Stand-Up Comedian Chris Distefano’s Journey From Physical Therapist to Professional Joke Maker

February 14, 2019 1 min read In a way, every standup comedian is an entrepreneur. Especially when starting out, comics must be their own writer, director, manager, agent and booker. Brooklyn-born Chris Distefano — who burst onto the scene on MTV’s Guy Code — has now been at it for over 10 years. His first hour-long special, Chris Distefano: Size 38 Waist, premiered in January on Comedy Central, and his weekly interstitial series, Stupid Questions with Chris Distefano, was just extended for a new batch of episodes. Additionally, he recently signed an overall deal with the network that includes a second hour-long stand-up special, an animated series and an unscripted series.  Related: How Rockabye Baby! Founder (and David Lee Roth’s Sister) Hit It Big Turning Rock Songs Into Lullabies On this episode of How Success Happens, we explore Distefano’s journey from full-time physical therapist to highly successful comedian. His secret? Credit something he’s dubbed […]

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9 Tips for Starting a Business in a Crowded Digital Marketplace

Just because you weren’t there first, doesn’t mean you can’t do it best. February 14, 2019 11 min read Many successful entrepreneurs were inspired to start their businesses after noticing a hole in the marketplace that needed to be filled, whether it was Bill Gates creating an operating system for home computers, Pierre Omidyar starting an online auction site, or Elon Musk building a reliable electric car. But what happens when you want to jump feet first into a marketplace that’s already crowded? We spoke to the entrepreneurs behind a wide-ranging group of successful companies in some of the most competitive digital spaces — from butchers to home brands to eco-friendly cleaning products — to get their insights into what makes a business that lasts. Related: 63 Businesses to Start for Under $10,000 The common theme? Product quality is the most important way to make a splash. As Scott Tannen, CEO […]

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America Freezes Over, Howard Schultz Fails the ‘Cereal Test’ and Venmo Is the New Wedding Gift (60-Second Video)

Here are three things entrepreneurs should know today. January 31, 2019 1 min read The polar vortex has turned swathes of the country colder than Antarctica, paralyzing cities and leading to at least a dozen deaths. Always frigid Chicago is expected to match its 1985 record low of a bone-chilling -27°F. Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who is considering running for president in 2020, failed the infamous “cereal test” on MSNBC’s Morning Joe yesterday when he revealed he didn’t know the price of a box of Cheerios. When told that is costs $4, Schultz looked surprised and said, “That’s a lot.” Here comes the cash? The New York Post reports that millennial newlyweds increasingly want guests to Venmo them cash as wedding gifts, since everyone their age uses the mobile payment app. What, no one wants a stand mixer anyone? Watch the previous 3 Things video: Facebook Pays to Track People, Cryptocurrency […]

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The 8 Best Dream Cars of 2019 for Entrepreneurs

Whether you’re looking for fast and flashy or pint-sized and practical, we’ve got the ride for you. Read_more Related posts: Unplugged Performance Tesla Model 3 at Cars and Coffee Cars and Coffee for The Holidays 2019 Jaguar I-PACE At Cars and Coffee South OC Cars & Coffee – Show Off That Engine! How and Why Entrepreneurs Should Focus on Seniors in 2019 Top 25 Best Grad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019 Top 25 Best Undergrad Programs for Entrepreneurs in 2019 DMC Lamborghini Aventador and More Crazy Cars at Cars And Coffee

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a Conversation With William Shatner

The 87-year-old acting legend says the future of humanity rests on young entrepreneurs. January 24, 2019 6 min read Captain Kirk himself has a mission for us: Develop new technologies and businesses in order to save the world from itself. “It’s not about closing down the government,” he explains, “but enhancing governmental research and development into new ideas. That’s where all you young entrepreneurs should be at.” We’d be wise to listen. After warping onto the scene in the original 1960s Star Trek TV series, William Shatner has proven himself a genius at staying relevant as an actor, author, musician and supporter of products ranging from travel websites to solar-panels to VR companies to electric bicycles. Related: From Rock God to Master Rosé Winemaker: a Conversation With Jon Bon Jovi Shatner chatted with Entrepreneur via phone (communicators weren’t available) to discuss his recent partnership with Pedego Electric Bikes — but the conversation soon […]

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Elon Musk’s SpaceX Mars Rocket Topples Over (60-Second Video)

