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With Girlboss, Sophia Amoruso Is Using Past Failures to Fuel Her Latest Success

And she's launching a brand new social network to help other women thrive.

This story appears in the October 2018 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

During the spring of 2017 the world was getting nasty toward 's Sophia Amoruso. It wasn't a treatment she was used to. Until then, she'd been an entrepreneurial darling: the It-girl founder of a booming clothing retailer, frequent subject of magazine covers (including Entrepreneur's: January 2013), regular headliner of conferences, and author of a best-selling memoir. And then, on April 21, the TV version of Sophia streamed out to 130 million members. It was a comedy called Girlboss, based on her book—a loose retelling of Amoruso's life ("real loose," the opening credits stress), in which a 22-year-old Dumpster-diving college dropout launches her fashion empire from an eBay store.

Emily Shur

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