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Posts Tagged ‘entrepreneur’

Erica Diamond Interviews Huffington Post Founder Arianna Huffington

Monday, May 28th, 2012

I am still on a high from meeting a true pioneer and leader in her field, Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post.  This woman is the real deal. When you talk to her, you can FEEL her energy. She gives you direct eye contact (which I love), a firm handshake, and lets you know she HEARS you. Arianna is open, and oozes creativity… it is palpable.

If you are not familiar with Arianna Huffington, she is the creator and founder of the popular blog The Huffington Post, which she sold to AOL in 2011 for $315 million. She was then named president and Editor-In-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, which included The Huffington Post and then-existing AOL properties such as Engadget, AOL Music, Patch Media, and StyleList. Arianna Huffington was named #12 on the Forbes list of the ‘Most Influential Women In Media.’ (Wikipedia)

Arianna Huffington


The Disillusionment of an Entrepreneur

Friday, May 4th, 2012

By Guest Blogger Prerna Gupta

When I became an entrepreneur at the age of twenty-three, I began in earnest, as do all entrepreneurs, chasing a dream. My dream was clear. I would build a consumer technology company that reached ten million people and sell the company for millions of dollars, before the age of thirty. Then, as the dream went, I would retire to an oceanfront house on a warm Pacific beach and learn how to surf.

I recently had the fortune of celebrating a year in which I saw that lofty goal fulfilled. My company’s iPhone apps had over ten million downloads, and a competitor paid a large sum of money to acquire what we had built, just a week before my thirtieth birthday. Dream had become reality.

I took a trip soon after to a secluded surf beach on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua. Sandy-bottom beach break. White sand. House so close to water that the sound of crashing waves made it hard to sleep. This was it. I had made it.


The Liz Lange Interview: Her Maternity Empire, Motherhood, and More

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Liz, I’m thrilled to have you, a savvy entrepreneur and mom grace our blog. I don’t think Liz Lange Maternity needs much introduction– most of our mom readers know this well-known, fantastic brand. I loved my Liz Lange Maternity clothes when I was pregnant- comfort, style, affordability. Please tell us the story of how Liz Lange Maternity was born.

I never intended to be a fashion designer or an entrepreneur. I graduated from Brown with a BA in Comparative Literature. And after working at Vogue for a few years, I left to go work for a struggling fashion designer whose work I admired. While there, and in my 20s, my friends started to get pregnant (I myself was not pregnant, but I was newly married and it was that time in my life.) They all had the same complaint– that they couldn’t find anything that they liked to wear while pregnant (This was 1996 – maternity apparel landscape was very, very different!)

I noticed 2 things that led to my aha moment: my friends were spending (they had no choice, nothing in their closets fit!)  So I knew that pregnant women were definitely spending on their maternity wardrobes, and they were spending on items they didn’t like. And two, that they looked much better when squeezed into a stretch tight non-maternity outfit than in an oversized traditional maternity outfit. So I thought, “I get it, maternity clothing needs to be fitted and stretchy and women will buy it because they will like it and they will actually look great.”


Sara Blakely: My Confession

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx, was just named the youngest self-made billionaire by Forbes Magazine. Yes, SELF-MADE BILLIONAIRE. No trust fund. No rich husband. All on her own. Unfrikkinreal.


When I see Sara Blakely, I am triggered.


The New Moonlighting – Starting Your Own Company While Keeping Your Day Job

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

By Guest Blogger Alisa Ahlstone Lewis

Are you ready to start your own business? Do you have your brilliant idea, the passion, smarts and confidence to make it happen, and a fabulous support team around you? Are you are totally ready to go for it? Just remember, you may not want to quit your day job just yet…

I am conservative, or maybe just practical, when it comes to major money matters in my household – especially when it comes to cash flowing into my bank account. I knew I wanted to start my company, Sweet Peas & Stilettos, and I knew it was going to be a huge success one day, but I was not ready to give up a steady paycheck to make it happen.  I decided to start my company at the same time I was already juggling life with an active toddler and a demanding job that required me to travel every week. Some people told me I must have been crazy and completely out of my mind – I like to think that I was highly efficient and organized.


INTERVIEW: Erica Diamond Goes One-On-One With Real Housewife Jill Zarin

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Jill Zarin- Real Housewives of New York. I wanted the interview. I landed the interview. And I think you will concur after reading, why she was a perfect fit for Jill is everything I stand for in life… chasing your dreams, making shit happen, working your butt off, being bold and ballsy, oh yeah, and she’s smart too.

So I’m not going to wax on. Instead, I present to you, Jill Zarin.

Jill, can you tell us a little bit about your business journey and how it all started. As a businesswoman myself, I love to spotlight other dynamic entrepreneurs.  I’m thrilled to have you on


Making Your Passion Your Paycheck

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

By Guest Blogger Maya Brenner

As a child, I always loved stones, beads and all things that sparkled. I used to take my mother’s hippie turquoise jewelry apart, only to put it back together, re-worked into a much better design… at least in my opinion. Years later, when it came time to choose a career, I pursued a master’s degree in social work. My interest in jewelry hadn’t exactly diminished, but I saw it more as a hobby at that time. Certainly not something one could have as a career.

So, I was 25 years old, working in New York City with drug-addicted adolescents and making beaded jewelry at night to calm my nerves. I always kept the latest issue of US Weekly on my desk at the office, and was fascinated with the celebrities and their style— something that my co-workers always found time to tease me about. I hated the clothes that social workers were expected to wear—our clothes needed to be conservative and not too stylish or revealing so as not to elicit “inappropriate” attention from the clients. Nothing even close to what I was seeing in the fashion magazines.