The Failure Factor Episode 27: Lumion’s Amy Briant And Lisa DeLarco Bonoff on Dealing With – and Learning From – a Painful Cofounder Split


Amy Briant and Lisa DeLarco Bonoff are the founders of Lumion, a skincare product line revolutionizing skin health technology. In this episode, Amy shares the story of her painful split from a co-founder in her former venture, and what she learned the hard way. Tune in to hear her advice on protecting yourself legally, setting boundaries, mitigating conflict, and optimizing co-founder relationships – plus challenges the duo’s currently facing in growing Lumion.

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Megan Shares Her Career Journey On The Ellevate Network Podcast

(From the Ellevate Network podcast show notes) After graduating from a prestigious counseling psychology Masters program, Megan couldn’t seem to land a job and rather than letting her situation get the best of her, she chose to pursue the thing in her life that brought her joy: yoga. In this episode, Megan traces her winding path from a yoga mat cleaner to successful entrepreneur and discusses the importance of therapy and using one’s privilege to help others.

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From Adult Film Star To Founder And CEO: Jessie Andrews’ 5 Tips For Always Being On Top (FORBES)

Jessie Andrews’ journey into entrepreneurship was anything but traditional. The self-made, multiple fashion-brand founder didn’t finish high school, pursued a career in adult film, toured as an international DJ and producer, and taught herself the ins and outs of the fashion business – all before her twenty-first birthday. Her Bagatiba line quickly became a go-to celebrity favorite – worn by the Hadids, Jenner’s & Kardashians – shortly after which she launched two more brands: Basic Swim and Jeu Illimité (READ MORE)

The Failure Factor Episode 26: Former Adult Film Star Turned Designer Jessie Andrews On Being Fearless And Not Letting The Past Define You

At 25 years old, Jessie Andrews is the founder and CEO of four successful businesses. Formerly an adult-film star and international DJ/Producer, she’s now also a globally sought-after photographer, in-demand brand builder, and successful model and designer. In this episode, brought to you by Discover LMS, Jessie shares her unconventional journey from dropping out of high school to becoming one of the few adult actress to break through to mainstream. Listen in for her wisdom and grit-filled story, plus how to prevent the past from defining you, plus her advice in starting up and owning who you are.


Find out more about Jessie on her website,  and be sure to check out her brands: Bagatiba, Basic Swim, Jeu Illimite and 1201 B Studios!

Overcome ‘Analysis Paralysis’ And Execute On Your Idea – 5 Tips From Ollie Cofounder Gabby Slome (FORBES)

When you hear the short-story version of why she started Ollie, you might assume Gabby Slome is impulsive. While she and her husband were traveling Columbia, they found themselves being followed – by the dog who would later sit in on our interview at the all-natural, human-grade dog food company’s Flatiron Headquarters (READ MORE).

A nine-step plan for conquering social anxiety that won’t overwhelm you (Quartz)

A couple weeks ago, I found myself at an intimate dinner party. Normally I feel confident and outgoing at social events. But as the host brought out a third course that rivaled a Michelin Star restaurant, I found myself overwhelmed with anxiety and shame.

I don’t belong here, I thought. These people are way too cool for me. I’m too small-town for this. I have “Country Bumpkin” written all over me. Which fork do I use? They’re 100% judging me. She’s regretting inviting me. She probably thinks I’m a complete fraud. Why am I being so awkward? What’s wrong with me? (READ MORE)

The Failure Factor Episode 24: Ollie Pet Food Co-Founder Gabby Slome

Gabby Slome is the co-founder of Ollie; an all-natural, human grade dog food delivery service.  In this episode, brought to you by Discover LMS, she shares how she overcame “analysis paralysis” and what she believes is most important for a successful business.Warning: Gabby shares some stomach-turning truths about the pet-food industry, so you might not want to eat while listening to this episode!



