Category Archives: Case Studies

Meet the Philadelphia Sustainable Fashion Maker That Recruits From Halfway Houses and Prisons |

Kimberly McGlonn knows the power of a good story.

In July, the education PhD and English teacher-turned-entrepreneur won first prize in the Small Biz Challenge, hosted by Inc. and the UPS Store. In doing so, she secured $25,000 for her company, Grant Blvd, a Philadelphia-based sustainable ­apparel startup that makes and sells upcycled clothing and accessories. And what set her apart in the competition was universal–deft improvisational skills and fluency with her business and its mission.

“It’s about owning your ‘why’ and using your business to align with your life and your sense of purpose,” McGlonn says. “Not only will you attract people who respect what you’re aspiring to build, but you’ll attract loyal customers as well.”

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How These Two Women Are Changing the Braless Clothes Movement | Entrepreneur

Bras and boobs — many people worldwide who are reading this can be like “I understand!” when I complain about how uncomfortable bras can be at times. Either the bras are cute but are meant for women with smaller bust sizes, or are ugly and expensive if you have a bigger bust. That’s where Frankly Apparel comes into play: they are a braless clothing company – the first of its kind – and they’re here to change things for those of us with bigger cup sizes.

Founders Heather Eaton and Jane Dong met at Stanford’s MBA program and successfully launched their braless clothing company via a Kickstarter campaign during the worst time of society’s existence. Heather is a former management consultant from Chicago’s Deloitte office, where she worked on everything from innovation-focused non-profits to movie studios. Jane worked at Goldman Sachs in New York as an Investment Banker where she was recruited after attending Columbia as a recruited golfer. When she realized paper storage company mergers weren’t her jam, she joined Uber and eventually ran UberEats US & Canada Driver Acquisition.

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All it took was one taste and Frios Gourmet Pop franchisees were hooked | Food Truck Operator

What prompted you to start a food truck?

I had been laid off from work and was struggling to find employment, Then COVID-19 hit. After interviewing for what was basically my dream job and thinking that I had the job, I did not get it.

I have found that no one wants to hire someone my age for three reasons, It is cheaper to hire a younger person because of health insurance, they “assume” my starting wage will be too high because of my experience, and because I do not have a college degree.

After that I decided it was time to make my own money. I went looking for businesses to start up and landed with Frios Gourmet Pops and another dessert company that has been around awhile. My wife and I went to a Frios Pops store in Keller and tasted the product, at which point my wife stated “go for it.”

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40 Years in Business, the Owner of L.A.’s Honey’s Kettle Restaurant Has Mastered Surviving and Thriving |

Vincent Williams has been in the fried chicken business for almost 40 years. In his tenure as a business owner, he’s been through it all: his Culver City restaurant Honey’s Kettle has survived lack of funding, a devastating fire, the Great Recession, and most recently, the Covid-19 pandemic. At the same time, he’s been a witness to decades of social change and racial tension in his native Los Angeles. Below, he reflects on what’s he’s seen, heard, and lived through. –As told to Lindsay Blakely.

I was born in 1955 and moved to a perfectly integrated neighborhood in Pasadena in 1960. When the riots in L.A. happened in 1965, we were as frightened as anyone else–there was a scary level of lawlessness and fire and police in the streets.

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How Hamdi Ulukaya Built Chobani Into a $1.5 Billion Yogurt Empire |

I’m Kurdish, and I’m from Turkey. I grew up on sheep farms, and in the mountains. What got respected most was a person’s values. It wasn’t money, it wasn’t how many sheep a person had. It wasn’t how tall the person was. A person’s actions would earn them the respect they deserved. The community would grow to trust that the person would always be there. That the person would lead the way. That the person would bring solutions. I watched my father live this. I watched my mother live this in a massive way. They were clearly leaders in the community.

When I started, I had five factory workers. I couldn’t promise them big things. I couldn’t promise security, even–that would have been misleading. But I could stand up and paint the walls with them. That’s the way I know. Action was my No. 1 thing: Walk the factory floor. Shake hands. Sit down, have lunch, joke, show vulnerabilities, show strength. Recognize people. I’m always there, shoulder to shoulder, on the frontlines.

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Meet the Entrepreneur Who Wants to Turn Factory Workers Into Internet Devices | Forbes

Chase Feiger didn’t attend a single class during his first year of medical school in 2012, a sure recipe for disaster for most aspiring doctors. It wasn’t because he was lazy; in fact, quite the opposite. Requiring just four hours of sleep a night, Feiger typically has energy to burn. So while most of his classmates were grinding through their studies at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, he’d wake up at 4 a.m., listen at double speed to the recorded lectures he’d missed, then go to work at First Round Capital, where he moonlighted as a portfolio consultant.

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This Family Lost Its Footwear Company in the Iranian Revolution. Now, it Makes 1.2 Million Shoes a Year in Georgia |

The lives of Bahman Irvani and his daughter, Sara Irvani, have followed the same trajectory. Both were born to successful entrepreneurs and worked, as children, in their parents’ shoe companies. Both attended boarding school in England and studied finance at Cambridge. Both intended to take over their family businesses.

But Bahman never succeeded his father. The 1979 Iranian Revolution swept away the family’s footwear company–a multinational enterprise with 60 factories–15 months after he joined full-time. Sara’s succession looks more propitious. Last year she became CEO of Okabashi, a plastic sandal and flip-flop manufacturer founded by Bahman in 1984. In March she unveiled a fresh direction for the business with a new line of eco-friendly shoes under the name Third Oak.

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Yumi Co-founders Angela Sutherland and Evelyn Rusli On Why You Can Doubt Your Choices But Not Yourself | Entrepreneur

Like so many entrepreneurs, Angela Sutherland didn’t know that she wanted to start a business until a problem was staring her in the face. Sutherland was working in private equity when she got pregnant with her first child. She soon found herself looking for information about the best baby food options — but kept running into conflicting information about the healthiest brands and seeing products that were high in sugar.

After reading about how vital nutrition is during the first 1,000 days of life, Sutherland, who had been looking for a career change, took on the challenge to make it easier for other parents to provide healthy food to their babies. With her friend Evelyn Rusli, the two cofounders launched Yumi, an early childhood meal delivery service.

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3 Weird Analytic Practices at Mode | Tayler Mehit


For many of Mode’s employees, this is their first job at an analytics company. Those team members often assume that Mode’s internal analytics processes mirror the way analysis is commonly conducted within other organizations. In some ways, that assumption holds true. As CEO Derek Steer puts it, “I wish I had a more mind-blowing story for how we do internal reporting… But mostly, it’s funnel analysis.” That said, we approach analysis from some uncommon angles.

Frequently, we begin an analysis with a one-off report, rather than setting out to build a big dashboard. Many of our most technically proficient internal users, who produce some of our best analysis, are on the Customer Success team. And reports that are built with one purpose often find extended lifespans as reusable tools. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the uncommon analytics practices internally at Mode.

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After being laid off, this 35-year-old founded NerdWallet with $800 — now it’s worth $500 million | CNBC

Today, Tim Chen is CEO and co-founder of personal finance website NerdWallet, which sees 10 million monthly visitors and is valued at more than $500 million.

But in 2008, like so many others during the financial crisis, Chen found himself unemployed.

After spending four years working at hedge funds like Perry Capital and JAT Capital Management, he found out “basically on Christmas Day,” that he was being laid off, Chen tells CNBC Make It.

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