Idris Elba Shares 5 Pieces of Advice to Follow Your Ambition and Achieve Success

The actor and DJ has joined forces with Stella Artois to help everyone make the most of the summer. July 16, 2019 4 min read Idris Elba is busy. This year, the actor-producer-director-musician led two series, Netflix’s Turn Up Charlie, inspired by his work as a DJ, and had a fifth outing as determined detective DCI John Luther in the BBC’s Luther. In August, he can can be seen wreaking havoc as the big bad in the Fast and Furious franchise spinoff Hobbes & Shaw. But in the meantime, Elba hopes he can convince you to take a step back from the grind and give yourself some time off, in your own backyard. Elba has teamed up with Stella Artois to be the creative director for and star in the company’s Summer Like You’re on Vacation campaign.  Basically, his argument is, even if you can’t make it to a place such […]

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25 Unforgettable Moments in Space Exploration to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11

The moon landing was just the beginning. July 15, 2019 8 min read On July 20, 1969, 650 million people watched as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. NASA’s lunar landing was years in the making, a feat of engineering and ingenuity taken on by a team of more than 400,000 people to test and build the spacecraft, rockets, suits and instruments on board and to calculate how to get Armstrong, Aldrin and Michael Collins safely there and back — although at the time there was no guarantee that would be the case. The space race kicked into high gear in April 1961 when Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit the Earth. While the Soviet Union’s accomplishment spurred the United States to put a man on the moon before the 1960s came to a close, space exploration has long […]

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25 Entrepreneurs Share the Worst Advice They Ever Received

Name: Luis von AhnCompany: DuolingoAdvice: I don’t know if it’s bad universally, or if it was just bad for me. When you’re building a product, typical advice is listen to what your users are saying. I have found that is terrible advice for Duolingo. The spirit of the advice is good, but a lot of times, there is a problem that arises. If the feedback channels are such that that only a few users get to talk to you, you are only hearing the loudest ones, not all of them, and that is where it breaks down.   We have a forum on our website where people can talk about language, but they often ask about features. I have found that listening to people in the forums is a terrible idea. For example, we redesigned the website a few years ago,and people in the forum were saying how terrible it […]

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At the Height of the Recession, This Entrepreneur Struck Out on Her Own. 10 Years Later? She’s Still Going Strong, With Clients Like Google and Coca-Cola.

Kelly Bayett is the creative director and co-founder of music and sound company Barking Owl. June 25, 2019 5 min read In 2009, music producer Kelly Bayett was in the midst of a divorce, raising two young kids and overdue for a raise after three years. She was also starting to wonder if she could do a better job leading than the people she was working under. So she paused to think things through. And, her thinking was that if she got the raise, that would be a sign that she should stay. But if she didn’t, it was time to reconsider what she really wanted out of her career. She made the ask, and her bosses, citing the recession, said sorry, no. That’s how Bayett left that job and co-founded her Los Angeles-based music and sound company Barking Owl. “I really had nothing to lose. I had no money. I had a divorce. I had two little […]

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‘Always Be My Maybe’ Director and ‘Fresh off the Boat’ Creator Nahnatchka Khan On Creativity and Getting the Details Right

The writer and producer shares why collaboration, not rejection, is always her focus. June 20, 2019 6 min read It can be scary to put an idea — that one that you poured your heart and soul into — out into the world. But the feeling is hardly unique; it’s one creative, innovative people have to deal with all the time. Nahnatchka Khan is one of those innovators. She’s the director of the new Netflix hit Always Be My Maybe, about two ex-childhood sweethearts who reconnect as adults even though they come from very different worlds. The film is an independent project written by its co-stars Randall Park and Ali Wong; and it features a nearly all Asian-American cast. Upon its release in late May, the movie resonated widely, especially for the community it wanted to reflect and celebrate.  “When I saw Always Be My Maybe, I recognized parts of myself in the strong and ambitious Sasha, played by Ali Wong, who sought […]

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32 Entrepreneurs Share the Books They Always Recommend

