How These Co-Founders Turned a College Surfing Trip Into a Popular Business

Pura Vida’s eclectic, artisan-made jewelry found a receptive audience through its network of campus representatives. January 13, 2020 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars and program host Brittany Whitney takes us through a talk with Griffin Thall and Paul Goodman, the founders of Pura Vida Bracelets.  The business found its start when two friends and future co-founders departed on a surfing trip together in Costa Rica. On the outing, the men met craftsmen and surfers who were selling bracelets off the beach. Eventually, they realized the bracelets would sell amazinigly with their friends and people in their age group at home.  This sentiment eventually turned into a business with its own website and a mission based around the idea of spreading artisan products to people around the world. The brand originally began with only $100 but running with a determination […]

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Meatable Is Working on Producing Meat From Animal Cells

Plus, Rock Paper Coin vows to make wedding planning easier, and Arta is a powerful suite of digital tools backed by a team of logistics experts. January 10, 2020 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Meatable is one of several companies working on the production of meat derived from animal cells. This method of meat production theoretically has a far smaller carbon emissions footprint and is better for the environment than traditional animal farming. Meatable is one of the first companies to focus its attention to the other white meat. The startup is hoping to have an industry-scale plant online manufacturing thousands of kilograms of meat by 2025. Rock Paper Coin vows to make wedding planning easier with its payment and contract platform. It simplifies the paperwork so you can spend more time on the important wedding and event details like planning and creating your vision. […]

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How This Founder Went From Working in Retail to Starting Her Own Non-Profit for Young Girls

This female entrepreneur speaks about her uncommon path to success. January 8, 2020 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars and host Brittany Whitney speak with Tracey Welson-Rossman, the founder of CEO of Techgirlz. Welson-Rossman shares that she began her career working retail management at a department store, after which she moved onto QVC, the online shopping platform. From QVC, the female entrepreneur landed in advertising sales, through which she began developing her entrepreneurial skills. This role eventually gave rise to an opportunity with a ride-hailing company, which she first managed with her spouse while she was seven months pregnant. After selling the business, the founder started Techgirlz, a non-profit aiming to inspire girls to pursue careers in technology.  When asked about the path of a founder, Welson-Rossman stresses that a new business owner should never think entrepreneurship will be a straight line.  […]

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What This Trampoline Park Founder Learned From Franchising His Business

In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with Jeff Platt, the CEO of SkyZone. January 6, 2020 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. SkyZone began as a trampoline park and, since its founding, has expanded into other fitness structures that incorporate movement and play. The company likes to focus on the activity-promoting aspect of the business, especially within the national context of getting kids more active and playing outdoors.  As SkyZone has grown, Pratt has seen the importance of the company’s top-to-bottom alignment. Challenges will crop up in every step of a business’s journey. Now, as an established CEO, Platt has realized the importance of staying adaptable to every stage of a business. For example, as SkyZone has expanded into a franchise business, the original members of SkyZone have learned from franchisees on how to grow the business further.  Click the video to hear more. Related: How […]

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Want to Stay the Course in Entrepreneurship? Focus on Your Mission.

December 23, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars and host Jeanne Yurman speak with Daniel Rosenzweig, the CEO and co-founder of Kettlespace. Kettlespace takes under-utilized spaces with lulls during the day (art galleries, restaurants, hotels, etc.) and converts the properties into co-working spaces. Rosenzweig explains how he noticed how many resetaurants’ lunch period often left half the business’s space sitting idle. With this model, the company is able to bring together small businesses and help them help each other. At the same time, Kettlespace’s members, who work within the spaces, receive access to each of its current 15 venues.  Rosenzweig’s advice to entrepreneurs who are thinking of calling it quits is to never lose focus on the larger goal. He mentions that being an entrepreneur requires a unique personality, one that can see how an outlandish idea has a beneficial end.  Click the video to hear more.  […]

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How Entrepreneurs Can Adapt and Grow Their Businesses at Any Stage

Different skills are necessary for different points of your growing company. December 18, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with Keith Smith, the CEO and co-founder of Payability. The company helps vendors and sellers get cash faster. Smith got the idea for Payability when he noticed traditional suppliers and sellers were increasingly turning to nontraditional options for financing. The company allows businesses to turn earnings reports into receivables, which can then be financed.  Smith recommends CEOs consider where they are in their business development journey, because the skillsets needed for growth can vary depending where you are. In the beginning of a business, the CEO recommends customer exploration. Then, a CEO of a more established startup should shift focus to money management and the hiring process. Click the video to hear more from Business Rockstars. Related: How This Accounting Firm’s Office Builds Structure […]

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This Inclusive Benefits Card Wants to Remove the Privilege From High-Stakes Networking

