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Brian David Crane

FounderSpread Great Ideas

Knoxville, TN

Member Since March 2015


Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Digital Marketing


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, which was bought by 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.

Published content

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Feb 28, 2024

14 Ways to Boost Your Discoverability on Social Media

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As the online marketplace grows increasingly competitive, businesses must put in strategic effort to stand out from their competitors. Social media can serve as a powerful and cost-effective tool in achieving this goal by getting a brand's products and services in front of the right audience. To help small businesses make the most of their social media efforts, the members of Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) answered the following question:

13 Top Tactics For Becoming A Better Manager

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Organizational success relies heavily on a supervisor's ability to manage their team. When led properly, a well-managed team works cohesively to reach company goals, navigate challenges and explore new opportunities for growth. To help leaders looking to create cohesion and productivity within their own teams, 13 Young Entrepreneur Council members dive into the most potent methods for managing high-performing teams. From servant leadership to delegation, these effective strategies are instrumental in empowering teams and driving organizational success.

13 Strategies For Offering Professional Development On A Budget

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When searching for the right company to join, hopeful job seekers often consider professional development opportunities to be a major incentive to apply. However, for businesses with budget limitations, providing employees with the best development opportunities can be a challenge. Fortunately, some savvy businesses have found ways to create a culture of continuous learning and employee growth without breaking the bank. To that end, 13 Young Entrepreneur Council members weigh in with their best budget-friendly strategies for employee professional development.

Company details

Spread Great Ideas

Company bio

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

Digital Marketing

Company size

11 - 50

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