Posts by Joanna Weinstein
- Power Pitch10 days ago
She’s not your typical bridezilla. But this entrepreneur wants to take on the $50 billion wedding industry—no holds barred.
“We have one mission and it’s total wedding world domination,” Kellee Khalil, founder and CEO of Loverly, tells CNBC.
Khalil says she’s built the world’s first wedding search engine, tying the knot between brides, grooms and technology. Her objective: Bring together the best ideas, the best products, and the best vendors in one place—from save-the-date stationery ideas to jaw-dropping five-tier wedding cakes, and even necklaces to match those seafoam green bridesmaids’ dresses.
CNBC gave Khalil just 60 seconds to walk her idea down the Power Pitch aisle to a panel with celebrity wedding planner Colin Cowie, and Sonja Perkins, managing director of Menlo Ventures. Will it be love at first pitch? Watch now and see if she can persuade YOU and the panelists to say YES.
Bridesmaid turned CEO
Khalil has been saying “I do” to weddings ever since she started working with her sister Leila Lewis, who founded a boutique wedding PR firm. Her sister then asked Khalil to be maid of honor in her wedding.
- Power Pitch1 mth ago
From saucy sexts to LOLs, people send and receive millions of texts every month and sometimes those messages capture a digital record of a budding romance. That’s why Tyler Barnet wants to make sure you can hold on to the texts that really matter forever. Barnet’s come up with a way to help you take them from your phone and transform them into a book.
“People are starved for nostalgia. With over 6 billion texts and photos sent each day, a text-message book is the modern-day autobiography, diary and love letter,” said Barnet.
CNBC gave Barnet 60 seconds to convince a panel of experts his idea to turn texts into books is a real moneymaker. Click on the video to see his Power Pitch and judge for yourself.
Once upon a text…
Three years ago Tyler Barnet wanted to give his boyfriend the perfect anniversary present. To him, that gift was transforming the first texts they’d ever sent each other and thousands more that went back and forth over the next three months of their relationship into a book, but he said it wasn’t easy.
- Power Pitch1 mth ago
Some very smart people at MIT who set out to reinvent the wheel actually did, and now biking around town may never be the same.
“You cycle like a normal bike, and you feel like a hill disappeared or distances have shrunk magically,” said Assaf Biderman co-founder of Superpedestrian.
CNBC gave him 60 seconds to prove to a panel of experts and viewers that his new wheel is a really big deal.
Pedal to the metal
As the associate director of MIT’s SENSEable City Lab Biderman partnered with the mayor’s office in Copenhagen, Denmark, a city famous for its bike culture, to create the Copenhagen Wheel.
“The Copenhagen Wheel is a back wheel you can throw on almost any bicycle that turns it into a smart, hybrid electric,” he told CNBC.
The wheel looks a lot like any other, but at the center of the spokes is a round piece of bright-red plastic. The eye-catching cover hides a motor powered by a chargeable lithium battery, and when the wheel spins it can charge the battery.
Related: The future of your commute—Scoot?
- Power Pitch2 mths ago
Matt Bucklin used to be addicted to cigarettes. And like a lot of people, he wanted to stop but had a hard time quitting. He says herbs helped him give up lighting-up for good, and now he wants to help others quit smoking and start sipping.
“I quit smoking using detoxing herbs from the health food store. I lost my taste for cigarettes and had the idea that a tea would be the best way to deliver the herbs,” Bucklin told CNBC.
CNBC’s “Power Pitch” gave Bucklin the CEO and founder of Quit Tea 60 seconds to serve his big idea to a panel of experts that includes former chain smoker and restaurateur Joe Bastianich, and Chris Schroeder, former CEO of Healthcentral.com.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says there are about 43.8 million smokers in the U.S. and more than 68 percent say they want to quit.
Bucklin's Quit Tea website makes it sound pretty simple:
"Quit smoking start sipping."
- Power Pitch2 mths ago
Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin have a new designer chomping at their heels. And the answer to "Who's your favorite shoe designer?" may increasingly be: "Me!"
Dorian Howard and her older sister Ilissa love designer shoes so much they decided to quit their days jobs and dig their heels into a new business that combines women's insatiable appetite for designer stilettos with an ever-growing passion for DIY. But in this case DIY stands for: Design It Yourself.
“If you want a certain shoe at a certain heel height or strap option you should be able to have exactly what you want,” Howard told CNBC. And that’s exactly why she founded the start-up, Milk & Honey.
CNBC gave rising fashionista Dorian Howard 60 seconds to put her best foot (in this case heel) forward. She is out to convince YOU and the Power Pitch panel that includes Jimmy Choo co-founder Tamara Mellon and social media expert Guy Vaynerchuck that her new business will have customers falling head over heels for a “Design It Yourself” heel.
The soul of Milk & Honey’s shoe business
- Joanna Weinstein at Power Pitch3 mths ago
Nick Taranto hates grocery shopping, and like most of us, he can’t afford to dine out every night, so answering the dreaded question, “What’s for dinner?” became a real challenge for him.
For a while, Taranto just ordered lots of greasy take-out but then, he says, he got fat. And that’s when the former Marine and Harvard Business grad set out to turn the common dinner dilemma into a big money maker.
“We’re on a mission to help Americans eat better,” said Taranto. “The food system in America is stodgy, opaque and incredibly wasteful.”
Now Taranto knows exactly what’s for dinner, and he believes his start-up, Plated, will not only eliminate annoying trips to the grocery store but also change how people all across America put dinner on the table.
CNBC gave Taranto 60 seconds to dish out his big idea to see if he could convince YOU and a panel of judges he has the recipe to make millions and that his company knows exactly what you want to eat tonight! Watch the video to and judge for yourself.
Point, click, and plate
- Joanna Weinstein at Power Pitch4 mths ago
Brothers Steven and Jason Parker are on a mission to create the ultimate five-star hotel experience but their accommodations are very exclusive … only dogs can check in!
“We wanted to get into the luxury pet care business because there's two things in life we love and that is dogs and owning our own business,” K-9 Resorts Daycare & Luxury Hotel co-founder Steven Parker told CNBC.
We gave the Parker brothers just 60 seconds to pitch their award-winning pet care facility. Will their idea get five-star approval from our panelists? Watch the video and see if K-9 Resorts has what it takes to succeed in the dog-eat-dog start-up world.
More than just puppy love
The Parker brothers are not newcomers to the business world. At just 12 and 14 years old, instead of riding bikes after school, they were running a dog walking business.
“Jason and I always loved dogs growing up and our parents weren't really big dog people so we wanted to find a way to prove that we were responsible enough to care for dogs,” Steven Parker told CNBC.