These Friends Snuck a Poster of Themselves Into Their Local McDonald’s — and It’s Still There

Jevh Maravilla saw the blank wall as a chance to make the restaurant a little more inclusive. September 18, 2018 2 min read Originally published September 4, 2018 As the saying goes, you can’t be what you can’t see, but recently, a 21-year-old University of Houston student named Jevh Maravilla took that advice to heart in a somewhat unexpected way. At his local McDonald’s, Maravilla and his friends looked around and realized that there weren’t any Asian faces in the photos. So when they noticed a blank wall, they knew exactly what they wanted to do: create a poster of themselves aping the cheesy, cheerful aesthetic of McDonald’s decor and find a way to hang it in the restaurant. The group purchased an old McDonald’s shirt from a thrift store and created a badge to make Maravilla’s disguise as a “regional interior coordinator” look more legitimate for their photo shoot. […]

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What You Need to Know About the Japanese Billionaire Going to Space With SpaceX

He loves art and is the 18th richest man in Japan. September 18, 2018 3 min read While SpaceX’s ultimate goal is to get people to Mars, Elon Musk’s company will start with a trip that a few men have famously gone on before: to the Moon. Musk announced Monday that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the company’s first space tourist, signing up for a trip that hasn’t been made since NASA’s Apollo program ended in 1972. SpaceX’s plan is to take Maezawa around the Moon in 2023. The 42-year-old Maezawa is an entrepreneur, but his first love is music. He plays guitar and drums and started his first band in 1993 when he was in high school. In lieu of going to college, he decided to visit the U.S. with his girlfriend. There, he began amassing a collection of rare CDs and records that in 1995, when he […]

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This Young Entrepreneur Started a Company to Harness the Power of Networking and Help Her Community Hustle

Emily Miethner founded her company FindSpark to help other creatives get a foothold in the careers they desire. September 17, 2018 6 min read Editor’s Note: Inspire Me  is a series in which entrepreneurs and leaders share what motivates them through good times and bad, while also sharing stories of how they overcame challenges in hopes of inspiring others. Like many entrepreneurs, FindSpark co-founder and CEO Emily Miethner solved a problem that she, herself, struggled with. Miethner graduated during the height of the recession with a degree in fine arts and design. After leaving school, she was able to land a job in working in social media management at a publishing house and then a startup, but all the while, she saw how difficult it was for her fellow creatives to get a foothold in the industries of their choice. “Even for me, as someone who identified outgoing and a people […]

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The Entrepreneur Behind a 10-Year-Old Company Shares a Simple Strategy That Will Get You Over Any Creative Block

Ban.do co-founder Jen Gotch says you already have everything you need. September 13, 2018 11 min read Ten years ago, artist and designer Jen Gotch co-founded Ban.do to sell hair accessories. In the early days, the company had one small office and one employee. As the company grew, it began partnering with big name retailers including Anthropologie and celebrities who shared Ban.do’s aesthetic, including Taylor Swift. Ban.do also started expanding the types of products it sold, which now includes phone cases, planners, bags, clothes and beauty and household items. The company now has a team of 40 employees, recently collaborated with Starbucks and has more than half a million followers on Instagram and counting. Heading into the company’s 10th anniversary, Gotch said it was important for her for the business to use its platform to stand for something meaningful. With that in mind, she and her team launched a campaign […]

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This 9-Year-Old Wrote to Taco Bell Asking Why They Don’t Deliver. Now She is Going to Speak at Its Annual Convention.

Dream big. September 11, 2018 3 min read The savviest entrepreneurs know that if you can take a specific problem that is affecting you and solve it on a universal scale, you’re well on your way to success. This was a strategy that third grader Kinsley Lynn James recently learned first hand. When the 9-year-old from Michigan was thwarted in her attempt to convince her mom to take her and her siblings to Taco Bell, she decided to go to the source and a write a letter to the company explaining why they should hop to it and implement a delivery service. Her full letter reads as follows. Dear Taco Bell, Today I really wanted tacos but my mean mom wouldn’t take me and I’m only nine so I can’t drive to get some myself. I would like to give you some reasons why you should deliver. One reason I […]

