The 4 Things This Founder Does Every Day to Improve Productivity

Here’s how this business leader preps his mind each day. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 22, 2020 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Shane Heath was working as a designer in Silicon Valley and drinking up to four cups of coffee a day and started suffering from anxiety and sleep deprivation. “I just sort of came to the conclusion that I didn’t want to be reliant on hundreds of milligrams of caffeine to wake up — the same way that I didn’t want to be reliant on a sleeping pill to fall asleep. I loved having that morning ritual, so I went off to create something better,” he told Jessica Abo. Heath lived in India for six months, and while he was there, he discovered chai. When he came home, he was using chai, which had one-seventh […]

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This Entrepreneur Started Her Business to Offer Meals to New York City Hospital Workers

Stacy Rotner and GratiFoodNYC have donated over 3,000 meals since April. Grow Your Business, Not Your Inbox Stay informed and join our daily newsletter now! May 15, 2020 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. In early April, Stacy Rotner launched GratiFoodNYC, a grassroots initiative dedicated to sending gratitude through food. Rotner’s first goal was to send meals to the frontline emergency and ICU department teams of doctors, nurses and staff at New York City hospitals. After sharing her idea on Facebook, Rotner received nearly $20,000 in one week through her GratiFoodNYC Venmo account. In under four weeks, Rotner had raised more than $65,000. “Donations came from family, friends, colleagues and strangers from all over New York and around the country, and as far as Madrid and Tel Aviv,” she told Jessica Abo over Zoom. She donated 200 meals during her first week and 500 meals the following week. As of May […]

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How One Entrepreneur’s Bamboo Bikes Are Changing Lives (and the Environment) in Ghana

May 8, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Bernice Dapaah started Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative as way to create jobs for Ghana’s youth. “The company uses Ghana’s own grown bamboo to manufacture bicycles instead of steal,” Dapaah told Jessica Abo. “The company is already helping reverse CO2 emissions that will come from the transport sector between 2005 and 2030.” Daapah is an alumni of Harvard University’s Executive Education Program, an ambassador of the World Bamboo Organization and a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Biodiversity and Natural Capital. She is launching a new program that would enable her company to donate more than 10,000 bicycles to students in Ghana, and she is working toward building a childcare facility to help the company employ and support more women.  While Dapaah has dedicated the past 10 years to creating her business, she says it has been an uphill journey. But no […]

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How a Group of Entrepreneurs and Volunteers Is Trying to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

The CEO of Helping Hands tells Jessica Abo how he’s trying to slow the spread of COVID-19 through tech-enabled community volunteerism. May 1, 2020 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When shelter-in-place orders went into effect, Jeff Miller knew he wanted to do something to help people. He started a platform called Helping Hands, leaning on the skills he acquired over the last decade while building two-sided marketplaces. Miller was the founding CEO of the peer-to-peer car-sharing platform Wheelz (now Turo). He also led business development for Uber‘s self-driving vehicle business unit.   It was at Uber where he met Helping Hands’ founding CTO Pedram Keyani, an engineer known for running the company’s hackathons and who, prior to Uber, had built and run multi-disciplinary technical teams at Google and Facebook. Together, these two men figured out how to combine their entrepreneurial hustle and ability to move and build […]

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How Your Company Can Use Its Strengths for the Greater Good

The vice president of social impact, sustainability, diversity and inclusion at Sephora offers advice on how to improve your company’s social impact. March 27, 2020 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Corrie Conrad believes doing good is good for business. As Sephora vice president of social impact, sustainability, diversity and inclusion, she’s particularly proud of the company’s recent We Belong to Something Beautiful campaign, “which is a public statement manifesto of our commitment to inclusion beyond just wanting to do better,” she says. “It’s a commitment to do more around our inclusion activities.” Sephora launched a program called Bold Beauty for the transgender and gender-nonconforming community through its Classes For Confidence program. It also provided gender pronoun buttons to all of its teams in every store because they believe representation matters. Conrad says companies have a really unique opportunity to use their strengths for the greater good of the community when it comes […]

