Entrepreneurs Growing Together at CO-HOOTS with Odeen Domingo – Episode 86

About Odeen Domingo:

Odeen Domingo is an entrepreneur extraordinaire who co-founded CO-HOOTS, the CO-HOOTS Foundation, is the owner of Fresh Words Market, and puts in work as a word ninja at Eeko Studio. He has also interned for the Los Angeles Times in the newsroom and sports desk. After his dream internship, he moved on to working at the Arizona Republic and covered several different levels of sports. His passionate project, CO-HOOTS, has grown into a collaborate co-working space for entrepreneurs, startups, freelancers, and other influencers who want to share knowledge and grow with each other.

Favorite AZ restaurant, venue, or activity and why? Matt’s Big Breakfast — I love breakfast. And this is my all-time favorite breakfast spot. I order an off-the-menu item that I usually have to explain to the server what it is. And the Griddlecakes are THE BEST.

Who is someone that has had a major impact in the person you are today? My wife, Jenny Poon. Her passion, her drive and her business acumen are awe-inspiring. She has taught me several things about business and about myself. She has also give me the greatest gifts I could ever ask for — our marriage and our daughter.

What is your most memorable mistake you have made in your business or career? Partnering with the wrong person when we started the Foundation and putting 100% trust in that person without much oversight.

What’s the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome? Not being able to retain my position as the Arizona Cardinals beat reporter at The Arizona Republic after the 2005 season.

Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do? Everything boils down to empathy. Having empathy. Being empathetic. You have to be empathetic to people’s needs and your audience’s problems to add value to this world; to find solutions.

Show Notes:

  • Odeen’s sports writing and media background
  • Working at the Arizona Republic
  • What is CO-HOOTS and how did it start?
  • His wife, Jenny, her background and design company, Eeko Studio
  • Hurdles with CO-HOOTS
  • Seeing companies grow (and graduate) with CO-HOOTS
  • His role at CO-HOOTS today
  • Improving skills at the Youth Change-Makers Summit
  • What ‘Grit” means to him and succeeding as a company
  • Mentors, strategizing, and learning from others
  • Technical skills needed in business
  • Marketing, digital media, and analytics versus creativity
  • Advice for young entrepreneurs – technology and relationships
  • Being self-aware, authentic, and empathic
  • His excitement for the future
  • Movement of celebration for women
  • Soccer in America now and in the next decade
  • World Cup and the right mentality


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