A true entrepreneur, Erika's latest venture has Erika and team creating truly unique eating experiences for sushi lovers in unpredictable locations. Motivated by the hustle of NYC and a self-proclaimed creation addict, we can't wait to hear about her exciting women's empowerment-focused project on the horizon.
What has been the highlight of your entrepreneurial career? Building an incredible community of women around my mobile manicure company cityMANI and then being acquired by Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. Any inspiring routines we should know about? The first thing I do every morning is blast music throughout my apartment. Regardless of how tired, stressed out or overwhelmed I might be feeling, it sets my mood and prepares me to take on the day.
With interests in hospitality, sales, design, business and fitness, it was only natural for Mark Cornelsen to open his own premium indoor cycling studio in his new home of Las Vegas, NV. Convinced of its merits after his first introduction to the indoor cycling world, he's passionate about providing a fitness experience that leaves its users physically accomplished and emotionally rejuvenated.
What doesLV mean to you? Las Vegas is all about community. In the three years I have lived here, I've been lucky enough to see how people in Vegas really want to help each other. When a tragedy happensin the local community the people really come together to help provide support. I feel honored to have been welcomed into this community with open arms. Vegas is home now. What tips would you give to other aspiring entrepreneurs? Prepare yourself to feel self-doubt, frustration, and anxiety that you've just made a wrong decision… often. Then learn to let it go and move on. Trust yourself. Before you do anything, make sure you do your research and ask other people in your life whose opinion you trust what they would do. And, listen!
Truly at home in Las Vegas, Jerad has extensive startup experience with 20 years of tech marketing and software development background. Creative and longtime electronic music DJ, he currently owns and operates the premier specialty coffee roaster and cafe, Vesta Coffee Roasters, which sources coffee from around the world, roasts it in-house and sells and distributes it while continuing to grow his beverage empire.
Where do you feel most inspired? Usually in the shower or in bed. Sometimes I'll wake up in the middle of the night and plan out complex strategies or solve problems that have been nagging me for days or even years. I don't look for inspiration, just find a way to grind it out. So it usually strikes after a lot of thought and work. What has been the biggest challenge? My biggest challenge is trying to be patient. I move fast and want to do so much, but sometimes sitting back and looking from another perspective can help.
With 15 years business, dining and nightlife experience under his belt, John is responsible for marketing and business development, as well developing nightlife and after hours programming and concepts for Stacked Hospitality. Also deeply passionate about charity and fundraising, he believes no one is going to give you a thing in this world, it is up to you to take it.
What does LV mean to you? Las Vegas is my home and has been extremely gracious to me over the past 19 years. I met my amazing wife of 7 years here and I have been blessed with many friendships and business opportunities. I believe one day I will be in a position to pay the city back for everything that it has done for me. Where do you feel most inspired? I am constantly looking for inspiration; there are countless actions that can inspire a person, a sound, a song, a smell, a sight. I don't believe there are parameters to inspiration; you never know when that idea might come. The trick is recognizing that moment of inspiration and being able to act.
You may recognize Kyle's work from our beloved capsule collection, but his streetwear company Stud Muffin NYC by Kyle Brincefield features much more than shoes. This acclaimed New York based designer is responsible for highly decorated pieces that bring to life New York City streetwear.
Where do you feel most inspired? The further I am away from home, the more I tend to feel inspired. Traveling, for me, is the same as reading books. Travel gives me time to think, observe and learn new things - culture, food, history. Nothing does it more for me more than seeing somewhere new, meeting new friends and getting to know the way they live. What has been the highlight of your entrepreneurial career? The first time I found out my brand was going to be featured in Vogue Magazine, a publication I had been fascinated by since I was a young kid in Indiana. I remember I cried in the shower when that happened. Tears of happiness, of course.
Ant is an accomplished professional dancer who has appeared on stage with Madonna during her last world tour.
Mantra to live by? Consistency is the key to success. What does New York mean to you? New York City really means a lot to me. The culture helped shape who I am and the world I live in today. Hip Hop was born in NYC and we are the mecca of basketball. There's no place like MSG. I don't meet many natives anymore, so I'm extremely proud to be born and raised in NYC. I feel NYC in my veins.
A world famous model of Korean and English heritage, Mia is so much more than a beautiful face. A testament to her strength, intelligence and confidence, Mia is an advocate for female empowerment, a decorated Muay Thai fighter, and holds a Master's Degree in Finance and Financial Law.
What has been the biggest challenge? My challenges are daily. Walking into room after room, trying to get people to expand their horizons on their perception of beauty. Dealing with the comments and rejection takes its toll, but
I feel like I have a duty and responsibility to try and change the industry and fight for size diversity and female empowerment.
To what do you attribute your success? Taking things from women I look uptoand taking on those qualities and attributes. Create who you want to be.
