We recently caught up with David Silver, a recent Temple grad, who majored in Advertising and Account Management, with a Minor in Entrepreneurship. When we last spoke with David, he had just attended a Tech Start-up Crawl, hosted by Campus Philly. There he had won an iPad 2 by our sponsor, Bentley Systems.
Since then, David has started his own business, Broad Street Music Group and began a position at Bentley Systems. We recently sat down again with David to hear about his exciting new endeavors.
Originally from Warminster, PA, David stated, “Hard-work is what I preach. Smart work.” Let’s take a deeper dive to see how all his hard work has paid off this past year.
Campus Philly: What do you love most about the City of Brotherly Love?
David Silver: I love the passion that people have for whatever they are passionate about here. I don’t think it’s the same in other cities. The support for each other is there but doesn’t come off pleasant. People expect the best in this city and won’t settle for much less until they get there. But I do kind of enjoy the grittiness of the city.
CP: How did you land your new position at Bentley Systems? Can you share how Campus Philly had a hand in this undertaking?
DS: Senior year I went on a technology crawl hosted by Campus Philly and sponsored by Bentley Systems. Bentley raffled off an iPad 2 at the end of the event, and I won! I called Bentley to thank them, and I was asked if I already had a job lined up. I was told to send in my resume, and so I did. About two months later, I received an email by my current boss at Bentley saying there was an opening, but I only knew advertising and entertainment. I was told they were really interested in my marketing background, came in for an interview, and the rest was history!
To me, that’s what Campus Philly is all about. It is all about providing a networking opportunity for students to succeed in Philadelphia, and that’s what exactly happened to me.
CP: What professional experience do you hope to gain from your new position at Bentley Systems?
DS: It’s a real role in a real company. It is good to see what it takes to set up meeting, turn ideas into action items, and make things happen. It’s exciting; it’s something new. It challenges my learning skills. That’s really what it comes down to: how the inter-working of a successful company turns ideas into action items, getting things done.
CP: Since you last spoke with Campus Philly, Broad Street Music Group was just taking off. What new events are you hosting?
DS: Since last time, much has changed. As of last April, we became an LLC. We have about 8-10 team members on board. We launched our business at a company event back on August 17. We had a red carpet, buffet, 18 bands perform, the whole nine yards! There were about 350 people in attendance, and tickets sold out within 15 minutes.
Before we were just booking venues. Now we offer every resource a musician would need. Currently we have an entire media team, our own studio for audio, and more venues to book shows. We are a full-scale entertainment agency. Before we targeted just Temple students. Now we work across Philadelphia, seeking raw talent and professionalism and offering every service you need to launch your music career.
Currently, we are in the process of working with children and providing them with opportunities they need to establish themselves in their music careers. We are looking to utilize grants and even a Kickstarter campaign to try to raise money.
CP: According to your mission statement on your website, it states your goal is to “Showcase Philly’s growing roster of talented artists and give those underground performers a shot to see the light of a stage and audience.” How have you upheld this overarching goal?
DS: Without a doubt I think we have hit our mission statement. We have held over 100 shows, with 15 shows a month and more than 500 musicians booked, all young and undiscovered. We provide opportunities for undiscovered talent. It has been definitely a big goal, but why not shoot for the biggest goal possible?
CP: What advice can you give to fellow students/graduates about starting their own business after graduation?
DS: Have a great team with you with people you can trust and who are just as passionate as you are. Don’t get hung up on challenges that might make it seem like it’s the end of the road. Keep pushing forward no matter what the case. See any obstacle as a way to improve, as a way to challenge yourself. Work smart, and be patient. Everything is baby steps. As long as you are around the right people, there is no that can tell you what to do. It all starts by believing in yourself.
CP: How do you balance starting a business, being a part of the music scene, and still hold down a 9-5 job?
DS: I would say by having dedication and setting priorities. You have to understand what’s most important and when things need to get done. Set deadlines. Better yet, set reminders. Right now things are all over the place for me, but honestly things are better than ever. Creativeness, motivation, and passion are at an all time high for me.
CP: What resources in Philly, like Campus Philly, have helped you to succeed?
DS: Without a doubt, Temple University and my fraternity, Alpha Epsilon Pi, have definitely been there for me. My current team has motivated me. When it comes to my Broad Street team, I never could have done it without them. It is really a team effort; it’s not just me. My friends and family have also supported me.
Thanks to David Silver for taking the time to follow up with us and congrats again on all his recent successes! His parting words: “Stay tuned; the best is yet to come.” We can’t wait!
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