How a Privacy-Centered Social Media Platform Acquired Millions of Customers With No Paid Marketing

‘To build something complex and massive, you’ve got to be fiercely determined – even in a moment when no one believes you.’ November 7, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Mark Weinstein, founder and CEO of MeWe, aims to give Facebook a run for its money. His company, billed as a “next-gen social networking platform,” encourages a privacy-focused social media experience. Weinstein spoke with Entrepreneur about why he believes millions of users flocked to MeWe without a single paid marketing campaign.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  You started a social media company during a time when social media is being heavily scrutinized. Why did you decide to do that? As founder of a social media company, what I saw was Facebook veering far off course of what the intention of social media was. Social media was intended to provide people around the […]

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How Company Values Can Help Your Employees Work Smarter and More Efficiently

Your team is just as important as your customers. November 7, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every year, we publish the Entrepreneur 360 — our list of the 360 most well-rounded companies in America, based on an evaluation of impact, innovation, growth, leadership and business valuation. This series spotlights some of this year’s honorees. For more 360 content, view our 360 content hub. In a race to offer the best customer experience, companies oftentimes overlook their employee experience. RevUnit, a digital strategy and product studio, aims to help companies leverage technology so their employees can work better. But according to cofounder Michael Paladino, the most important aspect of the employee experience is strong values.  Do you think companies focus more on customers and less on employees? Most companies haven’t focused on their employees as an audience. These enterprises are creating great consumer technology but not doing that for their employees. There’s a […]

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How to Reach $100 Million in Sales, According to a Serial Entrepreneur Who Did

‘You need to have confidence without arrogance. Arrogance is the killer.’ November 5, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Serial entrepreneur Brad Oberwager is on his twentieth company. He’s learned a thing or two about launching efficient startups, and now, as founder of Jyve, he helps connects industry stakeholders with talent to grow revenue and change the way we work. Oberwager spoke with Entrepreneur about what it takes to reach $100 million in sales.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  How did you set up your company from the beginning so it would have the potential to hit $100 million in sales? First, we had to come up with our purpose. That’s step one. What are you trying to do, and is it big enough? We are trying to change how the world works. That’s both a real mission and a cute comment. […]

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How to Spend Less Time in the Office and Make More Money

Hint: It involves skipping your morning commute, according to serial entrepreneur Joe Johnson. October 31, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Just because you love to start a company doesn’t mean you love to run it. You might not even be the best person for the job. Joe Johnson, serial entrepreneur and founder of real estate firm Welfont, shares how an entrepreneur’s time outside the office can be as profitable as the time inside it. You started dozens of companies before Welfont. How did that affect the way you built this company? From the beginning, I was committed to building a business that could run without me. As an entrepreneur, my main job is to focus on the long-term or the next phase, not the day-to-day. When entrepreneurs start a business, they tend to end up being the person that deals with every issue, whether they […]

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How This Young Entrepreneur Dominated an Industry Run by People Twice His Age

Esteban Kadamani went from working at Subway to co-founding a window installation company by age 22. October 24, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every year, we publish the Entrepreneur 360 — our list of the 360 most well-rounded companies in America, based on an evaluation of impact, innovation, growth, leadership and business valuation. This series spotlights some of this year’s honorees. For more 360 content, view our 360 content hub. Esteban Kadamani was just like many college kids, staying out late on Friday nights. But while his peers were downing beers, Kadamani spent evenings meeting with his team of window installers to plan the next day’s installations. The hard work paid off, and now his company, Infinite Windows, provides window installations for some of the highest-end properties in Miami. Kadamani, co-founder and CEO, shares how he went from making six-inch subs at Subway to running one of southern Florida’s premier window installation provider […]

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How to Convince Large Companies to Work With Your Startup

