How to Build a Famous Fashion Brand

Andrew Medal sits with Dee Murthy at the Beverly Hills headquarters of Five Four Club. April 19, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Dee Murthy is co-Founder of Los Angeles-based, fashion membership Five Four Group and Young & Reckless. The e-commerce platform has a portfolio of brands that include New Republic by Mark McNairy, Grand AC and Oshenta. Murthy is also a seasoned investor and partner at Queenbridge Venture Partners as well as partner in popular Las Vegas shoe store 12 AM RUN. He is a co-host with Chris ”Drama” Pfaff in weekly lifestyle podcast Group Chat in addition to his business ventures. Related: How This Entrepreneur Used CrossFit to Build a Business Read_More Related posts: How Fashion Brands Can Assist Sustainable Development How Fashion Brands Can Leverage Content Marketing to Increase Brand Awareness The Entrepreneur Behind This Oprah-Approved Fashion Brand Shares How to Find Your Purpose SPI […]

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How This Entrepreneur Used CrossFit to Build a Business

This Entrepreneur won the 2008 CrossFit Games, and now he runs over 20 gyms. April 12, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Few men have had the honor of being named the Fittest Man on Earth, but Jason Khalipa is one of them. The 2008 CrossFit Games champion has competed at the Games eight times and only once placed outside the top 10. He has won every regional competition he’s participated in. He’s not only proven his fitness prowess, but he’s also achieved great success as an entrepreneur with more than 20 gyms internationally. Related: How These 2 Brothers Started a Company Together While Living in Different Cities Read_More Related posts: Build the Business You Want Because Nobody Is Going to Pay Your Bills Use These Growth Strategies to Build a 6-Figure Business How To Build Business Momentum and Escape the ‘6-Figure Hamster Wheel’ Why […]

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7 Prolific Business Lessons Nipsey Hussle Gifted the World

Long live Nipsey the Great. April 5, 2019 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When Nipsey Hussle’s Crenshaw mixtape dropped in 2013, I was in the penitentiary serving a two- to five-year sentence. I had been following his music since 2008 when I first heard the song “Bullets Ain’t Got No Name,” and because I am a Socal native, it gave me pride to see him coming up. While in the joint, I found a way to purchase a smuggled bootleg compilation of Nipsey’s music and would bang the lyrics in my Discman on my prison rack while teaching myself to code with textbooks, or when I was getting tattooed. On March 31, 2019, Nipsey was attacked by an envious gunman, and tragically passed away. His untimely demise has shocked his childhood community of Crenshaw and the world at large. Nipsey was more than a rapper. He was an […]

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5 Leadership Lessons CEOs Can Learn From Prison Shot Callers

Being on both sides of the cell door, I know there’s a lot that CEOs can learn from their prison counterparts. March 29, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As anyone who goes through the system will tell you, guards may watch the prison, but inmates run it. The prison system is based on a set of rules called “prison politics” that are endorsed and enforced by the inmates themselves, not the Department of Corrections. You can think of it as a sort of C-suite in the business world. A shot caller, generally speaking, is the top leader in a prison system. Specifically, the shot caller is an inmate who, as so aptly named, calls the shots. In prison slang, it’s the inmate who “has the keys.” The highest ranking shot caller does so for his entire prison gang and race. Then there are shot callers for each housing […]

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How Open Financial Tools and Services on the Blockchain Are an Enormous Opportunity for Entrepreneurs

The opportunity blockchain represents is just getting started. March 22, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Outside of all the consistent price speculation and novelty of cryptocurrencies, a compelling trend toward a more open and accessible financial ecosystem has materialized. Underscoring this movement is the expansion of the infrastructure and regulation required to facilitate a transition toward open financial tools. From standardized identity protocols for KYC/AML (know your customer/anti money laundering) compliance to modular, open-source tools, the digital asset market is converging with traditional economic structures. For entrepreneurs, the sheer scale of innovation in the sector is dizzying. The narrative of monetary sovereignty that cryptocurrencies have molded has coincided with broader trends toward data privacy and more accessible financial tools for the unbanked parts of the world. The potential for open, decentralized finance is enormous and has become one of the most convincing areas for attracting entrepreneurs. The movement towards […]

