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S3 E5: Sara Blakely - SPANX

Business Unusual

In 2000, no one would've expected that an industry like women's undergarments had room for breakthrough innovation, let alone one worth over a billion dollars. And despite people laughing in her face, Sara Blakely had dreams of building SPANX in to a $20 million company. In this week's episode, we reveal how this former door-to-door fax machine saleswoman eclipsed ever her own goals, building SPANX to a $1.2B+ brand.

27mins

30 Nov 2021

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ENCORE: Rejecting Sara Blakely (Billionaire Founder of Spanx)

We Regret To Inform You: The Rejection Podcast

Spanx has become the de facto brand name for an entire category - like Kleenex or Q-tips. But in the ’90s, the shapewear company’s founder, Sara Blakely, was enduring relentless rejection as a door-to-door fax machine salesperson. Then one day, she cut the feet off her pantyhose. This week we tell Blakely’s inspiring story, from being ridiculed for her idea to becoming a self-made billionaire. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34mins

10 Aug 2021

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22. How to find your big idea w/Spanx's Sara Blakely

Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman

To find your big idea? Look for it. And look for it. And be ready to act. Spanx founder Sara Blakely was actively seeking a business idea when she thought of Spanx. Then she moved fast, found help in the right places, and went all-in. The result: A billion-dollar company & women's wardrobes transformed. With cameos by National Geographic Explorer Andrés Ruzo, former director of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Michelle Lee, and Endeavor CEO Linda Rottenberg.LINKS:Learn more about The Boiling River Project: http://www.boilingriver.orgRead "The Boiling River" by Andrés Ruzo: https://amzn.to/36iHHNFLearn more about the U.S. patent system: https://www.uspto.gov/Meet Andre, who dresses Oprah Winfrey: https://andrewalkerhair.comListen to Linda Rottenberg on Masters of Scale: http://listen.mastersofscale.com/LindaRottenbergMoSRead a transcript of this episode: https://mastersofscale.comSubscribe to the Masters of Scale weekly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/dlirtXSee Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

40mins

13 Jul 2021

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Confidence with Sara Blakely

A Bit of Optimism

Confidence is this thing we all need… this thing we all want. Some seem to find it easier than others. Sara Blakely, the founder of Spanx, found it and it worked. This is… A Bit of Optimism.YouTube: http://youtube.com/simonsinekFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/simonsinekLinkedin: https://linkedin.com/in/simonsinekInstagram: https://instagram.com/simonsinekTwitter: https://twitter.com/simonsinekPinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/officialsimonsinek

25mins

27 Apr 2021

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Strategies and Secrets From Sara Blakely, Billionaire Founder of Spanx

Business Lunch

Sara Blakely took on a declining industry and ended up changing the way women dress. She is the Billionaire Founder of SPANX and was named by Time magazine on their list of the 100 most influential people in the world (2012). Two years ago, we aired part of Roland Frasier's conversation with Sara Blakely. You can hear that here. Today, we're sharing some of the conversation that we held back: More questions that we think Entrepreneurs (and our business-minded listeners) will want to hear. Whether you're growing a successful business, dreaming up ideas, or struggling to navigate challenging times, this episode will encourage you on your Entrepreneurial journey.   "What he was doing was just reframing our definition of failure...The only failure for me is not trying" – Sara Blakely. Listen For How Sara Blakely - • Stays Motivated (and who inspired her to break through the ceiling)? • Wrote a profound (and very specific) goal in her journal two years before she had her billion-dollar idea. • Continues to get great ideas (by making her 5-minute commute last an hour). "I think a lot of my next inventions and ideas in the car" – Sara Blakely. Plus, Sara Answers... 1. How Spanx's customer acquisition channel has changed over the years. 2. Her strategy for maximizing customer lifetime value. 3. How she expanded Internationally. 4. Which Book has she gifted the most. 5. Does she ever take time off and recharge? Today's Top Takeaway What you don't know (in business) can turn out to be your biggest asset. Did You Know?   March is an extra special month for the podcast. We've also lined up the release of Roland's interviews with Sir Richard Branson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Marcus Lemonis, and a special International Women's Day episode too. Subscribe/Follow us on ApplePodcasts, so you don't miss it!  And don't forget to enter to win our Apple Giveaway! Here's that link. You can also find us on these platforms here.   Follow Sara Blakely On Instagram Check out The Spanx Foundation Follow Roland Frasier On Facebook On Instagram Through his Website  Follow Business Lunch Podcast On Twitter On YouTube

30mins

29 Mar 2021

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Strategies and Secrets From Sara Blakely, Billionaire Founder of Spanx