The founder of Llamasoft says it’s important to tear down barriers of entry and make it as easy as possible for companies to work with you. October 22, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every year, we publish the Entrepreneur 360 — our list of the 360 most well-rounded companies in America, based on an evaluation of impact, innovation, growth, leadership and business valuation. This series spotlights some of this year’s honorees. For more 360 content, view our 360 content hub. Llamasoft provides supply chain management software to more than 750 of the world’s most innovative companies — and its first clients consisted of multibillion-dollar companies with household names. How did the company convince larger organizations to change their old supply chain habits and take a chance on Llamasoft before they hit big? Toby Brzoznowski, founder and CEO, shares his strategy for redesigning the supply chain management industry. This interview has been edited for length […]

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How Private Podcasts Could Change the Way Companies Communicate With Employees

‘The market was ready because of the growth in Apple podcasting, Spotify and Netflix,’ says Jen Grogono, CEO of uStudio. October 19, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every year, we publish the Entrepreneur 360 — our list of the 360 most well-rounded companies in America, based on an evaluation of impact, innovation, growth, leadership and business valuation. This series spotlights some of this year’s honorees. For more 360 content, view our 360 content hub. Podcasts have absolutely exploded in popularity, offering entertainment and information to listeners while they’re commuting, cooking dinner and even folding laundry. But what about when listeners are at work? Can companies leverage the podcast craze to more efficiently communicate with their employees? Entrepreneur spoke with Jen Grogono, CEO of uStudio, a private podcast and video solutions company, about what the new age of employee communication could look like.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  What internal communication challenges […]

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How This Founder Built One of the Happiest Companies During the Recession

Samer Khouli, founder and CEO of TargetCW, explains how happy employees ultimately result in more profits. October 17, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every year, we publish the Entrepreneur 360 — our list of the 360 most well-rounded companies in America, based on an evaluation of impact, innovation, growth, leadership and business valuation. This series spotlights some of this year’s honorees. For more 360 content, view our 360 content hub. TargetCW helps companies keep their employees happy. And while their contingent workforce technology certainly plays a role, their success is credited to their own happy employees, even when the economy was… less than happy. Samer Khouli, founder and CEO of TargetCW, shares how he built a positive company culture during one of the country’s most difficult times. And yes, it required more than free snacks and company getaways. Why did you decide to start TargetCW during the recession? It was a […]

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Saying No to Investors Helped This Company in the Long Run. Here’s How.

This entrepreneur says that when investors asked this entrepreneur and her team to compromise their integrity, she said no to a big check. October 15, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every year, we publish the Entrepreneur 360 — our list of the 360 most well-rounded companies in America, based on an evaluation of impact, innovation, growth, leadership and business valuation. This series spotlights some of this year’s honorees. For more 360 content, view our 360 content hub. After years of sixteen-hour work days, Stratis IOT founder Felicty Moorman and her team hoped their soon-to-close first round of funding from venture capitalists would ease up the stress that bootstrapping her own tech company required. She had big plans to use Stratis IOT technology to dramatically decrease energy usage ⁠— and with it, carbon footprints ⁠— in multi-family residences. But Moorman says that when investors asked her and her […]

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This FinTech Company Sets an Internal Goal for 100 Percent Growth Each Year. Here’s Why.

Failing at ambitious goals is often better than succeeding at small ones, according to the company’s founder and CEO. September 25, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. TouchSuite caters to restaurants, food trucks, salons, spas, retail establishments, festivals and businesses on-the-go, all through one thing: point-of-sale systems that are fully integrated with affordable payment processing services. According to Sam Zietz, the fintech company’s founder and CEO, the brand’s success lies in empowering employees to think like entrepreneurs and a constant push for creative ideas. Entrepreneur spoke with Zietz about his definition of success and company culture.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  What does your company do? We are a financial technology company focused on the payment space. At our core, we enable businesses to accept credit cards for payment, then provide the technology to facilitate it. Recently we acquired a company called Grubber, which […]

