There are few business maneuvers that Gary Vaynerchuk appears to love more than the flip. The Belarus-born, New Jersey-raised, straight-talking entrepreneur — “GaryVee” to his fans — regularly recommends flipping everything from sports cards to sports cars. He once created a special five-part video series devoted to his love of yard sales, and in January, suggested his fans flip 250 sweatshirts printed with the slogan “Hustle like my name is GaryVee,” congratulating via tweet those who succeeded in driving the price up on Ebay. So when the coronavirus essential supply schemers emerged in mid-March, like a teenage boy in the…
Nicole Gibbons knew she was in rare company when her direct-to-consumer paint startup Clare raised $2 million from the likes of First Round Capital in 2017. Black female entrepreneurs receive less than 1% of VC funding raised by startups.
In an industry that champions quick pivots and failing fast, Gibbons — who launched her New York City-based company in 2018 after working as an interior decorator and global head of PR for Victoria’s Secret — feels intense pressure to make no mistakes and faces microaggressions so often she says she’s learned to live with them. She spoke with Marker about…
This is the first installment of the Marker series “Read Like a Boss,” where founders, CEOs, and leaders in business reflect on books that revolutionized their thinking, framed their career, or aided them in a crucial business decision. Square co-founder Jim McKelvey inaugurates the column with this unexpected title.
By Ludmila Leiva
If you dream of starting a company and want the inside scoop of what it’s like running the day-to-day of the business, you’ve come to the right place. In our series Startup Diaries, we ask new founders to take us to work for a day, and reflect on what they discovered during the process.
This time we went to work with Lynda T.C. Peralta, the founder of Pocket Palette. Based in Washington D.C., Pocket Palette offers clever and convenient makeup solutions for makeup-wearers on-the-go.
“We have a strategic plan. It’s called doing things.”
— Herb Kelleher (co-founder of Southwest Airlines)
In my early years, that quote hung in our office and it was reflected in my leadership. I remember an employee telling me that he wanted to work “more strategically,” and I had no idea what he meant. In my mind, our company’s strategy was clear and only execution could make all the difference. My company nearly failed because of that lack of insight.
Nowadays I couldn’t disagree more with the quote, and I think it’s misleading for startup founders. …
By Ludmila Leiva
Melissa Kimble was building a business on the side when she got swept up in a media layoff in 2017.
Suddenly without a job, Kimble found herself thrown into entrepreneurship, putting all of her time and efforts towards scaling and monetizing that side passion project: #BlkCreatives, a digital collective for Black professionals and creatives. “Being laid off forced me into entrepreneurship, it wasn’t necessarily a jump I wanted to make,” she says. “I was like, ‘Oh I need to eat today, or pay my rent — how’s that gonna happen?’”
Though not all entrepreneurs are thrust into…
Why do you want to do this? I hope it’s not because it’s the cool thing to do… it’s easy to become an entrepreneur, but it’s way harder to become a successful one.
These days, it seems like everyone wants to be an entrepreneur. People become enamored with the idea of pursuing their own passion and being in control of their own destinies. But that’s a romanticized notion of what really happens.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but most entrepreneurs fail. It’s not just the statistics that show us this; it’s also common…
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