“Insecure,” Writer Amy Aniobi Picked her Passion and Found Success

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Amy Aniobi writes for the hit HBO show, “Insecure,” staring Issa Rae. The show is currently taping it’s third season, but Amy (my Nigerian sister from another mister) took some time to chat with us. She even has a season three spoiler for us so listen until the end!

Amy’s story is not only about a 30 something living her best life and working for a hit show. It is also about picking your passion and sticking with it no matter what, believing you’ve achieved success before it happens.

 

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The Spin Studio Girl Boss Riding Past the Competition

 

Meaghan St. Marc says she is the most non-entrepreneur Entrepreneur. But sometimes you can’t fight destiny! This is who she was meant to be! In the last few years she and her business partner have opened not one, not two, but THREE spin studios. Like many of us, she felt like she had to do what she studied in college, but her love of fitness and helping people couldn’t be denied.

Today, Rev’d Indoor Cycling has a big following in the Boston ‘burbs. In fact, when Soul Cycle moved in next door. But this small business did not get scared by the competition. In fact, business has gotten better.

A HUSTLER, newlywed, and soon to be mommy, Meag is definitely a girl boss, which she describes as a woman doing something, pushing the limits, creating and supporting. YASS!

 

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Be like Whoopi: Cut your Chores and Save the Earth

 

When Whoopi Goldberg called a new company, they moved heaven and earth to give her what she wanted. But even the celebrity power of Whoopi, Kathy Lee and Hoda, and the Primetime Emmys wasn’t enough to change the course of this company’s future. Listen to hear what BOSS move took Beantown Bedding from local start-up to powerhouse. Not only are they kicking butt as a business, they are making our lives easier by cutting down our chores AND we get to save the environment at the same time! Sounds like a win win!

Listen until the end for an interview for a preview of our episode 4/2 with a spin studio that is taking on Soul Cycle…and winning!

 

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ClassPass and MealPal CoFounder, Mary Biggins, says anyone can be an Entrepreneur

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When her first idea didn’t work out, Mary Biggins pushed on.

That’s her personality.

She’s a problem solver, a go getter.

Call her, “Boston Strong,” if you will.

Today, she is CoFounder of two successful companies, ClassPass and MealPal.

ClassPass is in 49 Cities worldwide. The app connects users to fitness classes at a much lower cost than buying classes directly from studios. At last check, ClassPass has raised more than $450 million dollars with millions of classes booked through the app to date.

MealPal works similarly. For a price of about $5.99 per meal, users can get lunch from participating restaurants near their work area.

If you use either app, or just want to be inspired, listen to Mary’s story!

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“The Beyonce of Tech”: Melissa James Dreams it, Works Hard, and Grinds

I see it, I want it

I stunt, yellow bone it

I dream it, I work hard

I grind ’til I own it

I twirl on them haters…

—“Formation,” Beyonce

Beyonce gets noticed, she drops surprise albums and videos…Instagram posts letting the world know she is the most beautiful pregnant woman ever!
Our guest this week, Melissa James gets noticed too. Her goal: Become the Beyonce of Tech.

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Melissa left a job at Google to start her own company. Today she is CEO of the Tech Connection, a company that connects diverse talent to tech companies.

We’ve mentioned tech’s diversity problem before.
At Google and Facebook, for example, only 1% of employees are Black, while Black people make up nearly 13% of the population.
Only 16% of techies are women and women make up half of the population.

Melissa’s work to increase diversity in tech has earned her a US Presidential Service award from then President Obama, and a young alumni service award from her alma mater, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Melissa was named Boston Innovation Magazine’s 50 on Fire, and also a published author. Her first book, “When are you going to get a Real Career?”is available on itunes.

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“Negative Feedback…I Crave It.”

This week…Oprah Winfrey confirmed she is the QUEEN OF EVERYTHING during her speech at the Golden Globes Sunday. Many say she is flirting with the idea of running for president, but are her powers better used outside the oval office? There are conflicting opinions out there. I guess it’s up to Ms. Winfrey to decide.

 

Last week, we were excited about our new logo, but now, we got a new name. The Boss Bitches Podcast is no more. We are now the Bosscast, think Podcast with the word BOSS in front. Why? Well, algorithms apparently hate the word, “B-I-T-C-H,” even though we were using it in a positive, empowering way. Algorithms can’t decipher between a positive podcast with the word bitch and a hateful speech filled podcast that may have an innocent sounding title (sadly there are a lot of negative, hate-rallying podcasts out there)…Anyway, I can’t fight the computer Gods, so Bosscast is it! Same great content, different name.

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Our interview this week is with Jessica Brondo Davidoff, a 35-year-old serial entrepreneur. Negative feedback helped her start and successfully run two companies. At 22-years-old, she started The Edge in College Prep, a New York City based company that combines college test prep with admissions counseling. Eight years later, she started launched Admitted.ly, a web and mobile platform that utilized fun Buzzfeed-like quizzes to match students to their ideal colleges and universities. Admittedly raised more than 2 million dollars in seed-funding then in 2016, the company was acquired and is now called, MyOptions. The company has more than 6 million users and prides itself on being free for students to use so that all potential co-eds have a more equal playing field when it comes to college admissions.

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A graduated of Princeton University, Jess loves working in education and tech. However, it hasn’t always been easy. From being shunned by female mentors who later reached out when she hit it big and sexual harassment, Jess says her path hasn’t always been perfect. However, she has surrounded herself with good people who have made helped make her businesses successful.

If you’re looking to launch a tech venture , Jess recommends 1. bartending, it allows for time during the day for meetings 2. start a company that is filling a deficiency or a need, 3. don’t be afraid of negative feedback, and 4. when pitching, make sure your power outfit is ready to go!

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Visions and Wedding Bells

New Logo, Who This!

What do you think of our new logo? Designed by my college age sister studying to be a graphic designer! I had a vision and she made it real. Thanks baby sis!

First topic of discussion…Hoda Kotb is named the newest anchor of the Today Show after Matt Lauer’s firing for sexual misconduct in the workplace. Two women co-anchoring the most watched morning show. This is amazing!

Did Hoda set a plan for this. Did she visualize her ascension to the top of morning news? Maybe. Visualization is a powerful tool. If you imagine you have already achieved success or already gotten what it is you want (a new job, romantic partner, etc.), it can happen! Not simply because you visualized it, but because visualizing will make you put things in to action to get what you want.

And finally, did you get engaged this holiday? Wedding and Event Planner Myriam Michel (@mmeliteevents on instagram) has great advice for planning a wedding. She also shares the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to entrepreneurship.

Check out MM Elite Events: mmeliteevents.com

Listen and be inspired to start 2018 right!