The Visionary Behind Warby Parker: Neil Blumenthal
Neil Blumenthal is a co-founder at Warby Parker, the company that revolutionized the way you buy glasses. Offering stylish options without the designer price tag, Warby Parker turned the industry upside down with their “Home Try-On Program” and $95 starting price. The company also has a social mission, donating more than 3 million pairs of glasses to those in need through their “Buy A Pair, Give A Pair” program.
Just Bobbi: Bobbi Brown
When Bobbi Brown launched her company in 1991 her signature look emphasizing a woman’s natural beauty shook up the cosmetics industry. A few years later, Estee Lauder came calling and bought the company. Brown remained in charge of the business until last year, when she decided she was ready to do something entirely new. Now Bobbi Brown is in startup mode all over again and loving it with her new wellness and lifestyle brand, Just Bobbi.
One Tough Mudder: Will Dean
Will Dean is the co-founder of the extreme obstacle course company they call the “toughest event on the planet.” A former British counter-terrorism expert, the idea for Tough Mudder came to him while attending Harvard Business School. His professors weren’t impressed, but he persevered creating a 100 million dollar company built on mud, sweat, and tears.
The It Cosmetics Girl: Jaime Kern Lima
A former news anchor with rosacea, Jaime Kern Lima created IT cosmetics to solve her skin problems and started a beauty revolution. After two years of courting QVC – when she finally got her 10 minute make it or break it moment – she made it, becoming a staple on the network and one of their most frequent pitchers. With over a thousand appearances on the flagship shopping channel, her company was recently purchased by L'Oreal for more than a billion dollars.
The Little Pink Pill: Cindy Whitehead
Cindy Whitehead may be one of the most successful entrepreneurs you’ve never heard of. A female pioneer in the pharmaceutical industry, Cindy is responsible for shepherding the little pink pill called Addyi also known as the “female Viagra” to the market. She then sold the company, for 1 billion dollars and started The Pink Ceiling, a firm that helps women scale their companies.
Introducing - Your Business: Been There. Built That.
On December 3rd , MSNBC launches a new podcast, Your Business: Been There. Built That. The show features in-depth interviews with successful founders, CEO’s and decision makers about the challenges and triumphs of building and growing a business.