All Blog Posts Tagged 'entrepreneur' (48)

Obsessing About Mr. Wonderful

I'm giggling because I'm mildly obsessed with Mr. Wonderful these days. Anyone who's read my blog recently can attest to that. 

Could it be because he kinda reminds me of Paul Emerson, ruthless and calculating CEO of Blue Coat Capital? 

Check out my novel Unlikely Venture if you're…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on February 17, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Women Make Better CEOs...Just Ask Mr. Wonderful

Women make better CEOs.
 
At least they do to Kevin O'Leary, the shrewd and calculating entrepreneur of ABC's Shark Tank. But this isn't conjecture; he's got numbers to prove it.
 
According to Mr. Wonderful, female-run companies offer him greater returns on his investments and quicker exits. 
 
“If I want high returns with low volatility, that equals a woman.” You heard it here, folks.
 
But…
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Added by Kristen Luciani on February 13, 2015 at 8:21pm — No Comments

How Do You Keep The Music Playing? How Do You Make It Last??

So you're sitting in front of your laptop a couple of months post-launch scratching your head, thinking "What the heck should I do NOW?"

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Added by Kristen Luciani on January 28, 2015 at 9:27pm — No Comments

Celebrate The Lifestyle, Not The Product

As a small business owner I was always challenged with finding new ways of reaching fellow handbag junkies who would buy my designs. In retrospect, I tried to boil the ocean and I didn't reach my target at the right level. The primary goal was always to move units and recoup costs so I'd have funds to pump back into the business. At the end of the day, a lot of one-and-done customers didn't do much to sustain my rapidly shrinking market share.

After some research, I determined my…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on January 24, 2015 at 9:45am — No Comments

There's Nothing Taboo About Failure

Hi, my name is Kristen and I am a handbag junkie.

In fact, I love them SO much that I spent a very large sum of money to design and sell my own. Unfortunately, though I cherished those handbags and saw them having a unique value proposition, my business never did become profitable. I really thought it was on the brink a couple of times but we all know close only counts with horseshoes and hand grenades.…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on December 10, 2014 at 3:38pm — No Comments

Meet the December Mommy Master: Helping YOU with Holiday Shopping!

Mommy Master of the Month

Congratulations to Missy DePew, a Mompreneur who created MOMZY , a social shopping website and mobile app for moms.  

Learn more from Missy below:

I’m a mom most importantly to Ally, 14 and Ryan,11. I’m a TV Producer and…

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Added by Ellie Hirsch on December 9, 2014 at 9:33pm — No Comments

To Boost Or Not To Boost

I'm not a Facebook guru, by any stretch.

My fan page confuses the heck out of me, specifically why some posts get minimal reach whereas others get tremendous engagement...we're talking mind-blowing numbers. From little old me. =)

I still have yet to figure out how these posts are evaluated by the elusive Facebook algorithms but here is what I suspect...they pick up on certain words and if there is anything remotely related to a contest or giveaway or solicitation of business,…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on November 26, 2014 at 9:09am — No Comments

IT'S LAUNCH DAY!!!!!!!!!

It is finally LAUNCH DAY!!!!  You can find "Unlikely Venture" pretty much everywhere online at a special launch price of $0.99 - AmazonBarnes & Noble, …

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Added by Kristen Luciani on November 10, 2014 at 7:44am — No Comments

Don't Go It Alone

Entrepreneurs aren't superhuman. Sure, they have drive, vision and dedication but that doesn't always guarantee success. It's easy to get derailed and frustrated when things don't go smoothly as planned. And trust me, they never do. The road to greatness is fraught with challenges so why not rely on help from others who share your direction and passion and whose skill sets can complement your offerings? Realize early on that you can't singlehandedly change the world, but with the support of…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on November 8, 2014 at 9:04am — No Comments

I Want A New Drug

Some people say you should write what you know. It makes sense, doesn’t it? After all, you can deliver a more compelling story if you’re familiar with the subject.

My editor told me from day one to expand out of my comfort zone and do just the opposite.

