Questions Entrepreneurs Should Ask to Learn From Their Mistakes and Wins

 

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If you’re an entrepreneur, chances are you’ve failed a few times. Whether it be at a launch, a social media growth strategy, an email campaign or creating a course. Thankfully, failing is not necessarily a bad thing.

 

 

Oprah Winfrey’s Legacy Celebrated at Smithsonian’s Museum Exhibit

 

The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture is opening a new exhibit this week called “Watching Oprah.” It's a celebration of Oprah Winfrey's legacy. Gayle King previewed the exhibit with Oprah on Wednesday where the media mogul saw it for the first time.

 

Dalai Lama’s Top 10 Rules For Success

 

He's a monk of the Gelug or “Yellow Hat” school of Tibetan Buddhism, the newest of the schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The 14th and current Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatso. The 14th Dalai Lama received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989. He's Dalai Lama and here are his Top 10 Rules for Success.

 

New Orleans all-female motorcycle club empowering women everywhere

 

They’re bold, chic, and they can shred the streets of New Orleans in a pair of stilettos. Meet the Caramel Curves, an all-female motorcycle club focused on empowering and uplifting women. After feeling removed from the culture of all-male bike clubs, co-founders Tru and Coco got together to start their own movement. Now, every time they ride, the Caramel Curves demand respect, standing as a role model for girls everywhere.

 

Billionaire: Richard Branson work life balance in a day on Necker Island

 

People often ask how I spend my time on Necker Island – here's a film that gives you a glimpse into a day on Necker. From playing tennis to working from home, seeing the lemurs to kitesurfing , join us for a taste of island life.

I've never had a desk in an office since I was a teenager. I prefer to work in a hammock, on a sofa or even in a bath. Now that's flexible working!

It's critical to get the balance between work and play right. Find time for yourself; work hard but also play hard. I think people work more effectively when they are given the freedom to make their own decisions — that is definitely something we practice on Necker.

I've embraced the social media revolution, and do a lot of posting from Necker Island (including this video!) You can be instantly connected to fascinating people everywhere — even if you're in a remote corner of the world.

From The Elders to The Carbon War Room, Virgin Galactic to The B Team, Necker is a great place to think and a great place to conceive ideas. Take a look at where we get our inspiration. Where do you find yours?

 

Nelson Mandela’s Top 10 Rules For Success

 

He was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist.

He served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999.

He is held in deep respect within South Africa, and he's often described as the “Father of the Nation”.

He's Nelson Mandela and here are his Top 10 Rules for Success.

 

 

The senior letting older entrepreneurs know It’s never too late to reinvent yourself

 

It's never too late to reinvent yourself. Take it from Paul Tasner — after working continuously for other people for 40 years, he founded his own start-up at age 66, pairing his idea for a business with his experience and passion. And he's not alone. As he shares in this short, funny and inspirational talk, seniors are increasingly indulging their entrepreneurial instincts — and seeing great success.

 

 

 

The business startup making wine that’s naturally blue

 

Spanish startup Gik Live! make wine that's naturally neon blue. They extract a pigment from the skin of the red grape (called anthocyanin) which gives the neon blue hue. Some winemakers have called Gik “blasphemous,” but the founders say the wine is safe to drink. “This is not something that’s done in a lab at all,” said founder Taig Mac Carthy. “This is all pigments, they come from nature, and so do the grapes. The making of this is 100% natural.” Grapes are sourced from vineyards in Spain and France. It took two years of testing to get the recipe right. The founders are all in their twenties. They raised £26,000 between them to start their business with help from The University of the Basque Country. The wine has a very sweet taste and it’s similar to white wine. It's sold in over 25 countries at a shelf price of £12. They have sold around 400,000 bottles so far.

 

How Greg Cox sports injury led to a successful business career

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When a serious injury ended Greg Cox's hopes of making it as a professional rugby player, little did he know that it would set him on the path to making a fortune in business.

On the books of top English club Wasps back in 1999, the then 18-year-old was playing regularly for the second team, and had been called up by the England Under 19s squad.

Then one rainy evening training session Mr Cox says he twisted his knee ligaments “and that was that”.

“I had a full knee operation, and I did return to Wasps the next year,” he says. “But still recovering from the injury I couldn't apply myself as much when I came back. And you have to be 100% committed [to be successful at rugby].”

So realising that his contract was not going to be renewed he left the club, swapping rugby for working on building sites.

“I was earning £300 a week cash in hand, which when you are living at home isn't bad, but I was looking for something else to do, and thinking ‘how can I earn more money?'.”

Soon Mr Cox swapped being a bricklayer for the life of a serial entrepreneur, moving from importing cars, to property investments, and then into the world of finance.

Since 2009 he has been the founder and chief executive of Quint Group, which owns a number of financial technology or “fintech” businesses, and today has an annual turnover of £42m.

“I think I have always been entrepreneurial, I was always selling things to other pupils at school… and I've always had a real drive,” says Mr Cox, now 36.

Educated at a private school in the south west of England, he had gained good enough A-levels to go to university, but instead chose to try a career in rugby.

When things didn't work out at Wasps, he didn't think of making a late arrival at college. Instead while working on those building sites he came up with his first big moneymaking idea – importing cars.

“There was an article in the Sunday Times all about how to import a car from Europe and save money,” he says. “At the time there was a big hoo-ha in the press about cars in Europe being 20% cheaper than in the UK.