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How These 2 Brothers Started a Company Together While Living in Different Cities

This is the story of how theChive.com got started. March 22, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Brothers John Resig and Leo Resig founded Chive Media Group and its flagship site, theChive.com, in November 2008, with no capital and a lot of hustle. Leo was living in Chicago (the “CHI” in “CHIVE”), and John was living in Venice (the “VE”). With backgrounds in digital publishing and the financial backing from partner Doug Schaaf, the Resigs were able to turn a three-man project into the nationwide, 170-employee entertainment digital media company that Chive Media Group is today. Read_More Related posts: This Entrepreneur Quickly Grew His Chickpea Pasta Company by Being Scrappy and Bold and Borrowing Tech Company Tactics This Is the Living Wage You Need in All 50 States This Man Started His Own Content Company and Got 20 Million YouTube Views With Kevin Hart This […]

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4 Lessons That Most Successful Entrepreneurs Had to Learn the Hard Way

To help mitigate the impact of those speed bumps, here are four lessons that most successful entrepreneurs have learned the hard way, but maybe you don’t have to. March 15, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The path to building a successful business is rarely a simple one. But in the beginning, it seems simple enough: you’ll build an amazing product, market it and watch as people pull out their credit cards. Then you’ll hire people to take over menial tasks and you’ll move into the role of CEO, eventually delegating that as well and living on the beach in Bora Bora, sipping on a martini. Of course, anyone who’s spent more than three months trying to build a business knows that isn’t the common story arc for a thriving startup. The truth is, building a business brings lots of unexpected twists — people quit, […]

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13 Prison Slang Terms You Should Use With Co-Workers

You thought prison slang was reserved for hardened convicts and characters of ‘Orange is the New Black’? February 15, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Prison life is hard. It requires its own language, a slang understood only by those who experience it. Do you know what else is hard? Your job. While you might not be confined to solitary, your cubicle might sometimes feel like a cell. Or sometimes, even a death sentence. When you’re at your most pessimistic and your boss is being a dick, when the co-worker next to you is about to drive you to some heavy level manslaughter shit, you need the right slang to truly articulate how horrible life can be in the cubicle cell in which you live (or, maybe it’s not so dramatic and you just want to have fun). Related: The Many Pros and Fewer-Than-Expected Cons […]

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4 Influencer Marketing Secrets Entrepreneurs Need to Know

February 8, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Potentially earning thousands per post, influencers are cashing in on their ability to captivate large audiences and thus heavily impact the purchasing behavior of their followers. It’s clear why brands keep throwing products and money toward these social media stars — influencer marketing works. The top 50 Instagram influencers have more than 3.1 billion followers, as reported by Social Blade, and overall, 3.028 billion people, or 40 percent of the world’s population, actively use social media.  Here are a few more stats to consider: Influencer marketing has 11 times the ROI of traditional digital marketing, as reported byTapinfluence.com. Seventy percent of millennial consumers are persuaded by the recommendations of their peers in buying decisions, as reported by Collective Bias. Thirty-seven percent of customers place more value on the quality of a post then its sponsorship and 67 percent don’t have an […]

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What Business Owners Need to Know About Protecting Their Data

False sense of security? Even major apps and platforms can fall victim to security vulnerabilities. February 1, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. With the recent rush toward enhancing consumer data protection due to GDPR and other privacy regulations that have taken effect, businesses have strengthened their platforms toward better protecting and securing user data. But is this enough? What do you need to know as a business owner, entrepreneur or manager? Recent vulnerability reports prove that even major ecommerce and social platforms can easily become an attack vector for cross-site-scripting (or XSS) attacks, and these happen even if the platforms themselves are secure. With vulnerabilities in third-party application providers being used by major customer-facing platforms, there is an increased risk that user data will be exposed to malicious players. This is the risk we all face, unfortunately.  Data privacy regimes Perhaps the biggest […]

