The Twist It Up Comb is one of the best ways to twist afrocentric hair. It is a small tennis racket shaped comb that has a center of stainless steel woven pattern. This clever design allows for no natural oils to be taken and for no hair to be ripped out while combing. After his brother came up with the idea for this ingenious product, Andrew Durity quickly became an active member of the business, working as the Vice President of Operations. After going on Shark Tank and making a deal with Daymond John and Mark Cuban, this business is on track to make $1.5 million this year. While reading Andrew Durity’s interview, pay attention to how simple, yet how profound his responses are.
What are one or two books that have most greatly influenced your life?
Who would you most like to have lunch with? (who is your hero?)
What was your first business idea and what did you do with it?
Car wash - I went around the neighborhood washing cars.
How did you know when you had the right idea?
You don’t. You jump, and believe that whatever idea it is, you will die on the treadmill to make it successful.
What do you wish you knew before you started your current business?
Nothing. Learn as you go. It is the best part.
How has failure helped you later in life? Can you share any specific lessons you have learned?
Failure is the best. Rush to fail. Self reflect on why it happens, pivot and execute!
The lesson - persevere no matter what!
At what point did you know entrepreneurship was for you? How did you decide this is what you were going to do with your life regardless of the risk?
It was my birthright. My dad is an entrepreneur. I didn’t decide, it was right to be an entrepreneur. It is my passion, so I am just following it.
In your opinion, what traits make a good entrepreneur?
Self awareness and accountability
How can one develop these traits?
What is some of the best advice you ever received?
"Life is not complicated, people just make it [complicated].” - Andrew Durity’s Father
What is some advice you can give to an aspiring high school entrepreneur?
Google and YouTube are your best resource. Don’t reinvent the wheel! Follow the blueprint of a mentor.
Failure is one of the best teachers
Meditation is key in every entrepreneurs life
During this technology age, we have so many resources right at our finger tips. We need to take advantage of them.
My Favorite Quotes:
"Failure is the best. Rush to fail. Self reflect on why it happens, pivot and execute!"
"Google and YouTube are your best resource. Don’t reinvent the wheel! Follow the blueprint of a mentor."