November 23, 2022
Haven’t planned your holiday spread yet? Woosah… Ina Garten — East Hampton’s dinner party doyenne — has given us her blessing to make it a “store-bought” Thanksgiving. Jeffrey approves.
Hot off the SMB press this week:
But first, here are some headlines that caught our attention this week.
AIN'T NOTHIN' GONNA BREAK MY STRIDE
Meet Saori Kawano.
In 1982, she founded a small business that specialized in Japanese chef knives and tools. Her company, Korin, soon became an industry standard and now serves 30K restaurants and hotel clients worldwide (you might recognize some of her A-list clients, like Jean Georges Vongerichten, Daniel Boulud, and Nobu Matsuhisa).
A fellow entrepreneur!
Indeed. But her journey was… less than appetizing. She faced more than her fair share of challenges. And now she’s distilled the lessons she learned along the way into six essential tips for overcoming those hardships and still leading a happy, fulfilled life.
To quote Bob Ross:
“We don’t make mistakes. Just happy little accidents.” It’s something that can be hard to believe — especially when Bob’s accidents lead to museum-worthy landscape paintings, and you’re stuck with a gigantic green blob where a tree is supposed to be. But there are some accidents that do have happy endings.
Say, a billion-dollar corporation?
How would you feel if you forgot a pot of oats on the stove overnight? Now how would you feel if we told you that mistake could spark the creation of one of America’s most popular breakfast foods?
That’s the origin story of Kellogg’s, probably the most recognizable name in the cereal industry. And there are a bunch of other companies that got their start from a similar “happy little accident,” including:
Pharmacist Dr. John Stith Pemberton created a syrup formula — made from coca leaf extract and kola nuts — to help with headaches and other common nervous disorders. He brought his syrup to a local pharmacy in Atlanta, Georgia, where they mixed the recipe with carbonated water and sold the drink as a “brain tonic.”
But when Pemberton sold the rights to his formula, fellow pharmacist Asa Griggs Candler started bottling and selling the former tonic as a fountain drink — and the Coca-Cola empire was born.
Back in 2012, a company called Tiny Speck shut down “Glitch,” an online adventure game that allowed players to collaborate in cooperative gameplay.
The game, which only had a modest 150K players, wasn’t financially sustainable — but the communication system that fueled the gameplay and collaboration between players was a diamond in the rough. So, the company rebranded itself with its communication app front and center. Now, Slack is used by businesses around the world for async messaging.
WE HAVE A PODCAST
Great minds think alike, and even greater minds write books about creating a playbook for your business. That’s why Chris Ronzio (author of “The Business Playbook”) sat down with Lisa González (author of “Process! How Discipline and Consistency will Set You and Your Business Free”) on Organize Chaos to talk all about (you guessed it) process. Want to listen to two process fanatics geek out about documentation? Then this is the episode for you.
Only have 10 minutes to spare? Check out these mini pods: