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HM 035: Jers Chocolates – A chocolate making hobby to a $10+ million business

Jerry spent years working as a sales manager for IBM. His job felt lifeless. His passion was in making delicate chocolates but it was a completely different career and he was not sure if he can compete and be successful as a chocolatier.

Peanut butter chocolate companies were dime a dozen and there was too much competition in the chocolate market. Yet Jerry fought back , found a niche , focused strongly on his niche and became highly profitable.

His company Jers chocolates makes about $10 million a year.

What you will learn from this episode:

  • How he accidentally discovered his passion.
  • What made his quit his nice paying job
  • How through a casual but pivotal conversation, he discovered what business he wants to start
  • How he got a crushing email criticizing him and his business and what he did.
  • How he learnt about the chocolate business even though he didn’t knew anything about it.
  • How he decided to distinguish himself from the sea of competitors out there.
  • How he got into a big Luxury retailer.
  • How he survived and succeeded.

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HM 034: Plenty of Fish: How a one-Person startup generated millions in profits and later sold for $500+ million

There were huge dating websites with plenty of cash and thousands of employees. Can one person and a new entrant take on these giants and still succeed and make millions with zero employees. Markus Frind did it with PlentyofFish.com. Holy … [Continue reading]

FS 033: Whistle: How a seemingly gimmick business – Fitbit for dogs got started and sold for $100+ million

If you look at it , Fitbit for dogs seems like a gimmick business. Who would think that this will become successful. Yet Ben Jacobs proved that this is a worthwhile business and started it and finally sold it for $100+ million. Let us see how he … [Continue reading]

FS 032: StubHub: How Jeff started StubHub at the worst possible time, survived and sold to eBay for $300+ million

  Jeff ran out of money and was not able to pay his employees. On top of this, his company got sued, yet he kept pushing forward and succeed and sold StubHub to ebay for $300+ million. Let us check out how he did it.   What you … [Continue reading]

FS 031: Clark’s Botanicals: How Francesco who was paralyzed, sad and dejected built a multi-million dollar business

  Francesco Clark was living a happy life  but suddenly his life was hurled and turned upside down by an accident leaving him paralyzed and not able to move 95% of his body, Yet he built a multi-million dollar business. Let us check out … [Continue reading]

FS 030: Mint.com: How Aaron started part-time and made a “sure-to-fail” business successful and sold for $160+ million.

  Microsoft and Quicken were leaders and giants with lots of cash and marketing power in the personal finance software business. Yet, Aaron took on the giants and built a "sure-to-fail" business and sold to Intuit for $160+ million.Let us … [Continue reading]

FS 029: Instagram: The fabulous story of a girl, a stray dog and a beach to $1 billion in 2 years

Kevin worked on his startup idea close to 2 years but it didn't take off. He took a risk, scraped his old idea and went with a new idea, which he found almost by accident. It was a hit and Facebook bought it for $1 billion. Let us check out how he … [Continue reading]

FS 028: Hershey’s Chocolates: A fourth grade dropout ,and a farm boy to a world-famous billionaire chocolatier

Milton Hershey started many business and failed in all of them. Any one else would have been crushed by these failures but not Milton. His passion kept him going and he became one of the richest person in America. Let us find out how he did it. … [Continue reading]

FS 027: Auntie Anne’s Pretzels: One woman with unbearable grief, started in a farmers market and making multi-millions.

  Pretty inspiring story. Anne Beiler had to face an agonizing, intolerable personal loss. Yet this 8th grade dropout,courageously came out and built one of the most enduring Pretzel stores dotting across the world. Let us find out how she … [Continue reading]

FS 026: Wufoo : A simple form-creation idea started with little money and later sold for $30+ million

Three friends started Wufoo with less than $20k, while still working on their day jobs. They faced lot of hurdles with lots of uncertainties. Finally they sold the company for $30+ million. Let us find out how they did it. What you will learn … [Continue reading]