How These Athleisure Founders Integrated Philanthropy Into Their Business

These sportswear designers talk about building a brand community and working toward a positive cause. September 18, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with the co-founders of the athleisure brand, Legend, to discuss their ability to leverage their resources to build a philanthropic brand. Part of their winning formula includes working with high-performing athletes and using the training facility owned by NBA star, Kobe Bryant. Additionally, the brand’s melding of athleisure and high-quality cuts and fabrics help differentiate the product. The team admits they have also experienced their moments of self-doubt — especially when putting something new and unexpected out into the market. To combat uncertainty and build goodwill among their fans, the Legend founders focus on building a thriving brand community by turning to their resources and celebrity connections.  Click the video to hear more.  Related: If […]

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If You Want to Disrupt an Industry, You Need to Evaluate the Originality of Your Idea First

This jewelry designer speaks about starting her company by recognizing an opportunity in the market. September 16, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars talks with Lana Bramletter, the founder of Lana Jewelry. Bramletter speaks about being one of the first in the space to create personalized, fine jewelry. The phenomenon was encouraged by the popularity of a similar necklace on Sex & the City. The founder stresses how important it is to her to keep control over her company instead of giving away a large part of it to deep-pocketed investors.  The process of securing investors and their money is no walk in the park — Bramletter speaks about the many hoops that are required to secure loans and start taking money from investors. This process is similar, in Bramletter’s eyes, to finding the best partner for you. It […]

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McDonald’s Is Acquiring AI Startup Apprente

Plus, there is a new self-checkout shopping cart making grocery shopping easier, and Google is using AI on its new baby monitor to help keep your baby safe. September 13, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. McDonald’s is acquiring Apprente, a startup which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to understand speech in multiple languages. The technology will be used in the company’s drive-thrus and could also be used in its self-order kiosks and a mobile app. This is McDonald’s third tech deal this year.  There is a new self-checkout shopping cart that makes grocery shopping easier. When you are shopping with a Caper cart, all you have to do is scan the item barcode and simply add it to your cart. Once you are done shopping you pay directly on the cart. Caper recently closed a $10 million Series A led by Lux Capital.  Google is using AI on their new baby […]

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How This Entrepreneur Grew His Passion for Luxury Wines Into a Business

The founder discusses how he made the transition from hobby to side hustle to full-time business. September 11, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with Jesse Katz, a winemaker and entrepreneur. Katz discusses his business, Aperture Cellars, which focuses mainly on bordeaux wines.  Katz found success when he moved away from making wines for other people and instead started making them for himself. His love for wine and the business then made it easier to overcome mental challenges that can hold business owners back. Click the video to hear more from Jesse Katz and Business Rockstars. Related: How This Entrepreneur Gave Digital Art Its Voice and a Place to Thrive 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 […]

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How This Entrepreneur Is Helping Digital Artists Protect Their Work

Dannie Chu discusses what it takes to create a business focused on creativity within a digital space. September 9, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars and host Brittany Whitney discuss the birth of MakersPlace and its subsequent journey with co-founder and CEO Dannie Chu.  Chu recounts his early days as part of the original Pinterest team. Chu saw then how the company came up against struggles with attribution, or people copying others’ work without consequences. This problem provedr to Chu that digital creatives required help to protect their unconventional art. Chu explains how digital art is often thought of as less than physical art, since it can be difficult to prove authenticity but easy to copy. Therefore, Chu is working to make digital art and those who create it more legitimate.  Click the video to hear more about how Dannie Chu and MakersPlace are […]

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Bedding Startup Boll & Branch Raises $100 Million

Plus, KFC will start testing plant-based chicken, and a Seattle-based startup called Human has developed over-the-ear wireless headphones. August 30, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Bedding startup Boll & Branch raised $100 million. The New Jersey-based company sells organic sheets, pillows, mattresses, and towels. It plans to continue expanding the product line. Boll & Branch has been profitable for the past four years and is now bringing in a nine-figure revenue.  KFC will start testing plant-based chicken from Beyond Meat. The company is going to sell a vegan option in Atlanta and see how customers react before going nationwide. The Beyond Fried Chicken will be cooked in the same fryers with chicken, which might not go over so well with those on strict vegetarian or vegan diets. A Seattle-based startup called Human has developed over-the-ear wireless headphones. The Human Headphones apparently have up to 9 hours of continuous battery life and retail […]

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How These Tequila Founders Discovered a Creative Outlet From Their Day Jobs

The founders talk about how they developed the idea for their business. August 28, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Brittney Whitney and Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars talk with the co-founders of JAJA Tequila, Maurice Tebele and Martin Hoffstein.  Tebele and Hoffstein wanted to find a fun outlet apart from their jobs and felt there were not many fun, taste-testable options in the realm of tequila. They talk about marketing their product on social media to leverage their unique voice. Click the video to hear more from the founders of JAJA Tequila. Related: Why This Wellness CEO Celebrates Trying New Things and Letting Go of Perfection 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 […]

