What we are reading and listening to this week:
Facebook and Instagram Going Dark Should Be a Wake Up Call for Entrepreneurs, Entrepreneur
On Thursday (March 13th), Facebook experienced an outage on its main platform, and on Instagram and WhatsApp. During that time, users had issues posting, commenting, and accessing content. For entrepreneurs who use social media for their business, this should be a blaring wake up call.
Big On Game: ‘We Are Growing Without Compromise,’ D’Artagnan Founder Says of Thriving Gourmet Meat Business, ROI-NJ
Ariane Daguin set out to become the first purveyor of humanely-raised gourmet game and foie gras in the U.S. in 1985. But she said she never expected D’Artagnan to be the $130 million company it is today. “The demand was high right away,” Daguin, founder and CEO, said. “So, we didn’t have time to look at the forest when we were (busy) looking at each tree in front of us every day.”
Chobani Incubator’s Diverse New Cohort Illustrates New Focus to Lift Up Underrepresented Entrepreneurs, Food Navigator
“Disheartened” but “not surprised” that so little venture capital currently is invested in startups led by women and minority entrepreneurs, Chobani Incubator’s new program director Zoe Feldman says she wants to more intentionally support founders from underrepresented groups in upcoming cohorts.
This Coconut Chip Company Found Success Because Its Founder Embraced His Asian Roots, Entrepreneur
Vincent Kitirattragarn, founder and CEO of coconut-based snack company Dang, said he knew he'd be in for the long haul in his attempt to get Americans to embrace traditional Thai-inspired snacks, namely toasted coconut chips. "It's not like we're taking a big category like potato chips and just making a better potato chip," he said. "We're creating a new category."
How to Make Every Penny Work Like a Dollar, The Gary Vee Show
A lot of companies are going to go out of business over the next decade for one main reason: Humans don’t like change. If you’re plan to be in business for the long term and you’re holding “what worked” in the past on a pedestal, I really hope this podcast changes the way you look at things. This is a keynote I gave in Vegas at the International Franchise Association on Facebook and Instagram marketing in 2019, the rise of voice and machine learning, and more.