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On Growing Up In The Bronx, Founding An NFT, And How Active Listening Changed His Life, A Founder’s Story with Anthony Mongiello

The Founder’s Story interview started as an audio interview and now has been listened to seven million times! We interview incredible entrepreneurs who are thought leaders within their industry. In today’s publication, we interviewed Anthony Mongiello, known as the CEO and Co-founder of the Bulls and Apes Project.

Anthony has an incredible story and is truly making a name for himself in the NFT industry. He has a passion for helping others and it shows. Let’s dive deeper and read his interview.

Anthony Mongiello, CEO, and Co-founder of the Bulls and Apes Project (B.A.P.) is an Operations and Technology Leader with almost 20 years of experience driving broad culture change, sharp business intelligence, strategic transformation programs, and technology road mapping. Today, Anthony is transforming the NFT industry with a generative 3D NFT project, the Bulls and Apes Project. As a doxed founder, Anthony sets a new standard for what NFT collectors should expect and demand. With his other two co-founders, Manny Coats and Guillermo Puyol, Anthony is de-risking the NFT buying experience with an industry-changing 6 Month Money-Back Guarantee built right into the smart contract.
Tell us about your childhood and where you grew up? 
I grew up in the Bronx, NY the son of a New York City firefighter. As it is with most firefighters, my father had side jobs as a mechanic and a contractor. I started working with my father by the time I was 11, working on brake jobs, tune-ups, oil changes, replacing roofs, and installing vinyl siding. It was then that I learned so many lessons about work ethic and customer service
How did you get started as an entrepreneur?
Outside of working with my father, my first solo experience was running a moving service. I was working at my uncle’s gas station when a customer came in frantically asking for help–her movers never showed up. She had two large moving trucks at her house, but no movers. It was slow at the gas station, so I grabbed another guy and loaded the truck. We were able to get her whole house into just that one truck, while the “professionals” had estimated needing two. She was so impressed and appreciative that she started telling her friends.
What is one business lesson you would tell a startup founder?
Listen. Listen to your customer and listen to your team. Success is about solving problems. You need input to make the best decisions. Listening is an overlooked and underdeveloped skill.
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