Remo Ruffini Named Italian Entrepreneur of the Year by EY

MILAN — Remo Ruffini, Moncler president and chief executive officer, received on Thursday the EY award for Italian Entrepreneur of the Year.
The consulting firm assigns the award, which is at its 21st edition, to entrepreneurs who managed, through their innovative spirit and strategic vision, to create value contributing to the growth of the Italian economy.
“When I acquired Moncler, I thought it had a unique history and heritage. I was absolutely sure of the fact that he had the potential to become a special brand and, with great coherence, along with my team, we developed this innovative project in the respect of our DNA,” Ruffini said. “Today Moncler is a global brand, which generated revenues of more than 1 billion euros at the end of 2016 and is present in more than 70 countries. I consider this award a signification recognition, highlighting the continues efforts and the passion guiding our daily work aimed at reaching more and more ambitious goals.”
As reported, in the nine months ended Sept. 30, Moncler’s revenues climbed 15 percent to 736.8 million euros, compared with 639.3 million euros in the same period last year, lifted by all distribution channels and geographic markets.
On Oct. 24, Ruffini attended the

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How Tech Entrepreneur Tristan Walker Is Reshaping The Skincare Industry

Over three years since Bevel launched, its consumers are “as diverse as one can ask for,” according to founder and CEO, Tristan Walker.

Operated under Walker’s parent company of health-and-beauty brands, Walker & Company, last year Bevel debuted on the shelves of Target and added distribution via Amazon. Consisting of a range of shaving products and signature trimmer, the popular subscription shave system is marketed as a solution for men who suffer from skin-irritation problems.

While Walker started the company to provide shaving tools for the kind of bumps and irritation that are more prevalent among black men, Walker tells HuffPost that since expanding Bevel to retail customers he has noticed more diversity amongst its clientele, which now includes women.

“We’re noticing there are different people who purchase our products offline than online,” Walker said during an interview with The Huffington Post. “I’ve mentioned in the past, a lot of folks think Bevel is just shaving for black men, but we’ve never said that, and that’s never been our thinking. We’re trying to solve a very important issue that black men and women over-index on, but everyone has.”

Though a majority of Bevel’s online customers are black men, Walker went on to add that their offline demographic is slightly skewed from its target market.

“They’re white men,” he adds. “So it’s a really interesting kind of mix of folks who buy our product, and it hasn’t affected the way that we operate either our online or offline business as a result.” 

Walker’s sharp attention to diversity and America’s census data has also resulted as a competitive advantage for the shaving startup. The Stanford University Graduate School of Business alum notes that a majority of the company’s employees includes people of color and women to mirror Bevel’s consumer base.

To that notion, Walker believes more health and beauty companies should make a concerted effort to tailor their personnel to reflect undeserved markets in America.

“You look at the larger companies elsewhere, they don’t look like or reflect the diversity of America. And they sure as hell don’t reflect the diversity of what America’s going to be like in 20 years,” he said. “This is incredibly important. So that’s how we approach it, and that’s how I hope and think everyone else should.”

As part of Bevel’s ambitions to become the industry’s leading brand for all things grooming, Walker said the company plans to release an additional line of skincare products for men and women with a range of skincare concerns, including hyper pigmentation.

Last year, Bevel received a major marketing push for its Bevel Trimmer thanks to brand ambassador-investor Nas’ lyrics on the chorus of DJ Khaled’s single “Nas Album Done.” For Walker, the hip-hop veteran underscored the company’s instinct to uplift and enrich black businesses.

“By [Nas] saying ‘My signature fade with the Bevel blade,’ everybody knows about Nas’ haircuts. So for him giving us the cosign and taking responsibility for his lineup, that’s significant,” he said. “It’s not only significant, it’s authentic. It makes sense. And also, his message is celebrating black business and empowerment and that’s something that we talk a lot about.”

Following the song’s release, the trimmer was named among GQ’s best grooming products of 2016.

“We’re thankful for that and we’re thankful that we have the partners and investors to do stuff like that on our behalf without our knowing,” he continued. “And we’re only gonna see more of that.”