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Why a GPS Security App for Families Scrapped Side Projects to Maintain a ‘Ruthless Focus’ on Its Core Offering

‘Don’t be afraid to frequently disrupt yourself and your offerings to stay one step ahead of your competitors.’ September 24, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Life360 is a GPS tracking and safety app that aims to bring families closer together with smart features like location-sharing for security and private “circles” for organization. Entrepreneur spoke with Sara Sutyak, public relations and brand partnerships manager at Life360, to see how the new technology aims to provide families less stress and more security via a constant connection.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  What does your company do? Life360 is a safety and coordination service for families that brings them closer with smart features designed to protect and connect those that matter most. How do you define success? Success is creating a service that solves the various core needs of families worldwide. For example, parents contact […]

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This Creative Production Company Launched Almost 25 Years Ago. Its Ability to Evolve With the Market Kept It in Business.

“Even during the good times, don’t take your foot off the gas pedal. Keep pushing. Keep driving.” September 20, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Tool of North America doesn’t beat around the bush when it comes to describing its business. The company aims to produce award-winning content with a purpose, helping brands and agencies with ideation, content and experience production that generate buzz. Entrepreneur spoke with managing partner Dustin Califf about the company’s strategy for driving awareness for their clients.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  What does your company do? We call ourselves a creative production partner; and there’s a good reason for that. Almost 25 years ago, we were born as a production company, and we have evolved over the past 10 years to offer services beyond solely production, such as creative strategy and ideation.  The reason we call […]

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How One Small Business Became One of the Nation’s Largest Federal Contractors

The co-founder of Torch Technologies, Inc. designed his company to be 100 percent employee-owned. Why? To hold himself and his team accountable. September 19, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Torch Technologies, Inc., has risen to become one of the largest federal contractors in the nation — as a 100-percent employee-owned small business. Co-founder Bill Roark spoke with Entrepreneur about why giving employees a slice of the pie can make for better work, faster growth and tangible benefits for those serving in the U.S. military. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  What does your company do? We’re one of the nation’s top 100 defense companies — we work with the federal government and the Department of Defense on engineering services across the board. Just a few of the things we do are designing, modeling and simulating missile and aviation technology. How do you define success? Torch is […]

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This Healthcare Startup Grew to 450 Employees in 5 Years. Its Founder Has 3 Key Tips for Aspiring Entrepreneurs.

It’s about more than coming up with a good product or service, says the founder and co-CEO of PatientPop. September 18, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. PatientPop believes in people, process and technology. Utilizing all three of these facets, the company empowers small healthcare practices grow, focusing on helping these providers succeed by improving the overall patient experience. After talking with the company’s founder and current co-CEO Travis Schneider, it’s clear what the company’s vision for the future is. Here’s how the company plans to adapt and disrupt the healthcare industry.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  What does your company do?  PatientPop helps healthcare providers adapt to the drastic shift in how people choose doctors and medical care today. Patients no longer rely solely on word-of-mouth. The majority now look online before selecting a doctor, similar to the way they manage other […]

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This Company Aims to Revamp the House-Flipping Process For Both Buyers and Sellers

Targeting first-time home buyers and utilizing a portfolio of strategies is key, according to RESICAP’s founder. September 11, 2019 3 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When the recession hit in 2008, RESICAP founder and co-CEO Andy Capps — along with his business partner, Lance Popp — saw rare opportunity in the housing market. Since then, they’ve aimed to make flipping single-family homes higher-quality and more cost-effective. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  What does your company do? My business partner, Lance Popp, and I met at the gym — we were always there at the same time and started talking shop. We realized our skill sets complemented each other to reposition entry-level houses to first-time home buyers. During the recession, we were buying entry-level houses, renovating them and then flipping them to first-time home buyers because at the time there was no institutional interest. […]

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Inside the Company That’s Turning Traditional Financial Advisors Into Independent Business Owners