Here are three things entrepreneurs should know today. January 24, 2019 1 min read SpaceX’s giant Mars rocket ship was blown over and damaged by powerful winds in southern Texas yesterday, residents near the test site reported. This was quickly confirmed by Elon Musk, who says the damage will take weeks to repair. Couch potatoes of the world, rejoice! Amazon has revealed a new delivery robot named “Scout.” These wheeled autonomous vehicles are about the size of a drink cooler and will travel on sidewalks to customers’ homes at a walking pace. Annoyed by Netflix’s recent price hike? Hulu just announced it’s getting cheaper. Starting Feb. 26, the streaming-video service is lowering the rate of its on-demand package of TV shows and movies to $6 per month, $2 less than now, for subscribers willing to put up with more ads. Watch the previous 3 Things to Know video: Tips for Your Next Tough Conversation, the World’s Most Admired […]

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Jeff Bezos’ Really Expensive Divorce, the Case Against Inbox Zero, and the First Hostless Oscars in Decades (60-Second Video)

Here are three things entrepreneurs should know today. January 10, 2019 1 min read Jeff Bezos — Amazon founder and CEO and the world’s richest man — announced in a tweet yesterday that he and his wife of 25 years are getting a divorce. Having not signed a prenup, there could be 137 billion dollars on the line, making it the most expensive in history. Emails piling up? Don’t worry about it. A now-viral story in the Atlantic says you should not reply to every email, claiming it’s more effective to stay in touch with those who matter in your life than to strive for inbox zero. For the first time since 1989, the Oscars will not have a host, according to Variety. As it stands, no new offers are out to fill the void left by Kevin Hart, who dropped out when he refused to apologize for his past homophobic tweets. […]

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Apple and Tesla Stocks Get Hit, China Lands on the Dark Side of the Moon, and Time to Ditch Your Smartphone? (60-Second Video)

Here are three things entrepreneurs should know today. January 3, 2019 1 min read Apple and Tesla stocks each took a 7% tumble yesterday, as Tim Cook reduced Apple’s quarterly forecast to only $84 billion — well shy of the $89 to $94 billion range that was previously projected — and Elon Musk’s electric carmaker delivered 90,700 vehicles in the fourth quarter, about 2,000 short of Wall Street’s estimates. The Chang’e-4 spacecraft landed on the far side of the moon this morning, making China the first nation to land on that side of the lunar surface, a major step in its ambitions to compete with the U.S. and Russia in space exploration. Ready to ditch that smartphone? Resorts around the worlds have started offering perks, like snorkeling tours and s’mores, to guests who are willing to give up their precious phones for a few hours. Are they nuts? Watch the previous 3 Things to Know […]

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How Rockabye Baby! Founder (and David Lee Roth’s Sister) Hit It Big Turning Rock Songs Into Lullabies

Lisa Roth made several career pivots before landing on a formula that has translated to nearly 100 albums and hundreds of millions of streams. December 27, 2018 1 min read On this episode of How Success Happens, we chat with Lisa Roth, founder of Rockabye Baby! Putting a baby to bed can feel like a Herculean feat. And not just in terms of getting the child to sleep; it can also be grating for parents forced to listen to boring old lullabies night after night. Enter Lisa Roth, sister to legendary Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth. The music industry executive came up with the idea to create lullaby versions of rock and rap songs when she asked herself, “What kind of gift would I actually want as a mom?” Related: From Rock God to Master Rosé Winemaker: a Conversation With Jon Bon Jovi Albums from the Rockabye Baby! series have sold in […]

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For Each, a Vastly Different 2018 (60 Second Video)

Here are three biggest leadership stories of the year. December 24, 2018 1 min read It’s been a rough year for Mark Zuckerberg. Thanks to a variety of scandals — primarily focused on issues regarding privacy and user data — the embattled Facebook founder lost more money in 2018 than any other billionaire, an estimated $15 billion. Elon Musk’s year was more akin to a super-fast, electric-powered roller coaster. While achieving some successes with Tesla, SpaceX and the Boring Company, the prolific tweeter — and occasional joint smoker — was forced by the SEC to step down as Tesla chairman. 2018 was very good to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who ends the year with a whopping $160 billion net worth, making him the richest person in the world. Acknowledging critics of his company’s compensation policies, Bezos increased Amazon’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. What a guy! Read_more Related posts: Amazon Boosts Minimum Wage to $15 Per […]

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Macaulay Culkin Shills for Google, the ‘Brady Bunch’ Reunites, and It’s Time to Talk Salary (60-Second Video)

