WHO’S YOUR ICON?
“[Chef and Milk Bar
Tosi is an icon
how to balance
relatability; Milk Bar
is a brand with the
widest appeal, and
yet an incredibly
“Troy Carter has mastered the essence
of making perceived setbacks his
It’s been inspiring to
watch him create a
legacy that sits at
the cross section
of music, entertainment, and tech.”
CEO, OK TA
“Steve Nash is one
of the greatest basketball players of
all time, known as
much for his character as his game.
that it was more
important for the
team to score than
for him to shine.”
“Bozoma Saint John,
the CMO at Endeavor, is not only
an icon, but also
a dear friend.
Single mother first,
bridge builder second, brand builder
“I am inspired by
He overcame divisions in our nation
to preserve our
union and communities. Lincoln
was a courageous
visionary, committed to the idea
Entrepre- neurs find inspiration from peers, athletes, and historical figures.
FOR MOST ENTREPRENEURS, THE LAST THING
THEY WANT TO DO IS GO WORK FOR
A BIG COMPANY, BECAUSE THE LIFEBLOOD
WILL BE SUCKED OUT OF THEM.”
and get very emotional. Beth sometimes
will be like, “It’s not personal,” or, “Don’t
let yourself go there.” The other thing
I’ve always appreciated is that when she
was at GE, in whatever role she’s ever
been in, she’d always take the meeting.
That says a lot about who she is.
Comstock was one of Shechtman’s sounding boards when Macy’s, with 2017 net
sales of nearly $25 billion, offered to buy
Story (terms were not disclosed).
Shechtman: I wasn’t going to scale
Story without a partner, because operations ain’t our expertise. There’s no one
who knows scale like Macy’s. Many [big]
companies ask themselves, Buy versus
build? The idea of the “acquihire” is
something that’s been familiar to Silicon Valley for 20 years, and something
I think you’ll see more and more of [in
retail]. The job titles and infrastructure
of the past 50 years will not be the job
titles and the infrastructure of the next
50 years. But it’s hard. For most entrepreneurs, the last thing they want to do
is go work for a big company, because
the lifeblood will be sucked out of them.
Comstock: [After the Macy’s deal,]
Rachel Blumenthal [founder of the
children’s clothing company Rockets
of Awesome] hosted a party for Rachel,
was there, and I was like, “I
hope you leave her alone.” Big
companies either reject the
Rachels of the world, because
they’re fearful or threatened,
or they love them to death.
Hopefully they’ll just get out
of the way and let Rachel
figure it out. Give Rachel a
scale person and let them go.
I think if companies can do
that, they’ll win.
HOMETO WN West Hartford,
GUILTY PLEASURES French
fries and shoes
POST-COLLEGE GIG Working
for her mom’s gift company