Serial entrepreneur Markus Thesleff

Meet Markus Thesleff, Co-Founder of Whissle Group – a Dubai-based full service boutique hospitality company. Thesleff was born in Finland, and lived in Sweden, the UK, the US, Argentina, Belgium, and Spain before relocating to Dubai where together with his business partner Ramzy Abdul-Majeed, he founded Whissle Group. Today, Thesleff and Abdul-Majeed are the master minds behind OKKUCielo Sky LoungeClaw BBQ and Riva to name a few.

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Don Slepian, distributor of Young Living Essential Oils and creator of electronic music, is a very versatile guy. He’s a classical electronic keyboardist and musical entrepreneur. His ambient electronic music has been speaking to the soul of many for a long time. More recently Don’s also busy with the distribution of natural products made with essential oils. You could describe Don as someone who likes working on three or four things at once.  “I’ll focus on a single project at a time while they’re all in progress.  Having multiple streams of income helps to keep this all afloat.”

In the Business As Unusual interview series we go in depth with inspiring entrepreneurs from around the globe. What motivates them, how did they accomplish their success and what business challenges keep them awake at night? Read what they have to say about what it takes to be an entrepreneur and most of all, what it takes to succeed.

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Rocket Hub thrives on entrepreneurs. And we want to help you connect with each other. In the Spotlight Series we highlight Rocket Hub members and their businesses. Read, learn and get in touch with Cindy Ugochi of Active Break.

Cindy wants to inspire others to live their dreams. “If I can play a role in that, I am doubly fulfilled,” she expresses. Active Break is an organization that promotes good health and wellness.

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Marion Freijsen

Marion Freijsen is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of EFactor Corp., a global social network for entrepreneurs providing them with online and offline support regarding funding, business development, cost savings and knowledge. Freijsen is also the owner of Elegio BV, a company providing business consulting and management expertise in the areas of strategy, vision, finance, international expansion and business development.

“I call myself a typical “intra-preneur”. Building companies from scratch, real greenfield work to get sales revenues going but on behalf of other owners. Having done that five times over the course of twenty years or so, I decided enough was enough – I wanted to see what it would be like to be in the driving seat…”

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Infento Rides

To bike, or not to bike, that was the million dollar question. Just a couple of days after entrepreneurs Sander Letema and Spencer Rotting launched their crowdfunding campaign, they reached their stretch goal which enabled them to set up Infento Rides, the world’s first real constructible rides. Eventually, 775 backers pledged $479,712 to help bring this project to life.

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Rocket Hub thrives on entrepreneurs. And we want to help you connect with each other. In the Spotlight Series we highlight Rocket Hub members and their businesses. Read, learn and get in touch with Erfan Hettini of Enlightened Life Productions.

Entrepreneurial empowerment is the force that led Erfan Hettini to turn an unfortunate layoff into a final launch toward entrepreneurship. He is no stranger to starting up a business since he founded one when he was only nineteen and still in college. It was the first of many to come, not to mention countless battles with indecision between the entrepreneurial lifestyle and working in a corporate job for someone else.

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Yoga Teacher and Entrepreneur Heather Ivany found a way to turn her passion into profit. Together with her partner, Ivany founded Yoga Netra, an online yoga experience in HD video, delivering high caliber yoga classes via the web, a yoga experience right in your home.

Her website, which Ivany built with the help of SubHub, is her business. Here visitors can choose from a library of videos with new releases added every month. Yoga Netra’s experienced teachers are from a variety of yoga backgrounds providing visitors with a eclectic mix of classes to choose from.

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Boris De Jong, Owner 3WW

In September 2010, Boris de Jong founded Triple Word Score (3WW); a team of professionals in writing and editing, with a collective legacy of creative and corporate content that goes back to 2000 and beyond. 3WW offers fully bilingual services, being able to converse and write fluently both in English and Dutch.

“Could you write that piece again? And this time… make it more boring, please.”

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Stephen Arinitwe, CEO Aristeph Entrepreneurs Centre: “I Started With A Capital Of Fourteen Dollars

Young visionary Stephen Arinitwe knows all too well the struggles children in Uganda face on a daily basis. However, rather than feel self-pity, Arinitwe decided to start his own business with the main purpose to give the children of his homeland both hope and purpose.

“I was not inspired to start with something good. What inspired me was a bad situation, but as an entrepreneur problems and challenges are a source of opportunities…”

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