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Sara Blakely



Sara Blakely founded Spanx in 2000. After bootstrapping everything from her early prototypes and patent applications to fulfilling orders from her apartment in Atlanta and selling from booths in department stores, she got featured on Oprah: a breakthrough moment that started her next phase of scale. Spanx is now a billion-dollar company.

“Look at 15 things in your life. Write down how they could be better. You’ll have a big idea right there.”