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A Personal Journey Relies on Mindset. A Brand's Journey on Mindshare.

This post is part of a new series on conversations worthy of attention. New email subscribers will receive it as part of the weekly digest. Sara Blakely has had quite an interesting career and story#. She founded Spanx in her late 20s. The company made $4 million in sales in its first year (2000) and $10 million the following year (2001). In 2012, Forbes named Blakely the youngest self-made woman billionaire in the world. That's a span of more than ten years. A lot happens in ten years. Imagine ...
Tags: Marketing, Forbes, Blakely, Sara Blakely, Valeria Maltoni


[Interview] Bill Treasurer, Author Of ‘Courage Goes To Work’

Tired of managing “comfeartable” employees — workers who are either too comfortable or too fearful to do things differently? Meet Bill Treasurer. A workplace expert specializing in courage-building, Treasurer is on a mission to help entrepreneurs and small businesses create a more courageous workforce that delivers results. For the tenth-anniversary edition of his trailblazing book, “Courage Goes to Work: How to Build Backbones, Boost Performance, and Get Results“, we sat down with Bill to talk...
Tags: Startups, New York, Interview, Interviews, Bill, Accenture, Sara Blakely, Bill Treasurer, Book Author, U S High Diving Team


Making Friends with Failure

Many of us may have grown up with the idea that making mistakes is a bad thing. When we received a bad grade or things didn’t go as expected, we may have felt distressed as we told our parents about it. We worried about their negative reaction. The urge to avoid errors goes back to an earlier time when our ancestors could not afford to make a mistake when they hunted for food or came across danger. Miscalculations cost people their lives in the olden days. Their minds were adept at helping ...
Tags: Psychology, Failure, Success, Self-help, Perfectionism, Achievement, Success & Achievement, Thomas Edison, Coping Skills, Blakely, Sara Blakely, Sara Blakely Spanx


12 Marketing Experts Reveal How to Crush Your Competition in 2019

p With the new year in full swing, my wonderful colleagues — the marketing experts here at Convince & Convert — came up with 23 ideas for making your marketing and customer experience AMAZING in 2019. In no particular order, here are our favorite recommendations for making 2019 your best year yet. These are the things that not many companies are doing well, but if you do, you will be sure to crush your competition this year. Let’s go! Jay Baer, Founder, Convince & Convert 1. Leverage artificia...
Tags: Google, Macaulay Culkin, Seo, Linkedin, Tesla, Customers, Jay, Chris Anderson, Digital Marketing, CPM, Jay Baer, Sara Blakely, Bluehost, Lauren Teague, Daniel Lemin, Anthony Helmstetter


5 Pieces of Advice From Successful Business Women and Entrepreneurs

It’s 2018 and the previously male-dominated business scene is finally starting to shift. According to a recent report, there are over 11 million women-owned businesses in the U.S., and that number is steadily climbing. In fact, women-owned businesses are growing five times faster than the national average! Whether you’re thinking about starting your own business or looking for some ideas to help boost your already existing company, these tips below from a few successful business-women will hopef...
Tags: Apple, Business, Entrepreneurship, Sales, Chase, Oprah Winfrey, Oprah, Sara, Sophia, Roxanne, Marie, Winfrey, Sara Blakely, Women Entrepreneurs, Business Advice, Startup Advice


Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and 12 more successful people reveal their favorite places to 'think big'

Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and 12 other successful entrepreneurs revealed their favorite places to "think big" on the podcast "Masters of Scale." Host Reid Hoffman, who founded LinkedIn, said it's one of the questions he asks every guest on the show. Their answers ranged from the treadmill and a dance studio to the Golden Gate Bridge. What is your favorite place to think big? That's the question LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman said he asks every one of his guests on his podcast "Masters of Sc...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, San Francisco, Trends, Linkedin, Atlanta, Netflix, Reid Hoffman, Golden Gate Bridge, Sheryl Sandberg, Brian Chesky, Reed Hastings, Hoffman, Mariam Naficy, Bill Gates Mark Zuckerberg


