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 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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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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40 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal What They Wanted to Be When They Grew Up

20 Questions Start early, think big. Image credit: Jared Siskin | Getty Images Nina Zipkin Entrepreneur Staff Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. 40 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal What They Wanted to Be When They Grew Up Merrill Stubbs Image credit: Food52 Name: Merrill StubbsCompany: Food52Childhood dream: I really wanted to be a performer. I did a lot of acting and singing as a kid and teenager. I think I was pretty convinced for a while that was my destiny. But I don’t think I had the backbone for the rejection that comes with that path. Ultimately when I was deciding between a conservatory as opposed to a liberal arts college, that’s when I made that decision: to keep singing as something for fun rather than my career. Read more about Stubbs: The Life-Changing Book That Helps This Entrepreneur Think Big   40 Successful Entrepreneurs Reveal What They Wanted […]

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Jimmy Choo’s Co-Founder Explains Why There Are No Small Jobs

Tamara Mellon shares the strategy that has helped her find new opportunities throughout her career. July 12, 2018 6 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. The co-founder of Jimmy Choo, Tamara Mellon, believes that you can find inspiration and opportunity anywhere. All it takes is determination to keep going and a keen eye for observation. Mellon began her career in the early 1990s working as an accessories editor for British Vogue. Always on the hunt for up-and-coming designers, she came across Jimmy Choo, a cobbler working in London’s East End. She would commission him to create shoes for fashion shoots. They were so well received by readers that the pair realized they could expand beyond one-of-kind pieces for the pages of […]

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This Successful Entrepreneur Shares Why a Major Crisis Can Be Your Greatest Investment

Sweetgreen co-founder and CEO Jonathan Neman explains the inherent value of mistakes. June 28, 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. At Georgetown University, friends Jonathan Neman, Nathaniel Ru and Nicolas Jammet weren’t happy with the selection of food offered near their campus in Washington, D.C. They wanted something that could be seasonal and healthy, but also affordable on a student budget. So, while getting their degrees at Georgetown’s undergraduate business school, they raised $350,000 in startup funds to get what would become Sweetgreen’s first location up and running in 2007. Trying not to be just another fast-casual restaurant chain, they looked to establish their brand at a grassroots level, with an emphasis on sustainability and transparency about their supply chain. In […]

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The Entrepreneurs Behind This Multibillion Dollar Company Share Why Success Is Nothing Without a Partner You Can Rely on

Robinhood co-founders and CEOs Baiju Bhatt and Vlad Tenev on why they have only been able to thrive because of their work together. June 14, 2018 10 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. Managing money and making it grow can be a confusing and expensive proposition. Baiju Bhatt and Vlad Tenev started their investing platform Robinhood to try and make even the most novice investor feel comfortable and figure out a system that works for them — whether they are going for more traditional stocks or working in the world of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Etherium. Rather than make a commission on those investments, Robinhood’s business model is based around a monthly premium service Robinhood Gold, which allows users to increase […]

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This Entrepreneur Shares the One Word You Need to Build a Culture That Lasts

Asana co-founder Justin Rosenstein explains why teamwork is everything. May 31, 2018 12 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 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. Justin Rosenstein began his career at Google and Facebook, but working in product and engineering management, he quickly found that as much forward movement as there was in those kinds of innovative tech environments, so much progress was stymied because of the time spent coordinating logistics around something as simple as booking a meeting. With his co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, with whom he worked closely at Facebook, the pair decided that they wanted to make it easier for anyone to stay on top of their goals. So in 2008 they founded Asana to better help teams […]

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This Entrepreneur Shares Why an Ability to Change Course Is What Will Set You Up for Success

FabFitFun co-founder and co-CEO Michael Broukhim says you shouldn’t be afraid to try something new. May 3, 2018 10 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. A few years into his second venture, Michael Broukhim realized to succeed in the long run, he needed to change his view of what his company could be. In 2010, Broukhim and his co-founders, co-CEO and brother Daniel and editor-in-chief Katie Rosens launched FabFitFun, an online site dedicated to reviewing the best in lifestyle products. Three years later, the trio realized they had an opportunity on their hands, a moment that Broukhim characterizes as a “re-founding moment.” “We decided that we could bring that content experience to life in the form of a subscription service in […]

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The Founders of Celeb-Favorite Shoe Brand Allbirds Explain Why Being Told to Raise Money Was the Worst Advice They Ever Received

April 26, 2018 10 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. As the co-founders of two-year-old footwear startup Allbirds, Tim Brown and Joey Zwillinger’s biggest goal is to make stylish, comfortable and most importantly, sustainable shoes that ensure your actual footprint doesn’t compromise your environmental one. Brown hails from New Zealand and comes to the world of entrepreneurship via an unexpected path. Though he always had a passion for design and studied it in school, his first job was as a professional soccer player. Highlights of his athletic career included being the co-captain of New Zealand’s national team during the 2010 World Cup.  Zwillinger, with his background in engineering, had a slightly more traditional launching pad. He has an MBA from Wharton and worked […]

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35 Secrets to Avoiding Burnout

Founders share how they stay energized and on track. Read_more Related posts: 3 Branding Secrets for Ecommerce Success on Amazon 10 Secrets to Starting Your Own Small Business Are You Solving Problems or Just Avoiding Them? Google Penalties: Avoiding the Usual Suspects How to Increase Conversions by Avoiding These 7 Navigation Mistakes To Combat Burnout, Let Data Lead the Way 4 Powerful Ways to Prevent Burnout How to Manage Stress, Anxiety and Burnout

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The Surprising Reason Why This Young Tech Entrepreneur Swears By Pen and Paper

Codecademy founder Zach Sims says his top productivity strategy is all about unplugging. March 29, 2018 11 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. The most effective entrepreneurs know the secret to continued success is to never stop learning. Zach Sims gets this. As the founder of Codecademy, an education company that teaches users technical skills, including how to code, Sims is looking to help people take their career to the next level. Sims founded Codecademy when he was just 20 years old and an undergrad at Columbia University in New York City. In 2011, he left school to pursue the business full time. The decision paid off. Today, Codecademy serves more than 45 million learners around the world and the company […]

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The Productivity Secrets of an Entrepreneur Whose First Business Idea Turned Into Multimillion Dollar Company

The founder and CEO of Thumbtack looks to a quote from Bill Gates to help him stay focused on the long term. March 22, 2018 10 min read A Note From The Editor Think your company has what it takes to make our Top Company Cultures list? Apply now. Apply now » 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. So much of entrepreneurial success is about the connections you make. Since 2009, Thumbtack founder and CEO Marco Zappacosta has grown his company by bringing together users and small-business professionals to work on projects ranging from dog training to appliance repair to wedding planning. Since its launch, Thumbtack has gained a presence in all 50 states. The business now has a base of more than […]

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