Here are three things entrepreneurs should know today. December 20, 2018 1 min read Kevin McCallister is back! Just in time for the holidays, Google has released a Home Alone-inspired ad featuring 38-year-old Macaulay Culkin utilizing Google Assistant to help him play out scenes from the 1990 classic. Ready to talk salary? According to a new survey by job-listing site ZipRecruiter, 64-percent of job hunters accept the first salary figure quoted to them — which could add up to a whopping $750,000 loss in income over the course of a career. Here’s the story, of a lovely marketing stunt… All six of the kids from the Brady Bunch reunited at their TV home to promote the new show A Very Brady Renovation, set to premiere next year on HGTV. There was no word on the whereabouts of Sam the butcher. Watch the previous 3 Things to Know video: Elon Musk Reveals Tunnel, Facebook […]

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23 Celebrities in the Cannabiz

From actors to pop stars and everyone in between, these are some of the big names cashing in on the pot boom. Read_more Related posts: Cannabis Boxes Curated by Celebrities Are Big Business The Advice 50 Business Leaders and Celebrities Would Give Their Younger Selves What This Blog is and What it is Not SPI 301: How a Data Scientist Pivoted into a New Brand (And Won a Tesla Roadster) Mozilla Pulls Facebook Ads Over Privacy Flap Why How-to Content Continues to Grow How This Entrepreneur Succeeds in Managing a Global Media Empire With Her Husband Move Over AOL: The Ten Best Premium E-Mail Services Today

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5 Facts About the First-Ever Cannabis Speakeasy That Just Opened in Las Vegas

Here’s what you need to know about the revolutionary Dana’s Place. December 10, 2018 3 min read In a burgeoning industry like cannabis, there’s something new happening all the time. Rarely, however, does that “something new” make us want to jump in a plane and head to Las Vegas. Enter Dana’s Place, the world’s first-ever cannabis speakeasy, which opens today at the Las Vegas ReLeaf dispensary located just 500 feet off the iconic Strip. The brainchild of cannabis-focused brand management company Cannabiniers, the hidden lounge’s old-school Vegas décor and art-deco style lighting evoke Prohibition-era speakeasies. “It’s got an underground feel that resonates with the days when alcohol was restricted under law,” says Kevin Love, Cannabier’s director of product development. “This correlation is a perfect fit.” Related: 5 Things You Need to Know Before Opening a Dispensary Here Love breaks down what you need to know about this revolutionary joint. 1. It’s […]

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In Retaliation for Blocking Pornography, Adult Website Bans Starbucks From Offices

YouPorn’s VP is now pushing Dunkin’ on employees. November 30, 2018 2 min read The porn industry is striking back! Earlier this week, Starbucks announced it will start blocking pornography on its store’s WiFi beginning next year. Now, according to TMZ, the adult website YouPorn is getting revenge on the coffee giant by pushing Dunkin’ on its workforce. Related: 6 Critical Steps to Succeeding in an Untapped Industry The company’s Vice President, Charles Hughes,  sent a memo to employees announcing a ban on all Starbucks products from YouPorn offices effective New Year’s Day. Dear YouPorn Team: In light of the news that Starbucks has blocked its customers from searching and viewing adult content within their establishments, YouPorn has updated their company policy banning all Starbucks products from the YouPorn offices, effective January 1st, 2019. See your direct manager for any questions. While watching porn is not permitted at Starbucks locations, the chain has not blocked such content on its Wi-Fi service. That’s […]

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‘Fortnite’ Players Are Creating Sick Scenarios With NFL Outfits From In-Game Store

Gamers have portrayed Michael Vick with a dog, Aaron Hernandez with a gun and Jason Pierre-Paul with a sparkler. November 14, 2018 2 min read Last week we reported that the NFL was teaming up with developer Epic Games to bring all 32 team uniforms to one of the most popular video games in the world, Fortnite. The reasoning, it seemed, was twofold: current fans would be excited about wrapping their characters in the “skins” of their favorite players, and potential fans would be exposed to a beleaguered league that needs all the new viewers it can get. They stated the outfits would be available in the game’s Battle Royale Item Shop starting Nov. 9, with no end date mentioned. Related: Developing an App or a Game? Take a (Retro) Lesson From ‘PAC-MAN.’ The skins have now been removed from Fortnite’s online store, Epic Games announced on Monday via Twitter. But in the short […]

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a Conversation With Conor McGregor

