Kristen Wiley, bootstrapped her business, Statusphere, an online platform to connect micro-influencers to brands for $2K. And that was after she built a blog with monthly views of 30K, created an influencer post that recorded 80,000 repins on Pinterest and worked on other people’s brands at a social media agency all within a couple years of graduating from college.

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Chandra Arthur, a black business women in tech started Friendish, an app to help you find like minded friends after feeling very alone after returning to her hometown, Daytona Florida after living abroad in Berlin Germany for four years.

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Teska Dillard and Vernice Atkins Bradley are co-founders in Votum Construction LLC. In this excerpt of their Dear Rockstar conversation they crack us up. Yep, this is real talk about life as business partners. Inspiration for co-founders and startups everywhere.

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Sisaundra Lewis rose to stardom as a finalist on season six of NBC’s ‘The Voice.’ Watch as she shares her journey, a journey from migrant worker to touring with icons Peabo Bryson and Celine Dion. A journey to center stage.

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Elaine Larsen is a 2 time world champion Jet dragster and co-founder of Larsen Motorsports. She’s a woman whose caught ‘on fire’ three times, raced at speeds of 336 mph and found her purpose after slamming into a wall at 280 mph.

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At 19 and with a young child, Candice Cruz spent a year on the streets of New York. See where her journey has taken her from trying to get people

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