Good Life Financial Advisors reshaped the finance industry by using the 2008 recession to their advantage. September 10, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Traditional financial advisors do their clients (and themselves) a disservice, argues Conor Delaney, co-founder and managing partner at Good Life Financial Advisors. That’s why he designed his company to support independent, service and community-oriented advisors by taking on the backend business work for them.  This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  What does your company do? In 2008, when the recession hit, investors got smart. They started wondering why they were being interviewed by these big, overcharging companies that benefited their shareholders before them and provided the least amount of service. That gave our company the opportunity to come in. We take financial advisors who are in a culture of sales and move them into a culture of service […]

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This Company Turned Pharmaceutical Research Into a Profitable Marketplace. Here’s How.

The CEO and president of Scientist.com says workplace culture is the primary driver behind 54 straight months of company growth. September 9, 2019 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. What happens when you take the most expensive and time-consuming aspect of your industry and make it marketplace-ready? In the case of Scientist.com: serious profits, greater innovations and even saved lives. CEO and president Kevin Lustig, Ph.D., explains how the company is revolutionizing pharmaceutical research. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.  What does your company do? We’re a B2B marketplace for the pharmaceutical industry that’s helping the industry become more efficient at doing drug research. We’re used by large pharmaceutical companies to reduce costs, save time, promote innovation and ensure compliance. It used to be that scientists would do the research themselves in big pharmaceutical company labs. Today, researchers are often not doing the work […]

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To Find Success as an Entrepreneur, Focus Less on Your Bank Account and More on Your Purpose

The CEO of data analytics company Moblize discusses the importance of selflessness in building a company. September 5, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every year, we publish the Entrepreneur 360 — our list of the 360 most well-rounded companies in America, based on an evaluation of impact, innovation, growth, leadership and business valuation. Our 2019 list debuts on Oct 1. In advance, we’re checking in with some 2018 honorees, including the one below. For Amit Mehil, the CEO of Moblize, a Houston-based data analytics company that primarily works with oil and gas companies, success isn’t defined by how much money a company makes; rather, it’s defined by that company’s larger purpose for the world we live in today. This sort of mindset has not only helped Mehil and his company expand — Moblize currently has 100 employees worldwide and, according to the company, has seen 200 percent year-over-year growth in […]

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Past Entrepreneur 360 Honorees Share Their Best Success Advice and Growth Strategies

The fifth annual Entrepreneur 360 List will be released Oct. 1. This week, we’re looking back at last year’s honorees. September 3, 2019 2 min read In 2015, Entrepreneur launched an annual search for the most entrepreneurial companies in America: the Entrepreneur 360™. It was an ambitious undertaking: inviting companies to apply, factoring in their impact, innovation, growth, leadership and value and creating a proprietary algorithm to rank them based on not only revenue but also the degree to which they’re well-rounded. The list aims to spotlight the foremost leaders among entrepreneurs today. In 2018, it expanded to Singapore and India. In honor of the fifth year of Entrepreneur 360™, we’re focusing in on all the things that make a small business fully dynamic — a 360-degree operation, both in terms of revenue growth and company culture. To do that, we’re looking back on honorees from last year and asking […]

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How This Bedding Company’s Strong Social Mission Helped Build Consumer Trust

Young shoppers want to buy from companies they feel good about, so they’re driving businesses to be accountable for every choice, says the co-founder and CEO of Malouf. September 3, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Every year, we publish the Entrepreneur 360 — a list of the 360 most well-rounded companies in America, based on an evaluation of impact, innovation, growth, leadership and business valuation. Our 2019 list debuts on Oct 1. In advance, were checking in with some 2018 honorees, including the one below. The Business Roundtable, a group of executives from major corporations including Jeff Bezos and Tim Cook, recently announced it was redefining the purpose of a corporation. Rather than just focusing on shareholders, the group agreed that businesses need to consider conscious capitalism as a way of moving forward. “The American dream is alive but fraying,” Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan and chairman of […]

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