I had the honor of moderating Steve Madden’s Self-Made panel of entrepreneurs to discuss success, failure, motivation, work life balance and many other factors that contribute to becoming a successful entrepreneur. While some asked for advice or guidance, others bonded over similar beginnings despite their diverse industries. When trying to figure out how to be an entrepreneur, discussions like these will help pave the way to your own success.
Everyone dreams of becoming a successful entrepreneur and the hardest part is figuring out how to get there. Steve Madden’s “Self-Made” highlights some of New York’s most intriguing entrepreneurs. Perhaps more importantly, it is a unique expression of Steve’s passion to give back to entrepreneurs as we all overcome the struggle of starting a business.
Steve Madden, a true entrepreneur that started his business with a bold $1,100 investment in 1990 has now developed into one of the most iconic brands in footwear. His successes are a testament to his unparalleled drive, one that has transformed a business he started with the help of his doorman, into a multi-billion dollar company. Authentic, innovative, and truly inspirational, Steve is the definition of self made in the face of the entrepreneurial struggle.
Success in the Face of the Entrepreneurial Struggle
No one knows more about success in the face of this struggle than Steve Madden. He spent two years in jail when his company was taken public by Stratton Oakmont, the investment firm run by his childhood friend, Jordan Belfor (the character played by Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street). After overcoming these obstacles, he now gives back and helps other entrepreneurs on their path to success while teaching them what it means to be self-made.
Meet The Self Made Entrepreneurs:
Steve Madden highlights eight successful self made entrepreneurs in his campaign who were a part of the panel. Each one comes from different industries, different backgrounds and different locations but all have one thing in common: making their entrepreneurial ideas happen.