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Roxie Hentz

100stories: I’m training the next generation of entrepreneurs

By Roxie Hentz, as told to Violet Jinqi Wang When I was in 5th grade, my parents transferred me to a school in the suburbs. The first time I walked into the classroom, I was stunned by the sea of white faces staring back at me. Tentatively walking to my desk and sitting down on…
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100stories: People ask me, “So you think you know what’s fair?”

By Kyle Freund, as told to Violet Jinqi Wang If there is one thing I hope people take away from knowing me, it’s that you should think about where your food comes from. And how it got there. Sometimes, when people hear that I work with Fairtrade America, they question me. “Oh yeah? How do…
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100stories: Crap, I’m an entrepreneur again

By Sandra Bradley, as told to Violet Jinqi Wang I like to call myself an accidental entrepreneur. I fell into my first entrepreneurial journey because I knew how to do something that was in hot demand — web development. Growing to meet that demand and forming a company just made sense. It was in the…
Sid Ramesh

100stories: I’m a blockchain skeptic, but I’m all in

By Sid Ramesh, as told to Olivia Barrow There’s something about blockchain to me that’s way addictive. But I wasn’t that excited about it when I first heard of it. Five years ago, I would never have expected that I would take a leave of absence from college to pursue a career in blockchain. I…
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100stories: I’m the Robin Hood of social media strategy

By Jess Bahr, as told to Violet Jinqi Wang I love when Facebook changes its algorithm. Figuring out how algorithms work and how to exploit them is what I do for a living. Ok, exploit might be a strong word. But I see it as a scientific process that involves observing, asking questions, proposing hypotheses…
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100stories: There’s no such thing as a “life decision”

By Alnisa Allgood, as told to Violet Jinqi Wang No decision is forever. That’s the number one piece of advice I give people when they come to me for career advice. You can change your mind, shift your focus, and make new decisions with new information. Life isn’t delicate. But people treat it as if…
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100stories: Meetings are the best part of my job

By Christopher Patterson, as told to Violet Jinqi Wang There’s one big difference between the corporate world and the startup world. Meetings. In the corporate world, meetings are often something you just do — boring, could have been summed up in an email, bleh. In the startup world, you only take a meeting when you…
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100stories: I am a Damn Bumblebee

By Ulysses Dinkins, as told to Violet Jinqi Wang Whenever I meet someone new, I have to prove my merit to them. After all, I am a carpenter. I didn’t go to business school. In my 13 years as a carpenter, I’ve seen the worst of the worst. I’ve gotten stuck in a lift 60…
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100stories: I used to be a client hoarder

By Candy Phelps, as told to Violet Jinqi Wang I started freelancing out of desperation in 2008. I had a job I didn’t like, and I couldn’t find a better one. I named the business iCandy Graphics and Printing, and my first investment was a gigantic industrial standard printer. I firmly believed people would only…
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