September 28th, 2021

Data market disruptor

Nicholas Boehnlein's inspiring story demonstrates that passion and drive can sometimes trump age and experience, with the young entrepreneur's rising star shining brightly even among the more seasoned experts.

September 22nd, 2021

Super Mercado!

Here at Pendleton, we know that life is not always smooth sailing. Having someone to help guide you along the way can shorten the journey...

September 14th, 2021

Pulling a Red Rabbit out of the hat!

Being flexible and responsive to what the data is telling you is critical to your business's future. This story from Rhys Powell exemplifies that perfectly...

August 24th, 2021

Making millions from the edge of bankruptcy

Realising there is no such thing as perfect timing in the world of business is one of the most important lessons, this story from Howard Panes personifies that.

August 20th, 2021

Having a solid mindset in business is essential. How good is yours?

In any competitive industry, creating waves may be difficult. You need to compile dedication, belief, and hard effort, just like Peter X Kelly did. There is no exclusive recipe for success, but having the right mindset is an excellent place to start…

August 10th, 2021

Find your calling

Remaining adaptable and being open to new ideas is key in business. And this is exactly what Arlete Turturro knows. Her journey also shows us how a flexible and approachable mindset can lead to success...

August 3rd, 2021

5 motivational quotes from a military mind

A shining example of rising from adversity and persistence is Dawn Halfaker's journey, after suffering wounds in battle in Iraq she took a philanthropic approach to help other veterans in a similiar position!

July 27th, 2021

Defying the odds

Everyone has a past, and not all aspects of them are pleasant. However, no matter what you've been through, she feels you can use your knowledge and experience to build empathy and use what you have learned to change the future for the better.

July 20th, 2021


John Collison was just 27 years old when he became the world's youngest self-made billionaire. Prior to dropping out of Harvard, John and his brother Patrick founded Automatic, a firm that offered back-end technology to eBay. To show our appreciation for Collison’s revolutionary work, we bring you his 5 top quotes on success and motivation in life!

July 12th, 2021

Looking into the future, with AI!

This week we look at Ilya Sutskever, who knows artificial intelligence inside and out now, and his colourful explanations help non-technical individuals comprehend the subject more fully and rapidly. He now leads a remarkable group of AI engineers that are pushing the frontiers of what is possible...

July 6th, 2021

The art and science of selfless giving

It's not enough to have a fantastic concept, your venture won't thrive if you don't have the resources to make it a reality. This tricky conundrum inspired Danae Ringelmann to create the successful crowdsourcing platform Indiegogo, with partners Eric Schell and Slava Rubin. Their aim was to let anyone who isn't breaking the law and has a good idea, to use the platform to raise money...

June 29th, 2021

Logan Green – a quiet man with big dreams

Many believe that the CEOs of the world's most powerful corporations are all "loud" and charismatic. Some bosses are indeed outgoing and confident, but others are more introverted and prefer to be out of the spotlight. Logan Green, the co-founder of Lyft, is the archetype of the latter...

June 22nd, 2021

The magical mix of insight, passion and collaboration

Brian Armstrong, CEO of Coinbase, a cryptocurrency start-up in the United States, had long viewed the internet as a vehicle for reshaping the world. For a long time though, he feared he was too late to the game; with others, such as Apple's Steve Jobs and Intel's Andy Grove, having led the internet revolution. Armstrong's timing, however, turned out to be ideal for a totally different revolution!

June 15th, 2021

Reinventing technological ethics

Technology has made our lives easier in so many ways, yet it appears that we are progressively becoming hooked. Tristan Harris, a former Google 'design ethicist', has been so concerned by this, he has set out on a journey to change the way we consume technology!

June 8th, 2021

Transforming a whole industry, takes luck and judgement

Brian Chesky, a former industrial design student, had no meaningful business expertise when he co-founded Airbnb with Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk. Despite this relative inexperience, their home-sharing website is now valued at $31 billion. Airbnb's revenue even increased a remarkable 50% between 2016 to 2017. Chesky has pushed his organisation to new heights, year, after year, after year...

June 1st, 2021

Pick yourself up!

Mårten Mickos is the recent CEO of HackerOne, one of the most well-known white-hat hacking platforms in the world. As bizarre as it may sound, Mickos' confidence was boosted by being dismissed from his past positions, and he just kept moving forward...

May 25th, 2021

Please help! Pendleton are championing sustainable change.

At Pendleton we are all about sustainable business growth, but we have recently struck a partnership with a research unit at Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda University, Netherlands, to look at how businesses around the world are planning to grow sustainably...

May 18th, 2021

A lesson on compassion

Compassion is what distinguishes great managers from mediocre. Being compassionate, according to Jeff Weiner, CEO of LinkedIn, can transform not only your career but also your entire life. To show our admiration of Weiner’s employee orientated approach, we bring you his top 5 quotes!

Decide your own future! Don't believe that anybody else is in charge of your destiny

September 1st, 2021

Nellie Akalp is the creator of two very successful businesses, as well as a mother of four, an author, and a speaker. Despite the suggested stereotype for new entrepreneurs not to start a business with their spouses, she and her husband founded in their living room. They later sold it to Intuit in 2008.

Rather than retiring from that sale, Akalp went on to found CorpNet, a firm that attempts to assist aspiring small business owners by drafting and completing the required papers to create a corporation in any state. CorpNet can assist people who are already in business with continuing paperwork such as filing yearly reports, changing a company name, and more.

In the instance of the Akalps, defying advice not to start a business together led to a very successful firm and a $20 million sale.

When you're beginning a business, you'll get advice from a variety of sources, including the internet, other business owners, family, and friends.

However, in the end, you must make your own educated choices. Definitely pay attention to suggestions from those who have been there before. But also remember that you’ve done your homework, and can forge your own path.

To show our respect to Akalp’s motivational story, we bring you his top quotes surrounding success and inspiration in business.

"The best compliment in business is when your competition copies you."

“Everything we have today is from our hard work and perseverance as business owners.”

“I am always working on new projects because we constantly must create and innovate to stay on top of our game in our industry.”

“Failure is not an option and to always use it as the fuel to get back and try harder.”

“I have learned that acceptance is the key and learning to let go and not control everything is the best way that you will find happiness.”

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