Name: Merrill Stubbs Company: Food52Book: Roald Dahl’s Danny the Champion of the World. I love children’s books in general, and a lot of kid’s books are really good reading for adults. This one in particular is not only a great story and narrative, but it’s a great study of a relationship between father and his son. Plus, the entrepreneurial, can-do attitude of Danny and his father has always been inspiring to me. While they are meticulous planners, ultimately it’s the partnership and camaraderie between them that is more important than their scheme working out exactly as planned. I try to keep this in mind when things don’t go the way we’ve anticipated. Read more about Stubbs: The Life-Changing Book That Helps This Entrepreneur Think Big Read_More Related posts: Inspiring Women Entrepreneurs Share Their Secrets to Success 57 Entrepreneurs Share their Favorite Entrepreneur Success Quotes The Entrepreneurs Behind This Multibillion Dollar […]

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This Introverted Entrepreneur Started a Platform to Help Millions of Women Reach Their Potential

Mogul founder and CEO Tiffany Pham shares the strategies that helped her build strong relationships. June 11, 2019 8 min read If there is someone you admire, someone whom you want to learn from, especially in an industry that you are new to, Tiffany Pham’s advice is: Don’t wait. You never know what opportunity could be waiting for you. Pham, 32, is the founder and CEO of Mogul, an online platform and app dedicated to helping women expand their community, take ownership of their goals and find meaningful work. Over the last five years, the business has grown from a rudimentary site Pham built herself, after teaching herself to code, to a multi-faceted company whose user base spans more than 30 million women in 196 countries. It might be surprising that this is the job that a self-professed introvert chose for herself. But Pham says that starting from that point made all […]

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This Filmmaker and Entrepreneur Wants to Transform Hollywood

Multi-hyphenate Miranda Bailey acts, directs, produces and wants to create space for more women to tell their stories. June 6, 2019 7 min read Producer-actor-director Miranda Bailey wants to be a force for good in the independent film community, helping stories that otherwise might not get told find their way on to the big screen. Toward that goal, Bailey over the last 15 years has produced 20 films, including The Squid and the Whale, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Swiss Army Man and Don’t Think Twice. She is also the founder of three businesses. In 2012, she launched her film-distribution company The Film Arcade and two years later,started her production and financing company Cold Iron Pictures. In 2018, Bailey and Rebecca Odes co-founded the site CherryPicks, an aggregate movie review and rating site for and about female critics. This year, 2019, has been a big one for Bailey. CherryPicks officially […]

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The Try Guys Built a Brand Loved by Millions by Not Being Afraid to Fail

Known for their viral videos dedicated to getting them out of their comfort zones, Ned Fulmer, Keith Habersberger, Zach Kornfeld and Eugene Lee Yang share what they learned from their first year in business. June 5, 2019 6 min read With more than 2 billion views and 5.8 million subscribers and counting, Ned Fulmer, Keith Habersberger, Zach Kornfeld and Eugene Lee Yang have succeeded because of the power of trying. Of course, that’s their entire brand. The four friends are The Try Guys, creators of an award-winning comedy documentary series that has seen them get outside their comfort zones and try just about anything, from labor pain simulators to dog sledding in Alaska. In June of 2018, the former Buzzfeed employees started their independent production company 2nd Try with the aim of creating even more projects with the philosophy that being open to new experiences just makes you a better […]

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What Do Pitching and Investing Look Like In a Post-Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos World?

An entrepreneur and VC share their experiences and insights in the wake of the Theranos scandal that shocked the biotech world. May 31, 2019 10 min read At its height in 2015, blood-testing startup Theranos was valued at $9 billion and its founder, the then 31-year-old Elizabeth Holmes had a net worth of $4.5 billion. She was the youngest woman to become a self-made billionaire. She was held up as a Silicon Valley wunderkind. The only problem was that it was all a lie. Holmes launched her biotech company on the promise that her device could conduct a wide range of medical tests on just one drop of blood. She started it as a 19-year-old Stanford drop out, and as the company grew, it partnered with Walgreens and Safeway, raising $700 million from investors that included the Walton family and Rupert Murdoch. The company’s had two former senators, two former […]

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These Are the 20 Best Cities to Start a Business