When I wrote Unlikely Venture, I had a storyline in my head. Okay, that's not exactly true. I had about a HUNDRED stories in my head before landing on the ONE, and even then I flip-flopped around until I landed on the…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on October 29, 2014 at 8:32pm — No Comments

This Love Affair Will Cost You

There is a really good reason why feedback is so critical in the product development process.

MONEY.

Hmm, interesting. Tell me more.

If you go down a path without prospective customer feedback, you run the risk that you will never be able to gain traction in the marketplace. You WILL feel strongly about your product. This is pretty much a guarantee. It's hard not to take criticism personally when you've poured your heart and soul into your idea but develop a thick skin…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on October 27, 2014 at 11:04pm — No Comments

How To Make The Lust Last

Kevin Hale, partner of Y Combinator and founder of Wufoo, recently gave a fab presentation at Stanford as part of the "How To Start a Startup" course. I LOVE these sessions. It's so great to gain perspective from those who've been successful putting their lessons into…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on October 24, 2014 at 9:11am — No Comments

The Flower Power Entrepreneur

Do you know what I absolutely hate spending money on?

Greeting cards.

I spend tons on cards for people that may be displayed on a counter for a couple of days and then casually get tossed into the trash.  Even the "discount" cards are still around $2.99.  And let's not even discuss the dollar store cards.  Much cheaper but...scary-looking!  You know what I mean?  If you've ever seen one, we're on the same page.

But a friend of mine recently formed a business that…

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Added by Kristen Luciani on September 12, 2014 at 8:10pm — No Comments

Why #ichoose Scentsy

Before I joined Scentsy I was struggling working 2 jobs and practically homeless. After some mis-communication over parking tickets my husband and I decided to work on our marriage. One of the things I made clear was that I wanted to be independent and continue to work from home, but also make money from home.  The kids were in daycare and my…

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Added by Victoria Sconion on September 3, 2014 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Read what the August Mommy Master Created to Teach your Kids about Money! Sept. submissions now open:

Mommy Master of the Month

Congratulations to Lynne Finch, this month’s Mommy Master!  Lynne, mother of two, came up with a creative way to teach kids about the value of money, and recently won a Mom’s Choice Award for her incredible book.  Read more about Lynn and get inspired:
Studies show that women are more proactive in teaching their kids about money. As a mom my determination to teach my kids about money led me to…
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Added by Ellie Hirsch on August 27, 2014 at 1:20pm — No Comments

Meet the March Mommy Master and Get Inspired!

Mommy Master of the Month

Congratulations to Taryn Lund, founder of Chicago ReDesign, who is helping moms create their dream space.  Taryn decided to make her dreams a reality when she created her own business, allowing her to spend more time being a mom.  Taryn’s passion for parenting fueled her passion to succeed, and she is an inspiration to all…
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Added by Ellie Hirsch on March 20, 2014 at 7:49pm — No Comments

Meet the February Mommy Master-You could be next!

Mommy Master of the Month

Congratulations to the Mommy Master of the Month, LaKia Allen.  As a mother and entrepreneur, LaKia certainly knows how hard it is to balance it all and how easy it is to feel defeated and run-down.  She is helping moms gain the confidence to bounce back!

LaKia LaKia Allen is a certified life and health coach. She is also the founder and owner of Connect 3 Coaching…

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Added by Ellie Hirsch on February 25, 2014 at 12:07pm — No Comments

Book Review: ‘Storytelling: The Indispensable Art of Entrepreneurism’ by Rudy A. Mazzocchi

Storytelling isn’t only for writers or Hollywood producers, and this book is a great resource for people who are starting a business or venturing into the world of entrepreneurship.

In a simple, straight-forward language, often sprinkled with humor, Mazzocchi — who isn’t only an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of…

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Added by Mayra Calvani on November 24, 2013 at 9:27am — No Comments

Women Entrepreneurs Making a Difference

In September 2008, the financial world erupted when the largest global economic crisis in recent history rippled across the country.  Experts proclaimed that it would take five years for unemployment rates to recoup, and six years for the housing market.  Nearly five years in, and the state of this nation’s economy is still teetering on unsteady ground.…

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Added by Cynthia ~ The Girlz Korner on September 4, 2013 at 1:20pm — No Comments

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