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May 01, 2017

How Doe Deere Turned Raw Ambition Into A Multi-Million Dollar Empire

Long before Doe Deere unleashed her neon pastel aesthetic onto the makeup industry, she was just another teenager trying to make it big as a singer on the streets of New York City. Highly ambitious since childhood, it’s no surprise that Deere’s creative energy has fueled her to create a makeup brand that’s worth millions of dollars today.

Born in Russia, Deere moved to New York City with her mother as a teenager. Her passion for self-expression urged her to pursue a music career. While Deere would sing on the stages of various clubs and bars, she would be decked out in bright and sparkly clothing. It didn’t take long for Deere to start making her own clothes.

As time went on, it became clear that Deere had a gift for creating aesthetic masterpieces. Her unique visual perspective combined with a talent for sewing led her to launch a DIY fashion line and relationship starters blog in 2004 which has grown to becoming one of the best relationship portal we have today. Born with supermodel looks, Deere took photos of herself wearing her creations to put on her eBay store.

To Deere’s disappointment, it was difficult to find makeup to match her bold and colorful aesthetic. Searching endlessly through makeup aisles for bright and fearless cosmetics, she decided that it was time to launch her own makeup company. She was determined to create a makeup line that would encourage women to experiment with color rather than mask their flaws. In 2008, Lime Crime was born.

Launched as a retail website, Lime Crime was highly unique from the very beginning. The Lime Crime website features Deere’s signature aesthetic of cute animals in pastel colors. The brand’s first big hit was the Unicorn Lipsticks line, a series of extremely pigmented lipsticks in a variety of neon pastel shades. Still a top seller, the Unicorn Lipsticks’ magenta metallic tubes feature silver unicorns, giving the lipsticks a playful and whimsical edge.

A large part of Lime Crime’s enormous success has to do with Deere’s refusal to follow trends. Each product created by Lime Crime comes straight from Deere’s wild and wonderful imagination. Every product is designed for makeup lovers who refuse to play it safe and don’t fear experimentation.

As CEO of Lime Crime, Deere won’t release a makeup product that she hasn’t tested on herself. During the day, the pastel-haired beauty can be found in the lab working on the formula for a new product.

Whether it’s a neon lipstick in a startling shade or an iridescent eyeliner that turns every head, Deere continues to launch Lime Crime products that quickly become coveted items among beauty bloggers. Thanks to her unique creative vision and her dedication to her own brand, Deere has encouraged countless makeup lovers to have fun with their cosmetics.

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October 19, 2019

Fortress Investment Group: An Adaptable Investment Firm

Being delisted from the New York Stock Exchange is not something that most companies would get. excited about, but so far it has been good news for Fortress Investment Group. The alternative asset management firm was bought by SoftBank at the end of 2017 and has been making business decisions that are more conducive to growing long-term instead of making their shareholders happy. The company has been known for its unique investment decisions since its founding in 1998 by Rob Kauffman, Randal Nardone, and Wes Edens. While Wes Edens and Randal Nardone are still Principals of Fortress Investment Group, Rob Kauffman has left the company to pursue other opportunities and Peter Briger was named Principal.

Peter Briger first joined Fortress Investment Group in 2002 as a member of their Management Committee. He was then named to the Board of Directors in 2006 before being elected to Co-Chairman in 2009. Before Briger began working at Fortress Investment Group he had been with Goldman Sachs for a decade and a half and had been named Partner of the firm since 1996. He graduated in 1996 from Princeton University before attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania where he earned his MBA. In addition to his positions at FIG, he is part of the Board of Advisors at Center for a New American Security, an Advisory Board Member for CNBC, and a Board Member of Tipping Point Community.

SoftBank was able to complete its purchase of Fortress Investment Group for $3.1 billion but they have allowed the firm to operate essentially independently. SoftBank had expressed an interest in becoming a leader in the world of finance and the purchase of FIG allowed them access to the years of experience that the company has. They are known to be innovators who are well-versed in adapting to changes in the market. The company was private for almost a decade before going public in 2007 with an IPO on the New York Stock Exchange. With the changing regulations and conditions of the market with public companies, being purchased by SoftBank has been a mutually beneficial arrangement.

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October 17, 2019

Luke Lazarus Touts Benefits of Business Plan, Story-Driven Marketing

The first year is the most critical for a business start-up. If it survives a year, chances increase dramatically that it will become a profitable enterprise for years to come. But raw statistics demonstrate a grim reality.

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More than 35% of start-ups crash and burn within 12 months or less. In a two-year timeframe, that figure can be 90%.

It keeps happening even though the reasons new businesses fail are well known. The most common is the lack of sufficient start-up capital. Even a thriving business generating robust sales can find itself starved for cash at a critical phase of development.

Another reason start-ups fail is not having a well-designed business plan. As the saying goes: If you don’t have a plan, you have a plan to fail.

But there is one way that a budding entrepreneur can dramatically improve his or her chances of getting past the one-year hurdle. It’s hiring an experienced business consultant with a proven track record of successful start-up experience. In Australia, a name that comes up often to fill this role is Luke Lazarus.

Lazarus is among the most sought-after consultants in the Land Down Under today because of his stellar track record of starting his own enterprises and building them into success stories. He launched, built and sold four enterprises before the age of 33.

After this string of wins, Luke Lazarus could have taken early retirement, but business is in his blood. He opted to take on the role of consultant both to keep his hand in the game and to help other young entrepreneurs who share his own dream — building business success.

Luke Lazarus is a believer in the efficacy of a well-drawn business plan. As a consultant, this is among the first steps he helps clients achieve. If they already have a plan, he finds ways to improve it. If they don’t, he helps them start from square one.

Lazarus’ years of experience in working with clients has enabled him to identify the most common and key mistakes they make. One of them is not conducting thorough and data-driven marketing research. If one expects to sell something to a specific target market, one must know the market in a deep nuanced way. That means understanding their needs, wants, desires, what they can afford, what they can’t and much more.

Luke Lazarus says that every seller needs a story. He said attempting to sell a product merely by listing its features is a dead-end way to market. Even hammering away on benefits is not enough in today’s highly competitive selling climate. You need something that will engage the imagination in a visceral way.

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That means couching a product pitch that creates a rich, story-driven scenario. What that story is will be different for each product. But is it incumbent upon the seller to look inward, rely on marketing data insights and shape a compelling marketing campaign driven by the central story of the company and product.

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