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From Shake Shack To Mirror, Start-Up Success Stories | Founder Effect Marathon

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The speaker shares the inspiring backstories of three American businesses and their founders: Shake Shack, Mirror, and Misfits Market. Danny Meyer founded Shake Shack as a hot dog cart in 2001 and expanded it into a global success with over 320 locations and nearly $600 million in revenue. Before Shake Shack, Meyer had an unconventional path to the food industry, starting with a management position at Pesca restaurant. Randy Garutti, Shake Shack's longtime CEO, played a significant role in the company's growth, starting as a maitre d' while recovering from a broken foot. Bryn Putnam, founder of Mirror, began her journey with a fitness studio, Refine Method, and recognized the need to transition to in-home workouts. In 2010, she opened Mirror, a high-quality workout experience delivered through a mirror, despite initial criticisms and challenges. Mirror raised significant investment and saw meteoric growth with $150 million in revenue in its second year and a partnership with Lululemon. Abi Ramesh founded Misfits Market, an online grocery delivery service selling imperfect produce for cheaper prices, after leaving a potential scholarship to pursue entrepreneurial dreams and taking on significant debt. Misfits Market saw significant growth, shipping 77 million pounds of food in 2020, and expanding to both coasts with over a thousand employees and $350 million in expected sales for 2021. Each founder faced significant risks and challenges but persisted, leading to the success of their respective companies.

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