LBW 010: Hint CEO KARA GOLDIN on Building a $50Million Dollar Revenue Generating Company, Ladybrille Woman of the Month December 2014

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Thank you Ladybrillers for a GREAT 2014. Our goal this year was to shift the focus from the activities you do whether fashion shopping, attending events e.t.c. to looking at you in a more wholistic and even more mature approach. Once we identified what the wholistic you was about, we went about  responding to those needs: business, family, health, relationships, lifestyle and spiritual, while of course still making sure we gave you the activities you enjoy i.e. fashion, shopping, movies, music and other events. Our goal was to bring even more value to your lives as successful entrepreneurs and leaders.

To that end, we launched the Ladybrille Woman Podcast show to compliment the website and hope we have managed to show the blue print for what lies ahead in 2015. A special ‘thank you’ to our podcast sponsor Bisila Bokoko for her  support.  It made a difference.

Please enjoy our last podcast and website entry for 2014. It is our interview from Hint CEO Kara Goldin, our Ladybrille Woman of the Month for December 2014, who closes our year at Ladybrille by telling us how she built a company grossing over $50Million in revenue a year. We believe this is exactly the kind of motivation you need as we prepare to usher 2015 shortly.

Once again THANK YOU for being simply brilliant, and sharing your stories with our Ladybrille community.

We will see you Friday January 9th, 2014 after we return from our annual vacation.

On behalf of the Ladybrille Team, HAPPY NEW YEAR! We wish you nothing but great success.

Sincerely,
/s/Uduak Oduok
Uduak Oduok, Esq.
Ladybird Editor-in-Chief

“Kara Goldin is chief executive officer and founder of San Francisco based hint Inc., which produces the leading unsweetened flavored waters, with nothing artificial. Since its official launch in April 2005, hint® has received numerous accolades from national publications including “Best Flavored Water” (in Health, Men’s Health, and SELF in both 2010 and 2012), “Best Enhanced Water” (BottledWaterWorld and BevNET) and “Top 25 New Products”.

Kara started hint, Inc. to make it easier for consumers to lead a healthy lifestyle. Flavored only with natural fruit, hint delivers refreshment without unnecessary additives and sweeteners. hint’s latest brand extension is the introduction of hintfizz, a carbonated version of hint Water, that received the 2012 Better Homes and Gardens “Best New Product Award” as well as the 2012 Silver Stevie Award for “Best New Product or Service of the Year.” Kara has been a contributor to national outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, MORE, The Huffington Post, Forbes.com, Reuters and Businessweek as well as appearances on national programs including CNBC and Fox News.

Kara was formerly the Vice President of Shopping and E-commerce Partnerships at AOL, where she grew AOL’s shopping business from startup to more than $1 billion in revenue in less than 7 years.

Kara has been selected among only 10 other women as Fortune’s 2011 “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs,” and was named in 2012 as one of Ernst and Young’s “Entrepreneurial Winning Women.” She was honored as the 2012 Gold Stevie Award Winner for “Female Entrepreneur of the Year” and was listed as a “Rising Star” and a “CEO to Watch in 2013” by OpenForum.com. Kara’s most recent accolade includes being named one of the “40 Women to Watch Over 40,” a list which is recognized by Forbes.

hint is available at leading retailers and is one of the top beverages at Google, Facebook and other forward-thinking companies. Kara is also an active member of SFBay YPO.”

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Quick Preview of the Podcast

  1. Kara’s view on women in tech and the 2014 focus on women entrepreneurs
  2. Kara’s personal background.
  3. How Kara discovered Hint water.
  4. Trademark registration & self funding of Hint.
  5. Researching and understanding the marketplace.
  6. Dealing with distribution, retailers and e-commerce.
  7. How she got Facebook & Google to stock Hint Water.
  8. Hiring the right employees and maintaining the proper workplace culture.
  9. Marketing & promotions.
  10. Work-life balance and general tips for entrepreneurs.

Where to Find Kara Goldin

Twitter: @hintwaterCEO

Website: www.drinkhint.com

Contact & Links

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A running feature for 10 years, The ‘Ladybrille Woman of the Month’ celebrates women in business and leadership, who empower themselves and others through their contributions and actions in their local and international communities. In 2014, the feature expanded to include a podcast show. If you would like to nominate a woman to be celebrated, please email editor@ladybrille.com.

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