Discovering what successful founders, CEOs, and senior executives did to change their industries has a ton of lessons every business owner can use. This section is a collection of posts that summaries those lessons so you can apply them to your business.
Isaac Singer didn't invent the sewing machine. He just perfected it. However, as a businessman, he was quite an extraordinary individual. His ability to spot opportunities and develop unique solutions was unmatched by any of his rivals.
My business attire consists almost entirely of blue jeans. I consider jeans part of my branding because it makes a statement about me not being part of the establishment docker business casual community. But the story of how blue jeans became a statement in American society is much more interesting. Levi Strauss was born […]
Recently I watched the movie “The Revenant” with Leonardo DiCaprio about the fur trade in North America and was reminded of how John Jacob Astor’s part in created the industry and the takeaways for every entrepreneur. John Jacob Astor was born in Germany and was one of nine children. Growing up, his father could barely […]
The year was 1995 and Pierre Omidyar wanted to help his girlfriend trade Pez candy dispensers. He was working as an engineer for General Magic Inc. in the San Francisco Bay Area. In his personal time, he created “Auction Web,” a site that served as a neighborhood community for sellers and buyers to meet. At […]
As the Director of Entrepreneurship at a local community college, we offer a student success course base on the eight life lessons passed on to Clifton Taulbert from his uncle Cleve Morman from the book “Who Owns The Ice House, Eight Lesson from An Unlikely Entrepreneur.” An equally impressive story comes from Madame C.J. Walker […]
After graduating high school, Malcom McLean bought a used truck and started a small trucking company with his sister and brother. Two years later in 1937, Malcom found himself sitting in a long line of trucks on the Hoboken, NJ docks. He was awaiting his turn for the stevedores and longshoreman to unload his cargo […]
Izzy (later change to Elliot) and Ruth Handler were husband and wife that complemented each other’s skills when it came to business. Elliot was the dreamer, who I have often referred to in business as the Oracle or someone who can see things that others can not. Ruth, by contrast, had a business mind and […]