Brian David Crane

Member Since 2015

Brian David Crane

Founder

Spread Great Ideas

Sioux Falls, South Dakota Area

Raised in East Tennessee, Brian got an early start as an entrepreneur. He launched his first business, Brian's Windridge Lawn Care, with a rake, a mower, and a dream after his father showed up with a riding lawn mower in the back of the family minivan instead of the yellow mountain bike that Brian craved. At 16, tired of applying aloe to sunburns, Brian stopped cutting grass and started recycling printer cartridges when he co-founded Cash4Cartridges USA. He grew the company while at the University of Tennessee and sold it shortly after returning from living a year abroad in Argentina. After college, Brian moved to Silicon Valley to be part of the original leadership team at Inflection. Thanks to several amazing mentors, he learned how to build and profitably scale web properties. To date, he’s helped launch four multimillion-dollar digital brands, including Archives.com, which was bought by Ancestry.com for $100 million cash three years after its launch. Now, Brian is focused on helping e-commerce brands grow with his digital marketing fund, Spread Great Ideas, which privately invests capital and sweat equity into select digital brands in order to help them reach a larger audience, profitably. He also writes and publishes on the world’s great ideas, as he researches time-tested philosophical wisdom as confirmed by modern scientific research. Personally, Brian has been semi-nomadic since 2014. This started after he sold most of his possessions - except for his Piaggio (Italian for macho scooter) and his beloved treadmill desk - to pursue a more holistic lifestyle. He's lived on 4 continents, and traveled to over 40 countries. He's currently based in Europe. Inspired to make our world a better place, Brian loves to connect and collaborate with talented people all over the globe.


SKILLS

  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Digital Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship

RECENT CONTENT

August 16th, 2022

Choose The Right Investor For You By Asking Yourself These Nine Questions

Choosing an investor for your business is like choosing a business partner: Their resources and input are going to have a major impact on the way your business functions and the potential it has for success. Determining the right investor for you, then, is not an endeavor to take lightly.

August 15th, 2022

Eight Ad Campaigns That Taught These Entrepreneurs Valuable Lessons

While they may be effective in drawing in more customers, many ad campaigns come and go, doing just enough to catch audience attention and increase brand awareness. However, there are other campaigns that truly stick with an audience—be it a niche group or even an entire generation. These campaigns are not just memorable, but they’ve often become part of popular culture.

August 11th, 2022

10 Things You Should Never Do When Negotiating Your Salary In An Interview

Negotiating your salary—especially when you haven’t officially gotten the job—can be a frightening prospect. Obstacles like imposter syndrome or inexperience can make you feel as though you should just accept the company’s original offer and move on, but it’s important to know your worth and to advocate for yourself if you believe you deserve a higher salary.

August 2nd, 2022

Looking To Make One-On-One Meetings More Productive? Nine Questions To Ask Your Employees

One-on-one meetings can be powerful opportunities for employees and managers to connect on goals, reassess tasks and brainstorm ideas, but they can also turn into wasted time if not leveraged properly. If there’s no agenda to follow or neither party is sure what to discuss, the meeting may end early and without any real progress made.


COMPANY INFO

Spread Great Ideas

Spread Great Ideas is an amalgamation of sorts: For some, it’s a digital marketing fund which helps e-commerce brands reach a larger audience, profitably. For others, it’s a content marketing team which helps transmute the world’s great ideas - those time-tested gems of philosophical wisdom as confirmed by modern scientific research. For all, it relies upon unabashed curiosity, operational excellence, and the Socratic Method ’s promise of intelligent non-conformity in order to make that amalgamation work.


AREA OF FOCUS

  • Publishing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Philosophy

INDUSTRY

E-learning