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Kahlil Ashanti, weshowup.io

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Kahlil Ashanti has one amazing and unique journey. Starting with a challenging childhood, to the Air Force, to performing in Caesar's Palace, to an award winning show on Broadway...and even to Hollywood.

But in this episode Dan spoke with Kahlil about his startup weshowup - a company that works with venues and artists to serve event audiences the option to "pay what you want." The conversation ranged across many topics, including the origin story of weshowup, which includes an experiment with Kahlil's own show - netting 82% more revenue than fixed price!


What else did they cover? Listen in and find out!



Notable Interview Highlights


Kahlil and Dan talked about his startup journey, as well as:

  • The Air Force as "the family business"
  • A military version of American Idol
  • Doing a one-man show on Broadway
  • His adventures in Hollywood
  • Leveraging the network


MORE on KAHLIL AND WESHOWUP


Kahlil:

twitter.com/kahlilashanti

kahlilashanti.com

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weshowup company site:

weshowup.io

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