Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Creating childhood memories for Orphans

Public relations executive Stacie Krajchir visited an orphanage in Thailand with the intent of dropping off some clothes, but what she saw inspired her to start something more permanent. Realizing that the orphans would grow up with no tangible memories of childhood, she started the "See and Sprout" Project, which donates digital photo equipment and teaches photography skills.  The Photography skills are for making them get a job too when they grow up.   Read more...

Monday, July 4, 2011

A couple's frozen food problem.. turned into a business.

When Rachel Berliner a healthy vegetarian food lover, injured herself during pregnancy, her husband got a frozen vegetarian dinner, which tasted like cardboard.
Sensing a need, the couple took 100 hand-made vegetarian pot pies to a health food show and they sold off fast. Then they started Amy's Kitchen and 20 yrs later they are generating $240 million in revenue.
Amy, the baby who helped start it all, is now in college, training to take over the business.   Read more...

Friday, July 1, 2011

Small liquor store to Wine empire.

A family liquor store in Springfield, N.J., became a "multimillion-dollar wine Mecca," after Gary Vaynerchuk started "Wine Library TV," his daily podcast on wine tasting.  Read more...

Thursday, June 30, 2011

TV show editor to music-search engine creator.

Jared Gutstadt's frustration with finding the right song for a film project turned the would-be rocker into an entrepreneur. Read more...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Meeetup.com - Success through Stranger 'Meetups'

Scott Heiferman founder of Meetup.com shares how he started meetup.com and his secret sauce. Read more...

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011

Instapaper Founder Marco Arment's Journey From Bagel Jockey to Publishing Pioneer

Marco Arment  wanted to read the web pages he saved during the day while riding back home after work. Since he didn't find a solution on the internet, he started  InstaPaper.  Read more...

Friday, June 24, 2011

Chicago entrepreneur launches new kind of pizzeria

Opening a pizza joint in Chicago -- a city that gave its name to a whole style of Italian pies -- may seem about as foolish as the proverbial "selling ice to an Eskimo."  But with 23 stores and $9 million in sales, Eric Fosse's HomeMade Pizza chain proves there's always room for a truly fresh idea.

Fosse elbowed into a crowded market with premium-priced, uncooked pizzas that customers heat at home on parchment paper. Read more...

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Midwife in the office for Busy pregnant executives

A midwife in London has found a niche in bringing prenatal services to the workplace. For about $9,000, she'll give busy executives blood tests, check-ups and advice, saving them the trouble of traveling to a doctor's office.

"High-flying city women quite rightly want more control over their lives and the opportunity to compete on a par with male colleagues," she says.  Read more...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Selling at Flea Market to Sephora and Macy's

Lisa Price started selling body lotion at a church bazaar at her mother's suggestion. The founder of Carol's Daughter Bath and Body Works credits her mom for her inspiration.  Read more...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tea cozies hobby turned into a tasty business

Poppy Treffry never intended to start her own business. “It just kind of happened to me. She turned her hand-made tea cozies(a padded cloth covering to keep a teapot warm) hobby into a business. Read more…

Monday, June 20, 2011

How Jeff quit his job by identifying his passion for real estate

Jeff Lewis spent six years bouncing around the job market before identifying his passions for real estate and design. This success as real estate renovator led to a reality-television show and more good things.  Read more…

Friday, June 17, 2011

Renting Textbooks to $112 million Funding

Aayush Phumbhra was a cash-strapped student when he realized that the Netflix model of online movie rentals might work for textbooks, too. Phumbhra co-founded Chegg.com in 2007. Read more…

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Chartered surveyor to online trampoline-sales business

Pen and Patrick Polglase launched an online trampoline-sales business in the English countryside because it let them work from home and keep their children active. Read more…

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Unused space in Trucks - inspiration for $6Million opportunity

Matt Chasen needed a 9-foot truck for moving but only a 20-foot truck was available to rent. Those 11 feet of unused space were the inspiration for uShip.  Read more..

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

How Pandora Slipped Past the Junkyard

Pandora, which recorded its first profitable quarter at the close of 2009 , avoided the startup graveyard by making frequent adjustments to its business model and instilling loyalty among customers and its employees. Read more…

Monday, June 13, 2011

How Omniture was started and sold to Adobe for a hefty sum

Josh James and a friend started designing Web sites while still in college, and when clients got the bill, they often wanted proof that their expensive new site was getting traffic. Based on that need, the duo launched Omniture and sold it to Adobe for $1.8 billion. Read more…

Friday, June 10, 2011

Cable splicer to kite-surfing franchiser

Jeff Kafka was an AT&T cable splicer when he first tried kite-surfing — and he was immediately hooked, and eventually quit his job to launch a kite-surfing franchise in California. Read more…

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Unemployed ex-salesman to Golf Entrepreneur

Iain Fox was feeling depressed in his life , when a day of miniature golf took his mind off his troubles...the idea for a business wasn’t far behind.  Read more…

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Turning accident into opportunity..

Alison Schuback's life was changed forever by a speeding car accident, which left her  partially paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair.
Yet,this 23-yr old instead of being a victim, started her own business. Read more..