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Multimillion Beauty Brand Carol’s Daughter Founder Shares How Her Family Has Made Her a Better Person

The people Lisa Price surrounds herself with — along with knitting, old Hitchcock film and Soul Cycle — help her through stressful moments. September 10, 2018 11 min read Editor’s Note: Inspire Me  is a series in which entrepreneurs and leaders share what motivates them through good times and bad, while also sharing stories of how they overcame challenges in hopes of inspiring others. Lisa Price wants to make sure that every woman who uses her Carol’s Daughter hair and body products takes time they need to care of themselves. But sometimes, Price admits that she sometimes forgets that the only way she can succeed is to do that for herself too. Every entrepreneur needs a support system to succeed, and for Carol’s Daughter founder Lisa Price, from the very beginning, that was her mom. Price got her start in 1993 after her mother suggested that she sell some of the […]

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The Formula Jeff Bezos Uses to Identify Great Ideas

The Amazon founder revealed his thought process in a recent interview. September 6, 2018 2 min read Jeff Bezos is currently the richest person on earth. And just this week, Amazon was valued at $1 trillion. It’s clear Bezos didn’t get to this point in his career without having a certain skill for identifying and cultivating ideas that change the game. In a recent interview with Forbes, Bezos laid out the thought process he goes through when deciding when to move forward with a new initiative. Related: A $150 Billion Net Worth Makes Jeff Bezos the Richest Person on Earth and 27 Other Crazy Things We’ve Learned About the Amazon Founder “We have to have a differentiated idea. It can’t be a ‘me too’ offering,” he explained. “We’re gifted with some very large businesses we’ve built over time, and we can’t afford to put our energies into something that if it […]

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What You Need to Know About Bernie Sanders and Amazon’s War of Words

The senator said the company’s wages and conditions need to improve. Amazon said Sanders is being ‘misleading’ in his claims. August 30, 2018 3 min read Sen. Bernie Sanders is taking a closer look at how big corporations treat their workers, especially ones overseen by billionaires such as Amazon and Walmart. Here is what you need to know about the conflict between Jeff Bezos’s ecommerce empire and the senator who has built his platform on issues of economic equality. Sanders’s inquiry The senator from Vermont recently posted a form on his website asking Amazon employees to share their experience of working for the company, particularly if they used public assistance programs. Sanders invoked Jeff Bezos in the explanation for why he was seeking these accounts, writing on his website, “Amazon is one of the wealthiest corporations in the world, and its owner, Jeff Bezos, is the richest man on the […]

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This Work-Life Balance Strategy Helped This Entrepreneur Create a Business That Reaches Millions of Business Owners Across the World

Freshbooks CEO and co-founder Michael McDerment reveals the approach that helps him grow as a leader. August 30, 2018 9 min read Editor’s Note: Entrepreneur’s “20 Questions” series features both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs and asks them a number of questions about what makes them tick, their everyday success strategies and advice for aspiring founders. Even if you have a strong sense for business in your industry, not everyone is a bookkeeping wizard, and that’s where Freshbooks CEO and co-founder Michael McDerment wants to help. Fifteen years ago, McDerment was a small-business owner, running a design agency with three employees. His least favorite part was billing clients, because it meant hours on end in the weeds with Excel and Word documents that could easily be lost or deleted. Fed up with a system that was barely working, he decided to take matters into his own hands. He coded the software […]

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Serena Williams Keeps Showing Us How to Rise Above the Noise

Don’t let naysayers get in your head. August 29, 2018 3 min read Ahead of Serena Williams’s first match at her 20th US Open, facing off against Magda Linette — which she won, by the way — Williams was in the news for comments made by Bernard Giudicelli, the president of the French Tennis Federation. Giudicelli said that the French Open would ban catsuits like the one Williams wore to play in this year’s tournament. Why? “I think that sometimes we’ve gone too far,” he said. “It will no longer be accepted. One must respect the game and the place.” Williams said that garment made her feel like a superhero and it was designed to help prevent blood clots, like the kind that led to nearly fatal complications during the birth of the tennis star’s daughter Alexis Olympia. At best, Guidicelli’s argument could be described as specious. But fellow tennis […]

