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Strange Success with Jane Wells

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Strange Success with Jane Wells. CNBC’s Jane Wells finds rags-to-riches stories with a twist. Strange Success is about people who come up with crazy ideas to solve a problems you may not even realize exist. They take an even crazier journey to success, filled with failures, rejection, and stupidity. If you like weird stories with profitable outcomes, Strange Success is for you.

Strange Success with Jane Wells. CNBC’s Jane Wells finds rags-to-riches stories with a twist. Strange Success is about people who come up with crazy ideas to solve a problems you may not even realize exist. They take an even crazier journey to success, filled with failures, rejection, and stupidity. If you like weird stories with profitable outcomes, Strange Success is for you.
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CNBC

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Strange Success with Jane Wells. CNBC’s Jane Wells finds rags-to-riches stories with a twist. Strange Success is about people who come up with crazy ideas to solve a problems you may not even realize exist. They take an even crazier journey to success, filled with failures, rejection, and stupidity. If you like weird stories with profitable outcomes, Strange Success is for you.

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English


Episodes

The World's Most Expensive Sex Doll

2/28/2018
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Matt McMullen accidentally fell into the sex doll business, but he has never regretted it. He makes the Real Doll, the most popular, most expensive, most...realistic...sex doll on the planet. Sales in 2018 could reach $3 million with a new model that has a robotic head. The artist-turned-entrepreneur has strong views about making his dolls in America, and he also believes they have therapeutic value. We interviewed McMullen on camera in his studio in 2016, but we decided at the time that...

Duration:00:22:05

Exploding Kittens

2/21/2018
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Elan Lee failed out of several colleges before becoming a legendary video game developer. Matthew Inman started drawing cartoons online and now has over 1.5 million followers on social media. Here’s how two guys from digital backgrounds created one of the most successful table card games, Exploding Kittens. Sales top $80 million, and they didn’t have to spend a penny of their own money to make it. Just don’t point out the typo.

Duration:00:26:00

The Queen of Poo

2/14/2018
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Suzy Batiz had failed twice in the world of business, but she would not be deterred. A decade ago, Batiz developed an oil-based spray to conquer the one thing she hates more than anything else in the world: the smell of bathroom odor. She named her product Poo-Pourri. Annual revenues top $45 million. However, all that success was nearly flushed away by critical mistakes and a heavily marketed copycat. Learn how Batiz avoided a third bankruptcy. For one thing, she refused to be defeated,...

Duration:00:20:31

Hangover Heaven

2/7/2018
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Hangover Heaven - What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas, but when you party too hard, a hangover can ruin a weekend of fun. It can mean canceled business at a convention, or networking opportunities at, say, the annual adult video awards show. So an enterprising doctor and his friend—who has a PhD in cell biology—decided to solve the problem by creating Hangover Heaven, a pricey cure which works in 45 minutes. They deliver that cure right to your room, or in the Hangover Heaven bus, once...

Duration:00:25:45

Holy Guacamole!

1/31/2018
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GUAC-LOCK: Two best friends were living the good life in Scarsdale, New York. Not good enough! Seeking a challenge, they took on America’s great party problem: how to stop guacamole from turning brown. What followed was a four-year saga to make a container called the Guac-Lock. How two women who’d never made anything before learned about manufacturing—and remanufacturing—and the importance of asking for help.

Duration:00:26:49

My Pillow

1/24/2018
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You’ve probably heard him on TV; “Hello, I’m Mike Lindell and I’ve invented the world’s most comfortable pillow...” He took his obsession for a good night’s sleep and turned it into a $300M pillow empire, with three factories churning out up to 100,000 pillows a day. But what makes his success especially strange is that Mike Lindell invented his famous pillow when he was a crack addict. Lindell’s path to riches and sobriety is a story filled with crazy detours, near-death experiences and...

Duration:00:25:36

Bunkers

1/17/2018
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Hawaii panics after a false alarm warning of an incoming ballistic missile. A few days later, the same thing happens in Japan. The alerts were false, but the fear is real. Long before President Trump’s war of words with Kim Jung Un, however, Clyde Scott was helping concerned (paranoid?) Americans feel safer. His Rising S Company builds underground bunkers which can top $10 million. Scott is a tough Texan who wears a black cowboy hat, and he was made for this job. He believes bad things are...

Duration:00:16:57

Squatty Potty

1/10/2018
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The Squatty Potty was created by an entrepreneurial family in Utah because mom suffered from, well, constipation. Sales in 2017 were close to $33 million, but achieving that figure in six years included a few obstructions (get it?). It started with trying to create some word-of-mouth buzz for a product no one likes to talk about, and it nearly ended when a trusted team member ripped off their idea. The Squatty Potty’s path to riches also includes hilarious detours to “Dr. Oz” and “Shark...

Duration:00:27:21

Strange Success with Jane Wells

12/27/2017
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CNBC’s Jane Wells finds rags-to-riches stories with a twist. “Strange Success” is about people who come up with a crazy idea to solve a problem you may not even realize exists. They take an even crazier journey to success, filled with failures, rejection, and stupidity. If you like weird stories with profitable outcomes, “Strange Success” is for you.

Duration:00:03:09