Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Tim Swindle, 39, isn’t the kind of guy who loves climbing the corporate ladder. The Chicago-based entrepreneur would rather test his wits developing board games and startups. “I’m trying to avoid a desk job,” says Swindle. “Deep down, everyone wants to be their own boss.” In July 2011, the serial entrepreneur left a corporate job in commercial real estate to help launch the software startup PointDrive. By January 2014, he and a friend cooked up a board game, Utter Nonsense , a card game where players read phrases in funny accents, and launched it as a side project on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter in August 2014. They raised a little over $16,000. “It was our first win and got our momentum going,” he recalls. The game company—powered by Swindle, a friend he bought out, and Swindle’s sister, an independent consultant—got accepted by Target stores nationwide by March 2015, breaking $1 million in revenue, according to … [Read more...] about This Entrepreneur’s Mindset: Game On!
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Erick Sanchez, CEO Initiate Solar . When starting a new business venture, you need to have faith in your vision. You have to believe the mission is worth completing and that there are no obstacles too significant or impossible when it comes down to achieving what's important. Adversity will always encounter opportunity. From the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, I learned at age 21 that adversity always brings a gift in return. That gift is the reward for your hard work and dedication. Faith is the ultimate elixir, and I’m not talking about religious faith here. In business, "faith" means having unyielding confidence, conviction and belief that you can do what you say and come through for the company and your clients. That’s faith. You must also develop a sustainable business model for your business to prosper and have a strong core team to delegate tasks. Business sustainability means being … [Read more...] about Facing Adversity: Why Entrepreneurs Must Believe In Themselves
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Joe Bingham, a structural engineer from Ogden, Utah, was looking for a backyard game he could play with his seven kids, instead of driving everyone to a pickleball court 20 minutes away. Unable to find what he was looking for, he invented his own, called PaddleSmash . In the game, which combines elements of pickleball and Roundnet, two to four players use paddles to try to “smash” a ball into a five-sided court that sits on the ground. After tinkering with the game in his yard for a couple of years, Bingham teamed up with serial game-industry entrepreneurs Tim Swindle , who launched Utter Nonsense—which grew into a million-dollar, three-person business—and Scott Brown, who previously founded Marbles: The Brain Store, and Brainmaker Games. “When we got our hands on the prototype, we loved it,” says Brown. “We started showing it to our friends and network. Based on those initial conversations, the immediate … [Read more...] about Hunting For An Exciting Back Yard Family Game, This Dad Invented His Own. Now It’s Taking Off.
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin As a business advisor and outdoors enthusiast, I’ve long admired Yvon Chouinard. Protecting nature is one of four core values of Patagonia, the global outdoor apparel and equipment company he founded a half-century ago. Chouinard is also committed to the welfare of his employees, and Fortune even named it the “coolest company on the planet.” So, I read with intense interest Chouinard’s bold decision to transfer his family’s ownership of the gear maker, valued at $3 billion, to an environmental nonprofit and place its voting stock into a trust. “Earth is now our only shareholder” headlined Patagonia’s news release. I applaud the way Chouinard and his family have structured the sale to continue Patagonia’s environmental focus. They have transferred all of their voting stock – about 2% of overall shares – into the Patagonia Purpose Trust. It will be overseen by family members and their closest advisors to ensure the … [Read more...] about Just Two Cheers For Patagonia’s Chouinard: Why Ignore An ESOP?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Eight years ago, Darren Smith was looking for a way to protect historic business districts, while supporting local businesses. Smith, an urban planner and self-described “puzzle nerd”, found his answer in gamified tours of neighborhoods, with puzzles players had to solve. So he formed a company, Traipse , to develop and market the concept, running it full-time starting in 2018. Now, he’s developing a blockchain-based currency for local communities to use with his app. “It’s about helping people understand the importance of these places and of the local independent businesses that keep them alive,” says Smith. Walking Tours The free app provides access to gamified walking tours that take the form of scavenger hunts. Specifically, it leads visitors on a tour of historic downtowns with stops at such landmarks as buildings, statues or locally owned businesses. At each location, there’s a puzzle to solve. Example: The … [Read more...] about Traipse Boosts Historic District Businesses With Gamified Walking Tours And Local Currency
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Research completed this year suggests that nearly half of all workers are unhappy with their jobs, more than 50% feel stressed , and 25% have considered quitting . This may explain why there are 11 million job openings in the United States that remain unfilled according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. In Britain, available jobs now outnumber unemployed people for the first time on record. Also, approximately 4.7% of jobs go unfilled in America while 3% of jobs go unoccupied in European Union countries. When you spend the majority of your time at work, it’s essential to have a healthy environment. It’s no secret that a healthy work environment is crucial to both our physical and mental wellbeing. In fact, studies have shown that happy employees are more productive , have lower levels of stress, and are more likely to stick around at their jobs. Conversely, an unhealthy work environment can lead to stress, … [Read more...] about Four Ways To Create A Healthy Work Environment
Anyone who has seen the recent headlines about social media users supposedly cooking chicken in NyQuil will not be surprised to learn that consumers sometimes use products in ill-advised ways. advertisement advertisement But if you’re an entrepreneur who is looking to expand into new product lines, it’s definitely worth paying close attention to all the, er, creative ways that customers use your products. Even if it seems like they have no clue what they’re doing, they may actually be on to something. Fast Company Innovation Festival on Thursday how the consistent misuse of one of the company’s core products led to the development of its now-TikTok-famous skincare tool, TheraFace. “We came up with TheraFace—our custom therapy device, which has eight modalities in one—because we started seeing our customers using our Mini, which is a little bit softer than a full-size Theragun, on their face,” Nazarian said. “We tell all of our customers: Do … [Read more...] about NyQuil chicken aside, misusing products can spawn product innovation
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Emily Ratajkowski catapulted to fame as a supermodel. But it wasn’t until the release of her book, My Body , last year, that she felt she “came into her own.” With 29.5 million followers on Instagram and thousands of copies of her book sold, Ratajkowski’s learning to manage a relationship with her ever-growing platform as she exercises her voice. “It’s very tempting– especially for me, as somebody who personally has a lot of hot takes and opinions and feelings around things happening in the world,” Ratajkowski says. “I like to be really concise about the messages I deliver now.” That week, some 200 people lined up in Manhattan to get their book signed by Ratajkowski, many of them young women. With her broader audience primed for high-fashion photographs and footage of her strutting the runway mute, the moments when Ratajkowski leverages her platform to make a statement are met with both admiration and criticism. … [Read more...] about Emily Ratajkowski, Tory Burch On Balancing 30 Million Followers And Their Two Cents