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James Brown: Studio Host, Entreprenuer

Fun facts we learned in The New York Times‘s profile of James Brown, who “invested a six-figure sum to start [Brown Technology], which specializes in database management and information security.”

  • He “sold Xerox and Eastman Kodak copiers to federal agencies in the 1970s and ’80s.”
  • He lost 40 pounds after hitting almost 300 on the scales with the help of a good diet: “His lunch of Greek organic yogurt, maple syrup and raw sunflower seeds awaited him in a small black bag.”
  • He leverages his celebrity, and the executives of the company enjoy football metaphors: “When we get the ball inside the 20, we give it to J. B. and he scores,” Reginald Brown said. “If we call one of our customers and say, ‘J. B. is coming to meet with you,’ who would tell him no?”
  • “He wanted to build a company that would hire disadvantaged workers and dispel images about minority-owned businesses.”
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