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Why This Wellness CEO Celebrates Trying New Things and Letting Go of Perfection

The entrepreneur and runner discusses a few lessons he’s learned over time. August 26, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with Kurt Seidensticker, the CEO of Vital Proteins.  Seidensticker talks about how as an avid runner, he saw his body struggle to recover after he hit a certain age. That realization led him to look into the chemistry of his body. Upon discovering a new category of protein suitable to package into an edible powder, Seidensticker encountered an opportunity to pursue a new entrepreneurial project.  The CEO also stresses avoiding perfection. The Vital Proteins exec points out that many perfectionists often can’t move forward and should try many things to see what works.  Click the video to hear more.  Related: This Founder Quit His Finance Job to Bring His Vegan Frozen Treats to the Masses Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, […]

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Selena Gomez Is the Latest Celebrity Starting a Venture in the Beauty World

Plus, Target is launching a new grocery brand, and a startup called Fritz Frames is going to make shopping for prescription glasses easier for your kids. August 23, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Selena Gomez is the latest celebrity starting a venture in the beauty world. She will launch a range of beauty products, including fragrances, cosmetics, body care, skin care, hair care and nail products. The list also includes incense and essential oils. There is still no confirmation on where or when her line will launch, but her fans are ready! Target is launching a new grocery brand called Good & Gather. It will include thousands of items ranging from organic snacks to salad mixes and frozen meals. Target expects Good & Gather to be a multibillion-dollar brand by the end of 2020. A startup called Fritz Frames is going to make shopping for prescription glasses easier […]

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This Tech Founder Breaks Down How to Earn Your Customers’ Trust

It won’t be an easy journey, but it’s worth it in the end. August 19, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars talks with Colt Seman, the CMO and founder of Miku, to talk about his experiences working in the baby monitor business.  Seman was able to gain customer trust and disrupt the marketplace by establishing how the Miku device was somewhat of a revolutionary in the market space. The product comes with customizations, including a base that can be adjusted to specific heights, along with other hardware components. Seman notes there really isn’t a “Dyson of baby goods” within the consumer space yet. The CMO worked to show that the Miku device is both tested and performs at a high level.  Click the video to hear more. Related: How This Charitable Business Keeps Its Profits Within the Community Entrepreneur Network is a premium […]

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Nike Is Entering Into a Subscription Model Business

Plus, a Bay Area startup raises $28 million, and a startup helping podcasters raises $23 million. August 16, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Nike is entering the subscription model with a kids sneaker club. The subscription service is called the Nike Adventure Club. It will allow parents to order shoes for their kids ages 2 to 10 either on a quarterly, bimonthly or monthly basis. The fees are either $20, $30 or $50 depending on the frequency of the service.  A Bay Area Startup, Light Field Lab, raises $28 million! Light Field Bosch Venture Capital and Taiwania Capital led the round of funding for the company’s technology to build large holographic displays out of small building blocks. A startup that wants to help podcasters build media business called Glow raises $2.3 million! Glow helps podcasters start monetizing their podcasts with a simple and seamless payment system. Listeners can sign up for recurring subscriptions […]

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Hyundai Creates a Car With a Roof-Based Solar Charging System

Plus, Shake Shack partners up with GrubHub, and a direct-to-consumer plant startup raises $7.5 million. August 12, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Hyundai Motor Company has launched a car with a solar roof charging system. The Silicon solar panels have been attached to the roof of the vehicle and can charge while the car is moving. The vehicle is being sold in South Korea and will also be released in the North American markets.  It will now be easier to get Shake Shack! Shake Shack and Grubhub are teaming up for nationwide delivery. The partnership is currently being tested in four locations — New York, Illinois, New Jersey and Connecticut. The companies plan to expand delivery to Shake Shack’s 150 US restaurants over the next nine months. A startup called Bloomscape raises $7.5 million in series A funding. Bloomscape launched a little over a year ago and has shipped more than […]

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This Fashion Startup Hopes to Become the Amazon of Wardrobe Styling

The founder discusses how his business filled a need, then adjusted to customer expectations. August 12, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner,Business Rockstars and program host Brittany Lehm speak with Brian Ree, the CEO of DailyLook.  Ree describes DailyLook’s initial mission as being a transactional site to help people navigate the clothing landscape and purchase a complete look. In the company’s beginnings, there were often uncertainties for the consumers, such as familiarity with the company’s offered brands, the fit of the clothing and the fabrics. By tweaking these specific parts of DailyLook’s offerings, the company immediately received positive feedback from customers and was able to identify shortcomings in distribution and user experience, which the founders could improve upon. Ree’s goal is to establish DailyLook as the leading personal stylist company in the space, akin to how Amazon evolved how people shop in the last […]