“So I thought that this was a really good idea for a business, so I created a company to help people import cars from Europe.”

Remembering how to program computers from his school days Mr Cox quickly built a website and started to import up to 400 cars a month, even handling work for much larger firms such as Virgin Cars.

“What many people didn't realise is that you could simply go to a car dealer in Germany or Belgium and they'd be quite happy to sell you a right hand drive car. It wasn't as if people would have to put up with a left hand drive vehicle.”

For the next two to three years business boomed for Mr Cox and his company Coszt Imports “despite the terrible name”.

But then a combination of the dotcom bubble bursting in 2001, and the pound going up in value meant that the business went bust.

“I felt dented pride and a bit stupid, I guess,” he says. “I had dived into it, and I didn't know how to run a business at that age.

“Obviously you think you are invincible at 21, but I learned a lot from it. I had racked up quite a bit of debt as a result of it all, so I just had to go straight back to work.”

So licking his wounds, Mr Cox moved to South Africa, and thanks to the weakness of that country's currency, he started to once again export cars to the UK. He then expanded into property investments.

By 2008 Mr Cox was back in the UK and investing in the fintech sector when together with a friend and business partner called Paul Naden they launched Quint Group in January of the following year.

Both investing £12,500, Mr Cox says that he saw a big opportunity to set up a number of consumer finance websites. Brands owned by Quint include Monevo, an online marketplace that connects lenders with consumers that wish to borrow money, and price comparison website Moneyguru.

Based in Macclesfield, in Cheshire in the north of England, Quint makes most of its money by charging lenders a commission, and it also has a data business called Infinian.

Mr Cox today owns 90% of Quint after buying out his co-founder last year. The company now has 100 employees, and overseas offices in Poland, China, South Africa, and the US, as it continues with its international expansion plans.

Richard Bell, north west editor of business news publisher Bdaily, says that “given the level of growth that Quint has achieved over the past couple of years… I'm keen to see where they are headed. Exciting business with switched-on leadership.”

Mr Cox is, however, happy to admit that it hasn't all been plain sailing at Quint, with an unsuccessful insurance business being closed down.

“When something doesn't work we stop it and do something else,” he says.

“My advice to anyone wanting to start a business is: Focus on what you are good at, work relentlessly at it, make considered decisions, don't be too emotive, and with a bit of luck you'll have some success.”

By Will Smale

 

 

Moorea Seal: A Female Entrepreneur’s Journey

 

 

In celebration of International Women’s Day,  sharing about inspiring everyday women

Helping to amplify the voices of females—filmmakers, photographers, foodies, architects, and brand makers. Let’s inspire more women to share their work with more people to support one another.

 

 

Successful Shark Tank Businesses That Went on to Make Millions

 

Budding entrepreneurs get the chance to bring their dreams to fruition in this reality show from executive producer Mark Burnett. They present their ideas to the sharks in the tank — five titans of industry who made their own dreams a reality and turned their ideas into lucrative empires. The contestants try to convince any one of the sharks to invest money in their idea. When more than one of the sharks decide they want a piece of the action, a bidding war can erupt, driving up the price of the investment.

 

The Wisdom of Old School Self-Made Billionaires

 

Billionaire advice motivational video on the wisdom of old school self-made billionaires; rare and priceless advice that can change your life and the way you do your business! Very informative video!

Sheldon Gary Adelson (Net worth: 34.6 billion USD) is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corporation.

Steve Ballmer (Net worth: 32.8 billion USD) is an American chief executive who was the former chief executive officer of Microsoft from January 2000 to February 2014, and is the current owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Charles Koch (Net worth: 48.6 billion USD) is an American businessman, political donor and philanthropist. He is co-owner, chairman of the board, and chief executive officer of Koch Industries.

 

 

 

Will Smith shares his success philosophy

 

He's the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office. He has been ranked as the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes. As of 2016, his films have grossed $7.5 billion at the global box office. For his performances in Ali, and in The Pursuit of Happyness, Smith received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He has won four Grammy Awards. He turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix in favor of Wild Wild West. In 2005, Smith was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for attending three premieres in a 24-hour time span.

 

 

 

Mitch Langstein director for Cellular Accessories: Make Your Business Dream Your Reality

 

Mitch Langstein is the marketing director for Cellular Accessories. Mitch explains what entrepreneurship means to him and how he knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur out of college. Mitch talks about where he got the idea for his business and how he turned that idea into a reality!

 

Marcus Lemonis’s Top 10 Rules For Success

 

He's an businessman, inventor, television personality and philanthropist. He is currently the chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises, and the star of The Profit, a CNBC reality show about saving small businesses. He leads close to 6,000 employees in over 100 cities across the US. He's Marcus Lemonis and here are his Top 10 Rules for Success.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richard Branson : Take a look at a day in the life of the Billionaire

 

Want to see what a day in my life is like? View this video for a busy day in London with Richard Branson. Watch as he goes from filming adverts to doing to Mobot,  turning on Christmas lights, agreeing Virgin Trains' franchise extension to premiering Breaking The Taboo.

 

 

UK’s Youngest Millionaire Who Started His Online Business Whilst Studying For His A-levels

Akshay Ruparelia was just 17 years-old when he started his online business, all whilst studying for his A-levels and acting as a carer for his parents, who are both deaf. Akshay joins Holly and Phillip to talk about his business which is currently estimated to be worth over £12 million!