How This Tech-Based Car Company Prioritizes Different Perspectives Within Its Office Culture

Diverse experiences are part of the environment and community at Byton automobile. November 13, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars gets an office tour of automobile and smart device company Byton.  Byton team members, from the engineers to upper management, offer insights into a day at the tech company. The startup’s energetic office space combines many different sets of experiences and expertise in one place. The diversity of the office creates an interesting atmosphere of collaboration and culture.  The office is pet-friendly, hires many young company members and boasts a team of chefs who provide healthy meals that keep the entire office energized and excited about their work.  Click the video to hear more.  Related: This Software Company’s Open Office Genuinely Fosters Collaboration Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide […]

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This Software Company’s Open Office Genuinely Fosters Collaboration

Transparency and fluid communication help make Vertafore’s culture productive and friendly. November 11, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars gives an office tour of Vertafore, a Denver-based software development company. Vertafore uses a sleekly designed open office, but many facets of the workspace’s design also make the company particularly welcoming. As Vertafore VP of Customer Support Technology Steve Cox explains, the company prides itself on transparency with its leadership. According to Cox, the upper management makes a distinct effort to be communicative, including being clear on ultimate goals, so collaboration goes smoother and employees feel more educated.  Click the video to hear more from Business Rockstars about the Vertafore office space and culture. Related: Why Bombas Never Underestimates the Importance of the Customer Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to […]

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OurPlace Has Raised $2.35 Million

Plus, the NBA and sports betting DraftKings have announced a partnership. November 8, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Ourplace is a Los Angeles based startup designing Cookware for rising rents and shrinking cabinet space. OurPlace has raised $2.35 million in financing from investors, including the venture arm of FabFitFun and Will Smith’s Dreamers VC. Ourplace is also partnering with the Los Angeles Food Policy Council on an issue that they both care a lot about: access to good food. The NBA and sports betting business DraftKings announced a multiyear partnership. The NBA will provide official betting data to DraftKings, which the company will make available for consumers on its mobile platform and sportsbooks. The league says it will work with DraftKings to protect the integrity of NBA games. Work gamification startup Centrical has raised a $13 million in a series C funding round. Centrical helps businesses improve employee engagement, proficiency, and performance […]

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Why Bombas Never Underestimates the Importance of the Customer

The CEO of this charitable sock company talks about the importance of putting yourself in your customers’ shoes. November 6, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with the CEO and co-founder of Bombas, David Heath, whose company concentrates on producing socks and apparel with a charitable structure.  Heath kickstarted the company by researching the current market offerings in the space. He recognized that there was a particular gap in the apparel market: The premium sports category. Heath believed customers involved with extreme and demanding sports like cycling, hiking and running were lacking socks. From this observation, Heath made a special effort to concentrate on sock product development. Since the company donates one pair of socks for each pair sold, Heath knew he had to design an extraordinary product that will sell.  If he had to give a newer entrepreneur advice […]

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How This CEO Used His Own Need for a Small Loan to Launch a Burgeoning Startup

This executive saw a gap in the marketplace and jumped to fill it. November 4, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars talks with Matt Rodak, the CEO of Fund That Flip (FTF). FTF operates as a financing company to individuals who are looking to buy property, fix them up and eventually sell them. The company offers short-term loans for people who are mainly in the midst of the home renovation process.  Rodak describes his business as a lender and investment platform. The founder saw the opportunity to bring together a smaller market of lenders in need of loans at a higher interest rate with easy accessibility, as well as high-earning investors who were in the market for investment products.  Click the video to hear more from Business Rockstars and Matt Rodak.  Related: How This Female-Focused Media Entrepreneur Differentiates Her Company in a Competitive […]

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A UK-Based Travel Tech Startup Has Just Raised $30 Million

Plus, blockchain startup Zamna raised $5 million, and Bond Pet Foods is creating a cultured, sustainable dog food. November 1, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Duffel, a UK-based travel tech startup, has just raised $30 million in a round led by Index Ventures. Duffel is a business-to-business (B2B) platform making travel innovation easy specifically for booking flights. Duffel is integrated with many airlines like American Airlines and Lufthansa. The company has raised $56 million to date.  Blockchain startup ZAMNA raised $5 million to automate airport security checks using blockchain and biometrics technology. The startup plans to use the funding to deploy its Advance Passenger Information platform. The platform will enable secure sharing between involved parties and provide instant passenger data checks, which is expected to reduce manual document checks up to 90 percent.  Startup Bond Pet Foods is creating a cultured, sustainable dog food. The Colorado-based startup is making meat […]

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How This Female-Focused Media Entrepreneur Differentiates Her Company in a Competitive Space