Lyon got his start in NYC selling real estate and has since expanded his resume to include innkeeper of Brooklyn and Nashville's Urban Cowboy B&B.
What has been the highlight of your entrepreneurial career? Opening the cowboy in Nashville. It took everything I had, and a bit more. But I did it, and I love it. What has been the biggest challenge? Being a growing mom and pop; it's the most challenging to rest and recuperate. You can literally work ALL THE TIME when you live in your business.
Max and Dan are close friends, trainers, and business partners, who launched acclaimed athletic wear line STLR Aesthetics in June 2016. Admittedly urban fitness obsessed, they love exploring New York City and finding new and interesting workout opportunities, like rock climbing in Long Island City, gymnastics at the Brooklyn Zoo, Hip Hop Dance at Elite Professionals, and putting in work at Rich Barretta Private Training.
How do you define self made? You define your own success, what you envision, and the steps to achievement. However, being self made starts with desire, self-discipline and drive. Start there and take the steps to create your own success and you will be self made. Where do you feel most inspired? STLR is inspired by the streets and lifestyle of NYC. We are also inspired by the simplicity of Japanese design, minimalism, functionality, technical apparel, and we also love music! Any inspiring routines we should know about? Between working as trainers and launching SLTR, our days vary often. However, we insist on keeping our workouts constant, eating right and meditating on success. We also believe strongly in leveraging coaches to help get you to the next level.
Owner of Makeshift Union Salon in the Las Vegas Arts District, Larry brings a fresh vision (and look) to the LV salon industry. A nod to his Detroit upbringing, his space features a curated collection of rustic Americana and attracts a robust clientele list of those seeking looks both adventurous and lived in.
Where do you feel most inspired? Long motorcycle rides with my wife, Ashlee. Riding through the Mojave Desert reminds me why I love Las Vegas. It makes me want to figure out more ways to take advantage of all it has to offer. What has been the biggest challenge?Letting go of control. Trusting the staff that I have hired. I've had to tell myself to let them do exactly what I hired them for. Being a business owner for me means hiring people stronger than me. If I'm not able to let them flex their creative muscles, why did I hire them?
Inspired by the streets of his hometown New York City, John is the proud founder of the Sweet Chick restaurants in Manhattan and Williamsburg. He defines self made as someone who has become successful through hard work and his own efforts. He attributes his success to his inner voice pushing him to be better every day, and to his wife Fallon.
What does New York mean to you? Home. Favorite New York spots? Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, 86th Street Papaya King, Di Fara Pizza, Spotted Pig, Wo Hop, Minetta Tavern, The Ear Inn Beer, and of course Sweet Chick & Pearls Caribbean! What has been the higlight of your entrepreneurial career? Every time I walk into my office it feels like a highlight reel.
While Garett spends the majority of his time as a successful office furniture and architectural products expert, one of his proudest accomplishments includes winning the Long Island Amateur Golf Championship earlier this year. Although the two industries are seemingly quite different at first glance, both require incredible hard work, drive and patience.
What tips would you give to other aspiring entrepreneurs? Forget the short cuts. If it seems too good tobe true it probably is. Just work. How do you define Self Made? Hard work pays off. But more than that, we all need to have patience. Not everyone is lucky enough to create a startup that gets bought for a billion dollars. That's not real life, not for me atleast. Real life and real success, is all grit, hard work and patience. It takes time to be great. I relate a lot to golf and it's funny because a lot of good buddies that are very professionally successful take up golf and expect to play well right away. Have some patience, put in that hard work and it will happen. Or don't, but don't complain to me that your golf game stinks.
Cornerstone of all-girl electronic power trio New Myths, badass drummer Rosie Slater was born to be a musician. Raised in a house full of studio musicians, she constantly refines her craft and explores different textures and instruments to derive a distinct sound that's both danceable and eccentric.
Favorite New York spots? Some of my favorite places in New York to wander are Central Park, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Strand bookstore - I can spend hours checking out the art, books and people-watching. Unfortunately, some of my favorite spots are gone. As a little kid, I loved going to see and play shows at The Bottom Line in the West Village. As an adult, Glasslands Gallery was definitely a favorite place to play. Right now, I really enjoy playing and hanging out at Rough Trade and Baby's All Right. What tips would you give to other aspiring entrepreneurs? Focus on making your art, skill, business, etc., as good as possible - if you love what you're making and if you really, truly believe in it, there will always be people out there that will respond to that passion.
Transplants from Denmark, Magnus and Martin have spent the majority of their twenties building a life and business - Gaucho Film - in New York City. This fall they're opening an office on Melrose in Los Angeles where they will continue to expand their company and drive their Jeep convertible.
Any inspiring routines we should know about? Live life fast forward and understand it slow and backwards. What has been the biggest challenge? Moving to America from another country, wiping the slate clean and starting from scratch, is definitely a big challenge, but getting to a point of success is not the biggest challenge... staying successful is.