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This CEO Says You Shouldn’t Expect Entrepreneurship to Be Glamorous

The Lensabl head stresses do not expect a bump-free path as you try to finance and spread the word on your business. August 5, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars sits down with Lensabl CEO Andrew Bilinsky to talk about how his business is shaking up the eyewear industry and how he went about getting the business off the ground. The CEO discusses how the launch process for a new business is quite daunting and often a far cry from what is portrayed in the media. Furthermore, the work of creating materials and pitching investors requires a tough skin and perseverance. Bilinsky also talks about Lensabl being one of many of his entrepreneurial ideas but how the company grew to new proportions because he concentrated all his attention on it.  Click the video to hear more. Related: Should You Be […]

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Is Apple Going to Release a Credit Card?

Plus, there’s a new app that lets your Instagram followers track your location, and a startup that adds a voice interface to websites raises $4 million. August 2, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Apple might release a credit card called the Apple Card. It is an in-house credit card powered by Goldman Sachs and Mastercard. The Apple Card would be both physical and virtual. There are no numbers on the card for security reasons. Instead, when you want to pay for something on a website that doesn’t support Apple Pay, you get a virtual card number in the Wallet app. Instagram stalking has taken on a new meaning! A new app called Who’s in Town aggregates data from geotagged posts and stories and map updates in real-time. Users who download the app and grant it access to their Instagram account are presented with an interactive map of every […]

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What All High-Performing Social Media Posts Have in Common

Think about the connection you’re making with your audience. July 31, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this episode of the Empowerista series from Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars, Alex Wehrley points out one thing all high-performing posts have in common: They always bring up emotion. Funny posts tend to perform especially well. Posts that are distinctly vulnerable also make an impact, since most people often only display their highlight reels and avoid showing genuine personality. Finally, inspirational posts are also high-performers. Examples of inspirational posts include inspiring quotes, images and transformational stories.  Click play to hear more.  Related: Should You Be the Face of Your Company’s Social Media Accounts? 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 […]

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Should You Be the Face of Your Company’s Social Media Accounts?

Putting yourself out there can be difficult, but it’s often worth it. July 29, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this episode of Empowerista from Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars, Alex Wehrley discusses the pros and cons of showing your face on social media. First, as Wehrley mentions, showing your face cements a connection, which is often one of the main reasons people visit social media. Next, showing your face makes your business even more unique. Aspects of your business such as its story, transformation and values can set it apart. Social media promotion is one way to demonstrate how the result of your product or service is relevant to your customer.  Click the video to hear more.  Related: A Streaming Video Service Company Raises More Than $50 Million Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise and opportunities […]

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A Streaming Video Service Company Raises More Than $50 Million

Plus, Pinterest launches wellness activities, and Starbucks is releasing its own line of coffee creamers. July 26, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Iflix, a free and subscription video-on-demand service that is focused on emerging markets raises more than $50 million. The round of funding was led by Fidelity International, with participation from additional returning investors. The funding will be used for growth ahead of a prospective IPO.  Pinterest has launched emotional wellness activities in partnership with Brainstorm, the Stanford Lab for Mental Health Innovation and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If a Pinterest user is searching stress quotes or work anxiety, the option to engage with the new activities to help users cope with anxiety and stress pops up.  Starbucks is releasing their own line of coffee creamers next month. It’s coming out with three flavors in partnership with Nestle. The new creamers come in caramel macchiato, white chocolate mocha, and cinnamon […]

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How Things Change When You Become a Boss

This female entrepreneur discusses what changes she noticed as her business expanded. July 24, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with Boss Babe CEO Natalie Ellis, who shares how each of her days are completely novel. One day, she may be creating a social media post for the brand, and the next she may be interacting directly with customers.  Click the video to hear more about Ellis’s day-to-day activities and the difference between working for yourself and becoming the boss of others.  Related: This Drybar Entrepreneur Stresses How Important Good Culture Is for Company Success 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 […]

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This Drybar Entrepreneur Stresses How Important Good Culture Is for Company Success

A great work environment feeds progress tremendously for a company, big or small. July 22, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with Brittany Driscoll, the founder of massage company Squeeze. Driscoll explains that one of the best parts of working at a startup is witnessing the close-knit community the company has created among its staff.  Driscoll advises that young female entrepreneurs should focus on the positive as much as they can. Even if it can be difficult to push through, it’s important to make sure you pursue even small degrees of progress and avoid getting bogged down by chasing perfection.  Click the video to learn more.  Related: The Number One Reason Women Entrepreneurs Should Look to Support Each Other 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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