Forbes has release their first class of the inaugural Forbes Next 1000, a list of self-funded, self-driven overachievers, and entrepreneurs creating their own American dreams. The platform scoured the country to find entrepreneurs working harder and thinking smarter as they blaze new trails to success.
Different than the Forbes “counting” lists, such as Billionaires or Self-Made Women, which numerically chronicle those at the very top, or achievement lists like the Midas List or 30 Under 30, which reward immediate past results, the Next 1000 seeks and highlight doers on their way, overcoming any and all obstacles to get there.
The requirements for the are the business has been in operation at least a year (whether full-time, part-time or side hustle), and have less than $10 million in revenue and have raised no more than Series A funding.
Bailey, along with co-founder Amanda Kingsbury, launched Indy Maven in October 2019 with a $1,000 personal investment and a small email list. Today, the platform has approx. 4,000 email subscribers, hundreds of members, and has experienced exponential growth despite a tough first year during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Next 1000 judging panel included billionaire tech pioneers like LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffman and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg; investment ceiling-breakers like Ariel Investments co-CEO Mellody Hobson and Cowboy Ventures founder Aileen Lee; sports superstars turned entrepreneurial heavyweights like Alex Rodriguez and Russell Wilson; world-class mentors like National Geographic Society Chairman Jean Case and Morgan Stanley Vice Chairman Carla Harris; and self-starters like restaurateur Ayesha Curry, comedian Lilly Singh and Grammy Award-winning singer Ciara, who all understand how to translate influence into business — middlemen not required.
A former columnist at the Indianapolis Star and lifestyle editor at Indianapolis Monthly, Bailey has similarly used her influence to start a business with a mission to create content and a community by and for women.
For more information on Indy Maven visit www.indymaven.com or contact Leslie directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.