Podcast Notes Playlist: Startup

Business Lunch with Roland Frasier Podcast Notes Key Takeaways Every week at dinner, Sara Blakely’s father would ask her to share one thing she failed at that week. Her father wanted her to know failure was okay and that when you take risks, you’re going to come across failure.“What he was doing was just reframing our definition of failure…The only failure for me is not trying” – Sara BlakelyAs a salesperson, Sara listened to several motivational speakers including Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy, Tony Robbins, and many moreFrom listening to all these speakers, Sara learned about the value of visualizing your success and the power of positive thinkingWhat you don’t know can be your biggest asset in businessSara didn’t get Spanx into Neiman Marcus by doing trade shows, she simply called them and asked if she could get 10 minutes to present her product to them   How does Spanx decide what products to work on?“It’s really just based on need and listening to people and hearing where I see opportunities to make something better” – Sara BlakelyHow does Sara define success?For Sara, it’s following your passion, doing something that makes you feel alive, and helping other people along the wayRead the full notes @ podcastnotes.orgSara Blakely took on a declining industry and ended up changing the way women dress. She is the Billionaire Founder of SPANX and was named by Time magazine on their list of the 100 most influential people in the world (2012). Two years ago, we aired part of Roland Frasier's conversation with Sara Blakely. You can hear that here. Today, we're sharing some of the conversation that we held back: More questions that we think Entrepreneurs (and our business-minded listeners) will want to hear. Whether you're growing a successful business, dreaming up ideas, or struggling to navigate challenging times, this episode will encourage you on your Entrepreneurial journey.   "What he was doing was just reframing our definition of failure...The only failure for me is not trying" – Sara Blakely. Listen For How Sara Blakely - • Stays Motivated (and who inspired her to break through the ceiling)? • Wrote a profound (and very specific) goal in her journal two years before she had her billion-dollar idea. • Continues to get great ideas (by making her 5-minute commute last an hour). "I think a lot of my next inventions and ideas in the car" – Sara Blakely. Plus, Sara Answers... 1. How Spanx's customer acquisition channel has changed over the years. 2. Her strategy for maximizing customer lifetime value. 3. How she expanded Internationally. 4. Which Book has she gifted the most. 5. Does she ever take time off and recharge? Today's Top Takeaway What you don't know (in business) can turn out to be your biggest asset. Did You Know? March is an extra special month for the podcast. We've also lined up the release of Roland's interviews with Sir Richard Branson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Marcus Lemonis, and a special International Women's Day episode too. Subscribe/Follow us on ApplePodcasts, so you don't miss it!  And don't forget to enter to win our Apple Giveaway! Here's that link. You can also find us on these platforms here.   Follow Sara Blakely On Instagram Check out The Spanx Foundation Follow Roland Frasier On Facebook On Instagram Through his Website  Follow Business Lunch Podcast On Twitter On YouTube

30mins

29 Mar 2021

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Sara Blakely

To Dine For

Sara Blakely – Inventor, CEO, Founder of Spanx Location: Umi in Atlanta, GA With 5,000 dollars and a simple idea, Sara Blakely invented a product that would change the fashion industry forever. As the Inventor and CEO of Spanx, Sara became the youngest self-made Billionaire in the world. With no fashion experience and no business degree, her story of grit, persistence, and problem-solving is one of the most interesting business stories of our time. Over artfully prepared sushi and sashimi at Umi, Sara tells us how she did it and how she is paving the way for a new generation of female inventors and entrepreneurs. Follow To Dine For: Official Website: ToDineForTV.com Facebook: Facebook.com/ToDineForTV Instagram: @ToDineForTV Twitter: @KateSullivanTV Email: ToDineForTV@gmail.com Thank You to our Sponsors! American National Insurance Spiritless - Use promo code TODINEFOR for free shipping Follow Our Guest: Facebook: Facebook.com/SaraBlakely Instagram: @SaraBlakely Follow The Restaurant: Official Website: UmiAtlanta.com Instagram: @UmiSushiATL

28mins

9 Nov 2020

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From Selling Fax Machines to Becoming the Youngest Self-Made Female Billionaire: A Conversation with CEO and Spanx Founder Sara Blakely

Blazing Trails

Right now, we could all use a little lift, and joining us today for an insightful, entertaining conversation is just the guest for the challenge: Founder and CEO of Spanx, Sara Blakely. Sara has been featured by Forbes as the youngest self-made female billionaire and named one of Time’s most influential people. She is a mother of four, a dabbler in the world of standup comedy, a philanthropist, and a powerful advocate for women in business.In this interview, Sara’s shares her journey founding and growing Spanx – everything from the hard learned lessons and discouraging ‘no’s, to the funniest mishaps and stories in her career – and her advice to small business leaders facing similar challenges today.

33mins

28 Oct 2020

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Rejecting Sara Blakely

We Regret To Inform You: The Rejection Podcast

Spanx has become the de facto brand name for an entire category. Like Kleenex or Q-tips. But in the ’90s, the shapewear company’s founder, Sara Blakely, was enduring relentless rejection as a door-to-door fax machine salesperson. When one day, she cut the feet off her pantyhose. This week we tell Blakely’s inspiring story, from being ridiculed for her idea to becoming a self-made billionaire. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

34mins

28 Jul 2020

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Episode 122: Sara Blakely, Spanx, Bonuses, Thinking Strategically & Marketing Week

Big Business Briefs

Heather Noble & Tracy Jones present The Business Community on Calon FM, Episode 122.Find out more about this show, the presenters, Calon FM and previous episodes at www.thebusiness.community.

40mins

9 Jul 2020

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