When you’re in your mid- to late-20s, one of the worst fears is that you’ll get too “lost in the sauce,” career-wise. Hearing about driven individuals like John Sampogna, co-CEO and founding partner of Wondersauce may also get you there.

At age 27, the Hunter College grad and friend Eric Mayville founded the shop, spending months freelancing to survive, while taking business development gigs for anyone looking for help. Sampogna started off in client services at agency Code and Theory and internet firm Schematic. Five years and four offices (in New York, Columbus, OH, Los Angeles and their newly opened London office) later, it seems as if this grind is paying off. They’ve taken on work for Master and Dynamic, GQ, Derek Jeter’s blog The Players’ Tribune, and DKNY, and welcome all challengers.

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