The Failure Factor Episode 23: Sarah Merrill of “Big Kid Problems” on Growing & Monetizing Social Media, Overcoming Fear, And Leaving Your 9-5 Responsibly

It’s one thing to leave a job you hate to follow your dreams; but what about leaving that “cushy” job that’s not totally terrible?  In this interview, brought to you by Discover LMS, Sarah Merrill of “Big Kid problems” walks Megan through how she traversed this decision in her own life and how she’s made a successful business out of social media.

From appearing as a guest on the day- time Emmy winning Steve Harvey Show on three separate episodes teaching “Social Media 101” segments, and being featured on various podcasts and websites as a “millennial thought leader”, listen in as Sarah shares how she embraces fear and failure, and lets us in on her secrets to growing and monetizing her following to a quarter-million.

Listen to the full interview here! 

Meet Megan Bruneau – Growing, Failing And Innovating (We Are LMS)

Meet Megan Bruneau – Growing, Failing and Innovating

If you’re ever stressed and need to look at a calm, reassuring instagram feed, take a look at @meganjbruneau. NYC wonder woman Megan Bruneau’s long list of accomplishments include a successful career as a psychotherapist and hosting the podcast “The Failure Factor” (highly recommend giving it a listen). Her feed displays serene scenic views of British Columbia, an ode to her Canadian background, and empowering quotes like, “Feeling abnormal is normal.” Through her extensive work in therapy and lessons from her own experiences struggling with perfectionism disorders, Megan serves as a knowledgeable and experienced voice for wellness and self-compassion. We asked Megan to share her story of growth and self-innovation and this is what she had to say (READ MORE) 

5 Steps THINX Founder Miki Agrawal Followed To Bounce Back From Adversity (FORBES)

Believe what you want in the conversation around Miki Agrawal‘s leadership, but there’s no denying she’s an expert in resilience. Known for taboo industry innovation,  controversial subway ads, and a publicly challenging departure from her role as CEO of THINX, she’s appropriately titled her second upcoming book, ‘Disrupt-Her.’ (READ MORE)

The 4 Mindset Shifts That Led To This Streetwear Mogul’s Success (FORBES)

“You know if your leg is broken,” Bobby Kim assures me with a laugh in the opening moments of our interview for The Failure Factor. He recounts how he recently “hit an edge skate[board]ing in the half bowl” behind his company’s California headquarters.

Bobby Kim aka Bobby Hundreds attributes his success to mindset and hard work
Bobby Kim, also known as “Bobby Hundreds,” attributes his success to mindset and hard work.

I cringe – flashing back to my own experiences with broken bones – yet I can’t help but feel slightly heart-warmed the founder is still embodying the culture his streetwear line was built around fourteen years ago. Since then, The Hundreds has become a worldwide brand, worn by celebrities Kanye West and Justin Bieber (READ MORE).

The Failure Factor: Founder & CEO Megan Driscoll on Building A PR Agency, Using Fear As A Motivator, And Not Wanting Kids


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Megan Driscoll is the founder and CEO of EvolveMKD, a public relations and social media agency in New York City. She’s grown her business from one employee (herself) to 19 in two and a half years. But Megan’s success came out of a “bad breakup” at her previous company. Listen in to hear her advice on building an agency, outsourcing PR, using fear as a motivator, negotiating the conflict of being a woman who doesn’t want children, and more.

Listen to our interview for The Failure Factor here, and get your exclusive deal from our sponsor Thrive Market here :).

Embrace Entrepreneurship, Dating, And Change By Accepting These 3 Truths (FORBES)

Yesterday I returned from flying across the country to visit a dude I met for a few hours in Vegas. It was…less than ideal (shocker!); but hey, I think life is a collection of experiences and one day these’ll all go in a book. And today, as I sit with an oh-so-familiar hangover of disappointment, rejection, and shame, I call on the resources that keep me resilient in the face of #feelz (READ MORE)



The Failure Factor Podcast: Danielle LaPorte Was Fired From Her Own Company

First, a huge thanks to Thrive Market for bringing us this episode with Danielle! If you’re a listener, go to for an additional 25% off your already 25-50% discounted groceries, a free 30-day trial, and free shipping.