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These Are the Companies That Millennials and Gen Zers Most Want to Work for

Check out where Amazon, Google and Facebook stack up in the rankings. August 28, 2018 2 min read Millennials aren’t quite the demographic monolith you might think. The oldest millennials are 31 to 35 years old, younger millennials range from 26 to 30 and then you have Generation Z, with members ranging from 18 to 25. It’s safe to say that someone’s approach to work and technology who was born in 1983 could certainly vary from that of someone who was born in 2000. But according to careers site Comparably, while those experiences might differ, older and younger millennials and Generation Z do have a fair bit in common when it comes to the companies they would be most excited to work for. In a study that queried 23,000 people ages 18 to 35, Comparably found that for older millennials, their 10 most wanted employers were Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Uber, […]

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Leadership Lessons From NASA Pioneer Katherine Johnson, Who Just Turned 100

The groundbreaking mathematician portrayed in the film ‘Hidden Figures’ prioritized hard work and team work to solve big problems. August 27, 2018 3 min read It’s not every day you can live long enough to literally see a statue built in your honor, but that was just the kind of birthday weekend NASA pioneer Katherine Johnson had. Johnson turned 100 on Aug. 26 and got to ring in her centennial by attending the unveiling of the statue and scholarship created in her honor at her alma mater, West Virginia State University. Johnson is a math genius and in her career worked during a time when the barriers to entry for women and people of color in the field were incredibly high. She graduated from high school when she was 14 and graduated from West Virginia State at 18. Johnson’s story was chronicled in the 2016 book Hidden Figures: The American Dream […]

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Proctor & Gamble Wants to Trademark WTF and LOL

The company isn’t the first to try and own something that is publicly and widely used. August 24, 2018 2 min read To paraphrase Amy Poehler in the 2004 classic Mean Girls, Proctor & Gamble doesn’t want to just make regular cleaning products, it wants to make cool cleaning products. It seems that in a move to appeal to a younger demographic, the parent company of brands including Febreze and Tide filed for trademarks for the use of internet favorite acronyms LOL, FML, NDB and WTF on household items such as liquid soap and dishwashing detergent. The application is still in consideration and apparently this line of products isn’t in the offing yet. While it might seem odd that a company would try and trademark words, colors or even sounds that are just out in the ether for everyone to use, P&G is far from the first entity to do […]

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WNBA President Lisa Borders Shares Why She Believes ‘Failure Is Not Fatal, It’s Feedback’

Bouncing back from those moments requires trust and collaboration. August 24, 2018 7 min read In this series, Open Every Door, Entrepreneur staff writer Nina Zipkin shares her conversations with leaders about understanding what you have to offer, navigating the obstacles that will block your path, identifying opportunity and creating it for yourself and for others. Three years ago, Lisa Borders knew exactly what to expect from her job. She was vice president of global community affairs at The Coca-Cola Company and chair of The Coca-Cola Foundation. It was a company and an environment that was a part of her history. The Atlanta native’s maternal grandfather worked for Coca-Cola as a chauffeur for 30 years and her maternal grandmother had a job as a maid. If Borders had to make a decision, she could draw from the company’s 126 years of history to figure out what might work. It was comfortable. […]

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Use These Strategies to Carve a Path to Your Dream Job

Former VC Risa Stack shares how she created a role that never existed before. August 17, 2018 3 min read In this series, Open Every Door, Entrepreneur staff writer Nina Zipkin shares her conversations with leaders about understanding what you have to offer, navigating the obstacles that will block your path, identifying opportunity and creating it for yourself and for others. Risa Stack, general manager of New Business Creation at GE Ventures, says her current position didn’t exist before she spoke up. “I’m a big believer in trying to create my own job,” she says. If you ever feel at a loss for what to do next in your career, Stack challenges you to try this exercise: write out a description for your dream job. You never know who might be in a position to help you make it happen. Stack was a partner at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins for […]

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The Young Founder of This Celebrity-Loved Activewear Company Shares Why You Should Always Trust Your Instincts

