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Q: Kindly give our readers an introduction to your business. Please include what your business is all about, in which city you are located and if you have offices in multiple locations/ cities.

Ans: Mega Resveratrol specializes in high quality, pure trans-resveratrol products. Mega Resveratrol 99 is a pharmaceutical-grade, natural dietary supplement, purified to a minimum of 99% pure trans-resveratrol, the beneficial substance in resveratrol.

Based on hundreds of scientific studies and as reported in various news reports such as CBS-60 Minutes and ABC’s 20/20, resveratrol is a natural dietary supplement that may help improve, prevent or even reverse a long list of diseases. Some of resveratrol benefits include: Cardiovascular health, anti-inflammatory properties, prevention of joint disease, the ability to lower blood sugar levels, improved athletic endurance. It also helps in preventing and eliminating certain types of cancers.

Research by the Harvard Medical School has found that trans-resveratrol increases the production of a protein called SIRT1, which may increase the human lifespan.

By increasing blood flow, resveratrol may protect not only the heart and arteries, but also the brain. Recent studies in the United Kingdom suggest that resveratrol may help prevent or reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.[Source: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition].

A study by the University of South Florida suggests that resveratrol may not only prevent, but might even reverse the dangerous build-up of fat in the liver caused by alcohol abuse.

It is important to note that in order to promote any health benefits, resveratrol must contain sufficient amount of trans-resveratrol (the beneficial substance in resveratrol). Mega Resveratrol contains pure trans-resveratrol, and is available in dosages of 500mg and 250mg vegetarian capsules.

Mega Resveratrol was a pioneer in introducing high potency resveratrol products and setting the standards of voluntary third party independent lab testing for purity and safety. We specialize in high purity, natural, trans-resveratrol products in a form of vegetarian capsules and powders which contain absolutely no “inactive ingredients”, additives, fillers or preservatives. Each batch is tested for purity by an independent U.S. laboratory.

Our products are manufactured in the USA, in a certified GMP facility, and regulated by the FDA. Our prices are economically structured and our customers benefit from high quality products at an affordable price.

Mega Resveratrol is a proud supplier of resveratrol products to various research clinics, cosmetic manufacturers and institutions. Our products can be purchased from selected health-care providers or online at http://megaresveratrol.net

Our corporate offices are located in Danbury CT. Mega Resveratrol is registered with the FDA, and is a proud member of NPA (Natural Products Association).

Q: Kindly give us a brief description about yourself (it should include your brief educational or entrepreneurial background and list some of your major achievements).

Ans: After surviving a heart attack in 2004, I realized that statins (such as Lipitor) I was prescribed for 15 years prior to my heart attack did not do much. I then started searching for natural products that would help prevent future heart attacks, and reverse cardiovascular disease. Shortly after, I found resveratrol, which seemed to be very promising in preventing heart disease.

In 2006 I sold my businesses, including a restaurant in New York City, and devoted my time to research and experiment with resveratrol. Unlike statins, natural resveratrol proved to be very beneficial for myself. I was experimenting only with high purity resveratrol (trans-resveratrol), the beneficial compound in resveratrol. Until this day, when I routinely visit my cardiologist, he has only one thing to say: “I don’t know what you are doing, but whatever it is, keep doing it”.

In 2006 I founded our company – Mega Resveratrol, which was one of the first companies in the USA to introduce pure trans-resveratrol products, the same exact product I have used myself until today, and is considered as a real “life saver” pill.

Q: What ignited the spark in you to (start a new business venture) or (to make significant changes in an existing business)? How did the idea for your business come about?

Ans: After surviving a heart attack I found a natural and relatively inexpensive product; pure resveratrol, to be very effective in protection, prevention and may even reverse cardiovascular disease. I decided to offer the same high quality product to the public.

Q: How important have good employees been to your success?

Ans: In any business specifically those involved in serving customers, it is essential to have devoted and caring employees who are trustworthy and treat customers with respect and individual assistance. I don’t think any customer wants to go back to a business where the employees are rude. Employees are the backbone of any organization and can either make or mar the growth of any business.

Q: What three pieces of advice would you give to college students who want to become entrepreneurs?

Ans: Whatever it is you sell or create, make sure you love what you do. Thinking “big” is fine, but always start small with minimal risks and let your business grow.

You might think your product or service are great, but try testing your ideas before you make the investment, by asking other people and friends for their opinion, and even test advertising on a small scale.

Q: If you had the chance to start your career over again, what would you do differently?

Ans: Avoid risky start-up businesses.

Q: What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?

Ans:

  • Love what you do.
  • Be realistic in expectations.
  • Offer a unique or necessary product that is in demand by the majority of the consumers rather just a certain group or age.

Q: How many hours do you work a day on average?

Ans: I believe in working smart, rather than working hard. I work about 2-4 hours a day, but think about the business and improvements 24/7.

Q: How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?

Ans: As an entrepreneur I have seen ups and downs. Unnecessary high risks caused some of my businesses to fail which caused a huge financial burden on my family. On the other hand, my small risk start-ups turned out to be the most successful, which affected my family in positive ways, including my choice of time spending with my family.

Q: What motivates you?

Ans: Turning an idea into a successful business.

Q: How do you generate new ideas?

Ans: I don’t look for ideas. If you are a little curious, and have a little imagination and pay a little attention to details, every day’s life experience will bring the ideas to you.

Q: What is your greatest fear, and how do you manage fear?

Ans: The thought of losing everything I have is my greatest fear. In order to manage my fear, I work smart and try to think positively.

Q: How do you build a successful customer base?

Ans: By providing high quality products at competitive price, and maintaining a superb customer service.

Q: What do you feel is the major difference between entrepreneurs and those who work for someone else?

Ans: As an entrepreneur, you face the following-

Pros:

  • Freedom
  • No need to report to “higher authority”
  • Unlimited growth opportunity.

Cons:

  • Employees does not take work back home, while entrepreneur does not necessarily stop working at 5PM.

Q: In one word, characterize your life as an entrepreneur.

Ans: Freedom.

Q: What are some of the biggest mistakes you’ve made?

Ans: Taking on large risky investments