Village Global’s accelerator introduces founders to Bill Gates, Reid Hoffman, Eric Schmidt and more

Village Global is leveraging its network of tech luminaries to support the next generation of entrepreneurs. The $100 million early-stage venture capital firm, which counts Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Alphabet’s Eric Schmidt, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman and many other high-profile techies as limited partners (LPs), quietly announced on Friday that the accelerator it piloted earlier this year would become a permanent fixture. Called Network Catalyst, Vi...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, TC, Mark Zuckerberg, Accelerator, Pinterest, Microsoft, San Francisco, Linkedin, Bill Gates, Venture Capital, Reid Hoffman, Jeff Bezos, Ev Williams, Gates, Eric Schmidt


An entrepreneur who landed a $250,000 offer on 'Shark Tank' was thrilled when a Shark said her company 'sucks' and questioned its valuation

Nicki Radzely, the cofounder of Doddle & Co, appeared on "Shark Tank" pitching the Pop Pacifier. During the episode, Daymond John told Radzely that her company "sucks" and questioned why she'd valued her business at $5 million. Radzely ultimately accepted a $250,000 offer from Kevin O'Leary. Looking back, she loves that John insulted her because it gave her more air time, and a chance to address other investors' and viewers' concerns. Nicki Radzely didn't go on "Shark Tank" to make friends. S...
Tags: Navy, Trends, John, Shark Tank, Daymond John, Kevin O Leary, Sara Blakely, Lori Greiner, Doddle Co, John -RSB, Nicki Radzely, Radzely, Today Doddle Co


Billionaire’s Advice; Raising Resilient Children; Open Office Results; Amsterdam Events Nov 6-7

"... insights for scaleups" HEADLINES: (Adam Grant fest!) Nov 6 - 7 Amsterdam -- Join us in The Netherlands for two full days of executive education. More info below, but first... Sept 21 Hotel Room Cutoff -- our discounted hotel rate for the ScaleUp Summit Oct 16 - 17 and Scaling Up User Conference Oct 18 ends tomorrow, Friday Sept 21. Please click here to reserve your hotel room. Open Offices Decrease Face Time; Increase Email -- this reputable Harv...
Tags: Leadership, Cnn, Harvard, Today Show, Amsterdam, Quinn, The Netherlands, Sara, Adam, Adam Grant, Harvard Gazette, Sara Blakely, Better Book Club, John Ratliff, Denise Richmond, Verne


4 Lessons This Innovative Dating App Can Teach Any Entrepreneur

No matter what industry you’re in, there’s plenty to be learned from other companies in different markets. Take the dating app Bumble, for example, which started out to help people find dates, but has since expanded into connecting new friends and business contacts. After Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd left Tinder, which she also co-founded, she was determined to change the online dating game, and founded the women-empowered dating app that, while similar to Tinder in its simple photo-swiping fun...
Tags: Sales, Innovation, Bumble, Don, Sara Blakely, Business Lessons, Bumble Bizz, Key Lessons for Entrepreneurs Starting A Business, Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd


4 Lessons This Innovative Dating App Can Teach Any Entrepreneur

No matter what industry you’re in, there’s plenty to be learned from other companies in different markets. Take the dating app Bumble, for example, which started out to help people find dates, but has since expanded into connecting new friends and business contacts. After Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd left Tinder, which she also co-founded, she was determined to change the online dating game, and founded the women-empowered dating app that, while similar to Tinder in its simple photo-swiping fun...
Tags: Sales, Innovation, Bumble, Don, Sara Blakely, Business Lessons, Bumble Bizz, Key Lessons for Entrepreneurs Starting A Business, Bumble CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd


NOW HIRING: Business Insider is looking for a paid intern for its Strategy vertical

Business Insider is looking for a paid intern to work on our Strategy section this winter. BI interns spend their time researching, writing, pitching, and producing stories, and they get an author byline for every post they write. They also help editors find irresistible stories from our partners — including Slate, Inc., and Entrepreneur — to share with our readers. We're looking for people who are ambitious, smart, funny, fast, and consume huge amounts of digital media. You should be comforta...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Trends, Tony Robbins, Manhattan, Warren Buffett, Sara Blakely, Slate Inc


