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This Black Founder Sold Her Company to P&G - She Says She's 'Selling'

This Black Founder Sold Her Company to P&G – She Says She’s ‘Selling’

On January 11, Monique Rodriguez, founder and CEO of multi-million dollar natural hair care brand Mielle Organics, announced that she had sold her company to P&G Beauty, sending Black Twitter into a frenzy. Although Rodriguez and her husband will remain CEO and COO of the brand, some consumers are upset that it is no longer …

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“Success is not owned, it is rented.  And the rent is due every day'

“Success is not owned, it is rented. And the rent is due every day’

Monique Rodriquez holds many titles: mother, wife, friend, sister and self-made millionaire. The 39-year-old founded Mielle Organics, a natural haircare brand, in 2014 after a devastating loss that reshaped life as she knew it. “It took something quite traumatic to happen for me to realize what my true purpose and ultimate calling was,” Rodriquez told …

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Ex-Stripe executive wants to stay in power on huge growth

Ex-Stripe executive wants to stay in power on huge growth

Vidit Agrawal of GajiGesa wanted to enable workers to access their pay as they earn it, between traditional month-end pay cycles. This gives workers a lot more cash and protects them from predatory lenders. GajiGesa Vidit Agrawal, co-founder of Indonesian startup GajiGesa, knows that crazy growth is nice. But endurance is better. “Everyone talks about …

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The founder of the Hidden Genius project on helping young black men and entrepreneurship

The founder of the Hidden Genius project on helping young black men and entrepreneurship

Brandon Nicholson has always stood up for others. As a child, the 39-year-old recognized that career and educational opportunities for young black boys were not very accessible unless they were well-connected. “My parents were trained as lawyers and have been very involved in school politics, taking me to school board meetings and parent association meetings …

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CEO of a startup on raising children with an entrepreneurial mindset

CEO of a startup on raising children with an entrepreneurial mindset

Ever since she was young, Cheryl Sew Hoy always knew she wanted to run her own business. “When the teachers asked what your ambition was…and a lot of kids wanted to be doctors or lawyers. My ambition was [to be] a businesswoman,” she told CNBC Make It. That childhood dream is now a reality for …

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She built a startup that raised millions, shares 3 tips

She built a startup that raised millions, shares 3 tips

Launching a startup without any business experience can be daunting. But that didn’t stop Chrisanti Indiana, who was just 24 when she co-founded Social Bella. “You have nothing to lose, that’s actually the advantage of starting young,” Indiana, now 31, told CNBC Make It. The Indonesian beauty and personal care retailer has raised approximately $225 …

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Social Bella, the millennial beauty startup, has raised over $225 million

Social Bella, the millennial beauty startup, has raised over $225 million

When the Covid pandemic raged in 2020, much of the world was locked down and more turned to online shopping. But Chrisanti Indiana did the unexpected: it grew its e-commerce business – offline. Her beauty and personal care e-commerce startup, Sociolla, had just two physical stores in Indonesia in 2019. By the end of 2021, …

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4 Relationships That Helped Millennials Grow Their Business By 7 Figures

4 Relationships That Helped Millennials Grow Their Business By 7 Figures

Running a successful business is hard – and building a successful business as a black woman is even harder. But the obstacles to entrepreneurship can be eased with the right people in your corner. Black women are the fastest growing group of entrepreneurs in the United States, according to JP Morgan, but they face disproportionate …

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54% of teens feel unprepared to fund their future, survey finds

54% of teens feel unprepared to fund their future, survey finds

A college graduate calls out his family on video to celebrate Kemal Yildirim | Getty Images Teenagers look at the costs of higher education and fear they won’t be able to keep up. Some 54% of teenagers say they are worried about funding their future, according to a survey by Junior Achievement USA and Citizens …

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54% of teens feel unprepared to fund their future, survey finds

54% of teens feel unprepared to fund their future, survey finds

A college graduate calls out his family on video to celebrate Kemal Yildirim | Getty Images Teenagers look at the costs of higher education and fear they won’t be able to keep up. Some 54% of teenagers say they are worried about funding their future, according to a survey by Junior Achievement USA and Citizens …

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