Gary Vaynerchuk at Virginia Tech

From Katie Pritchard:

Added 4/25/2011:  Attendance is free but attendees are urged to register here through Eventbrite to assure themselves of having a seat!

John Boyer and his Geography of Wine class at Virginia Tech sent Gary Vaynerchuk this Wine Library TV video to invite him to visit VT (and to waive his speaking fee) – and it worked!

Gary V will be giving a free talk on Wednesday, April 27, 2011, from 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM in Burruss Auditorium, Virginia Tech on wine, entrepreneurship, social media, and his new book The Thank You Economy.

Gary Vaynerchuk at Virginia Tech
Wednesday April 27, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Speaking on wine, entrepreneurship, social media, and his new book The Thank You Economy
Burruss Auditorium, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
Cost: Free!
Gary Vaynerchuk at Virginia Tech Facebook Event Page

About Gary V:
Gary Vaynerchuk is a New York Times bestselling author and American businessman who was born in Belarus and immigrated to the United States as a young child. Later his father Sasha pulled Gary into the family business, a local liquor store called Shopper’s Discount Liquors. Gary transformed himself into a wine expert, rebranded the store as Wine Library, launched a retail website in 1997, and by 2008 he had raised annual revenue from $4 million to $60 million.
In early 2006, Gary launched Wine Library TV, a daily video blog about wine. With the tag line “changing the wine world,” the show offered an unpretentious approach to an historically stuffy subject. In 2009, Gary was recognized as “Innovator of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast magazine, and as part of Decanter magazine’s prestigious “Power List” of the most influential figures in the industry.
Gary launched a second blog,, where he dispenses business advice and comments on emerging technologies and cultural trends. As his following grew online, Gary became one of the first to reach Facebook’s friend limit and accumulated more than 800,000 followers on Twitter. Gary’s first business book, entitled Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, was released in the Fall of 2009 and debuted as a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.
As Gary’s career as a speaker and writer continued to soar, companies of varying sizes approached him for consulting advice. The consulting role agreed with him, and in 2009 Gary and his brother AJ co-founded VaynerMedia, a boutique agency that works with personal brands, consumer brands, and startups. Gary is now also an angel investor in various startups, offering sweat equity to the projects he supports in addition to financial investments.
Gary has made numerous national television appearances, including spots on CNN Your $$$$, Fox Business’s Your Money Your Questions, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Mad Money with Jim Cramer. Nightline, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Today Show, and The Big Idea with Donny Deutschand.

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