This female founder says her company offers “Martha Stewart results without the Martha Stewart effort.” October 30, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with President and Co-Founder of First Media Sharon Rechter.  Rechter faced some serious obstacles while starting First Media, a cable content network targeted for specifically women, from scratch. It wasn’t easy to convince investors and other players that her network was a viable competitor. However, Rechter’s ability to confront challenges and productively change directions helped her navigate major challenges, especially when social media began to overtake cable television. The founder was also able to use this skill when Facebook changed its algorithm in 2018.   Click the video to hear more.  Related: For Fashion Designer Rebecca Minkoff, Even Closed Doors Aren’t Wasted Opportunity Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought […]

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MadBox Raised a $16.5 Million Series A Round

Plus, there is a new women’s clothing rental startup called Armoire, and wellness startup WellSet just raised a pre-seed funding round from a women-led team of investors. October 25, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The mobile Game startup, MadBox raised a $16.5 million Series A round. The company develops mobile games and has had 100 million installs in its first year. MadBox handles all the development of the game from start to finish including design to user acquisition. The funding round was led by Alven.  There is a new women’s clothing rental startup called Armoire. Armoire is a women’s rental clothing membership that continuously styles you with curated, contemporary designs. It recently opened a brick-and-mortar location in Seattle and has a monthly membership plan starting at $149 a month.  Wellness startup WellSet is a discovery platform for wellness services like massages and acupuncture. WellSet practitioners are specialists in over 160 […]

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For Fashion Designer Rebecca Minkoff, Even Closed Doors Aren’t Wasted Opportunity

Minkoff learned persistence early in her career. October 25, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with Rebecca Minkoff, fashion designer and founder of the Female Founder Collective. Minkoff moved to New York when she just 18 years old. Soon after, she attended her first fashion show and she instantly felt a connection with the industry and prospect of designing her own line. Her passion motivated her to constantly volunteer at the show’s venue, which led to her losing her job (a shift that proved to be beneficial). Hear more from Minkoff’s entrepreneurial journey by clicking on the video.  Related: How Rebecca Minkoff Is Sharing Business Resources With Female Founders Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio content distributed […]

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How Rebecca Minkoff Is Sharing Business Resources With Female Founders

Women who join this organization can hear hands-on advice for their businesses. October 23, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars talks with fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff and her business partner, Mary Ann Reilly, who is also Head of North American Marketing at Visa. Together, these two women have founded and built up the Female Founder Collective. The Female Founder Collective listens to female business owners and the problems they encounter. It also offers advice on how to sustain their businesses. The Collective focuses on lifting up female-owned and female-supported businesses.  Some of the advice the organization can provide includes small-business basics like how to build up your funding (for example, turning to the Small Business Administration instead of family members) and how to find a network of support. In the interview, Minkoff and Reilly speak about the joy and reward they feel while watching the organization’s members flourish. […]

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How the Away Luggage Line CEO Thinks About Customer Service

The make-up of the company’s team is key to forwarding the company’s pursuits. October 21, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars and host Gregg Greenberg speak with the CEO and co-founder of Away, Steph Korey. Korey says the company’s signature suicases were an answer to the question, “What would it take to design a high-quality, lifetime-warranty suitcase that would fit into a frequent traveler’s busy lifestyle?”  Korey also talks about the experience of entrepreneurship, and that the best reason to work for yourself is to work with a fantastic team. She explains that each of her team members is focused on the Away customer experience, concentrating on making the entire process of purchase and use seamless. Moreover, like Korey, each member of the Away team is passionate about travel and committed to the detail-oriented nature of […]

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Collaboration Helps This CEO Remain Passionate About Entrepreneurship

The founder of this video network emphasizes the incredible power of forming partnerships in business. October 16, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with Lynnwood Bibbens, the CEO and co-founder of ReachTV. Bibbens discusses how ReachTV consumption has changed in recent years. The platform is particularly interesting to those who have some spare time and are hanging out in airports. The content on ReachTV is formatted to be viewed in short-form installments — ideal for busy individuals who are traveling on a regular basis.  Lynnwood also discusses how ReachTV followed an unconventional route and did not acquire a library of video content before its launch. Instead, the content provider focused on creating a linear video platform with an engaged audience. Bibbens is able to achieve his goals by focusing on collaboration.  Click the video to hear more […]

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Easy and Efficient Tips to Improve Your Work-Life Balance

Time is of the essence in the beginning stages of a new business. October 14, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this latest episode of Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars’ Empowerista series, host Alex Wehrley discusses creating work-life balance when managing a new business.  Start by finding responsibilities you can delegate to current team members or new hires. The best circumstances are when you have a team already in place you can turn to. You can also look to outsource responsibilities in your personal life. Chores and household needs like lawncare, grocery delivery and laundry services can be delegated to others. Finally, try turning to automation. Automating everything from paying bills to posting on social media can help save you time. Watch the video to see more tips. Related: This Entrepreneur Finds Passion From His Company’s Main Priority Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought […]

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This Entrepreneur Finds Passion From His Company’s Main Priority

