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Rob Salvatore

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Rob Salvatore co-founded and is CEO of Tongal, a social content development platform that connects highly-skilled, creative people with well-known brands to produce content for new media. People who want to compete go through a process from idea to final selection. The winners receive cash prizes for their work.

The process starts with an idea, which requires no technical background to submit. Anyone with a good idea can submit it to their web site, like Twitter, in 140 characters or less.

The sponsor selects ideas and from there people with video skills do the creative work. People whose ideas get selected can make $250 to $1,000. If the video gets selected, the person who submitted the idea gets a 5 percent bonus/residual payment. People who make the videos can earn $1,000 to $25,000.

Most Tongal projects are broken down into multiple phases, for example, Ideation, Production and Distribution. That means writers, directors, actors, and animators can all focus on what they do best. To make it even better, everyone can also get paid to promote winning videos, predict awarded spots and discover new talent.

Previously, Salvatore was co-founder at Half Shell Entertainment where he led fundraising efforts and content development strategies with HBO and National Lampoon. Before that, he was Senior Associate with Alvarez & Marsal’s US Restructuring Group, specializing in advising troubled companies, senior lenders and investors in distressed situations. Before joining Alvarez & Marshal, Salvatore worked at Chase Manhattan Bank, where he specialized in global syndicated finance, mergers and acquisitions, and financial advisory.

Salvatore earned an MBA from University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Boston College.

Companies and Investments

Tongal (co-founder and CEO)

Lessons Learned

Businesses needs to innovate or become obsolete, and the rate of innovation is happening so much faster now. You need to look outside of your organization and look at platforms that assist you in leveraging and staying ahead.

Inspiring Quotes

Rob Salvatore's Quotes

Video allows the every man to tell great stories

Rob Salvatore

Creativity is in abundance in the world.

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Entertainment is our number one export, our culture that we export across the globe.

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Influential Books

James Surowiecki - The Wisdom of Crowds