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November 14, 1975 |
Babruysk, Soviet Union
|Known for||Entrepreneurship, social media, angel investing, wine education|
|Notable work||Wine Library TV The #AskGaryVee Show|
- 1 Background
- 2 Career
- 3 Books
- 4 Wine Library TV
- 5 Obsessed TV
- 6 Reaction
- 7 Awards, honors & press
- 8 Bibliography
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Vaynerchuk immigrated to the United States in 1978, and moved with his family to Edison, New Jersey. After graduating from Mount Ida College in Newton, MA, he transformed his father's Springfield, Union County, New Jersey liquor store into a retail wine store named Wine Library, and in 2006 started the video blog Wine Library TV, a daily internet webcast on the subject of wine.
In August 2011, Vaynerchuk announced he would be stepping away from his daily wine video series to focus his attention on VaynerMedia, the social media brand consulting agency he co-founded in the Spring of 2009. Vaynerchuk describes social media as a cocktail party, where brands must be a part of conversations that people have.
In June 2016 Gary Vaynerchuk started his partnership with a sports agency to create VaynerSports to add his social media and digital agency zest to sports athletes' career and future.
After graduating from college in 1999 Vaynerchuk assumed day to day control of his father's liquor store, then called Shopper's Discount Liquors. Through a combination of ecommerce, email marketing, and aggressive pricing, Vaynerchuk grew the business from 1 million to $50 million a year by 2005.
In 2009, Gary, along with his brother AJ Vaynerchuk, founded VaynerMedia, a social media-focused digital agency. The company focuses on providing social media and strategy services to Fortune 500 companies such as General Electric, Anheuser-Busch, Mondelez, and PepsiCo. In 2015, VaynerMedia was named one of AdAge's A-List agencies.
With an investment background that includes exits in both Tumblr and Buddy Media, Vaynerchuk started a $25 Million investment fund with RSE Ventures' Matt Higgins, named VaynerRSE. The fund focuses on consumer technology and acts as an incubator in addition to traditional angel investing.
The #AskGaryVee Show
The #AskGaryVee Show is a YouTube series that Vaynerchuk began on July 31, 2014.
Food Loves Tech
In 2016 VaynerMedia funded and launched Food Loves Tech, a New York City based event that showcases emerging technologies in food innovation, food dispensing technology and food production. The inaugural event included guest celebrity chefs Jose Andres and Pasquale Cozzolino, with exhibitors that included the June Intelligent Oven and the BeeHex 3D pizza printer.
In March 2009, Vaynerchuk signed a 10-book deal with HarperStudio for over $1,000,000 and released the first book, Crush It! Why Now is the Time to Cash in on your Passion, in October 2009. In the first weeks of its release Crush It! climbed to #1 on the Amazon Best Seller list for Web Marketing books. It also opened at #2 on the New York Times Hardcover Advice bestseller list and #7 on the Wall Street Journal Bestseller List.Crush It! was featured in ReadWrite, CBS News, and Psychology Today.
The Thank You Economy
The Thank You Economy reached #2 on the New York Times Hardcover Advice & Misc. Bestseller List, behind Suze Orman's "Money Class."
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right-Hook
In November 2013, Vaynerchuk released his 3rd book, Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World, under publisher Harper Business, an imprint of Harper Collins. By highlighting campaigns and strategies that both succeeded and failed across all of the major social media platforms, Vaynerchuk's third installment focused on social media marketing strategies and tactics that businesses should be avoiding or employing. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right-Hook debuted at #1 on the Wall Street Journal's business book list, and at #4 on the New York Times Hardcover Advice bestseller list.
Wine Library TV
Wine Library TV (WLTV or The Thunder Show) (2006–2011) was a video podcast hosted by Vaynerchuk, featuring wine reviews and advice on wine appreciation. Episodes consisted of wine tastings along with other wine related topics. The show debuted on February 21, 2006 and was produced on a daily basis at the Wine Library store in Springfield, New Jersey. Episodes taped Monday through Thursday usually took place on a desk in Vaynerchuk's office, normally tasting three or four wines, and the Friday episode took place on Vaynerchuk's office couch, tasting usually only one wine and answering questions submitted via his Facebook application Ask Gary. Each show was watched by up to 90,000 viewers. Vaynerchuk appeared on the cover of the December 2008 issue of Mutineer Magazine, launching the "Mutineer Interview" series.
