Photography entrepreneur Cole Roberts has been living in Gävle, Norrland since 2014, but his fascination with Scandinavia began ten years earlier. During a semester abroad in Helsinki, Roberts visited Stockholm and quickly fell in love with Sweden, choosing to return not long after for a one-year Master's degree, this time in Umeå in Sweden's far north. His experience studying in Sweden led to two lasting relationships. Not only did he meet his Swedish wife, Therese, but he also met his current business partner, Jakob Granqvist, who was enrolled on the same university course in entrepreneurship. Today, the pair run three businesses together: wedding photography company Nordica Photography, photography conference Way Up North, and Kolla, a photography art print store launched in March this year. Roberts had always been interested in starting a business, inspired by his parents who had both worked for themselves, but never anticipated a career in the wedding industry. … [Read more...] about ‘In Sweden, there’s no excuse not to start a business if you have a good idea’
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Walmart CEO Doug McMillon doesn't want employees and shareholders to think about the world's largest retailer as a maturing 56-year-old company. And McMillon is fine with not having the same pass on profits that Amazon gets from Wall Street. The fundamentals of Walmart's business are strong, he said.Revenue growth of $15 billion last year was higher than the combined growth of Target, eBay, Netflix, Spotify, Twitter and Tesla combined, McMillon told 14,000 employees and shareholders on Friday. That additional revenue made Walmart the first company to hit sales of $500 billion in a year."So we are a growth company," McMillon said, "we just happen to be a big one."McMillon was responding to a question during a Q&A with reporters following a week of employee events and the annual shareholder meeting.It's true that Walmart is on a better path than it was a few years ago. In response to the tight labor market, Walmart has raised … [Read more...] about Walmart CEO McMillion responds to the Amazon question: ‘We are a growth company’ too
A unique industry requires a unique approach. Jill Ellsworth, MS, RDN Published 10:32 am, Friday, June 1, 2018 Photo: Jeffrey Rotman | Getty Images Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Jeffrey Rotman | Getty Images 5 Things I Learned Starting a Business in the Cannabis Industry 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Starting a business isn’t for the faint of heart. There are constant highs and lows, and everything in between—sometimes all in a single day. For me, this roller coaster ride is an addiction. I love taking an idea and turning it into something that others value and desire. I’ve done it three times: first building an organic juice company, then a beverage distribution business, and now Willow Industries, which helps cannabis cultivators and infused product manufacturers produce a cleaner, … [Read more...] about 5 Things I Learned Starting a Business in the Cannabis Industry
Published May 30, 2018 Markets Motley Fool Facebook Twitter Comments Print Even if you have everything it takes to start a small business, doing so may not be the right move. Let's assume you have a proper business plan, have arranged proper financing, and have removed any major roadblocks to going after your dream. That makes it possible to open your company, but it's important to consider whether doing so is really the right thing for you. 1. Are you OK with risk? Continue Reading Below About half of all small businesses fail within five years. Planning and having a well-thought-out business plan can give you better odds, but in most cases, significant risk remains. Are you the type of person who can accept that things may not work out? Will you be kept up at night worrying about what might go wrong? Consider whether you have the personality to handle uncertainty. Small businesses are inherently risky and even some successful ones have moments when it … [Read more...] about 3 Things to Consider Before Starting a Business
The founder and CEO of Squarespace on launching a dream and the importance of giving back. Dan Bova Published 1:10 pm, Friday, May 11, 2018 Photo: Squarespace Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Squarespace His Parents Loaned Him $30,000 to Start a Company. Now It's Valued at $1.7 Billion. 1 / 1 Back to Gallery In 2003, Anthony Casalena’s parents gave him a $30,000 loan to help get his business idea up and running. Fast-forward to 2018 and it would appear that Casalena is more than able to pay that loan back. The company he started with the $30,000 is Squarespace, the website-building resource that now has over 600 employees and its logo emblazoned on the jerseys of the New York Knicks. Also, according to Bloomberg, a valuation of $1.7 billion. Not too shabby. Casalena hasn’t forgotten how that … [Read more...] about His Parents Loaned Him $30,000 to Start a Company. Now It’s Valued at $1.7 Billion.