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How to Lead With Your Brand

Jessica Abo sits down with speaker, facilitator and performance consultant Jayzen Patria. March 16, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Jayzen Patria is a featured speaker and facilitator who travels the world helping people put their best brand forward. He has worked with the top names in entertainment, media and tech. In this video, Patria sat down with Jessica Abo to discuss how to lead with your brand and succeed in business. Related: How the Founder of MAKERS Is Inspiring Change Around the Globe Read_More Related posts: How to Develop Your Brand Strategy How These 2 Best Friends Have Scaled Their Fitness Brand Together Grow Brand Value While Accelerating Revenue Growth Lead Volume vs. Lead Quality By RuthBurrReedy 5 Facebook Advertising Hacks for your Health and Fitness Brand — or Any Brand Using Amazon’s Sponsored Brand Advertising to Get Customers Interested in Your Brand Your […]

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How the Founder of MAKERS Is Inspiring Change Around the Globe

Jessica Abo sits down with Dyllan McGee to discuss her new documentary and tips to get out of a creative funk. February 21, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Dyllan McGee, the executive producer and founder of MAKERS, a Verizon Media brand, started a global leadership event called the MAKERS Conference with the hope of bringing together the most powerful names in business, entertainment, tech and finance. McGee is on a mission to advance equality in the workplace and dedicated this year’s conference to the suffragettes and the passing of the 19th Amendment 100 years ago, while also recognizing the work that still needs to be done for women around the world. The MAKERS Conference “Not Done” theme included topics such as intersectionality, micro-aggressions in the workplace, representation in Hollywood and climate change. McGee also announced a new documentary called Not Done, which picks up where her last […]

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How 2 Entrepreneurs Built a Membership Community for Working Moms

Jessica Abo sits down with the founders of HeyMama. February 7, 2020 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. For co-founders Katya Libin and Amri Kibbler, HeyMama is a platform designed to propel high-achieving women forward by providing community, advice and mentorship. Libin and Kibbler created the application-based global membership community to connect career-driven mothers from a long list of industries. HeyMama subscribers have access to the member database, group messaging, events and original content. Having just closed $2 million in seed funding, Libin and Kibbler plan to advance their technology platform, increase their membership capacity and add strategic senior leadership to the company. The funding will allow HeyMama to expand to new markets and double its national presence in the next two years. They sat down with Jessica Abo to discuss their growth and shared their advice for other working mothers.  Related: How to Biohack Your Brain and […]

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How to Biohack Your Brain and Boost Your Business

This female tech entrepreneur, biohacker and author sat down with Jessica Abo to explain how women can biohack their health. January 29, 2020 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Alisa Vitti believes it’s time women start using their biological rhythm to their advantage. She says, “The myth that we’re hormonal, or that our hormones are a liability, is part of an old, misogynistic narrative that isn’t actually based on the scientific facts.” She says most women are in tune with their monthly menstrual cycle, but they might not know there is a second monthly clock called the infradian rhythm, which she explains is just as important as the daily circadian rhythm for maintaining our health. “Ignoring our infradian clock actually makes us sick, overwhelmed, and tired,” she adds. “Most research in health and fitness is actually done on MEN and is not appropriate for women. For example, […]

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How One Entrepreneur Is Helping Families Learn Mandarin Chinese

Jessica Abo sits down with the creator of an interactive sound book for children, their parents and caregivers. January 10, 2020 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As a new mother, Peipei Zhou had a need: She wanted to sing to her son in Chinese. Growing up in Shanghai, her mother sang classic songs, and Zhou wanted to pass along the tradition. Unfortunately, she had forgotten many of the nursery rhymes. By organizing local singalongs with fellow Asian American families, she learned her community had the same need. This was the initial inspiration for Bao Bao Learns Chinese (available on Amazon), an interactive sound book for children wanting to learn Mandarin. Bao Bao Learns Chinese features three songs from the East, and three from the West. With the press of a button, you’ll hear Zhou’s voice singing the tunes while you and your little one […]

