10 Amazing Entrepreneurs Who Failed Big Before Becoming Successful

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Entrepreneur Failure Stories: 10 Entrepreneurs Who Failed Big Before Becoming Successful. Failure is a part of business. Very few entrepreneurs ever make it big without first experiencing some massive failures. Whether it be running a business into the ground, getting fired from a job or even going to jail, plenty of very successful entrepreneurs have seen huge failures before ever accomplishing their dreams.

So if you ever feel worn down or intimidated by the thought of failing, just take a look at these entrepreneurs who failed before making it big.

Evan Williams Before co-founding Twitter, Williams (pictured above) developed a podcasting platform called Odeo. But the platform didn’t take off, in part because Apple announced the podcast section of the iTunes store shortly after the company launched. It folded shortly afterward.

Reid Hoffman Before co-founding LinkedIn and investing in big names like PayPal and Airbnb, Hoffman created SocialNet, an online dating and social networking site that ultimately failed.

Jeff Bezos Amazon is one of the biggest success stories of the online era. But before Amazon became a household name, the company’s CEO had several failed ideas. One of the most notable was an online auction site, which evolved into zShops, a brand that ultimately failed.

Akio Morita Back in the early days of Sony, Morita’s products weren’t quite as popular or well known as they are today. In fact, the first product was a rice cooker that ended up burning rice.

Momofuku Ando Before even coming up with the idea for instant noodles, which took him many tries to develop successfully, Ando had a small merchandising firm in Japan. But in 1948, he was convicted of tax evasion and spent two years in jail. He then lost that company due to a chain reaction bankruptcy.

Tim Ferris The author of “The 4-Hour Workweek” (pictured above) was turned down by about 25 publishers before finding one who actually agreed to publish his work — which later became a best selling title Peter Thiel Before starting PayPal and investing in big names like Facebook, Thiel lost big. His early hedge fund, Clarium Capital, lost 90 percent of its $7 billion assets on the stock market, currencies and oil prices.

Christina Wallace The current vice president of branding and marketing at Startup Institute is the former co-founder of Quincy Apparel. When the company shut down in 2013, Wallace stayed in bed for three weeks before forcing herself to get up and re-join the world

Sir James Dyson Dyson wasn’t always a well-known name associated with vacuum cleaners. In fact, it took Sir James Dyson 15 years and all of his savings to develop a bagless prototype that worked. He developed 5,126 prototypes that failed first Fred Smith Though we all know now that FedEx is a viable business model, Smith’s college professor disagreed. The future venture capitalist received a poor grade on an assignment where he pitched the idea for the company Ending quote: Success is not final, failure os not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts

Closing entrepreneur gender gap could generate £250bn extra for the UK, review finds

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Banks and other lenders are being encouraged to reveal how much of their investment is going to women-run businesse.

Just one in three entrepreneurs in the UK is female and closing the gender gap could generate an extra £250bn for the economy, a government review has found.

The disparity in women-run firms represents more than a million “missing businesses”, according to the Treasury-commissioned report.

It also found businesses run by women are on average half the size of male-led firms and far less likely to scale up to a £1m turnover.

In response to the review, carried out by NatWest deputy chief executive Alison Rose, banks and other lenders are being encouraged to publish what proportion of investment goes to female entrepreneurs.

The creation of a code, Investing in Women, was one of the proposals set out in the report published on International Women's Day.

Major banks such as HSBC and Lloyds have already pledged to sign up, the Treasury said.

The review found a shortage of role models and a perceived lack of skills and experience were among the obstacles preventing women from becoming entrepreneurs.

Some of the recommendations put forward to tackle these issues included expanding existing mentorship and networking opportunities and speeding up the development of entrepreneurship-related courses to schools and colleges.

The government is aiming to increase the number of female entrepreneurs by half by 2030, to match major economies including France, Canada and the US on gender equality.

