Second Acts

These Entrepreneurs Succeeded -- But Only After Failing Once Before

For a second act success, credit lessons learned at early go-arounds.

How These Franchises are Getting a Second Chance

Customers loved these franchises once before. New owners are betting they will again.

Jason Daley

Redbox Close to Launching Its Second Attempt at a Streaming Service

Redbox Digital will offer streams for purchase or rent, as opposed to Netflix's unlimited model.

David Murphy

Bedding With a Masculine Bent? This Founder Wants to Reinvent a Category for Men -- Again.

The Tie Bar founder Greg Shugar is hoping to strike lightning twice with his latest upstart, Thread Experiment.

Geoff Weiss

How a Retired FedEx Exec Built a Mini Sandwich Empire

Edith Kelly-Green was ready to settle into a retirement when her family convinced her to open a Lenny's Sub Shop franchise.

Jason Daley

A Jointly Owned Franchise Gives Two Pilots a Second Chance

After John Grassia and David Smith lost their jobs as pilots, they bought an Express Oil Change franchise to supplement their incomes.

Jason Daley

7 Second-Act Entrepreneurs

These well-known Americans overcame bad times in midlife to reach business fame and fortune.

How a Surf Vacation Led to a New Niche in Women's Swimwear

An investment-banker-turned-entrepreneur finds success in a line of bikinis designed to stay on, no matter how rough the surf.

Will Allen's 'Good Food Revolution'

His new autobiography chronicles Allen's unexpected journey from professional basketball player to urban farming pioneer.

Jeanette Hurt

Art Entrepreneur Wins $100,000 Pittsburgh Prize

Artist Tess Lojacono talks about winning the "Experienced Dreamers" contest designed to lure middle-aged entrepreneurs to Pittsburgh.

Patrick J. Kiger

Reinvention 101: 5 Lessons From Robert Downey, Jr.

The 'Avengers' star is a great case study for anyone launching a new venture or attempting a midlife comeback.

Patrick J. Kiger

How I Did It: From Defense Contractor to B&B Owner

Here's how a stressed-out executive became an innkeeper -- and why she's glad she made the change.

Elizabeth Pope