TheSkimm closes its $12M Series C with big names Shonda Rhimes and Tyra Banks on board

In March, the female-led media company and newsletter provider TheSkimm reported it was raising a $12 million Series C from Google Ventures and Spanx founder Sara Blakely, along with several existing investors. Today, the company is confirming its Series C round has closed with a number of new, mostly female investors joining – including big names like Shonda Rhimes and Tyra Banks. Variety was the first to report the news of the new investors. The Series C’s additional investors include former T...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Facebook, New York, Shonda Rhimes, Youtube, Banks, Funding, Tech, Gop, Paul ryan, Google Ventures, Justin Trudeau, Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Sara Blakely, Danielle Weisberg, Carly Zakin


Lessons on Confidence, Criticism, and How to Thrive as an Underestimated Founder from Sara Blakely

We were honored to have one of our LPs, Spanx founder/CEO Sara Blakely, in Palo Alto for the Village Global event called Underestimated. Sara was joined by dozens of other remarkable female founders and VCs in Silicon Valley. Here’s a writeup on some of the insights shared by the speakers. Here are a bunch of photos from the event. The energy in the room was electric. More to come!
Tags: Sales, Palo Alto, Silicon Valley, Sara, Sara Blakely, Village Global


4 Great Lessons in Entrepreneurship Everyone Can Learn From Spanx Founder Sara Blakely

Once upon a time, not too terribly long ago, Sara Blakely had a party to attend. Back then, she sold fax machines door-to-door, and had saved up her money to buy an expensive pair of white pants. She wanted a seamless look under said pants (read: no panty lines or body jiggles) so she put on a pair of pantyhose and cut the feet off. Her “ah-ha!” moment, as she explained to Dave Ramsey, was seeing her rear end smoothly shaped by that undergarment. In that instant, Blakely knew this kind of produc...
Tags: Sales, Entrepreneur, Oprah Winfrey, Women In Business, Forbes, Blakely, Dave Ramsey, Sara Blakely, Starting A Business, Business Advice, Spanx, Great Lessons


TheSkimm raises $12 million for its snarky newsletters

Seven million women (and men) love theSkimm.  With its daily newsletters designed to keep you in the loop on the latest news and pop culture, theSkimm has developed a loyal following, and even recruits fans called “Skimm’bassadors” to help spread the word. That word-of-mouth hype is helping, and the startup has seen enough growth to warrant more funding. TheSkimm is announcing a $12 million round led by GV (Google Ventures), with participation from Spanx founder Sara Blakely as well as existing ...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, New York, Media, Tech, RRE Ventures, Sara Blakely, Danielle Weisberg, Carly Zakin, theSkimm, GV Google Ventures, Homebrew Co


Boston Tech Watch: ICO Crackdown, “Shark Tank” Startups & More

[Updated 1/19/18, 2:47 pm. See below.] This week in Boston tech, we’re tracking legal action against a so-called “initial coin offering,” hiring sprees, a pair of acquisitions, several venture funding rounds, and more. Read on for details. —Massachusetts securities regulators are wading into the murky waters of cryptocurrencies and “initial coin offerings.” The office of Secretary of State William Galvin filed administrative charges against Caviar and its partner, Kirill Bensonoff, allegi...
Tags: Startups, Internet Of Things, Boston, Massachusetts, Connected Devices, Trends, Tech, It, Vc, Software, Mark Cuban, Iot, Accenture, Caviar, Fintech, Cryptocurrency


Leaders Need to High-Five Failure in 2018

I watched an interesting video the other day (see below). Spanx CEO Sara Blakely tells of how her father used to ask her and her brother at the dinner table when she was growing up what they had failed at that week. When they shared a failure, he would congratulate them and give them a high-five! I love that! I have come to believe and recognize in my own leadership that failure is only bad if it is more than a temporary set-back. It is only bad if we aren’t learning, making adjustments and try...
Tags: Leadership, Failure, Uncategorized, Fail, Start, Sara Blakely, Facebook LinkedIn Twitter


