In 2004 a brother-sister team made it their quest to create the best plant-based burger on earth. After 12 years of trial, error, expansion and pilots in various cities (including their base, St. Louis), Jody and Todd’s self-funded project, Hungry Planet, is now a worldwide movement to improve the way we eat.
After quadrupling his San Diego dental practice in 8 years, Bill Kimball became the go-to guy for dental business advice. While friends, colleagues and old classmates knew the medical ins and outs of dentistry, no one taught dentists how to be business savvy. But Bill had a knack for it.
“It’s not about retreating when I encounter a challenge, it’s about finding a path around it,” Stefanie Nissen said in regards to her innovative venture, Trvl Porter. Her company is dedicated to eliminating luggage by lending a pre-styled wardrobe delivered to your destination. Two years prior to the company’s inception, an overstuffed suitcase caused a misstep up a flight of stairs. Stefanie’s suitcase came tumbling down on her resulting in a sprained ankle.
Alec picked up the phone with his “naive optimism” and started making calls. “I guess I’ve never been afraid of getting told no,” he said. His fearlessness led him to a load of success – quite literally, a truckload of billboards being delivered to his door. This was the beginning of Rareform.
“It’s a big risk to send all these people to sleep in tents in the forest,” CEO, Nick Ovanessoff said. Their risk is their secret sauce. Corporate group travel erupted long before Y2K and has been begging for an update. A Lucky Find Hospitality Management stepped onto the scene to press reset on the industry standard.
With entrepreneurship comes rejection and Carlos knew it well. When asked how he knew he’d succeed in the midst of serial failure he said, “I’ll be honest, I didn’t. I didn’t know what the hell I was doing.”
The Los Angeles Arts District is a story of fortitude. A lifetime ago stood a vineyard – once the largest producer of wine in all of California. By the end of the 18th Century, industry had gained momentum and the district housed the Western epicenter for produce distribution. And home to three transnational railways, there was a constant buzz of production.
We are in the midst of a technological revolution. It’s safe to say Apple led the charge in the constantly adapting industry. The iPhone was a game changer. Suddenly you had a computer in your pocket that looked cool, and was easy to use. The Apple App Store was loaded with software that was once beyond our imagination. Each generation gains on the advances in technology and becomes more difficult to impress. But today, there is one company raising eyebrows and sparking intrigue.
The concept of coworking is not entirely new to Western culture and the word ‘entrepreneur’ is on the brink of overuse. There is another world, though where these concepts have only just appeared on the horizon. In the country of Lebanon – which is roughly the size of Connecticut – there are two young women transforming a culture set in its ways by introducing entrepreneurship as a calculated and necessary risk.
In a sedentary world where people are stuck sitting at their desks, Joel Heath is out there trying to set the world in motion. Founder and CEO of FluidStance, Joel is an entrepreneur who never stops moving. He is the type of guy who would jump off a cliff and figure out how to build wings on his way down. He has the mentality to figure out how to make something happen no matter what obstacles arise.