The new show Ramen Profitable is now streaming on Million Stories, catch all the newest episodes on Millionstories.com. Each episode watches early-stage founders fight to turn a profit and gives an inside look at the economics behind entrepreneurship.
The companies are diverse and tap into an array of different business focusses. The goal of www.milionstories.com was to show that every idea can turn into a great entrepreneurial journey. New episodes are released weekly! So make sure you check back for more stories in the future.
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Companies Featured in Ramen Profitable
In the series, we visit a number of start-up companies as they find themselves in various levels of success. The companies that are highlighted are.
Bite started with two questions: Why does toothpaste come in plastic tubes and what exactly are we putting in our bodies when we brush our teeth? Watch how Bite started from just an idea and then quickly blew up to become a full-fledged company on Millionstories.com.
In 2017, Bite founder Lindsay McCormick saw a problem, billions of plastic toothpaste tubes crowding landfills, and set out to fix it. Late at night, after wrapping her full-time job, she took chemistry classes and experimented with environmentally friendly ingredients to formulate a sustainable solution: zero-waste toothpaste tablets. Clean teeth and a cleaner planet; it was a win-win!
Next up? Getting her revolutionary product out of her living room and into the bathroom cabinets of future customers. Lindsay taught herself business basics on YouTube before landing a spot on Shark Tank, where she made the shocking decision to turn down Mark Cuban. She wanted to build her biz her way, from sourcing to manufacturing to marketing. One viral video later and now she’s making $12 million in sales.
Museum Hack leads renegade, small group tours for people who THINK they don’t like museums. Watch how Museum Hack started from just an idea and then quickly blew up to become a full-fledged company on Millionstories.com.
When Nick Gray quit his full-time job in 2013, he had no savings and no investors to support his next pursuit: making museums less boring. That didn’t stop him from chasing after his dreams. He’d been casually showing friends around Manhattan’s famed Metropolitan Museum of Art, always for free. Then, as word got out, more people started asking for his unconventional tours. Museum Hack was born out of this high demand, and it was time to make money off his hobby.
With great success came great anxiety. Nick worried about charging for his tours; was the experience good enough to merit a price tag? Spoiler: it was! Museum Hack is now a multimillion-dollar business employing Broadway actors, standup comedians, science teachers, and more as tour guides. They bring magic back into museums for curious individuals and corporate teams alike.
Elroy Air is a logistics company that specializes in the fields of logistics, robotics, and air transportation. Watch how Elroy Air started from just an idea and then quickly blew up to become a full-fledged company on Millionstories.com.
Same-day shipping across the globe, to Elroy Air cofounder Dave Merrill, this isn’t a dream but a possibility. In 2016, he joined forces with Clint Cope to rethink how cargo gets from point A to point B. Typically, planes transport the goods, but they don’t come cheap. The solution? Create a revolutionary aircraft that’s smart enough to get the job done but affordable enough for every country to access it.
Flikshop sends photos delivered as postcards to any person in any prison instantly to stay connected to incarcerated loved ones. Watch how FLICKSHOP started from just an idea and then quickly blew up to become a full-fledged company on Millionstories.com.
What if you could connect with someone in prison as easily as you do with someone on social media? In 2011, founder Marcus Bullock created Flikshop to do exactly that. After going to prison at age 15, he understood the value of human connection, of knowing that someone on the outside in this case, his mom loved him unconditionally.
So he made it his mission to help other families stay in touch while their loved ones were behind bars. Flikshop is an app that makes it easy to snap a pic and share it with anyone in any cell, anywhere in the world.
Created the Wayband, a wearable navigation device that utilizes haptics to communicate information through the skin. Watch how Wearworks started from just an idea and then quickly blew up to become a full-fledged company on Millionstories.com.
For a long 18 months, WearWorks cofounders Kevin Hoil Yoo and Keith Kirkland had zero dollars to work with. With no funding for product development, their new business wasn’t going as planned. But they didn’t waste that precious time; instead, they spread the word about Wayband, their life-changing product that uses haptics technology to help blind and visually impaired people navigate and communicate through vibrations on their skin.
“This is really about freedom,” Kirkland says. “It’s about autonomy, it’s about independence. That’s the entrepreneurial journey, but funnily, that’s also exactly what Wayband is about. It’s about giving people freedom, autonomy, and independence.”
A canned water company with the tagline “murder your thirst” and whose company aims to remove single-use plastic bottles. Watch how Liquid Death started from just an idea and then quickly blew up to become a full-fledged company on Millionstories.com.
Liquid Death started as a fun experiment for founder Mike Cessario, who just wanted to make his friends laugh. Turns out, it was a billion-dollar idea but let’s start at the beginning. As a former creative director, Cessario was tired of catering to corporate advertising clients.
He wanted to sell his canned water company with as much creative freedom as unhealthy brands have. With less than $5,000, he launched his business and turned it into the most popular water brand on social media, outshining competitors with clever marketing strategies to “murder your thirst.”
Interview with Peter Ramsey – FacePlant Stories
I recently had the honor of interviewing the incredible Oscar-Winning Director Peter Ramsey. We talked a lot about his Faceplant feature in MillionStories.com. During the interview, we discussed his personal faceplant and life after he bounced back from bad to recovery. Learn more about FacePlant Stories from Millionstories.com.
Interview with George Goes Everywhere
An intriguing interview with George Goes Everywhere, where I sat with George Igoe and discussed his new travel series on Million Stories. George Goes Everywhere shares clever travel tips and tricks where he explores cities across the U.S. with just 100 bucks in his pocket. View my full interview plus learn more about George Goes Everyone.