Case’s $150M Rise of the Rest Fund Aims to Boost Flyover Startups

Author, investor, and AOL co-founder Steve Case today announced a new $150 million venture fund aimed at pumping investment capital into tech companies in so-called flyover states. Contributing to the fund is an impressive group of some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country. Called the Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, it will be overseen by Case and Hillbilly Elegy author J.D. Vance, who joined Case’s VC firm, Revolution, earlier this year. The new fund shares a name with Case’s ...
Tags: Amazon, Startups, Entrepreneurship, Trends, Vc, Aol, Innovation, Venture Capital, Revolution, Howard Schultz, Starbucks, Jeff Bezos, Detroit, Bet, Eric Schmidt, Steve Case


How hugely successful people like Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos first met their spouses

• Business Insider looked into how some of the most successful people out there met their spouses and partners. • Several couples, like Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos and Bill and Melinda Gates, met at work. • Others met at recreational events, like a charity poker tournament or a high school football game. When Bill Gates first asked out his now-wife, Melinda, she said no. When Lebron James first asked out his now-wife, Savannah, she had no idea who he was. Warren Buffett's first wife introduced hi...
Tags: America, Trends, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Lebron James, Bill, Jeff Bezos, Melinda Gates, Vegas, Savannah, Jeff, Akron Ohio, Melinda, Sara Blakely, Harper s Bazaar, Jesse Itzler


How 8 of the most successful couples in the world first met

• Business Insider looked into how some of the most successful people out there met their spouses and partners. • Several couples, like Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos and Bill and Melinda Gates, met at work. • Others met at recreational events, like a charity poker tournament or a high school football game. When Bill Gates first asked out his now-wife, Melinda, she said no. When Lebron James first asked out his now-wife, Savannah, she had no idea who he was. Warren Buffett's first wife introduced hi...
Tags: America, Trends, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Lebron James, Bill, Melinda Gates, Vegas, Savannah, Jeff, Akron Ohio, Melinda, Sara Blakely, Harper s Bazaar, Jesse Itzler, Itzler


Inside the marriage of billionaire Spanx founder Sara Blakely and entrepreneur Jesse Itzler, who met at a poker game and slow dance to make up after fights

• Spanx founder Sara Blakely and Marquis Jets founder Jesse Itzler first met at a charity poker tournament in 2006. • Itzler set up an elaborate scavenger hunt when it came time to propose to his now-wife. • Today, they have four children and chronicle their family's adventures on social media. When Sara Blakely arrived at the 2006 Net Jet Annual Las Vegas Poker Tournament, she didn't know much about poker. Still, one of her sales representatives wrangled her a seat at the main table with  Jes...
Tags: New York City, Trends, Atlanta, Berkshire Hathaway, Vegas, Atlanta Hawks, Reuters, Blakely, AJC, LeBron, NetJets, Outback Steakhouse, Sara Blakely, Jesse Itzler, Itzler, Boca Grande Florida


A Week In Atlanta, GA, On A $84,000 Budget

Welcome toMoney Diaries , where we're tackling what might be the last taboo facing modern working women: money. We're asking millennials how they spend their hard-earned money during a seven-day period — and we're tracking every last dollar.Today: a data analyst who makes $84,000 per year. This week, she spends some of her money on a Spider-Man costume.Occupation: Data AnalystIndustry: SoftwareAge: 23Location: Atlanta, GASalary: $84,000Paycheck (Once Per Month): $4,773Monthly ExpensesHousing Co...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Fashion, Music, Florida, London, John Oliver, America, Atlanta, Brooklyn, New York Times, Athens, New Orleans, Starbucks, Louisiana, Stitch Fix