WalletHub’s annual survey gives valuable insight into where to set up shop. May 6, 2019 2 min read You can start a business just about anywhere, but some locations might lend themselves better to your company’s long-term prospects. Personal finance website WalletHub looked at 100 cities in the U.S. and compared them based on three different categories: business environment, access to resources and business costs. The top 20 top cities are: Orlando, FL Oklahoma City, OK Miami, FL Austin, TX Tampa, FL Charlotte, NC Durham, NC Raleigh, NC Atlanta, GA Denver, CO Fort Worth, TX Jacksonville, FL Houston, TX St. Petersburg, FL Dallas, TX San Antonio, TX Irving, TX Laredo, TX Oakland, CA Irvine, CA The survey found that number three on the list, Miami, Florida, is home to the most startups per 100,000 residents at 234.72, which is 3.2 times more than in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which is the […]

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‘Avengers’ Star Zoe Saldana Not Only Battles Bad Guys Onscreen — She’s Also Fighting the Lack of Diversity in Media

The blockbuster actress champions untold stories through BESE, a digital media platform that she founded. Zoe Saldana is frequently seen on the big screen saving the fate of the universe in major franchises like Star Trek, Avatar and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But last year she stepped into an entirely new role as the founder, CEO and editor-in-chief of BESE, a digital media platform dedicated to fighting the lack of diversity in mainstream media and creating a space for untold stories, particularly for Latinx youth. This month, Saldana is joining forces with Chivas Venture as a judge for the Chivas Venture Global Final competition at the TNW Conference in Amsterdam. Saldana and her fellow judges will hear pitches from 20 social entrepreneurs and ultimately award $1 million divided among 5 winners. Saldana shared her takeaways from her first year in business, stressing the importance of using your voice to help […]

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3 Proven Methods Brands Like Glossier Use to Grow Their Social Media Impact

Webby Awards executive director Claire Graves recommends taking a page out of Gritty and Glossier’s book to create a more powerful social media footprint. May 2, 2019 4 min read As you grow your business you want to meet your customers where they are, and that means creating an online presence that is unmistakably you. When brands try to contort themselves into something they are not, the results can range from awkward to tone-deaf. So what can you learn from the brands that are doing something right? Since 1996, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS) has honored excellence on the internet with The Webby Awards. And this year, Claire Graves, the Executive Director of the awards and says that there was a 30 percent increase in the work entered into the social media category. Graves shared some of the winners who were most effective on social media […]

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How ‘Bachelorette’ Star Kaitlyn Bristowe Leveraged Reality TV Fame Into Multiple Successful Businesses

Her post-‘Bachelor’ mission is building brands that make women feel empowered. April 26, 2019 13 min read In this series, Instagram Icon, Entrepreneur speaks with the individuals behind popular Instagram accounts to find out the secrets of their success. In 2015, seven million people watched Kailtyn Bristowe on her season of The Bachelorette. Bachelor Nation has been going for 17 years strong. And in recent years, there has been something of a straight line from appearing on the franchise to becoming a social media influencer, driven in part by fans curious to watch, and brands eager to capitalize on — in the parlance of the show — the post-TV “journeys” of their favorite contestants. Including Bristowe. The 33-year-old former dance instructor has 1.7 million followers on Instagram, but she says it was important to her not to just be a face for someone else’s products, but to create her own.  Since starting her hair […]

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These Sisters Left Dream Jobs to Pursue Their Love of Dumplings. Now They’re Cooking up a Delicious NYC Restaurant Empire.

Hannah and Marian Cheng of Mimi Cheng’s NYC restaurants share the ups and downs of their first five years in business. April 26, 2019 7 min read Five years ago this July, Hannah and Marian Cheng took a big leap and opened the first location of Mimi Cheng’s in New York City’s East Village. The pair had decided to open a restaurant dedicated to the delicacy they most loved, growing up: handmade Taiwanese dumplings. They missed their mom’s cooking terribly and figured that if they were hungry for those dumplings — and couldn’t find them — others might share that culinary plight. But their parents, who had been the inspiration for their choice of cuisine, weren’t exactly thrilled. Hannah and Marian told Entrepreneur, their parents were “horrified”  at the prospect of their girls leaving solid jobs — Hannah was a VP at JPMorgan Chase, and Marian, an account executive at the luxury fashion brand Burberry — […]

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Use These Steps to Hire the Best Team Every Time

