How These Married Entrepreneurs Juggle Two Businesses and Two Kids

We trailed the founders of Warby Parker and Rockets of Awesome to see how their crazy, hectic, business-packed days happen. July 11, 2019 7 min read This story appears in the July 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » “Gemma, wait!” Rachel Blumenthal orders the blonde blur that is her 4-year-old daughter with the zoomies. “You have a raspberry smoothie unibrow!” There are leggings and bows and 8-year-old Griffin to get out the door for school. But it’s all good. Breakfast has been accomplished, workouts done, emails answered, lunches packed, assistants coordinated between his company and hers — and now, wipe in hand, a unibrow crisis averted. And it’s only 7:30 at the Blumenthals’. Neil and Rachel Blumenthal, 38 and 39, met freshman year at Tufts University and married in 2008. By then, she’d already started a jewelry brand, Rachel Leigh. He followed suit in 2010 by cofounding Warby Parker, the […]

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The Fashion Industry Is Insanely Wasteful. Can Blockchain Fix It?

The technology is helping savvy companies (and enterprising entrepreneurs) find fresh opportunity in overlooked materials. April 17, 2019 7 min read This story appears in the April 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Stephanie Benedetto has always been a material girl — not in the Madonna kind of way, but as a wild child of fabrics. Her great-grandfather came from Austria in 1896 to New York City’s Lower East Side and made coats and boleros out of other immigrants’ furs. Her family has been in textiles ever since. But when Benedetto came of age, she didn’t want to simply carry on. As much as she loved the business, she hated its waste.   The $800 billion global apparel industry, with its ever-faster fashion, has become famous for its squander. It slurps up water like no tomorrow — literally, because at this rate, it will cause extreme scarcity in countries like […]

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Spanx Founder Sara Blakely Has 99 Pages of Business Ideas

She’s CEO of a billion-dollar brand, but she’s always looking to invent the next big thing. November 28, 2018 8 min read This story appears in the December 2018 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Ladies’ underwear has long been revolutionary territory — bras burned, girdles sacked. But when Sara Blakely, a 27-year-old fax machine saleswoman, discovered she was making less than her male colleague at the same job, she was inspired to take scissors to tights to invent what would give power to the pantie (and anyone who wore it), and launch her own business. Twelve years later, she landed in Forbes as the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world. You know the story: Blakely’s company, Spanx, started with $5,000, is now to shapewear what Kleenex is to tissue, baptized by Oprah as a “favorite thing” and worn unapologetically by the famous, from JLo to Reese Witherspoon. It’s even […]

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