Graduating from high school 20 years ago, Blake Mallen was accepted to the University of California, San Diego. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in political science in 2002. He minored in public law and psychology. His plan was to attend law school and, in preparation for that, he interned for a summer at a California District Attorney’s Office.
It dawned on him that he didn’t want to be an attorney. He was set on that path mainly by others. He saw he was doing the same as most other people which is to attend college, work up the ladder, get married, buy a home, and someday maybe retire. He calls this living “The Script” which is the way others impress upon you what you “should” be doing with your life. He developed “Flip the Script” to show others how to forge their own path in life.
While still in college, he started working for The Free Network LLC, a direct marketing firm that sold telecommunications products and services. This led to him co-founding a company in the same industry, ViSalus. His company sells weight management products including meal replacement shakes and energy drinks. It is now a global firm with headquarters in California and Italy.
Blake Mallen founded his next company in October 2011, HashTagOne. This is a private VC fund that invests in seed and Series A startup funding rounds. One of the companies he invested in is Fragmob which develops apps for the direct sales industry. Another investment was in Riveting Entertainment, a media production company.
In January 2017, Blake Mallen co-founded Liv Global. This is a lifestyle company that helps people experience a more exciting and fulfilling life. It offers discounts on travel costs as well as local entertainment. He is this company’s president and handles its strategic business planning, operations, and marketing strategies.
Blake Mallen was instrumental in establishing two philanthropic initiatives. The first one is ViCares which supports socially responsible causes such as providing healthy food to those in need. He also helped establish Liv2Giv which uses volunteers to show communities how to attain self-reliance.