My Instant Hit Was A Total Failure
I had a great product. An immediate financial winner. But you know that gut feeling? Here’s what I found out. (Trust me, it was painful.)
Learning To Fail
What can adult founders learn from fearless teenagers? Plenty.
Fight For Your Vision
Melissa Butler knew her line of brightly colored lipsticks would be a hit—so when the beauty industry ignored and even rejected her, she kept moving forward.
Audrey Gelman Building A Business That Nurtures Female-led Startups
Audrey Gelman, cofounder and CEO of the women-focused coworking space The Wing, talks about building a business that nurtures female-led startups.
A Company With Soaring Sales and Global Impact
What do four actors know about ending child hunger? Back in 2013, when they started their mission-driven company, This Saves Lives, not much. But today, thanks to an entrepreneurial can-do mindset, Ryan Devlin, Ravi Patel, Kristen Bell, and Todd Grinnell (from left) are leading a company with soaring sales—and global impact.
Black Women Find A Way
When African American female founders are turned down by investors and banks (which is almost always), what do they do? They find incredibly innovative ways to use their skills and resilience to fund their businesses. Here's what they know.
The Secret To Sales: Magical Thinking?
We’re told that business is rational and logical. But what if that’s wrong? Advertising executive Rory Sutherland, vice chairman of Ogilvy Group, argues that real success comes from defying everyone else’s logic.
Former NBA Star AI Harrington Has A New Role: Cannabis Champ
Will major sports leagues ever embrace cannabis? Former NBA star Al Harrington believes so— and he’s actively making the case (and the plants).
From Football Star To Franchisee
After retiring from the NFL, Jason Avant set out to build a new career in franchising that would bring him (and his customers) plenty of joy.
Finding Profit In Waste
For centuries, innovative companies have found ways to repurpose other companies’ junk. Now blockchain enthusiasts say this process can become a lot more efficient—and open a new world of opportunity for entrepreneurs.
6 Ways To Find Your Perfect Work-Life Balance
Unplugging from your business can feel like an impossible task. We asked six entrepreneurs: How do you create space and time away from work?
The (Re)making Of Minted
Mariam Naficy had a vision for her company, Minted, the artists’ platform and marketplace. But the business took on a life of its own—teaching her that entrepreneurship, like design, requires a lot of iteration.
Right Time/ Wrong Time
In business, timing is everything. But there’s no secret handbook that tells entrepreneurs exactly when to make big moves or decisions. (Too bad!) Instead, learn from those who’ve been there: Eight entrepreneurs dish about the best-timed decisions they’ve ever made, the worst-timed, and how to tell the difference.
A Learning Process
Neha Gupta built her fast-growing college-application business, College Shortcuts, one step at a time. But she always led with her heart.
Build The Brand First
Having a brilliant product or service isn’t enough. To capture today’s consumers, smart startups are first crafting a brand strategy—one that builds a forward-looking foundation for the company.
Imagine The Possibilities
When you think like an entrepreneur, you see everything around you differently.
Run Two Companies At Once!
Starting a business is hard enough. So why are some entrepreneurs launching two companies at the same time? Because it can be a great way to test ideas.
'How I Found My Business'
The internet seemed to destroy the once-booming travel agency industry. But the industry has evolved, and for one U.S. military veteran, it provided the perfect opportunity.
Yes,You You Can Do It All
Think you’re busy? Take a look at Guy Fieri’s calendar. Or the schedule of a U.S. Army general. Or a film producer. Or the CEO of a global organization. On the following pages, some of the busiest people on the planet explain how they get it all done.
Make It Happen
A failing business can sometimes lead to a winning idea. It happened to this grooming products leader.
Partners In Marriage And Business
Husband-and-wife team Raj and Veenu Parkash knew how to run a business together. But when they became first-time franchisees with Lightbridge Academy, they realized they still had plenty of lessons to learn.
Christina Clark started working as a cleaner for Molly Maid 23 years ago. Today, she owns two franchise territories in Florida that earn a combined $1 million annually.
I Hired The Wrong People!
JUST cofounder Josh Tetrick wanted to build a disruptive company, so he hired disruptive employees. Then he got disrupted himself.
Break The Rules! These 11 Founders Did
What happens when you blow off the traditional wisdom of starting a business? Take it from these 11 entrepreneurs: Things can work out even better.
Lilly Singh Aims Beyond Youtube
Social media stardom has a downside: Few who achieve it can transcend the digital platform and build a lasting brand. But with her new production studio, Lilly Singh intends to do just that.
Don't Wait. Do It Today
What’s the greatest killer of companies? Corporate consultants Benjamin Gilad and Mark Chussil, who have worked with hundreds of giant brands, have an answer: It’s waiting to act on something that needs to be done right now.
Silent Bob Gets Real
Director Kevin Smith created memorable big-screen stoners. Now they’re a legitimate business.
The Supreme Zen Of Loving Your Haters
In the years since founding Moon Juice, Amanda Chantal Bacon has been laughed at, ridiculed, and troll-mobbed more than most entrepreneurs will be in a lifetime. Then she used it all to grow her company.
Getting Your First 'Yes'
When launching a business, even the smallest victory can feel like a pivotal milestone. We asked six entrepreneurs: How did you get your first big win?
Why You Need A Partner!
Drew and Jonathan Scott, the home-renovating stars of HGTV’s PROPERTY BROTHERS, have built an entertainment empire out of hard work, an eye for design, and a healthy dose of schmaltz. And they owe it all to this belief: In business, two heads are better than one.