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How Blockchain’s Decentralization Narrative Can Redefine Data Privacy

The true value of blockchain technology can be found in data privacy. January 25, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Blockchain’s prolonged sentiment as a panacea to the world’s problems throughout 2017 was unambiguously representative of what the Gartner Hype Cycle details. However, out of the extended bear markets, which pruned many altcoins from the markets and helped participants in the broader ecosystem become more discerning, emerged several trends that still can drive important change in crucial areas. One of those areas is data privacy, and the future role that decentralizing network and systems architecture can have in mitigating the endemic problems of data security, unethical data sharing and Orwellian-grade mass surveillance. Related: Don’t Let Blockchain Technology’s Security Loopholes Go Unnoticed Surveying the cryptocurrency and blockchain landscape reveals that privacy has been continually emphasized among core proponents of the underlying technology, and is beginning to garner […]

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5 Ways to Be More Productive in 2019 Without Driving Your Team Insane

Here’s how to get your business running faster and better. January 8, 2019 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When talking about their biggest challenges for 2019, many of the entrepreneurs I speak with say they’re overwhelmed with the rapid pace at which business operates today. Today’s consumers have come to expect instant gratification, and they’re putting pressure on companies to make sure that they get what they want right now. Technology’s partly to blame for these questionably reasonable expectations. We’ve got virtually countless hours of on-demand video streaming content at our fingertips. We’re on the cusp of mass product delivery by drone. We get frustrated when customer service departments fail to respond to our queries within minutes. Just a couple of decades ago, looking up information meant going to the library to check out references. Today, we don’t even type out our Google searches. We […]

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The 10 Best Instagram Tools for 2019

You can be posting coffee art Boomerangs, like your favorite influencer, shortly after reading this list. November 20, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In June, Instagram reached 1 billion monthly active users worldwide, as reported by Statista. The process of liking photos, sharing stories and getting new followers has turned the platform into a social staple (even my grandma is liking cat memes on IG versus Facebook these days). More importantly, Instagram has become a goldmine for marketers, influencers and brands. Here are some of the best tools available for obtaining insights, driving results and leveraging Instagram in 2019. Happy ‘Gramming. 1. Social Gone Viral Developing organic growth isn’t easy. That’s why Social Gone Viral has become one of the leading organic growth platforms on the market. Social Gone Viral uses targeted marketing algorithms to help its customers get followers, comments, likes, sponsorships and more. If you’re […]

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The Case for Disconnecting and Traveling as an Entrepreneur

Yes, it’s imperative to work your butt off, but, although it may seem counter-intuitive, it’s also vital to drop everything and travel. October 30, 2018 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. I just got back from my honeymoon to Egypt and the Seychelles islands, and it was life-changing. As I flew and traveled to my various destinations, I thought about traveling as an entrepreneur and how it’s been one of the best ways to grow personally and professionally. While a number of my trips in the U.S. and abroad were for personal reasons instead of business purposes, they all had an impact on how I ran my companies and my view on the world. Here are some of the reasons why I believe traveling as an entrepreneur is vital to success and a few of the places I recommend visiting. It’s easier and cheaper than […]

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5 Tech Trends Content Creators Need to Pay Attention To

Content creation will continue to evolve and morph, and as a content creator it’s vital to stay ahead of the trends. October 2, 2018 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Technology has provided new ways for creative professionals and artists to overcome the “starving artist” stigma and become digital entrepreneurs. Platforms including YouTube, Patreon and Shutterstock provide viable means for creators to publish and monetize their works. However, there have also been some down moments. Constant changes in the monetization policies of these platforms have been largely considered to be disadvantageous to creators, compelling a number of artists to quit or, at least, threaten to leave, as reported by The Verge.  Still, these issues shouldn’t discourage enterprising creative professionals to pursue their passions. If you’re a creative professional looking to leverage technology to your advantage, it pays to stay on top of trends. These serve as good indicators of […]

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One of the Biggest Issues Facing Blockchain Is Its Lack of Ability to Scale

