How She Built A Multimillion Dollar Business Selling Yarn

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After the Dot Com bust of the late 90s, Laura Zander and her husband left Silicon Valley and moved to Lake Tahoe. She took up knitting as a hobby and turned her passion into a multi-million dollar business. In this week’s Life Legacy Project interview series, Laura talks about how she launched Jimmy Beans Wool from a tiny yarn and coffee store to a multi-million dollar online retail business with no loans or debt.

You are going to learn how Laura cultivated key partnerships with the U.S. Snowboarding and Freeskiing organizations and how she got invited to the White House. You are also going to learn how Laura secured two mentors to help guide her through some very difficult times in her business. At the end of the interview Laura gives some critical advice to young women who want to start their own business.

If you’ve ever wanted to turn your passion into a real business, then you must listen to this entire interview because Laura dishes out some very candid, straight-talking instruction from her very own personal experience from startup entrepreneur to building a multi-million dollar business.

Let us know what you learned from the interview by leaving your comments below on the blog.


  • Suzanne Lyons

    Another great interview. Thanks Brenda and Laura! I really like the balance you are striking between inspiration and human interest on the one hand and nuts-and-bolts entrepreneurial tips on the other hand. Cheers!

    • Brenda Horton

      Thanks Suzanne! Your comments are words of encouragement. Thank you so much for watching and sharing the interviews with others. I LOVE learning from one another! See you soon.

  • Barry Friedman

    Fantastic interview with Laura. Her relaxed and confident style is inspirational. Yarn… who knew?!?!?

    • Brenda Horton

      Thanks Barry! Thanks so much for the feedback! Appreciate you watching the interview!