While typically a one-man show, guests were occasionally featured on the program. Celebrity guests included Jancis Robinson, Heidi Barrett, George M. Taber, Kevin Rose, Maynard James Keenan, Michael Steinberger, Ingrid Hoffmann, Timothy Ferriss, Jim Cramer of CNBC's Mad Money, Kermit Lynch, Wayne Gretzky, and Dick Vermeil.
After 1,000 episodes of Wine Library TV, the show was retired in March 2011, replaced by a very similar video podcast called The Daily Grape, with a slightly shorter format of only two wine reviews, and fewer guests.
On August 23, 2011 he announced on Daily Grape that he was retiring from wine video blogging.
Vaynerchuk teamed up with Samantha Ettus in 2009 to create and produce Obsessed TV, a web talk show. Together they interviewed 75 celebrities and notables, including Mark Bittman, Al Roker, and Jill Stuart. The format of the show was a 30-40 minute in-depth interview with Samantha Ettus followed by wine-focused 3–4 minutes with Vaynerchuk at the end. The show ended in December 2009.
Vaynerchuk has been featured in "The New York Times", The Wall Street Journal, GQ, and Time, appeared on Late Night with Conan O'Brien and Ellen. Vaynerchuk has been described as "the first wine guru of the YouTube era", "the wine world's new superstar", and by Rob Newsom, a Washington State wine maker, "outside of Robert Parker, probably the most influential wine critic in the United States". In the July 2009 Decanter publication of "The Power List" ranking of the wine industry's individuals of influence, Vaynerchuk placed at number 40, citing that he "represents the power of blogging".
Awards, honors & press
- 2006: People's Choice Vloggie in the categories of "Cooking" and "Instructional/Educational"
- 2007: American Wine Blog Awards, Best Wine Podcast or Videoblog
- 2007: The Morning News's "Favorite Web Phenomenon, Soon-to-Be Culinary Celebrity, Web Bucket-Spitter"
- 2011: The Wall Street Journal Twitter's Small Business Big Shots 
- 2013: Inc. (magazine) "How to Master the 4 Big Social-Media Platforms" November 2013 cover story 
- 2013: New York Times "Riding the Hashtag in Social Media Marketing" 
- 2013: Esquire (magazine) "Gary Vaynerchuk: What I've Learned" 
- 2015: Crain's New York Business 40 Under 40 
- Gary Vaynerchuk's 101 Wines: Guaranteed to Inspire, Delight, and Bring Thunder to Your World (2008) ISBN 1594868824
- Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion (2009) ISBN 0061914177
- The Thank You Economy (2011) ISBN 0061914185
- Jab, Jab, Jab Right Hook (2013) ISBN 1594868824
- #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur's Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness Hardcover (2016) ISBN 0062273124
- "Gary Vaynerchuk - Do u live in San Diego ? I'm doing a... | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-04-18.
- Lapidario, Milie (2012-02-04). Quicklet On Gary Vaynerchuk's Crush It! (CliffsNotes-like Book Summary). Hyperink Inc. ISBN 9781614647652.
- Friend, tad. "V-va-va-voom!", The New Yorker, June 7, 2010. Accessed January 31, 2013. "He thumped his heart. 'I was born in the Soviet Union, and we were poor when we came here' — to Edison, New Jersey — 'so it's incredible to me that that many people are interested.'"
- Asimov, Eric (September 8, 2009). "Pop goes the critic". The New York Times.
- "Gary Vaynerchuk: Your Social Media Strategy Should Start With Twitter". Inc. 24 Nov 2014.
- "Gary Vaynerchuk Creates VaynerSports to Go After the Sports Agency Market with Social Media". jobsinsocialmedia. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
- "At Wine Superstores, Tastings Are Just the Start". June 22, 2008. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
- "SELLING WINE THE WEB 2.0 WAY". KERMIT PATTISON. September 16, 2008.
- "Riding the Hashtag in Social Media Marketing". New York Times. November 2, 2013.
- "Ad Age's 2015 Agency A-List Standouts: Grey, 180LA, AKQA and More".