Ms Rose said: “The UK has one of the most vibrant entrepreneurial communities in the world, but only one in three of our entrepreneurs is female – we need to be more ambitious and find ways to unlock the huge untapped potential.”

She added: “Some of the findings [of the review] are stark but by shining a spotlight on the issues and outlining the barriers and opportunities, the aim is to support the full potential of every woman who has the entrepreneurial spirit and ambition to start or scale their business.”

Theresa May said the report showed that while there have been improvements in the area of women in business, further progress was needed.

The prime minister said the review team had “set out an ambitious path to break this glass ceiling so that we can realise the full potential of female entrepreneurs and boost economic growth”.

She added: “I am committed to real change in this area, starting with our action today to encourage more companies to look at the gender split of who they choose to invest in.

Grant Cardone SUCCESS Motivation: How to Develop a MILLIONAIRE Mindset

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More about Grant Cardone: He's internationally renowned business and sales expert. He's the author of 7 sales and business books. He has worked with companies like Google, Aflac, Toyota, GM, Ford and many more. He appears regularly on Fox News, CNBC, Fox Business, and contributes to Entrepreneur.com. He was named the #1 marketer to watch in 2017 by Forbes Magazine. He helps his followers and clients to make success their duty. He's the creator of customized sales training programs for Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurs. He's the author of New York Times bestseller book “If You're Not First, You're Last”. He captivates and motivates audiences with his engaging and entertaining speaking style. He's heavily involved in civic affairs and charitable organizations.

Ritz – The inventor behind the famous luxurious modern hotel business

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This is the first and only filmed biography about Cesar Ritz, inventor of modern hotel business. It is the story of a peasant boy in a remote mountain area and thus starts there, in the place he grew up in, Niederwald. The film follows Ritz’ way to Paris, Cannes, Rome and London. Finally, the film ends in the clinic where Ritz spent his last days, back in Switzerland. The film features interviews with family, friends and experts: the directors of the Ritz in Paris and Rome, a follower of the chef Escoffier, and Jacques Tardi, an artist specializing in the “Commune de Paris” and thus knowing the Paris of the Ritz period particularly well.

Meet The Professor Who Became An Accidental Icon

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Lyn Slater is not your average professor — she’s also an accidental icon. When the 65-year-old launched her fashion blog, her goal was to create a space where women of all ages could have an intelligent conversation about fashion. Now, her Instagram account has over 600,000 followers

Could SpaceX’s BFR Earth to Earth Travel Replace Traditional Airliners

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With SpaceX announcing the BFR's first official mission to the moon, the possibility of Earth to Earth travel seems a little bit closer. In this video, we look at what needs to be done before Earth to Earth rocket travel can replace the traditional airliners that we use today. We also compare the dawn of passenger rocket travel to the early days of airplanes.

Inside Rolls Royce An iconic Symbol of Excellence

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It is an icon, a symbol of excellence, a symbol of empire. It brings to mind the faded glory of the aristocracy and yet, today’s aspirants to wealth and position still seek to own a “Rolls.” To many, there is nothing like a Rolls. They say Rolls-Royce is more than just a car. To them it simply means, the best. If someone says that something is “the Rolls Royce of anything,” we know immediately that it is expensive but probably the ultimate. As we trace the storied development of the company founded by Henry Royce and Charles Stewart Rolls, we'll see how Rolls-Royce Motorcars grew to represent the best in the world.

How extreme frugality allowed these people to retire in their 30s

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Eschewing consumer culture, Pete Adeney, also known as Mr. Money Mustache, practices an extreme frugality that allowed him to retire at age 30. Avoiding car use, DIYing and investing in stock market index funds are among the tactics he and his fellow F.I.R.E. (Financial Independence Retire Early) devotees espouse. Paul Solman reports from Colorado in this installment of “Making Sense.”