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Lessons in business success from the newest Dragon in townYou no longer have to enter the Dragon’ Den to get expert startup advice. In Secrets of a Serial Entrepreneur, Shaf Rasul distils his vast experience and knowledge into a practical business startup guide that takes you smoothly and successfully from idea to exit. Are you in?With tips and advice from Shaf, as well as examples and anecdotes from inside and outside the den, you’l discover exactly what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. From starting up to buying and selling, from business plans to number crunching, Secrets of a Serial Entrepreneur shows you how to do it right first time. You’ll fin out: If you’ve got what it takes to e an entrepreneurHow to set up and manage a business with confidenceHow to make a business profitable? fastTen key things to know about financeHow to be quick on your feet and beat the restHow to hire and manage the right peopleWhen and how to exit? and how to spot your next opportunityWho?s the Man?Frequently featured in The Sunday Times Rich List, Shaf Rasul made his fortune in IT, property and asset management. In 2008 he was 19th in a Management Today survey of the UK’s top 100 entrepreneurs and is one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs under the age of 40. He co-presents the BBC’s Dragons’ Den spin off, Dragon’s Den Online, an internet and mainstream TV phenomenon. Shaf really knows his stuff? if you believe in your business, and want it to succeed, then read this book. Kavita Oberoi, Founder of Oberoi Consulting and star of Channel 4’s The Secret MillionaireSeriously good advice for would-be entrepreneurs and those already in business, Shaf?s ‘tricks of the trade’ tell you to do things properly? and this book shows you how. Professor Sara Carter, head of Department, Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship

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It’s OK If You Don’t Want To Be An Entrepreneur

Why do you really want to build a business?

  • To make your life more exciting?
  • To have more freedom?
  • To make more money?

You probably want more of everything! Great, because in addition to all of the above, business can also be:

  • more terrifying,
  • more depressing,
  • more exhilarating,
  • more mundane,
  • more lonely,
  • more aggravating,
  • more unsure,
  • more annoying,
  • more liberating,
  • more expensive,
  • more time-consuming,
  • more joyful,
  • more unpredictable,
  • more stupid
  • and, of course, more wonderful.

So it’s not that you won’t have fun starting a business. You will. A ton of fun.

But you’ll also go through a multitude of other emotions, states, feelings and stark realities, with that same fun mixed in randomly.

So now is the time to ask yourself: can you deal with all the elements of entrepreneurship, or are you just down for the fun stuff?

It’s ok if you really just want to experience the fun stuff that entrepreneurship has to offer.

I’m not judging. But I am pointing out that it’s simply not the way it is — and unfortunately, you don’t find out a lot of the other elements until you’re so deep in the game that it doesn’t make sense to quit. That’s why there’s so much talk about “hustle” and never quitting in the business space online — because so many entrepreneurs are too deep in the game to even consider turning around.

Once you’re a few years deep, it’s much harder to just “move on.” So you have to be extremely tough mentally in order to make it. That’s where the “hustle” mentality comes from. Not because entrepreneurs are some rare breed that don’t get tired — but because mental and emotional resilience is a learned trait that must be developed in order for us to survive.

I’m not trying to scare you. I’m just trying to share some things I wish people would have told me in the beginning.

People start businesses hoping that it will solve their biggest problems, all the while, forgetting that any new challenge — and make no mistake, running a real business is a huge challenge — will inevitably create new, previously unforeseen problems.

If you’re down for that, cool. If you’re not, just be honest with yourself. There’s no shame in getting a good job. Honestly.

For as much as I preach about building your own thing (and I do strongly believe in it) — I’d rather see you just be honest with yourself and do what’s actually going to make you happy, rather than trying to do something that isn’t “you” because looking at hundreds of pictures on Instagram every day has tricked you into thinking that you’re missing out on something.

Trust me, you’re not.

And let me assure you, there is nothing morally redeeming about being a business owner. A lot of the talk online equates having your own company with “giving back” or living your life “to the fullest” — as if there’s no other employment setting where this might be possible.

False.

Entrepreneurship doesn’t bestow or imply any moral or ethical benefits.

Having a business isn’t a necessarily better way of living, it’s just an other way of living.

And this is your life. Any decision that you make for yourself will be correct — as long as you’re honest about what you really want.

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I hope you enjoyed this article!

If you’re curious to know how I got started, and how you can begin your own journey to self- employment, you should enroll in my free mini-course on making more money. It’ll take you step-by-step through the process of creating a new business using skills you already have.

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Federico Marchetti Wins Entrepreneur of the Year Award in Italy

MILAN – Federico Marchetti, chief executive officer of Yoox Net-a-porter Group, is the winner of the annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
The award, which Marchetti received on Thursday evening at the Italian Stock Exchange, recognizes his “original intuition” about the future possibilities of the Web and his creation of Italy’s biggest tech firm, with a market capitalization of more than 3 billion euros, or $ 3.18 billion, at current exchange.
“Anything is possible,” said Marchetti. “I started from scratch and as an outsider in 1999, so I would like to dedicate this award to the younger generation. Italy is a country of innovators and talents, which has given us a great competitive advantage. It’s not a question of capitals, but rather of execution. People are more important than capitals, they are the ones that turn ideas into reality,” said the entrepreneur, who also credited his team for growing the group.
Marchetti spearheaded the merger between Yoox and Net-a-porter in 2015, listing it on the Italian Bourse as YNAP. As reported, a strong performance in all channels and global markets helped YNAP close the first nine months of the year with sales of 1.33 billion million euros, or $ 1.47 billion, up 12.8 percent compared with pro-forma revenues of 1.18

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15 Productions Every Entrepreneur Must See!

