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Mariam Naficy

Mariam Naficy is the founder and CEO of Minted, an online marketplace for artists and designers with nine-figure revenue. Her first startup,, launched at the height of the dot-com boom and sold for over $100 million.

“You’ve got to factor in all the failures and all the optimizations that really kill great entrepreneurs and businesses all the time.”

— Mariam Naficy
Featured in these episodes:
Mariam Naficy, guest
May 10, 2017

Think you’ve raised enough money for your startup? Think again. You’ll face a minefield of unexpected expenses — and opportunities. So raise more money than you think you need — possibly a lot more. MInted founder & CEO Mariam Naficy shares her white-knuckle experiences founding startups that survived two financial crashes – online cosmetic company in the ’90s, and the design boutique today.

Mariam Naficy, cameo
January 20, 2023

A strong company culture emerges when every employee feels they own the culture — and this starts before the first job interview. Netflix’s outgoing CEO Reed Hastings built a high-performing culture at Netflix by being upfront about who Netflix is, in the company’s famous culture deck. It won’t appeal to everyone — and that’s the point. If you can define your culture, while resonating with a diverse group of employees, you have a winning formula.