Like many entrepreneurs, this CEO knew it was a gamble to start his own business. October 9, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars and host Brittney Whitney speak with Rick Stollmeyer, CEO and Co-Founder of Mindbody.  Stollmeyer observed that many entrepreneurs in the yoga space relied on grassroots efforts after starting from nothing and sacrificing much of their net worth. Inspired by these entrepreneurs, Stollmeyer left his previous career to start Mindbody in 2000.  Mindbody is a software and technology platform that curates and presents boutique fitness studios, spas and various health services in the customer’s area.  Stollmeyer talks about the real risk he underwent to start his business. He already had a large family and a mortgage, but like many entrepreneurs, he felt he had a core need to start a business despite the uncertainty of success.  Click the video to hear more. Related: The CEO of Foursquare […]

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Instagram Launches a Creator Account

Plus, a new chocolate-making robot will make sweets right on your kitchen counter. October 4, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Instagram’s new branded creators account is meant to encourage wannabe influencers and content makers to keep creating for Instagram. The account page says it will address “tips, tricks, updates, IGTV, behind-the-scenes, access, insights, and tutorials.” The account unsurprisingly focuses on IGTV, the long-form video arm of Instagram.  Levi’s is announcing new jackets with Google’s Project Jacquard technology, which turns a portion of the fabric on the sleeve into a touch-sensitive remote control for phones. You’ll be able to answer calls, control your music and get directions by using hand gestures on the sleeve of the jacket. The standard Trucker Jacket will launch for $198 this fall.  Palo Alto, California start-up CocoTerra has developed the world’s first kitchen countertop chocolate-making appliance. There is also a companion app that guides users step-by-step during the chocolate making and includes recipes […]

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What Drives Nick Cannon to Chase His Aspirations

The television host and entrepreneur shares some tips from his business and life experiences. October 2, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with businessman, television host and music artist Nick Cannon. Cannon places value in having passion for all of his different roles. For Cannon, passion is the secret to maintaining perseverance and enthusiasm to meet his ambitions.  Click the video to hear more from Business Rockstars and Nick Cannon. Related: Everything You Want Is on the Other Side of Fear Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video and audio content distributed across all digital platforms for the business genre. EN is partnered with hundreds of top YouTube channels in the business vertical. Watch video from our network partners on demand […]

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Everything You Want Is on the Other Side of Fear

This founder and CEO says she didn’t know how successful her business would be, but she knew she would regret not trying. September 30, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars and Brittany Whitney speak with Cat Chen, the founder of Skylar. According to the company website, Skylar offers “natural perfumes that are hypoallergenic, cruelty-free and vegan with at-home sampling.” Chen and Whitney discuss how Chen first got the idea to start Skylar and how her background in business helped her push through the fear that comes with starting a business for the first time. After, the pair break down one of the challenges Chen and Skylar are facing today, because as the founder admits, being an entrepreneur means solving new problems on a daily basis. Click the video to hear more. Related: How This Night Club Entrepreneur Used […]

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Nestle Is Launching Luxury Kit Kat Bars

Plus, a new startup is showing that fertility tech is for men too, and Kyte is a new startup that wants to bring your rental car to you. September 27, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Kit Kats are getting an upgrade! Nestle is launching luxury Kit Kat bars…but they are not cheap. The new “Kit Kat Chocolatory” creation costs $17 a bar. The new bar will allow customers to choose from 1,500 flavor combinations, and also features personalized packaging. These are currently being sold in the U.K.  A new startup is showing that fertility tech is for men, too! Dadi is a modern, millennial-friendly sperm testing and storage company.  The company’s mission is to normalize the conversation around reproductive health. Dadi a patented, temperature-controlled kit that is discreetly delivered to your home and back to their lab for $99.  Kyte is a new startup that wants to bring […]

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How This Night Club Entrepreneur Used Both Success and Failure as Motivation

The founder of California night club talks about his approach to running a successful business. September 25, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with Brent Bolthouse, the founder of The Bungalow night clubs in Huntington Beach and Santa Monica, California and Neon Carnival party. The founder discssues how he found so much success in the nightclub space.  Bolthouse started with confidence after a string of successful launches, but after a while, he eventually did have to come to terms with bad timing. He realized through his entrepreneurial journey that it’s all right to fail. Click the video to hear more. Related: Why This Real Estate Entrepreneur Turned to Instagram to Scale His Business Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities to accelerate brand growth and effectively monetize video […]

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Why This Real Estate Entrepreneur Turned to Instagram to Scale His Business

Brandon Charnas speaks about how social media helped him grow his business. September 23, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with Brandon Charnas, the CEO and co-founder of Current Real Estate Advisors. The CEO talks about how using social media elevated his real estate business. Current Real Estate Advisors helps its clients find retail and office space, and it also promotes the clients’ brands on social media. Charnas notes that the brand has a very engaged audience on social media.   The founder started his business after realizing he could not base his company on only convincing long-time New York property owners to sell. Instead, he had to work on defining scalability and building a more sustainable business. Charnas’s wife, Arielle Charnas, is a well-known fashion influencer who helped the CEO realize the power of an engaged online community.  Click the […]

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