October 25, 2008

Meet the FundingUniverse Posse: Brian Nielsen

Name: Brian Nielsen

Title: Funding Consultant

Brian points our clients in the right direction for funding. Out of the numerous options available, he consults and recommends the best financing/consulting/credit building/equity capital source based on the individual needs of the client.

If you ever see his face on a celebrity’s body, don’t be alarmed, you’ve just become privy to his amazing Photoshop talents.


What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received? Genius is 1% inspiration, and 99% perspiration. (Thomas Edison)

Where did you work before FundingUniverse? I worked with a company called XanGo as the sole representative of their Korean language department. XanGo was featured right along-side FundingUniverse in Utah Valley BusinessQ Magazine’s ‘Top 40 Under 40′ and was also named a ‘Best Company to Work For’ by Business Q. (Spoiler-alert: I like working for FundingUniverse more)

What drew you to FundingUniverse? I have always had a passion to learn everything there is to know about entrepreneurship. One day, as I was searching through my BYU’s business school’s alumni job postings, I came across the FundingUniverse sales consultant position. I had to do a little background research but soon came to find that this was precisely what I was looking for.

How will you help FundingUniverse grow? I like to think that my personality is such that those clients who speak with me will want to tell their friends and business acquaintances how professional and helpful Funding Universe is. I want them to have such a good experience that they will want to see us grow too, and therefore help in the process.

What’s your favorite things about FundingUniverse? The team, of course. Everyone that works here is very energetic and fun. Another thing I’ve come to love is our recently organized business learning library. We have several people in the office who have temporarily donated their books to start a library from which we can borrow books to continually add to our knowledge of entrepreneurship and investing. It’s being put to good use.

What has been the funniest moment at FundingUniverse? One day, Trent came out to ask everyone to step into his office; he even threatened to fire about three people if they didn’t come in. After entering the office, he then proceeded to show us a video clip of the comedian Jim Gaffigan talking about bacon. My condolences to anyone that got fired for not watching that video. After showing the clip, he described how our consulting packages should include, not only one-on-one professional consulting, but also a five pound bag of Costco bacon. Here’s a link to the video he showed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxwCy69_YcQ. [Brian later noted that this video prepared for a company meeting should be included as "funniest moment": http://sendables.jibjab.com/view/XQ7LYJO17cmSVLEu featured are CEO Brock Blake, CTO Trent Miskin and Utah Regional Director Rob Sanders]

What has been the weirdest moment at FundingUniverse? A couple weeks ago, I emailed a particular client to confirm an appointment time; I received a response a few hours later. Well… I think this gentleman mistakenly sent his “funny” business spam-mail to the wrong person because what I received was, well…I won’t go into detail. Note that this is my “wierdest” moment and not my “funniest” moment at FundingUniverse.

What do you do when you’re not in the office? I have several hobbies. Right now, I am taking a web development class so I can make web pages–just for fun. I also took several aviation classes in the past and would like to get back into that to finally get my private pilot’s license. Also, I am taking bagpipe lessons every Wednesday night (pretty unique, eh?). Other hobbies of mine include snowboarding in the winters and longboarding in the summers.