Merlin Kaufman: SoCal Digital Symposium's March Newsletter Guest Author

Merlin Kauffman is the Founder & CEO of Soothe, an on-demand massage therapy service. The inspiration for Soothe came to Merlin while attending Harvard Business School’s elite Owner/President Management program in 2012. Kauffman tried in vain to book a massage after 7 p.m., which led to an epiphany-like moment about his future business. Soothe works by connecting certified massage therapists to consumers in real-time via the app or website. Founded in 2013 using his personal funds, Soothe has now expanded to 7 cities across the U.S. and recently launched a corporate wellness division that promotes well-being for employees. As a teen, Kauffman founded eWireless.com, and later True Magic, a company that specializes in buying domain names. Kauffman says, “Being an entrepreneur is in my DNA. I could never imagine working for anybody else because I have always been focused on envisioning the innovation I would like to create for the world.”  

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“The Future of the On-Demand Economy”
by Merlin Kauffman, Founder of Soothe    READ

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WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE WEBSITES AND/OR APS?  UBER + CIRCA

 

WHAT IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? Getting massages as many times a week as I can get them.

WHAT MOVIE YOU ARE REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING?

Taken 3 - only because I want to hear Liam Niesson say "I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want..."

WHAT MUSIC YOU ARE REALLY LOVING RIGHT NOW? Ed Sheeran

WHAT BOOK IS CURRENTLY ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND? The Hard Thing About The Hard Things

 

IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A DESERT ISLAND, WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU COULD NOT LIVE WITHOUT? Massage Therapist

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