156: Lessons Learned From Building a $300 Million Dollar Business From the Original GirlBoss Sophia Amoruso
Sophia Amoruso was a community college dropout, working a variety of odd jobs to support herself, when she set up a humble eBay store called Nasty Gal Vintage. The rapid growth that followed has become the stuff of startup legend, and in this episode of the podcast, Amoruso shares what she learned from the roller-coaster ride of Nasty Gal, and tells us about her new endeavor, Girlboss Media.
Over the course of a decade, Amoruso had a meteoric rise, during which she became the head of a retail empire, and was named one of the richest self-made women by Forbes in 2016. She also became a symbol of brash millennial entrepreneurs and a trailblazing icon for female entrepreneurs especially, following the release of her New York Times bestseller #GirlBoss.
Then, the same year Netflix developed a scripted comedy loosely based on the book, Nasty Gal found itself filing for bankruptcy. In those 10 years, Amoruso had bigger highs and lows than many entrepreneurs experience in a lifetime, but the story isn’t over yet.
Today, Amoruso has moved on and is working on continuing the momentum of her book and the devoted following she built around her story. Girl Boss Media is as focused as ever on helping women around the world launch their entrepreneurial careers.
We were very fortunate to be able to interview Amoruso amid her hectic schedule of growing a new business. She shared with us the many lessons she’s learned from her exciting and colorful career, along with fascinating insight into what makes a brand explode, and how to come out on top in today’s tumultuous startup world.
In this week’s episode you will learn:
- Amoruso’s guide to creating a brand that leaves a mark on customers and investors alike
- Key lessons learned from the rise and fall of a nine-figure business
- Customer services mistakes that can kill any business
- How to create products that are inherently sharable and immediately recognizable
- & so much more!