With Arm Tights, Spanx Puts Brand in Arm’s Way

Spanx founder Sara Blakely launched her brand of shapewear with tights, becoming a billionaire and business guru along the way. Expanding into shaping briefs, tights, underwear, leggings, bras, bodysuits, swimwear and even Spanx for men, the privately-held company has found another body part to compress and control. Her latest brand extension, Arm Tights, are just what they sound like—cropped and seamless with the goal of reducing upper arm jiggle. Blakely says they were five years in the maki...
Tags: Fashion, New York, Women, Uncategorized, Advertising, Entrepreneurs, Vogue, Einstein, Founders, Fmcg, Bloomingdale, Blakely, CEOs, Sara Blakely, CPG, Brand Extensions


I failed

It’s wild watching how fast my daughter is growing up. Today at the breakfast table she was already talking about where she wants to go to college. At least for now she told us that she’s decided to stay close to us in Chicago and Northwestern sounds good. She’s three. :) I cherish every minute we get to spend together. One place where we obviously spend that time is our dining room table eating meals. So, I keep trying to invent interesting ways of talking about the day.The latest thing we’ve ...
Tags: Business, Entrepreneurship, Startup, Blogging, Chicago, Creativity, Signal, Sara Blakely, Life-lessons, Spanx Sara


Mark Cuban reveals the 'hardest lesson' he had to learn about money before building his wealth

Everybody makes mistakes when it comes to money — and billionaires are no exception. In a new interview with MONEY, "Shark Tank" investor Mark Cuban and Spanx founder Sara Blakely, both self-made billionaires, discussed starting their respective businesses years ago with little money and tons of grit. Blakely decided early on that she'd grow her company with only the cash she had on hand: "I've never really had debt — if I can't afford it, I don't buy it." Cuban, on the other hand, turned to cre...
Tags: Yahoo, US, Dallas Mavericks, Trends, Bloomberg, Mark Cuban, Warren Buffett, Blakely, Sara Blakely, MONEY Shark Tank


The book Mark Cuban says taught him to 'party like a rock star, but still live like a student' helped him reach his first $1 million

There isn't one single path to wealth. "I think it's possible to have a million dollars in the bank even if you're not an entrepreneur," said billionaire "Shark Tank" investor Mark Cuban in a new interview with MONEY and Spanx founder Sara Blakely. "There are a lot of strategies for people who work their way up the corporate ladder, or even bounce from job to job." While there isn't a singular job or investment that will guarantee wealth, Cuban says, there is one trait that will definitely help ...
Tags: Yahoo, Dallas Mavericks, Trends, Bloomberg, Mark Cuban, Shark Tank, Barbara Corcoran, Sara Blakely, Paul Terhorst


Spanx founder Blakely to help fund snack startup

Sara Blakely and her husband Jesse Itzler are among the funders of chickpea snack startup Biena Snacks.
Tags: Blakely, Sara Blakely, Jesse Itzler


Carousel: Resist The Internet, Stop Apologising, And Hating Your Friend’s Social Media Presence

Happy June, and happy almost-Summer! It’s heating up in New York (finally!) and I’m thoroughly enjoying the feeling of walking the streets in a sun-dress. I hope that, no matter where you are, you’re enjoying the heightened communication, collaboration, and enthusiastic vibes of Gemini season. Here are some of my favourite discoveries of the last couple of months. I hope you find them equally fascinating! Please don’t cancel. A plea to stop stopping ourselves, from one of my favourite babes, Al...
Tags: New York, La, Inspiration, Los Angeles, Carousel, Control, Social Media Presence, Don, Amanda, James Altucher, MILF, Terri, Danielle LaPorte, Sara Blakely, Amanda Lepore, Angelyne


20 Women Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing the World

It’s a great time to be a female entrepreneur. There are plenty of trailblazers making their mark on a variety of different industries. If you’re looking for some inspiration or any female entrepreneurs to look up to, take a look at the successful women entrepreneurs listed below and learn how they’re changing the world with their businesses. Successful Women Entrepreneurs Rebecca Minkoff The millennial fashion designer has built her own clothing and accessory empire by targeting young wome...
Tags: China, Nigeria, Sales, Startup, World, Netflix, Aol, Htc, Nasty Gal, Rebecca Minkoff, Huffington Post, Gisele Bündchen, Angie, Blakely, Huffington, Alexa von Tobel