Ty Haney of Outdoor Voices says you shouldn’t let your vision get lost amid advice, even from the most trusted sources. August 16, 2018 7 min read Editor’s Note: Entrepreneur’s “20 Questions” series features both established and up-and-coming entrepreneurs and asks them a number of questions about what makes them tick, their everyday success strategies and advice for aspiring founders. Ty Haney wants you to get out of your inbox, offline and, in the parlance of her rapidly growing activewear brand Outdoor Voices, “Doing Things.” The 29-year-old CEO and founder launched her business in 2014. Haney did not always set out to be an entrepreneur. Growing up in Colorado, she had dreams of medaling at the Olympics, either in track — she specialized in hurdling — or horse jumping. She wanted to take her love of sports and the outdoors and create a brand that would inspire people to try […]

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8 Inspiring Quotes From Legendary Singer Aretha Franklin

Honoring the Queen of Soul, who died on Thursday. August 16, 2018 3 min read You may not know it, but Aretha Franklin wasn’t the first to record her indelible song “Respect.” Otis Redding, a remarkable talent in his own right, got first crack at it. But when he heard Aretha’s take, he famously said, “I just lost my song.” Throughout her illustrious career, the Queen of Soul has racked up the music industry’s highest honors, winning 18 Grammy’s as well as the Grammy Lifetime Achievement and Legend Awards, and in 1987 was the first woman ever inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In the 1990s she was a Kennedy Center Honoree and received the National Medal of Arts. In 2005, her home state of Michigan inducted her into the Michigan Rock and Roll Legends Hall of Fame, 19 years after the Michigan Legislature classified her voice […]

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11 Incredible Women Who Broke New Ground and Achieved Firsts in Business

Get inspired by the stories of these women leaders. July 31, 2018 6 min read In 2017, only 6.4 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs were women and 17 percent of startups were led by female founders. There is still a long way to go, but strides are always being made. Here are 11 pioneering powerhouse businesswomen who have changed the game. Anna Bissell In 1889, upon her husband Melville’s death, Anna Bissell became the CEO of the company he founded, the Bissell sweeper company, which made her the country’s first female CEO. The business was the maker of a popular carpet cleaner that was apparently so effective that even Queen Victoria was a fan. She was determined to get the Bissell sweeper into customers’ hands, taking the business to Europe and streamlining assembly and production of the sweeper. She was also an early proponent of employee pension plans and workers’ compensation. Ursula […]

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This Boutique Fitness Co-Founder Uses These Four Simple Words to Find Inner Calm Amid the Storm

Sarah Levey, co-founder of hot-yoga-meets-hip-hop fitness business Y7, reveals the surprising mantra that helps her through rough times. July 30, 2018 4 min read Editor’s Note: Inspire Me is a series in which entrepreneurs and leaders share what motivates them through good times and bad, while also sharing stories of how they overcame challenges in hopes of inspiring others. We all have stressful days when things just don’t go right. No one is immune, even people whose job is to help other people find their center, like Sarah Levey, the co-founder of celebrity favorite yoga studio Y7. But on one particularly frustrating day, a conversation with one of her colleagues helped Levey find the mantra that has stood her in good stead as she has grown her company.   “We were sitting down and talking, and [one of my fitness instructors] looked at me and said, ‘It’s like this now,’ Levey told […]

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Watch Burger King Cleverly Call Out the ‘Pink Tax’ in New Ad

The fast food company uses a social experiment to draw attention to the glaring disparity. July 26, 2018 2 min read In a new video from Burger King, the fast food chain aims to raise awareness about the “pink tax,” the extra money women are charged for products ranging from clothes to toiletries including razors and shampoo, as well as the additional tax attached to the sale of pads and tampons. Forty-two percent of women’s products are more expensive than the equivalent products geared towards men. In the video, the company advertises new chicken fries for $1.69 and “chick fries” for $3.09 — complete with ostentatious pink packaging emblazoned with a hen in a full face of makeup. Why the disparity? “It’s the same chicken fries you love, but for way more, because girls like pink.” There is then a smash cut to a line of increasingly agitated women customers […]

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