Second, we’ve got an awesome episode up today with spiritual guru, inspiration speaker, writer, entrepreneur, and personal branding badass, Danielle LaPorte. 

Listen to this rich interview filled with Danielle’s personal story of challenge and “failure” – being fired from her own company – as well as her advice for protecting oneself when building your company, dealing with haters, and building a successful brand.

Listen here to the episode with Danielle.

Danielle LaPorte Shares 4 Ways To Deal With ‘Haters’ When Building Your Personal Brand (FORBES)

Danielle LaPorte has mastered the art of building and scaling one’s personal brand: The inspirational speaker, writer, and entrepreneur created a top-ten iTunes app, a yearly planner system, and an international workshop program with licensed facilitators in 15 countries from one of her bestsellers. Her site, which offers everything from content to candles, draws millions of viewers each month and brings in more than $4 million in revenue each year. And most recently, she’s released her third book, White Hot Truth – which is a refreshingly amusing beacon of spiritual wisdom (and humor) in a fog of oftentimes redundant, impractical self-help reads (READ MORE).

An Unfulfilling Modeling Career And Near-Death Experience Taught These Founders How To Succeed (FORBES)


Lauren Berlingeri and Katie Kaps
Lauren Berlingeri and Katie Kaps

Lauren Berlingeri and Katie Kaps have made it their mission to help people “get high” – but it’s not what it sounds. The team birthed HigherDOSE, the company that’s making infrared saunas mainstream (“DOSE” stands for dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, endorphins).

In our interview for The Failure Factor, the women explain how they originally intended to install infrared heating systems in yoga studios – without much success: “We started presenting to investors without really having any data to back up how it would work, or any proof that New Yorkers would like that sort of thing.” Kaps explains. “The best advice we got from investors was ‘prove out the concept.'” (READ MORE) 

The Failure Factor: The Mistake These Women Made When They Launched Their Apparel Brand

New Failure Factor episode up! Listen here or check out the Forbes article (here’s a teaser). 

As I sit in the waiting area of the Primary HQ, my attention is diverted from the brightly accented office to an interaction taking place on the other side of the room: A smiling, casually dressed woman has one knee on a chair she’s rolled over to her male colleague’s desk. Holding her laptop by the base with one hand, she uses the other to point to something on the screen of his desktop computer. I can’t hear what she’s saying, but her demeanor radiates warmth and presence. What a lovely exchange, I think to myself. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if she were one of the founders?  (READ MORE)

The Failure Factor is Back! Starting With Forte’s Lauren Foundos on Failing Every Day And Being A Successful First-Time Founder

Lauren and Megan post-sweaty Forte workout



The Failure Factor is back! Awww yeah! We’re kicking things off with Lauren Foundos, who spent a decade on Wall Street before starting Forte, a boutique fitness streaming platform.

A first-time founder, Foundos stresses spending wisely, building authentic partnerships, detaching from an expectation of what the company will be, and several other nuggets of wisdom you won’t want to miss. Check out the interview to hear Lauren’s inspiring story, and advice on how to optimize your starting-up success. And find interview highlights here on Forbes!


Here Are 3 Immediate Changes Women Can Make For Career Success (FORBES)

In my mission to help women follow their dreams, I interviewed Wendy Sachs, Author of Fearless and Free: How Smart Women Pivot–And Relaunch Their Careers. Revealing confidently she’s been fired more than once, Sachs dubs herself the “master of the career pivot:” She’s an Emmy-award winning TV news producer who’s worked at Dateline, NBC, Fox, and CNN; yet she’s also held titles of Capitol Hill press secretary, public relations executive, media and content strategist, CNN contributor, and editor-in-chief (READ MORE).