Topic: small business

Bullish: Where To Get A Kickass Business Idea (Also: Whiskey And Knitting)

Bullish: Where To Get A Kickass Business Idea (Also: Whiskey And Knitting)

Where do business ideas come from?

I’ve got hundreds of them, like a pair of ovaries full of tiny, dormant ideas, some of them awesome and some of them terrifyingly defective  — and many, many more than anyone could ever bring to fruition. (This is a pretty good metaphor, except that you’re actually born with all the eggs you’re ever going to have, and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t born knowing that “Treelivery” would be the world’s best name for a Christmas-tree delivery business.) More »

Bullish Q&A: When Your Success Is Based On Shadowy, Unspoken Rules

Bullish Q&A: When Your Success Is Based On Shadowy, Unspoken Rules

Today, we have two questions about underlying rules and structures that you have to figure out to keep from constantly banging your head into a wall.

I wrote in Bullish: Social Class in the Office about how my high school debate coach not only taught me to properly shake hands, but explained to me why it was important to cordially shake hands with your enemies (hint: so observers you hope to bring over to your side don’t think you’re an asshole before you even start talking!) More »

Blue Ivy Wedding Planner Wins A Trademark Battle Against The Most Powerful Couple in Show Business

Blue Ivy Wedding Planner Wins A Trademark Battle Against The Most Powerful Couple in Show Business

If this isn’t a case of David and Goliath, I don’t know what is. Except instead of a giant Philestine warrior and the future King of Israel, it’s a wedding planner from Boston and the most powerful couple in show business and a baby named Blue Ivy. Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z have lost a legal battle to trademark the name of their famous daughter to a small wedding planner in Boston that goes by the same name. Beyonce and Jay-Z wanted to launch a line of baby products named after their daughter but it looks like they will just have to come up with another name (maybe “Baby by Beyonce”? Or “Blue”? Or just, this is what “Beyonce’s Baby  Wears  This And So Will Mine.” More »

Tory Burch Started Her $2 Billion Company With Cold Calls From Her Kitchen Table

Tory Burch Started Her $2 Billion Company With Cold Calls From Her Kitchen Table

Last night Rock Center did a huge expose on Tory Burch or rather “What It Means To Be Tory Burch.” NBC’s Harry Smith talked with the fashion mogul about her company’s mega success in only eight short years but also why her clothes are so appealing to women. It is hard to believe that in less than a decade she has built a $2 billion company with a brand that is recognized around the world. It is especially amazing considering she started the business from her kitchen table and cold calling people. More »

This Woman Turned Eating Oatmeal On A Budget Into A Hip New York Eatery

This Woman Turned Eating Oatmeal On A Budget Into A Hip New York Eatery

There is nothing like waking up to a warm bowl of oatmeal on a crisp fall day. But did you ever think oatmeal could be a dessert or made up like a baked potato with bacon and cheese? Most people probably don’t give that much thought to oatmeal (though I am always trying to look for ways to add bacon and cheese to anything) but Samantha Stephens sure did. Samantha became obsessed with oatmeal and like many smart business people, she took her passion and made it into something: Oat Meals, the first all-oatmeal bar. Stephens has taken what used to be known as porridge and made it into delicious meals. Oatmeal cookies, oatmeal bread, oatmeal rizoto, oatmeal croque monsieur, etc.,Did you know you could do that with oatmeal? More »

Bullish: The Things I Was Trying To Say To The Women Of Dartmouth Before I Passed Out

Bullish: The Things I Was Trying To Say To The Women Of Dartmouth Before I Passed Out

This past Monday, I was the keynote speaker at Dartmouth College’s Words of Wisdom event for first-year women.

This is a thing I do. I give speeches. I have spoken at other universities, performed standup comedy for the U.S. troops in the Middle East (for audiences of 800 armed men sitting at picnic tables in the middle of the Kuwaiti desert!), and even taught public speaking to convicts in a Vermont prison.

I have read the statistics that most people are more afraid of public speaking than of death, and I’ve always been a bit smug about it. Public speaking is no big deal! More »

5 Things To Keep In Mind When You Are Offered Equity In A Company

5 Things To Keep In Mind When You Are Offered Equity In A Company

You’ve been offered the job at the startup or small company of your dream. You are eager to accept, except the employer just threw another ball in the game that you have to think about; owning a share of the company. Small entrepreneurial companies usually offer grants of common stock or positions in an employee stock option plan to employees and other key participants such as contractors, board members, advisers and major vendors. This kind of offering is very exciting but deciding whether to take equity in the company or not is a huge decision. We decided to talk to some experts about this in case you are ever faced with this kind of opportunity. More »

Ask A PR Girl: 5 Ways To Get Editorial Coverage From Bloggers

Ask A PR Girl: 5 Ways To Get Editorial Coverage From Bloggers

Getting earned coverage from bloggers can be much more complex than getting traditional media coverage. Why? Editors and producers in the traditional media world receive a salary and can focus on creating great content and if your brand fits into that great content? You win! However, a blogger is the editorial, advertising, marketing AND PR department. If a blogger chooses to write about your product they might be throwing away the opportunity to work with a similar brand in a paid capacity down the road. In order for a blogger to succeed they must be choosy about the brands they write about and how they write about those brands. More »

Bullish: A Metaphor About Shoe Shopping That Is 100% Relevant To Hard-Nosed Business Thinking

Bullish: A Metaphor About Shoe Shopping That Is 100% Relevant To Hard-Nosed Business Thinking

A friend of mine was recently pretty upset about losing money.

Julie bought her own apartment a few years ago, and is now moving to a new city. Since it’s a bad time to sell, she decided to rent the place out. Since she’ll be in a new city, she contracted with a management company to find a tenant. The management company wanted renovations. She hired a contractor.

Then, things started going wrong.
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Here Is Everything You Need To Know About Female Entrepreneurs In One Chart

Here Is Everything You Need To Know About Female Entrepreneurs In One Chart

As of 2012, it is estimated that there are more than 8.3 million women-owned businesses in the United States, generating nearly $1.3 trillion in revenue and employing nearly 7.7 million people, according to the second annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express OPEN. That is a lot of girl power. The growth in the number (up 54%), employment (up 9%) and revenues (up 58%) of women-owned firms over the past 15 years exceeds the growth rates of all but the largest, publicly-traded firms. That is a lot of information so luckily American Express OPEN made a beautiful infographic to show the state of female entrepreneurs in the U.S. (and summarize the 55-page report for us.) More »