The 24-year-old serial entrepreneur first was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug while attending Loyola Marymount University, where, as a representative in student government, he began looking for a way to cut down on drinking and driving among the student body.
He found Uber. The ride-hailing service embraced the idea of a promotional deal for LMU students and Bernstein became a commission-based ambassador for the student body.
From there, Bernstein expanded his network, building a team of student ambassadors for the company's ride-sharing app that were making hundreds — then thousands — of dollars per week.
That exposure led to the creation of Markett, Bernstein's latest venture that connects everyday users with brands and gives them a way to make money by shilling for the companies they love
After working with Uber, Bernstein reached out to Lyft and talked to Josh Renfro, the director of business development there. Working with Renfro, while still a student, Bernstein helped train thousands of brand ambassadors nationwide — and even converted several Lyft drivers into brand advocates.
“Working with Uber and Lyft planted the seed of entrepreneurship,” says Bernstein.
Indeed, Bernstein was so inspired by his brush with the startup world that he launched his own company. Bernstein's first foray into the wild world of startup businesses was Interwallet (now called Maya), a bill-pay kiosk network for the underbanked.
Now, with Los Angeles-based Markett, Bernstein wants to give everyone the same opportunity he had — the ability to make money talking up the new startup services that they love travel and tourism news.