Don’t leave potential on the table by limiting your network. April 23, 2019 7 min read An integral part of being able to grow your company and make sure it thrives is getting the right people on your team. But how do you make sure that you’re hiring the people that are the best fit for the job and your business? Joelle Emerson is the founder and CEO of Paradigm, a company that works with businesses to develop diversity and inclusion strategies across all aspects of the organization. Her work is focused on helping companies hire and retain employees by creating opportunities for everyone to succeed and feel valued. Paradigm’s clients include Airbnb, Pinterest, Twitter, Lyft, Etsy and Spotify. Diversity and inclusion initiatives aren’t just something that should be on your to-do list. They actively lead to a better bottom line. A 2018 survey from Boston Consulting Group found that […]

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This Is What Makes You Stressed at Work, According to New Study

The answer may surprise you. April 16, 2019 3 min read We spend most of our life at work, so it makes sense that many of our key stressors stem from obligations at the office. A recent study from job search platform Comparably found that 65 percent of workers reported that workplace stress has been an issue for them. When asked about the biggest stressor on the job, the top concern wasn’t a commute or bad management — those were tied for second place. Forty-one percent of respondents put “unclear goals” as the top reason for stress. Difficult co-workers were third, and then too-long hours came in last. A third of women respondents and nearly half of men reported that those undefined work goals created more stress than anything else they dealt with at work. And more than half of women and half of men reported feeling burnt out at […]

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These Are the 10 Highest Paying Entry-Level Tech Jobs

And where you should live to earn the most. April 11, 2019 2 min read If you’re interested in a job in the tech industry, now could be a great opportunity to jump in. According to new data from job search platform Comparably, as of February 2019, there were half a million tech gigs open in the United States. Not only that, but 43 percent of those open positions are for non-tech roles. So whether you’re just entering the job market or looking to make a career change, here are the top 10 highest paying entry-level tech jobs. Data Scientist Average salary: $113,254 Product Manager Average salary: $106,127 Developer Averages salary: $100,610 Mobile DeveloperAverages salary: $98,317 Sales EngineerAverages salary: $90,575 DevOps EngineerAverages salary: $89,300 User Interface/User Experience DesignerAverage salary: $84,841 Sales RepresentativeAverage salary: $70,622 Marketing Manager Average salary: $70,392 QA AnalystAverage salary: $70,383 But where you work could influence how […]

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Jeff Bezos Remains the Wealthiest Man and Mackenzie Bezos Becomes the Third Wealthiest Woman in the World After Finalizing Divorce

The pair took to Twitter to make the announcement. April 4, 2019 2 min read Per two coordinated tweets, world’s richest man Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos announced today that they have officially finalized their divorce. pic.twitter.com/oFGWPkK3dB — Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 4, 2019 pic.twitter.com/OJWn3OOLS6 — MacKenzie Bezos (@mackenziebezos) April 4, 2019 The missives — each sent out at 1:10 on April 4, and the first tweet from MacKenzie’s account — both emphasize their gratitude. Related: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Accuses ‘National Enquirer’ Publisher of ‘Extortion’ Over Naked Photos in Extraordinary Blog Post MacKenzie noted, “happy to be giving him all of my interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, and 75 percent of our Amazon stock plus voting control of my shares to support his continued contributions with the teams of these incredible companies. Excited about my own plans.” Jeff Bezos, for his part, did not share a similar […]

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A New Study Shows That We Still Have Work to Close the Gender Pay Gap.

April 2, 2019 4 min read Today, April 2, is Equal Pay Day, marking the point in the year — 13 weeks-plus! — that women have had to work in 2019 in order to earn, on top of their 2018 salaries, what their male colleagues earned by Dec. 31. Related: Want to Cure Income Inequality? Promote Entrepreneurship. Now, a newly released study, The State of Wage Inequality in the Workplace, from job-match platform Hired, shows how far we have to go to bridge the gender pay gap. As the study’s subtitle says, summarizing the findings: “Data reveals the wage gap is finally narrowing — but we’re not there yet.” Hired’s optional, self-reported survey came from responses filled out by 98,000 job-seekers using the company’s services. The resulting salary data came out of a sample set of more than 420,000 interview requests and job offers, facilitated through Hired’s marketplace of 10,000 participating companies. Related: These Are the U.S. […]

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