This founder looked to spread C-suite perks to small businesses. December 16, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with Eric Kuhn of Founders Card, who noticed that many investment firms were able to benefit from lower interest rates but bottom-level entrepreneurs were not benefitting. This revelation prompted Founders Card, which is meant to create a membership community for founders and CEOs, through which they can receive certain perks and benefits. The program is very helpful to building and growing the business. The membership is ideal for rising executives who are eager to get certain benefits and networking opportunities.  Click the video to hear more from Business Rockstars and Eric Kuhn. Related: How This Accounting Firm’s Office Builds Structure and Invites the Flow of Ideas Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. […]

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Why This Entrepreneur Says Defining Your Own Success Is Integral to Running a Business

Try your best to tune out distractions. December 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 talk with Kings Circle Capital partner Mona Bijoor, who describes her process of founding a company and writing a book. Bijoor’s company, Joor, started in 2010. At that time, Bijoor noticed a new opportunity to take companies’ communications from cumbersome paper to digital.  Bijoor explains how she never felt it was necessary to embrace failure as a stepping stone (she thinks of it as more of a distraction), but instead likes to think about all the factors at play to achieve success.  As a rule of thumb, the founder thinks successful leaders tend to be incredibly resourceful, believe strongly in their abilities and embrace their own definition of success. Click the video to hear more.  Related: How This Spice Company Maintains Its Sweet Office Culture Entrepreneur Network is a premium […]

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New App Fanalyze Makes It Easier to Analyze Sports Data

Plus, startup Builddie is going to save you money on your electricity bill, and startup Anoma cosmetics is redefining beauty. December 6, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Fanalyze is a simple mobile and web app created to introduce a better and more straightforward approach to sports search results to speed up your fantasy sports and sports betting analysis. The app has a ton of features like stats, news and player comparison, and it is available for download on the iPhone and Android.  Builddie is the future of home energy management. Builddie works with a wide range of smart home products. All you have to do is connect your smart product to Builddie and watch the savings happen. Builddie charts and graphs depict real-time energy usage and cost, preventing big bills before they can happen. It uses AI to learn your preferences and can notify you to […]

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How This Founder Started an Influencer-Based Digital Business Right Out of College

Hiring employees was a challenge for this woman founder. December 2, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with Ali Grant, founder of communications company Be Social. Grant started the business when she was 23 years old. She formed the idea for the business after working at both a traditional PR firm and a social media agency.  Before starting the company, Grant did not have significant business experience and gained most of her business acumen along the way. One of her most notable early obstacles was hiring her first employee. The process proved to be quite complex, especially when dealing with the legal side of things and implementing solid management tactics. Click the video to hear more. Related: How This Business Incubator Thrives Due to Its Inclusive and Collaborative Office Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and […]

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How This Business Incubator Thrives Due to Its Inclusive and Collaborative Office

Businesses can network and grow within the sleek office space or Row DTLA. November 27, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars gives a tour of the Row DTLA workspace. At the Row offices, management wants employees to feel that anything is possible.  The open office, made mainly of glass, creates a light and uplifting feel, offering impressive skyline views and sophisticated interior design that makes it feel like part of a college campus. The organization is based on the value of collaboration, and the office is distinctly helpful in further promoting this. To hear more about the Row’s office layout and how it contributes to the functioning of the company, click on the video.  Related: How This Lifestyle Brand President Grew Into Her Leadership Role Entrepreneur Network is a premium video network providing entertainment, education and inspiration from successful entrepreneurs and thought leaders. We provide expertise […]

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How This Lifestyle Brand President Grew Into Her Leadership Role

The adjustment from a junior title to a top role did not come without growing pains. November 25, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Entrepreneur Network partner Business Rockstars speaks with Julia Hunter, the president of lifestyle brand Jenni Kayne. After spending a few years in investment banking, Hunter knew she wanted to go into something more creative and product-driven.  Jenni Kayne is a California lifestyle brand trying to bring a note of calm and concentrate on living well while working and living as a busy mom. It originally started as a blog, which included a diverse number of lifestyle categorie. Jenni Kayne’s aesthetic and mission is translated both in the design of its retail stores and its various social media channels.  Hunter admits that the initial transition to company president was a difficult move but breaks down how she eased into the role.  […]

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How This Woman Uses Her Small-Business Roots to Motivate Franchisees

Sarah Luna’s family history and experience as a franchisee helped make her a winning fit for Pure Barre’s leadership. November 18, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In this video, Business Rockstars host Jeannie Yurman sits down with the President of Pure Barre, Sarah Luna. Pure Barre is a franchising business that combines barre and ballet routines set to high-energy musical tracks.  Though Purre Barre is not her own creation, Luna’s experiencing as a franchisee prepared her for this role, because as Pure Barre president, she helps franchisees in developing eye-catching marketing materials. She also assists in finding the right real estate for a new location and boosting franchisees’ morale by organizing company conventions.  It also helps that Luna comes from a family with an entrepreneurial background. Her father was an owner of a small business, and her mother ran her own franchise. To hear more from the conversation between Business Rockstars and Luna, […]

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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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