#BestoftheWeb: Celeb Entrepreneurs, Tiffany Zhong and Birchbox

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The entrepreneurial spirit is stronger than ever among women.  Women know that nothing is ever done in a vacuum.  Women need each other.  The amount of success that you have in your life will likely be determined by how many amazing women you have surrounding you.  As friendships grow, you never know, they may become future best friends and business partners in your new startup.  Spoiler Alert!  This week’s featured women will likely inspire you to assemble the best female dream team that the world has ever seen.  Take a look:

  1.  Which Celebrity Would You Start A Business With? – Xero

“Startups are ‘en vogue’ around the world – and celebrities have definitely jumped on the bandwagon.”  In August, ‘Xero’ ran a survey for ‘World Entrepreneurs Day’ and discovered that the highest number of people worldwide want to start a business with Oprah Winfrey.  Here are a few other celebrity entrepreneurs who have parlayed their fame into fortune.  Which female celeb do you think could help you take your big idea to the next level?

  • Lady Gaga – ‘Vince & Eddies’ restaurant in Manhattan
  • Tyra Banks – ‘Tyra Beauty’ direct-selling cosmetics; ‘Bankable Productions’
  • Gwen Stefani – ‘L.A.M.B.’ designer fashion label
  • Jessica Alba – ‘The Honest Company’ eco-friendly consumer goods
  • Kimora Lee Simmons – ‘KLS’ fashion label (formerly ‘Baby Phat’ and ‘JustFab’)
  • Christina Applegate – Co-founder of ‘FabKids’
  • Gwyneth Paltrow – ‘Goop’ lifestyle publication
  • Venus Williams – ‘EleVen’ clothing line; ‘V Starr Interiors’ design firm
  • Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen – ‘The Row’ designer fashion label
  • Miranda Kerr – ‘KORA Organics’ skin and body care line
  • Sophia Vergara – ‘Latin World Entertainment’; ‘NuevoWorld’ social network
  • Martha Stewart – ‘Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia’
  • Kim, Khloe, Kourtney Kardashian & Kendall, Kylie Jenner – Personal brands and apps
  • Taylor Swift – Singer/songwriter forced Spotify to remove ‘1989’ album to increase sales, making it the ‘Top Selling Album of 2014.’  All it took was an open letter to ‘Apple Music’ to persuade it to revoke its first free month promotion which short changed musicians.

  1.  Meet Venture Capital’s Teenage Analyst, featuring Tiffany Zhong – Wall Street Journal

Tiffany Zhong is only 18 year old and she’s currently enjoying her third job offer as a venture capital analyst for ‘Binary Capital’ in San Francisco, by way of ‘Glimpse Labs’ and ‘Product Hunt.’  She began her career while still in high school as Chief Product Officer for ‘Glimpse Labs.’  A quick glance at her Twitter account and you’ll discover how wise she is beyond her years.  A recent tweet says it all, “Produce more; consume less.”  She’s not sure if she’ll ever pursue a college education.  She’s currently more interested in following millennials’ user trends and advising consumer product companies where to invest money.  Alongside Malala Yousafzai and Malia Obama, Tiffany was listed as one of ‘The 30 Most Influential Teens of 2015’ (Time).  

  1.  Birchbox:  Beauty, Brains and Business, featuring Hayley Barna and Katia Beauchamp – The Daily

Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna founded ‘Birchbox’ in their twenties while attending ‘Harvard Business School’ in September 2010.  These young ladies found a need in the beauty market and filled it.  The company’s trademark “try, learn, buy” approach allows beauty newbies and experts alike to discover and adopt new Birchbox-tested beauty products.  Five years after launch, Katia Beauchamp remains CEO, while Haley Barna pulled away from her co-CEO position to grow the business as an advisor and member of the Board of Directors.  Hayley has amazing advice:  “Never compare your weaknesses to someone else’s strengths.  [Don’t sweat over] … how others are able to make things that are hard for us look easy (Fortune.com, 2014).”


  1.   My First Million: Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, Gilt Groupe – AOL

Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson brought the excitement of New York designer sample sales to the world.  They joined forces in 2007 to launch ‘Gilt Groupe, Inc.’ after befriending each other at ‘Harvard Business School.’  “A few minutes before noon Eastern time each day, the Manhattan company sends an email alert to its nearly three million members, announcing the day’s online private sales in women’s and men’s luxury brands – think Christian Louboutin, Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino – at up to 70% off retail prices (WSJ, 2010).”  Alexis Maybank is also Chairman of the empowering ‘Girls Who Code’ movement.

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