My Worst Moment

My Worst Moment

After Severing Ties With a Business Partner, This Entrepreneur Had to Trust in Herself and Go It Alone

As a college student, Haley Hoffman Smith founded a nonprofit, wrote a book and started another company. But when things turned sour with a business partner, she had to cut ties and start over.
My Worst Moment

How This Entrepreneur Dealt When Half of Her Team Quit 3 Days Before a Major Investment Deal Closed

Transparency, time and a little bit of wine helped Sampler founder and CEO Marie Chevrier find a way forward.
My Worst Moment

This Cosmetics Company CEO Turned a $1 Million Packaging Fail into Quadrupled Sales. Here's How.

Carisa Janes, founder and CEO of Hourglass Cosmetics, had to pull more than 10,000 units of foundation off Sephora's shelves in 2012. She went into fix-it mode and turned things around.
My Worst Moment

This Founder Found Out Her Investor Allegedly Sexually Harassed Women and Gave Back $500,000 in Funding

A moral crisis blindsided Unbound CEO Polly Rodriguez and put her brand's values to the test.
My Worst Moment

After a Point-Blank Rejection Letter From the FDA, This Founder Went Back to the Drawing Board

Cindy Whitehead spent years working on a treatment for low sexual desire in women. When the FDA rejected her drug, she disputed the decision with the stories of affected women -- and won.
My Worst Moment

After Crying 'in a Fetal Position' Upon the Sale of Her Last Company, This Entrepreneur Keeps Her New Venture Separate From Her Identity

Blindsided by emotion when she gave up her business and broke up her team, Christiane Lemieux learned a valuable lesson about personal distance.
Funding

When an Investor Bailed, Finery Founders Brooklyn Decker and Whitney Casey Had to Do Major Damage Control

Finding new capital, calming staff nerves and making sure the brand's reputation was intact called for calm leadership and quick thinking.