Sir Richard Branson Talks Social Media Live From Virgin Atlantic’s Inaugural Philadelphia Flight [Video]

By Megan O'Neill 

Earlier this week, Shira Lazar of What’s Trending had the exciting opportunity to sit down with Sir Richard Branson on the inaugural Virgin American flight from LA to Philadelphia and ask him a few questions.  The 61-year old multi-billionaire talked about everything from social media to Virgin Galactic, and he even offers advice for those looking to start their own businesses.

On the social media front, Branson says he thinks social media can help brands and businesses a lot.  “Despite being pretty busy, I take social media very seriously.  I immediately can find out what’s going on in the world.”  He half-jokes, “If somewhere in some distant part of the world a Virgin company has messed up we can jump on it and we can apologize and get on top of it.  It’s a really exciting, really immediate way of keeping in touch and getting feedback.”

What advice does he have for budding entrepreneurs?  Branson says, when starting a business, “Don’t think about ‘how can I make lots of money?’ Think about ‘how can I make a difference in other people’s lives?’  If you can make a real difference in other people’s lives, if you can offer them something that other people are not doing well, then you’ll pay the bills.”

Check out Lazar’s full interview with Branson below to hear more!

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.