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.
Amanda Preske is constantly in pursuit of the perfect combination between art and science, all while keeping sustainability in mind with her store Because Science + Circuit Breaker Labs. Creating and selling products rooted in the STEM field, there’s something for any and all science lovers.
Advice that keeps you hungry
Knowing that there is no ceiling above [and] no limit to what I can build is what keeps me pushing forward.
Early bird, night owl or in-between
Have you heard this quote? “I am not an early bird or a night owl. I am some form of permanently exhausted pigeon.” That’s me this time of year.
Burning question for an iconic trailblazer
This isn’t particularly inspiring, but I’d love to know from Jeff Bezos (or any other billionaire) at what point along the entrepreneurial path they lose their sense of duty to their employees, their country and their planet. One of the things I will not compromise on is my loyalty to and care of my team and my customers, so I am constantly reevaluating my processes to make sure I’m fair and equitable.
The current soundtrack to your life
I would love for that to be “Over The Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.