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If you want to master your craft you’ve got to hear this conversation with Jay Papasan. Jay co-authored The ONE Thing – The Surprisingly simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results with Gary Keller. It has been translated into 24 languages and has more than 275 national bestseller list appearances, including #1 on the Wall Street Journal and has sold millions of copies. When I ask many top entrepreneurs one of the most impactful books they read, “The One Thing” comes up over and over. The journey for Jay has been interesting from translator to teacher of poetry and creative writing at NYU to HarperCollins to Keller-Williams Realty and best selling author.
To start from scratch is never easy, but Peter Rahal, co-founder of RxBar didn’t know any other way to do it. He and his team manufacture whole food protein bars with a “No B.S” value proposition since the base of the bar only includes whole food ingredients like egg whites, almonds, cashews, and dates. They sell more than 175,000 bars per month and can be found in Trader Joe’s across the country as well as Wegman’s Grocery, Whole Foods and many more. Today’s you’ll hear Peter’s success story – from apartment workshop to national distribution.
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Healthy food matters to Kimberly Crupi Dobbins. A lot. It was her own health needs that motivated her to found Simple Squares, a supplier of premium organic nutrition bars. She bootstrapped the company after going on a sabbatical from Morningstar. She went from making the bars in her kitchen to selling over 1 million bars in year. They are sold in Whole Foods, Starbucks, and many more.
The natural foods industry didn’t see Jim Simon and his sister Annette coming. They are the co-founders of JimmyBar. JimmyBar is Jim’s 6th start up and he decided to tackle the food & obesity problem by creating a natural foods company. The company only uses wholesome ingredients that are gluten free and dairy free that people can actually pronounce. Jimmy Bars can be found in Whole Foods, Walgreens, Target, Kroger, and many more.
Excellent customer service is a hallmark of every company Jason Friedman runs. Jason is founder of CXFormula™. Through CXFormula he helps fast-growing, entrepreneurial companies gain an unfair advantage over their competition. His clients range from solopreneurs to companies like …in retail include (Foot Locker, Adidas, Nike), hospitality (W Hotels, Universal Studios, Disney,), financial services (Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Fidelity), higher education (Stanford & Harvard Universities) and Online Services / Information Products. In 2008, Jason sold his first company (Creative Realities) in the high 8-figures. He has started and successfully exited 4 other businesses:
Product Shipping is Divey Gulati’s specialty. Divey is Co-Founder of ShipBob, a company he started with his partner Dhruv Saxena. ShipBob provides automation and on demand shipping and packaging for small businesses. They have shipped out over 500,000 packages to date and the company has raised over $5million to date and serves businesses in Chicago, New York, and LA.
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E business is something Richard Baccus has made into an art form. Richard runs ABC Vacuum Warehouse and Gruene Steam with his dad Ralph. ABC Vacuum started in 1977 as a mail order vacuum business. They operate a brick-and-mortar store as well as 20,000 sq. ft. warehouse and employ 28 staff. Their other company, Gruene Steam has been in operation since 2008. Through it they provide alternatives to harsh chemical cleaning products because after decades in the retail floor business they knew there was a better way. They used German innovations to come up with unique steam products to clean floors.
The words “healthy” and “bakery” don’t often belong in the same sentence. But Alon Ozery started what is now the Ozery Bakery with his father in 1996 by scraping together money from family and taking out a business loan. They began in a small 700 square foot sandwich shop in Canada and at that time his brother Guy joined the team. Since then they have grown into a 90,000 sq ft facility supplying grocery store chains and natural food stores all over the US and Canada with their natural products.
Ryan Lee, who Jeremy considers one of his early internet mentors, is founder of Freedym.com which is the netflix for lifestyle entrepreneurship, offering entrepreneurial skills training for everyone. He is a former Recreational Therapist, Gym Teacher and Personal Trainer. In 1999 he started an online fitness business while living in his parents’ basement and grew it into an empire that did 7-figures per month. More importantly many of the people he has mentored have gone on to do big things.
It’s a Shark Tank success story this week, with Desiree Stolar, co-founder of Unshrinkit which is an emergency sweater saver. They have a patent-pending formulation that helps unshrink wool clothing back to the original size. They were featured on the hit TV show Shark Tank and got an investment offer from Mark Cuban. A wool expert was quoted saying “this could change the world of yarn.” Desiree has an MBA from Harvard.