Jim Rohn – “True Happiness is not contained in what you get, happiness is contained in what you become”

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About Jim Rohn : Emanuel James Jim Rohn (September 17, 1930 – December 5, 2009) was an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. Jim Rohn's rags to riches story played a large part in Jim Rohn's work, which influenced others in the personal development industry. Emanuel James Jim Rohn was born in Yakima, Washington, to Emanuel and Clara Rohn. Jim Rohn's owned and worked a farm in Caldwell, Idaho, where Jim Rohn grew up as an only child. Jim Rohn started Jim Rohn's professional life by working as a stock clerk for department store Sears. Around this time, a friend invited Jim Rohn's to a lecture given by entrepreneur John Earl Shoaff. In 1955, Jim Rohn joined Shoaff's direct selling business AbundaVita as a distributor. In 1957, Jim Rohn resigned Jim Rohn's distributorship with AbundaVita and joined Nutri-Bio, another direct selling company. It was at this point that the company's founders, including Shoaff, started to mentor Jim Rohn. After this mentorship, Jim Rohn built one of the largest organizations in the company. In 1960 when Nutri-Bio expanded into Canada, Shoaff and the other founders selected Jim Rohn as a vice president for the organization.

The billionaire who turned a small business in a shed into the biggest electronics operation on the planet

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Foxconn is known for being the biggest assembler of iPhones. Terry Gou is the chairman and largest shareholder of Foxconn. He's also one of Taiwan's richest men. This is the story of how Gou turned a small operation in a shed into the biggest electronics operation on the planet. Now he's building a $14.5 billion factory in Wisconsin.

Sian Gabbidon crowned Lord Sugar’s Apprentice 2018

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Swimwear designer Sian Gabbidon has been chosen as the winner of The Apprentice 2018 by Lord Sugar.

The 26-year-old, from Leeds, beat nut milk entrepreneur Camilla Ainsworth, 22, to win a £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar in her swimwear firm.

She said she was “absolutely over the Moon” and that the possibilities of their partnership were “endless”.

Lord Sugar said although it was a “crowded market” Gabbidon was “an expert” in her field.

It is Lord Sugar's first investment in a fashion business in the show's history.

Gabbidon said on Instagram that it had been a “rollercoaster” and she was “overwhelmed” but “very excited”.

She had predicted her victory in her audition, saying: “When Lord Sugar picks me as his business partner, we're gonna be in there like swimwear and we're gonna make a massive splash in the business”.

“I love what I do, I love fashion, and he's all about business – so to put us together is just going to be ridiculous, the possibilities are endless,” she said.

Runner-up Ainsworth said she would have loved to win, but had to give herself credit for being the youngest finalist in the history of the show.

In the final, Ainsworth and Gabbidon were joined by their former Apprentice colleagues in an intensive three-day challenge where they had to create a new brand for their company, produce an advert for the London Underground and edit a television advert.

After bringing their business plans to life, the finalists had to pitch it to a room full of industry experts and Lord Sugar at London's City Hall.

Afterwards, they all met in the boardroom where Gabbidon was crowned the winner.

“I think we do have the best two, there's no question of it,” said Lord Sugar before making his decision.

“I find you a big risk, a very, very big risk,” he told Ainsworth, while acknowledging she had chosen a “growing market”.

Announcing Gabbidon as the winner, he said she had “a great aptitude and a talent for design”.

Following the final, previous Apprentice winners tweeted their congratulations to the swimwear designer.

Viewers on Twitter also sent their congratulations, but some were divided on who they wanted to see crowned the winner.

Almost eight million people tuned into last year's final of The Apprentice where Sugar pulled out the ultimate plot-twist by partnering up with both finalists, Sarah Lynn and James White.

Controversial Billionaire Yusaku Maezawa to be Elon Musk’s First Moon Tourist

 

Source: Bloomberg

Retail tycoon Yusaku Maezawa has made billions by ignoring Japanese cultural norms and grabbing publicity through increasingly controversial stunts. Now, Elon Musk's SpaceX is sending him to the moon.