going to do it.

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

A: Don’t listen to what other people say. If you’re a young entrepreneur and you’re trying to make it big online, don’t think that you can’t do it. With the internet the way it is now, you can do anything. Even if everyone is saying, “No – it will never happen. Everything online is a scam!” Honestly: just screw them. Check them out of your mind and go for it. That’s what I did and I’m doing well, I think.

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Adam Horwitz’s Top Quotes

“All of my friends were doing babysitting jobs. I wanted money without the job.”

“The hardest part about being an entrepreneur is that you’ll fail ten times for every success.”

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1 Nick Scheidies April 12, 2010 at 11:51 am

Good job putting this post together, Tart. I think it’s cool how Adam talked to us about the power/importance of video and then his is the first interview for which we post a video.

Every young entrepreneur teaches us something different and then we apply it. This way, I know the book is working because it is making us better entrepreneurs. We’re like the test subjects.

2 Nick Tart April 12, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Thanks dude. Yeah, we’re like our own case studies! We should write testimonials for our book!

3 King Sidharth April 14, 2010 at 11:30 pm

Haha! That’s like most awesome thing I’ve ever herd about book from their authors. XD
.-= King Sidharth´s last blog ..Why ‘King’ Sidharth – the Secret Behind ‘King’ =-.

4 Nick Tart April 15, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Haha… It’s really pretty amazing, King! Scheidies bought a Kodak Zi8 camcorder as a result of this interview.

5 gam twist November 5, 2012 at 12:28 am

Brilliant article my friend, but could you teach me more detail about your post.

6 Alex Monroe April 12, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Seems like a cool guy Nick. He made some great points about age. I agree with all of them. It’s such an advantage, but at the same time it can be difficult to gain credibility.
.-= Alex Monroe´s last blog ..Ways To Make Money In College =-.

7 Nick Tart April 12, 2010 at 9:52 pm

Hey dude! Yeah, I’ve had a lot of issues with proving credibility lately. I can’t wait to live in a world where entrepreneurs are given more respect for what they do. It seems like we have to have an expensive, tangible result from our business or we have to get in a high-profile media outlet before people take us seriously.

8 King Sidharth April 14, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Awesome man! This makes me wanna go and work. So… no comments! Haha!
.-= King Sidharth´s last blog ..Why ‘King’ Sidharth – the Secret Behind ‘King’ =-.

9 Nick Tart April 15, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Yeah, Adam’s interview is a great reminder that there’s so much money out there to be made if you’re willing to work hard and smart!

10 King Sidharth April 16, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Now, Nick. Decide what you wanna say. Hard Work or Smart Work (Hint: Later one works!)
LOL

11 Nick Tart April 17, 2010 at 11:45 pm

Whoa, King! You can’t just work smart or hard and expect to be successful. It has to be both. But working smart comes first ;). I enjoy the banter.

12 David Edwards May 13, 2010 at 2:34 pm

An E-Course can be an awesome earner. It takes a few years to establish a brand and have an authoritative website. If you blog consistently for 5 years around a subject then the sky is the limit for traffic, advert revenue and click bank sales!…

I just wished I started at 15, at the age of 20 I could have been a millionaire!…

:]

13 Nick Tart May 15, 2010 at 10:36 am

Hey David! You’re absolutely right. It’s crazy to see all the small businesses around town and know that they’ve been around for 50+ years. But they never grow. Internet businesses, on the other hand, grow much faster and you could have one of the most successful blogs in the world in less than a few years.

It’s so cool! I wish I started at 15 as well ;).

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15 Syd November 29, 2010 at 6:04 pm

Adam sells. Adam does not make millionaires. Adam makes money for himself. See Adam scam you.

16 Nick Tart November 30, 2010 at 1:23 pm

Hey Syd. Adam does not promise to make millionaires. He gives you the tools and advice to follow models that he’s proven and the rest is up to you. The reason he’s selling this advice is because he knows most people are too lazy to actually follow it, which ultimately results in less competition for himself.

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18 Dev Bhatti August 20, 2013 at 9:29 am

Adam is fraud, he scammed.
Making money for himself. did not reply for any mail.

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