It’s past time we remixed the entrepreneur archetype. The tried-and-true definition of an emerging or aspiring business owner feels tired. The modern entrepreneur is a mover, shaker and doer who’s not content with simply breaking all the rules. Our 52 trailblazers featured in the October issue are rewriting the rules, tearing them up and doing it all over again. It’s creation at its purest, because the fruits of one’s hustle are not actualized overnight or by following one jet-lagged recipe. It’s no longer adequate to measure entrepreneurs by the brick-and-mortar spaces they manifest or the jobs they create. Those are all important elements but fall short of what it truly means to build something — often with blood, sweat and tears. Whether you’re revamping the vintage clothing industry, introducing a fresh dining concept, cultivating an advocacy-focused creative agency or advancing the cause of equality for the LGBTQ+ community, the only thing that matters is freedom — the freedom to march to the beat of your own badass drum. Read our full rundown of trailblazers here.
Co-founders of DUNN LEWIS, Laurel Bray and Mason Anderson-Sweet have cultivated a creative meeting space for local motorcyclists and are unapologetic about businesses showing up to support the community.
Advice that keeps you hungry
“I got it on Amazon.” We hate hearing this so much it keeps us hungry and salty. Jeff Bezos doesn’t care about us or our communities. Many, if not most, small local businesses do.
Early bird, night owl or in-between
Day people. We get eight hours of sleep. It’s been our only consistent luxury of entrepreneurship.
Burning question for an iconic trailblazer
Gordon Ramsay: “Chef, what could we do better?” It would be amazing to have him point out all our fuck ups and successes.
The current soundtrack to your life
Anything Twin Shadow.
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