Here’s what you need to know about the problems facing the technology backing Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. August 28, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In order for the world economy to continue to grow, we need to develop digital infrastructure to sustain the speed and volume in which we share information. Data infrastructure needs to be scalable and deployable as the needs of our digital era continue to evolve. Even though blockchain is somewhat the “new kid on the block,” it has excited the world of business. According to a survey carried out by Gartner, 66 percent of the respondents said they believed that blockchain is a business disruption and 5 percent were willing to spend over $10 million on the technology. Blockchain has many uses and implications; however, the first mainstream application we’ve seen is through cryptocurrency. But the initial design of cryptocurrencies was not built for widespread […]

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These Tech Companies are Scoring Big at the World Cup

Are you following the matches in Russia? Sports are ripe for disruption, but you’ve gotta have the right tech. June 27, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The 2014 FIFA World Cup was viewed by 3 billion sports fans globally, CNN reported, and probably just as many are tuned in to the 2018 football (soccer) series, crowning this tournament as the most watched sporting event in our time. Related: 5 World Cup Strategies You Can Steal to Make Consumers Passionate Fans of Your Brand This year, the finals are in Russia, and if you’re tuning in, you may find yourself enthralled by the theatrics of overtly excited players, and the thrilling matches to which they devote their undeniable talent. However, there is one other MVP that shouldn’t be overlooked this year; and, no, we’re not talking about Portugul’s Cristiano Ronaldo or Argentina’s Javier Mascherano. We’re talking about […]

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3 Must-Do’s You Should Complete Beyond the Interview to Vet That Potential New Hire

Background checks, online searches and tests for candidates can be key practices when you’re hiring. June 20, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Earlier this year, retail giant Target settled a $3.7 million discrimination lawsuit, as reported by USA Today. The suit alleged that Target’s criminal background-check process was biased against minority candidates. The litigation, spearheaded by the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, has since led Target to set up a process for the plaintiffs to either obtain jobs or receive a cash award. Related: 4 Ways to Test ‘Cultural Fit’ During the Hiring Process The class action lawsuit centered around the experiences of two prospective Target employees. Both candidates were given conditional employment offers after their interviews, but following criminal background checks, the offers were revoked. According to reports, the background checks revealed misdemeanor convictions from more than 20 years before, on one candidate’s […]

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3 Lessons the Big Brands Hopping on to the Blockchain Can Teach Entrepreneurs

By mirroring strategies undertaken by big brands, startups can find ways to offer unique services taking advantage of the blockchain’s beneficial attributes. June 15, 2018 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. With the blockchain bandwagon gaining momentum, it’s easy to argue that the increasing number of large companies testing the waters is simply a money grab rather than a decision to dabble in innovation. Related: 7 Myths That Fuel Blockchain Hysteria For these brands, blockchain technology, which has commonly been linked to the startup ecosystem, may seem like a somewhat unnecessary add-on that is largely unrelated to core business processes and practices. Moreover, some of the high-profile public blockchain initiatives, like those by Kodak and Long Island Iced Tea (since renamed Long Blockchain Corp.), have flopped hard enough to make observers doubt the applicability of the technology to large companies (as  this Fortune article documented). Even […]

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How to Overcome the 5 Top Challenges of Remote Freelance Work

A freelancer’s need for self-promotion. The battle against loneliness. Chasing clients for pay: Here’s what to do. June 13, 2018 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. To an outsider looking in, the notion of liberating yourself from a corporate environment and controlling your own success as a freelancer probably seems like nothing less than a dream. So much so that (as a slideshare study presented by Upwork shows) 57.3 million Americans were freelancing as of 2017. (Freelancing In America 2017 used the figure of 36 percent of the U.S. workforce). Related: The Surprising Reality Is Freelancers Are Happy and Prospering Theirs is a world I’ve shared: Before I became a business owner with employees, partners and 1099 contractors, I too was a freelancer and so came to understand the unique challenges freelancers face. I know from experience that pursuing an entrepreneurial venture alone can give […]

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