- "Here's what Gary Vaynerchuck is really up to with that new $25M fund (exclusive)". Venture Beat. February 14, 2014.
- "#AskGaryVee Episode 1: How to Utilize Native Ad Platforms." YouTube. YouTube, 31 July 2014. Web. 28 Sept. 2015.
- "Innovation Event Highlights Intersections Between Food and Technology". Epoch Times. Retrieved 18 June 2016.
- "View It: Food Loves Tech Expo Highlights". Black Enterprise Magazine.
- Nelson, Sara (April 2, 2009). "Twitter's "Garyvee" Vaynerchuk Gets A Book Deal".
- Schuessler, Jennifer (2009-11-01). "Hardcover Advice for the week of October 24, 2009". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-11-02.
- Cameron, Chris (2010-02-05). "Weekend Reading: Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk". ReadWriteWeb. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- Pagliarini, Robert (2010-06-23). "Book Review: Gary Vaynerchuck's Crush It!". CBS News. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- Brooks, Katharine (2010-02-07). "Crush Your Dreams and Watch Them Take Off". Psychology Today. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- marketwire.com Gary Vaynerchuk's "Crush It!" Now a Vook
- The New York Times The New York Times Best Sellers
- "NYT Best Sellers". December 15, 2013.
- "Best-Selling Books Week Ended Dec. 1". The Wall Street Journal.
- Robinson, Jancis, Financial Times (November 15, 2008). "The online evangelist".
- "Issue #3 Cover Mutineer, Gary Vaynerchuk, Appears on the CBS Early Show". Retrieved 9 November 2013.
- Steinberger, Mike, Slate (August 1, 2007). "Watch Me Drink!".
- "WLTV Spreadsheet". WLTV. Retrieved 2007-02-26.
- Dick Vermeil, Paul Smith and Gary Vaynerchuk - Episode #237
- Vaynerchuk, Gary, Wine Library TV (March 14, 2011). "Episode 1,000". Wine Library TV.
- "The Final Grape". Retrieved 25 August 2011.
- Erick Schonfeld (February 27, 2009). "Gary Vay•ner•chuk Expands His Web Video Empire With Obsessed TV". TechCrunch.
- Michelle Lentz. "Gary V's new venture: Obsessed TV". Bub.blicio.us.
- Rosen, Jan M. (2009-03-01). "Be It Twittering or Bloggin, Its all about marketing". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-05-08.
- Vanessa O'Connell (2006-08-25). "Ripe for Change: Wine Sales Thrive As Old Barriers Start to Crumble". Wall Street Journal.
- Stein, Joel, TIME Magazine (2007-06-28). "Totally Uncorked". Time Inc.
- tv.winelibrary.com "About Winelibrary TV". Retrieved 2007-02-24.
- Crosariol, Beppi, The Globe and Mail (January 23, 2008). "YouTube wine guru: A subtle hint of 'Big League Chew'". Toronto.
- Foley, Stephen (2008-08-03). "Gary Vaynerchuk: The wine world's new superstar". London: The Independent.
- Page, Karen & Dornenburg, Andrew, Washington Post (2008-01-30). "Suited for the Super Bowl". The Washington Post.
- Decanter (July 2009). "The Power List", p.39
- Lechmere, Adam, Decanter.com (June 1, 2009). "Power List 2009: Parker Gives Way to Constellation".
- "And the Vloggie Winners are...". Pod Tech Network. Archived from the original on 2007-02-06. Retrieved 2007-02-23.
- "American Wine Blog Awards Winners". Fermentation. Retrieved 2007-02-23.
- 2007 Editors’ Awards for Online Excellence, The Morning News
- Sarah E. Needleman (2011-06-28). "Twitter's Small-Business Big Shots". Wall Street Journal.
- "How to Master the 4 Big Social-Media Platforms". Inc Magazine. Retrieved 26 October 2013.
- Segal, David (November 2, 2013). "Riding the Hashtag in Social Media Marketing". New York Times.
- Fussman, Cal. "Gary Vaynerchuk: What I've Learned". Esquire. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- "40 Under 40 | Crain's New York Business". www.crainsnewyork.com. Retrieved 2015-10-12.