“Something about simply endorsing an Irish whiskey didn’t feel right to me — I wanted to create my own.” November 13, 2018 9 min read Conor McGregor didn’t take any time off from his grueling schedule while he was developing Proper No. Twelve, the Irish whiskey he launched this past September. “I was in training, I was fighting, I had a kid,” he tells Entrepreneur, “but I’m a perfectionist; I don’t do anything half-assed.” It was vital for the MMA champion to be as hands-on as possible throughout the process — and his hard work has paid off. In addition to positive reviews for the brown stuff, liquor stores — including the British grocery behemoth Tesco — are putting signs on their displays limiting the amount of Proper No. Twelve consumers can buy due to bottles selling out too quickly. A sample that was sent to the Entrepreneur office was gone soon after it arrived, thanks in […]

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This Hilarious Bingo Card That Collects Every Podcast Cliché Has Gone Viral

November 8, 2018 2 min read Here at Entrepreneur, we love a good podcast. In fact, we produce several of our own! That said, practitioners of the form — including us — do have a tendancy to be somewhat formulaic at times, resorting to clichéd language and production techniques. Twitter user Alex Sujong Laughlin noticed this and created a “Podcast Bingo” card that quickly went viral. i made this bc i’m an asshole pic.twitter.com/7YHMHeQN4Y — Alex Sujong Laughlin (@alexlaughs) November 5, 2018 Yeah. Hits a bit close to home. Related: The Habits of the World’s Smartest People (Infographic) With the Twitter community being what it is, several users jumped in with suggestions for additional items to add, and Mashable collected some of the best: I don’t see “Opening is a bunch of clips/one liners from movies” — Jizz Johnson (@jizzjohnson68) November 6, 2018 ZipRecruiter’s powerful matching algorithm… — casey john leonard (@Casey_J_Leonard) November 6, […]

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NFL Teams Up With Epic Games to Bring All 32 Team Uniforms to ‘Fortnite’

The beleaguered league hopes to get a boost from one of the most popular video games in the world. November 6, 2018 3 min read Between reduced viewership, controversy over players kneeling during the national anthem, and ever-growing proof that concussions are not good things, the National Football League has been having a rough go of it lately. In a bid to connect with a different audience and find some new fans, the NFL announced on Monday that it’s teaming up with Epic Games, creator of one of the most popular video games in the world, Fortnite. Related: What’s Happening on The Entrepreneur Index Right Now Here’s the scoop from the NFL: Beginning Friday, November 9, NFL team “outfits” will be available in the Battle Royale Item Shop. This unique opportunity will give Fortnite players the ability to purchase and customize up to eight outfits representing their favorite NFL teams. In addition to NFL team […]

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Unknown 49ers QB Has Incredible Debut, Gets Twitter Verified in Middle of Game

Nick Mullens got a win and a blue check mark. November 2, 2018 2 min read Not only did Nick Mullens have one of the greatest debuts in NFL history last night, but the San Francisco 49ers quarterback also managed to get his Twitter account verified right in the middle of the game. Related: What’s Happening on the Entrepreneur Index Right Now The undrafted free agent out of Southern Miss threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns, completing 16 of 22 passes as the Niners demolished the Oakland Raiders 34-3. According to Pro-Football-Reference, his passer rating of 151.9 was the highest recorded by a quarterback making his debut with at least 20 attempts since 1970. 3 TDs.151.9 passer rating.And… a WIN. What a debut for @49ers QB @NickMullens! #OAKvsSF #GoNiners pic.twitter.com/mlZTajEeas — NFL (@NFL) November 2, 2018 As Newsweek reports, Mullens was such an unknown quantity, his Twitter account was only granted the […]

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60-Second Video: Apple Reveals Fresh Crop

Stay in the know. October 31, 2018 1 min read Apple CEO Tim Cook took the stage in Brooklyn, NY, yesterday to unveil a slew of updates to several products, including redesigns of the MacBook Air, the iPad line, and a long overdue overhaul of the Mac Mini — all right in time for the holidays. Notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger was killed after being transferred to a federal prison in West Virginia yesterday. The New York Times reports the 89 year old’s death was at the hands of two other inmates with mob ties. Ah, the sweet taste of victory! Boston-based Sam Adams is celebrating the Red Sox World Series win with a special double IPA called “Damage Done” made especially for the team. The brew has hints of guava, mango… and Yankee fan tears. Read_more Related posts: Fiji Water Photobombs Golden Globes in Spectacular Fashion (60 Second Video) Apple Plunges […]

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