Movies are magical. The good ones hold you captive in a great story, to a different time and place, and then bring you back home. In two hours, they leave you changed, having learned new things and lived a different life. I am a movie buff. I love how a good film can introduce you to a fictional world and in many cases teach you about your own life.

In that spirit, here’s a list of my top 15 films that have entrepreneurship and business as central themes. Not only are they incredibly entertaining, they teach values important to anyone doing business. Every entrepreneur–from aspiring to longtime business-owners–will find new clues for, tips about, and snapshots into the trials and tribulations of owning your own business.

1. Jerry Maguire (1996). Tom Cruise plays the lead agent in this story, who gets fired from his company for writing a memo on ethics. He is inspired to start his own business with his secretary and goes through all the woes and thrills of start-up. It is perhaps one of the best portrayals of these stresses, and many have learned significant lessons in starting up from Jerry.


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Jerry Maguire, as portrayed by Tom Cruise, experiencing the stress of starting a business (source)

2. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). Incredibly, when this film first came out in post-WWII America, it was widely panned. Today, it is considered a classic; and many call it one of the greatest films of all time. This film, like none other, reveals the emotional depths of business ownership, by depicting the main character at a suicidal low as he prepares to lose his beloved Building and Loan.

3. TenNineEight (2009). This powerful documentary follows low-income students around the country in their efforts to enter the national business competition run by NFTE every year in New York City. The movie features some of the greatest interviews of young entrepreneurs ever done and innumerable business lessons.

4. High Noon (1953). A classic Western, this film does not work directly with themes of business and entrepreneurship. Instead, its central storyline gets to the heart of good business: integrity and doing the right thing. One scene in particular stands out: newlyweds Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly are fleeing the town when Cooper has to turn around to defend the town from bandits. This is one of the finest cinematic portrayals of integrity; the kind of integrity every entrepreneur must strive to have.


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Cooper’s integrity is an example for all business people (source)

5. Other People’s Money (1991). This is a wonderful and entertaining movie. Danny DeVito does a great job playing Larry the Liquidator–and I have never seen such a spot-on discussion of debt and equity on film. A powerful look into this world.

6. Skater Dater (1965). A silent documentary about skateboarders in Southern California, it is my personal favorite. At first glance, it has no business connection but the values radiate: teamwork, cooperation, and striving for best effort. Even though you probably have not heard of it, this 17-minute-flick won many awards around the world and the young actress in it went on to become a famous photographer within the industry. Best part? You can watch it any time on youtube.

7. The Doug Flutie Pass (1984). This is not a film but a minute long-clip that can be accessed around the world. It shows Boston College leading their fight over Miami–Doug Flutie and his roommate had practiced the play in their minds hundreds of times. It is a great example of the power of the subconscious. They envisioned the future, created this moment, and then executed it superbly at a pivotal moment.


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The Flutie Pass shows us the power of planning your own success (source)

8. & 9. Godfather I (1972) and Godfather II (1974). While these films glorify crime and transform criminals into heroes in an unforgivable way, the story development and scenes illustrate so many lessons in business. I recommend that every entrepreneur to study these films to clarify issues of integrity, values, negotiations and strategy.

10. Working Girl (1988). Perhaps one of the greatest business movies of all time, it tells the struggle of a young female executive as she fights for fair treatment in the corporate world. It gives us numerous insights into human behavior and gender issues in business. This one is an absolute must-see!

11. Wall Street (1987). Michael Douglas’s infamous speech in this 1980s classic gets right at the center of greed in business. While ingenious and honest, it does misrepresent the fact that many entrepreneurs operate in ways that can lead to both long-term profits and personal satisfaction, along with the ability to change society forever. It is still worth watching with many great lessons and the opportunity for critique.

12. Risky Business (1983). This is Cruise’s breakthrough film, which follows his character along a true entrepreneurial journey. He identifies a market–although an inappropriate one–and begins his business. The negotiations are very well done, and the ambiguity and stress of running a business come through strong–these are two hallmarks of entrepreneurship.


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Cruise interpreting an entrepreneur in one of his most famous roles (source)

13. Up in the Air (2009). This might be George Clooney’s greatest film. It shows a painful point in business, through which every entrepreneur must go: adjusting your costs by lowering your headcount. From my own experience, I know that if you are not willing to do that and to learn to do it in a kind and passionate way, your business won’t last long. Markets go up and down–and your costs will always have to adapt to the market.