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5 Tips to Help You Build Your Network

This founder’s event marketing company is known for curating gift bags and onsite brand integrations for award shows, red carpets, premieres and more. December 20, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Rachael Cosgrove, the founder of Gift Bags by Rachael, is a marketer who connects brands with high-profile events and award shows. Cosgrove worked in Event Marketing at People Magazine for 12 years where she was involved in every aspect of People’s sponsorships of events like the Academy Awards, Grammys, Emmys, SAG Awards, Country Music Awards and many others. Among her many duties, Cosgrove was the lead on gift bags. Eventually, she started helping her colleagues at Time Inc.’s sister publications with their gift bag needs. She soon realized she had begun building what would become her own business. Since launching her company five years ago, Cosgrove has created a network spanning several industries. While she has curated gift bags […]

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5 Tips to Help You Propel Your Business Idea Forward

Jessica Abo sits down with the CEO and founder of The XX Project. December 13, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As an executive in the music industry for more than a decade, and currently the Vice President of Brand Marketing at Epic Records, Michelle Edgar focuses on strategic partnerships and artist development. She has worked on dozens of campaigns including Travis Scott, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Wu Tang Clan, Mary J. Blige and Imagine Dragons. Edgar founded a non-profit organization called Music Unites to help fund sustainable music education programs in underserved public schools. While her day job fulfills her passion for music, she felt something was missing for women in business. She started The XX Project, which is a membership-only networking platform for female executives, entrepreneurs and job seekers. “Women tend to think of other women as competitors rather than allies,” Edgar says. She hopes her events […]

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How to Break Through the Noise to Raise Awareness and Funding for a Cause

Jessica Abo sits down with the co-founder of Bisous for Léo. December 3, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When Emily Rogath Steckler learned her best friend’s son was diagnosed with Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD), she knew she had to do something; so, she and Léo’s mom, Deborah Vauclare, started, Bisous for Léo. The organization is “an ancillary arm of the INAD Cure Foundation, which is the only United States-based nonprofit working on treatment and cure options for INAD, which in layman’s terms is a cross between Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s for kids,” she says. “We’re trying to kiss this disease goodbye so that way nobody else is affected; and also, to raise awareness for those who already are affected and who are suffering.” Rogath Steckler sat down with Jessica Abo to explain what people can do to support INAD research, how pregnant women can get tested for […]

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This Entrepreneur Is Helping People Remember Why They Matter

Jessica Abo sits down with the Founder and CEO of a nonprofit organization trying to create a world where everyone knows they matter. November 25, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Matthew Emerzian was on a successful career path before he decided to pivot. “I worked for 10 years in the music industry at a very successful level and woke up on a Monday morning and had a major mental breakdown,” Emerzian explains. “I suffered from anxiety and depression and I found my purpose through living a life that wasn’t about me. The idea of doing something not about me on a weekly basis changed my life and that became the inspiration to start the nonprofit.” Emerzian’s nonprofit, Every Monday Matters, is on a mission is to help people understand how much, and why, they matter. “Our two biggest programs are our education program and our […]

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How to Deal With Imposter Syndrome

Jessica Abo sits down with the founder and CEO of Bev. November 15, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It is easy to look at someone’s success and assume they never hit any bumps along their journey, but Alix Peabody, the founder and CEO of Bev, wants people to know entrepreneurship is not as easy as it looks. She started her beverage company, which is best known for its canned rosé, after throwing parties to help her cover mounting medical bills. Today, Peabody says her company is changing “the narrative around women and how they are projected and perceived by the alcohol industry.”  When Peabody looks back on her journey to date, she is not afraid to open up about when she thought her business idea would not work. “When you think about fundraising, and when people announce fundraising, it can often times get […]

