Entrepreneur Stephan Aarstol talks business and his stint on Shark Tank

Web entrepreneur and 99designs customer Stephan Aarstol was looking for another business to immerse himself into when he discovered the sport of stand up paddle boarding – and the incredible business opportunity it offered. So incredible in fact, that it compelled the producers of ABC’s Shark Tank to invite him to pitch his idea to the sharks. Read... Read More

November 18th By



The X Gene’s Simon Green on disrupting the film industry

Simon Green is out to change the Australian film industry, one digital short at a time. After attending film school and realizing his love for big-time movie greats, he knew there was room for disruption in the land down under. Since then, he has worked hard to build his own video agency, in the hopes of... Read More

June 24th By

Former 99er weighs in on building a company from the ground up

Our beloved former 99er, Mikey DeWildt, was working on an exciting project when he came across a roadblock — so many customer support emails to answer and so little time to develop his product! After searching for a solution to the never-ending influx of support emails, he found there was no efficient and effective one. Thus,... Read More

May 21st By

Fashion designer turned self-published author shares her journey

Donna Vernon was a fashion designer and university professor before finding her true passion: spiritual writing. Upon having this epiphany, she set out to write and publish not one, not two, but FOUR spiritual self-help books — with plans for 11 more! We sat down to chat with Donna about her decision to become a... Read More

April 21st By

99nonprofits: How 18 organizations are designing a better world

2013 is coming to an end, and we’re very happy to introduce another round of 99nonprofits beneficiaries. These 18 organizations undertake critical work in communities around the world – and now have brand spanking new logos, websites, flyers and even infographics. Check them out below. Do you know a not-for-profit organization that would love to... Read More

December 9th By

Why Not Girl! Get Inspired by Lauren Herpich’s story

Lauren McCabe Herpich was approaching her 30th birthday when she began to reflect on what made her the woman she is today. Upon realizing it was a number of life experiences and adventures — rather than material possessions or job titles — that made her the happiest, she began to search for a community of... Read More

December 1st By

Reppin’ Dallas: OutlineTheSky brings hometown pride to t-shirt design

While enjoying an afternoon at Katy Trail Ice House, a Dallas beer garden, 26-year-old Palmer Dean uncovered a gap in the t-shirt market. Looking around he saw people who looked like visitors, wearing undistinguished mainstream brands with distracting logos. Being native to Dallas, Palmer felt he should do something to bring back hometown pride and... Read More

October 18th By

KLASSY Toffee talks growing a business – and giving back

Dedication, passion and pride: three key ingredients of a great entrepreneur – or, as the case may be, soldier. Nobody knows this sweet combination better than 26 year-old Ryan Klassy from Aurora, Colorado. At the age of 22, Ryan founded KLASSY Toffee during late nights after 10-12 hour workdays on a Colorado Air Force Base.... Read More

October 7th By