14. Pursuit of Happyness (2006). This is an incredibly inspiring true story that will speak to anyone who has known both the curses and the blessings of trying to make it in business–even when it seems every door closes in your face. A true story that follows an entrepreneurial spirit portrayed by Will Smith, as he sacrifices and loses everything for his business dream. Later a chance encounter leads him to an internship at a brokerage, and in the end, to owning his own firm.


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The tension and stress of sales–and how not to succeed in sales–from Glengarry, Glen Ross (source)

15. Glengarry, Glen Ross (1992). No film since this one has illustrated basic sales concepts more clearly. Based on the famous Mamet play, most of the film shows you how not to do it. The brutal honesty in many of its scenes and the genius of the acting will provide many lessons in starting a business.

I hope this list of films and clips will help you; I urge every entrepreneur to watch these, and to study their lessons.

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Steve Jobs: Visionary Entrepreneur of the Digital Age

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Used – Steve Jobs was a pioneer of the personal computer age. This compelling biography describes his life and career as a visionary entrepreneur who helped usher the world into the digital agein style and comfort. Born in 1955, Jobs grew up tinkering with electronics in the garage with his father. Although he dropped out of college, he would follow his passion for electronics and become well known for founding the computer company Apple. Equally well known for his uncompromising product philoso

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What An Entrepreneur, A Singer And A President’s Nephew Wish They’d Known Ages Ago (VIDEO)

It’s something Oprah loves to ask during her interviews: What advice would you give to your younger self? When Arianna Huffington, Grammy-winning singer Alanis Morissette and JFK’s nephew Timothy Shriver appeared on recent episodes of “Super Soul Sunday,” Oprah asked each of them this poignant question — and received some very revealing answers.

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“I would say, ‘Stop worrying,'” Arianna says. “There is so much unnecessary worry, so many unnecessary self-judgments, so many negative fantasies about the future.”

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“I would say, ‘Everything’s going to be OK, and you can be young,'” Morissette says. “I would come in as a 40-year-old and say, ‘I got this. You can go play. I got this.'”

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“I would tell my younger self to focus on finding quiet,” Shriver says. “I think we live in a culture of distraction, and silence is a way to find the center.”

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The ‘Entrepreneur Magazine’ Small Business Answer Book

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Answers the most important questions any entrepreneur must face You’re starting a new business. You’re the boss. Who do you turn to for the answers to your really tough questions? With this book, new entrepreneurs can find those answers from the hard-earned experiences of other entreprises. Hailing from Entrepreneur Magazine, ‘the small business authority,’ it offers real world insight into the many issues that arise in any new venture. Jim Schell knows the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, he knows what works and what does not. Drawing on this experience, he has compiled a list of vital questions facing entrepreneurs, and provides the authoritative and practical answers that they’ll need to succeed. * Q & A format provides a quick reference to the biggest problems new entrepreneurs face * Covers important topics like getting started, finances, day-to-day operations, and dealing with employees. JIM SCHELL (Bend, Oregon) is an entrepreneur who has successfully started and grown 4 businesses: a sportswear manufacturing business that grew to USD25 million in sales, a sporting goods company, a fitness products business, and a racquetball club. He is the author of The Brass-Tacks Entrepreneur and Small-Business Management Guide.

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The Entrepreneur Diet: The On-The-Go Plan for Fitness, Weight Loss and Healthy Living

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‘Entrepreneur Magazine’ Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs

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A tree expert who made sales calls by strolling through unfamiliar towns and striking up conversations with strangers on the street; a manufacturer of outdoor goods who insisted that his company’s label be sewn into all clothing he made for the U.S. Army; a pair of inventors whose new electrical insulation material turned out to be a terrific waterproof laminate for all sorts of household and commercial surfaces: These are just a few of the 500-plus empire builders you’ll meet in the Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs–men and women whose talent, drive, and ingenuity not only made their own dreams come true but also created lasting benefits for their industries, their nation, and, in many cases, the world. This book profiles the most exciting and inspiring American entrepreneurs of the past two centuries, from legendary masters of the business world, such as F. W. Woolworth, Walter Percy Chrysler, and Arthur Andersen, to unsung heroes who sowed the seeds that blossomed into empires. These entrepreneurs made their marks in every conceivable industry, from postage meters to personal fitness, from retailing to recycling, from healthcare to heavy equipment.If their stories have a common theme, it is that there is no single pathway to success, nor a clear set of rules to follow to get there. Each of these entrepreneurs saw opportunities that others missed, responded quickly and effectively to changes in the market, and was willing to be unconventional when circumstances required. Featuring personal background, tales from each entrepreneur’s early struggles and eventual success, and the current status of the business empires these pioneers created, the Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs is an inspiration for those who wish to follow in the footsteps of giants and a valuable reference for researchers, students, and history buffs. ENTREPRENEUR Magazine is the banner publication of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. It has the largest newsstand circulation of any business monthly with a t…

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