In this founder advice segment we go back to our European roots interviewing Yetunde Oshodi-Fraudeau, of Cook’n with Class. Cook’n With Class is a French cooking school that started in Paris in 2007 by Chef Eric Fraudeau a professional French chef with over 30 years of experience in France, the United States, Canada, & Mexico. In 2015, Chef Eric and his wife Yetunde opened a second school, Cook’n with Class Uzès in the South of France in a medieval city called Uzès on the doorsteps to Provence. The school offers day classes in French cuisine with market to table classes, French desserts, and baking classes, & wine and cheese tastings. We also host culinary holidays and tours for a full immersion in French culture and cuisine both in Paris and in southern France.(more…)
This isn’t just another list of “Best Web Hosts” for your website or a comparison of website hosting providers. This post is meant to provide you with the best practices that we’ve gotten from over 15 years of running and hosting our own websites and businesses online. So if you see a web host or a registrar that isn’t on this list, it’s been excluded on purpose, if you have a question about a web registrar of a web hosting company then ask in the comments and we’ll do our best to reply to you in a timely manner.(more…)
In 2002, Joan Magretta published a fascinating article in the Harvard Business Review (HBR) titled “Why Business Models Matter.”
For years prior, the talk of “business models” was considered sheer poppycock by people in the tech world, but 2002 was right when the internet bubble burst. Investors were keen to stay away from anything and everything that had to do with tech. It was time to discuss business models.
Magretta made an excellent observation; it was that “good business models begin with the insight into human motivations” – basically a foundational element of what we today call human-centered design.(more…)
I’m so incredible excited to be able to present this Founder Advice with Jessica Brondo Davidoff. I’ve now known Jess for close to seven or eight years, and it’s been an incredible journey seeing both our careers and families grow. She’s incredibly talented, tenacious, and has an acute sense of honing in on what a company needs most.
She’s exited a number of companies, among them Admittedly, and GolfMatch, and has recently shifted her skills to helping businesses meet the challenge of COVID19. I’m so excited to share her experiences with you, so let’s begin: Founder Advice with Jessica Brondo Davidoff.
How’d you get started as an entrepreneur?
Technically my first “business” was a nail salon in my parents basement where I would
offer force my mom’s friends to get pedicures from my younger brother. I started my first adult business at 22, when after working for less than a year at an SAT prep company, I had a hypothesis that the ACT was about to take off, and so I quit my job, got a bartending job at night to pay the bills and spent 6 months writing ACT prep curriculum for my first company, The Edge. Fortuitously, the ACT started to become extremely popular and my company essentially blew up without any sort of marketing.
Despite the mental toll, cabin feverishness, and all the other problems that come with the Quarantine, the Pandemic has presented a unique opportunity to skill up and start your own business. While many of us are stuck at home with nothing to do except watch TV, read books, or vegetate, think of this as an opportunity to start a new business and secure some income for yourself and the future. Here are 5 Ideas to Help You Start a Business in the COVID Quarantine.
First thing’s first: Skill up.
Many of you have been meaning to start a business. Let this social isolation be the sign to get up and start going. Use this time to get your licensing, insurance, and research done so by the time all of this chaos is over you can hit the ground running with your new enterprise.(more…)
As the world shifts towards working from home and our governments mount responses to the SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus) pandemic, we may feel that our fundamental way of life is being uprooted. Now more than ever, we must be malleable and adjust to what people are calling this new reality. Still, it’s inherently essential also to look inward and see how the skills we’ve acquired can become attributed to today’s world, and applied to identify opportunities that can and will grow in post COVID world.(more…)
Competitive Intelligence? What’s competitive intelligence? According to Wikipedia, “Competitive intelligence (CI) is the action of defining, gathering, analyzing, and distributing intelligence about products, customers, competitors and any aspect of the environment needed to support executives and managers in making strategic decisions for an organization.“
For the day to day, it means understanding what your competitors, direct and indirect are doing, how big their war chest is, whom they’re hiring, and then trying to figure out how you can outcompete them based on your realities. Competitive intelligence is an ongoing process. It is about accumulating relevant knowledge that your entire executive team can implement into the overall company strategy.(more…)
If you’re a bootstrapped startup founder and need some good design resources this is the list for you. You’ve used upwork, but inexpensive designers and agencies under-deliver? These are mostly free resources for you to source free illustrations that you can use in your startup’s marketing websites.(more…)
Understanding machine learning today can seem daunting, and technology seems to be advancing at ever-increasing speeds. So what is machine learning? Well, it used to be that you had to program a computer to do certain things. However, due to the advances in digitization and cheap computing power, data scientists can feed computers large amounts of data and enable them to learn from the experience.
From Amazon’s product recommendations and Facebook’s ability to spot faces to Google’s self-driving car, more and more companies are turning to machine learning to improve processes and create new, better ways of doing business.(more…)
A few weeks ago I pleasure of grabbing a quick lunch with my buddy Dave. He’s a founding partner at Anchor, Inc 500’s 16th fastest growing company, a former client, but more importantly a friend. As we do, we sat down at Westville on Hudson St ordered some grub and got to talking about a bunch of industry things. What is and isn’t working in the ever-evolving marketing game, and wound up talking about building an inbound content marketing engine for a professional services company. How agencies could capture additional revenue, and a bunch of other topics that would be of no interest to anyone. Like how our families are doing, in case you did care, the general sentiment is – we’re all well.
One of the topics about growth had to do with something that I’d seen be a pivotal part of my career as an executive first at Carto where I was head of growth, and later at my product studio.(more…)