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How Blue Shield of California Is Trying to Change Healthcare

Jessica Abo sits down with Chief Innovation Officer at Blue Shield of California to discuss how your company can make a positive social impact. November 1, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Jeff Semenchuk, Chief Innovation Officer of Blue Shield of California, believes our healthcare system is broken. “By 2023, we see a new healthcare system,” says Semenchuk. “We’re calling it at Blue Shield the healthcare model of the future. It works as an integrated ecosystem of a lot of different partners and players that currently work in silos. That could be hospital systems, that could be providers of health records, that could be doctors, that could be insurance plans. So, what we need to do is come together around the member, around the patient and actually equip the patient and the member to be in charge of their health and wellbeing,” he says. Semenchuk sat down […]

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How One Founder Inspires Gen Z Members to Have Conversations That Matter

Jessica Abo sits down with the CEO and founder of The Conversationalist to discuss her mission and vision for today’s 16- to 26-year-olds. October 25, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When Sophie Beren was growing up, she often felt like she didn’t have a voice in her community. When she got to the University of Pennsylvania, she turned her pain point into purpose. She founded TableTalk to enable students from all different backgrounds to come together and hear a variety of view points, instead of reverting back to their social media echo chambers of like-minded individuals. TableTalk spread around the country and inspired students on different campuses. Today, Beren is on a mission to create and curate content around topics such as mental health, addiction, diversity and inclusion, body positivity, social media and more. Through The Conversationalist, her digital content platform designed to empower young people, […]

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How One Entrepreneur Is Making Corporate Compliance Videos More Engaging

Jessica Abo sits down with the CEO and president of Walk My Mind. October 18, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. After a series of tragic events in her family, Diana Liberto decided to turn her pain into a purpose. “I wasn’t thinking about starting a business at all,” she told Entrepreneur Network partner Jessica Abo. “I actually hardly was thinking. I had PTSD and depression. I was sitting on the couch. I’d work all day and then just kind of sit there like a zombie. It was so awful about a year into that I knew I had to do something. And so I called a woman that I used to work out with and I asked her if she would take me for a walk.” That walk made Diana feel better, so she asked her trainer to come back. “While we were walking […]

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How to Disrupt a Competitive Industry

Jessica Abo sits down with the co-founder and CEO of Art of Sport. October 11, 2019 1 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Matthias Metternich, co-founder and CEO of Art of Sport, sits down with Jessica Abo to explain why he started a skincare line for male athletes and how you can disrupt a competitive market. Related: How to Succeed In Business by Thinking Like an Outsider Read_More Related posts: Want to Disrupt an Entire Industry? Here Are 3 Tips From the Future. What You Need to Know to Be Successful in the Cannabis Industry If You Want to Disrupt an Industry, You Need to Evaluate the Originality of Your Idea First A Medical Startup Is Ready to Disrupt the Women’s Health Industry 3 Proven Ways Your Business Can Disrupt That Well-Established Industry It’s Struggling to Enter A 5-Step Approach to Commanding More Attention in a Competitive Industry How to […]

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How to Succeed In Business by Thinking Like an Outsider

Jessica Abo sits down with the CEO and founder of Good Mylk Co. to talk about the company’s success. October 4, 2019 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. “I got really sick years ago and it came down to processed food,” Brooke Rewa, CEO and founder of Good Mylk Co., told Entrepreneur Network partner Jessica Abo. “Started cutting out processed food and the last thing I looked at was my box of almond milk. I thought because it was plant-based it was healthy. They are marketed that way, certainly. And when I finally turned over the box and looked the ingredients, I was shocked.” That led her to launch Good Mylk Co. “At Good Mylk Co., we like to say we are disrupting a category by scaling homemade plant-based milk. And what I mean when I say homemade is all of our products are real food ingredients, […]

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