Become a YEC Insider, receive entrepreneur tips & news.Sign Up
Juliette Brindak Co-Founder , Miss O and Friends
Juliette Brindak, 25, is a co-founder and partner of Miss O & Friends, a lifestyle socialization brand for tween girls, primarily ages 8-14. At age ten, Juliette tapped into her artistic side, drawing what she referred to as "cool girls." Along with the help of her sister (Olivia who is the real Miss O), mom (Hermine and creative director of Miss O & Friends) and other girls, after five years of just play, Miss O & Friends was formed -- the only brand truly created "by girls...for girls.” The company grew organically over the years and with the help and support of her parents Paul and Hermine, it officially launched in April 2005. In 2008, The Proctor and Gamble Company became Miss O & Friends’ largest investor. Juliette continued working on Miss O & Friends while attending college at Washington University in St. Louis (BA Anthropology and Public Health 2011). Currently, Miss O & Friends is the most popular “Girls Only” website with over 3 million monthly unique visitors. In both June 2010 and June 2011, Juliette was invited to the Youth International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Along with CEOs, politicians, and intellectual leaders from all over the world, Juliette participated in this international business dialogue based on, her “ability to launch and implement projects that produce value for society, as well as her “unwavering belief in constant self-development and freedom coupled with responsibility.” In November of 2010, Juliette was a global finalist in the Global Student Entrepreneur Award, sponsored by the Entrepreneur Organization and hosted by The Kauffman Foundation. The GSEA's goals are to inspire students to adopt entrepreneurial endeavors by bringing global visibility to student business owners whose companies are innovative, profitable, socially responsible, and adhere to high ethical standards. The GSEA is a catalyst that inspires students and young people to start and grow entrepreneurial ventures. The Global Student Entrepreneur Awards are a program of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO). The GSEA operates as an international series of competitions for student entrepreneurs who are attending a recognized high school, college or university, who own a for-profit business, are principally responsible for its operation, and have been generating revenue for a minimum of six consecutive months. In both 2011 and 2012, Juliette was a semi-finalist round judge for the GSEA, which took place at the New York Stock Exchange. In December of 2012, Juliette was a speaker at the Ted X Bay Area Women Conference at LinkedIn’s new headquarters in Silicon Valley. Alongside other female entrepreneurs and enthusiasts, Juliette spoke about what makes her so passionate about Miss O & Friends. See the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fRX5g7Mr-sc Juliette has been featured in a number of books about being a young female entrepreneur. Some of these books include: - “I’ve Been Called the B* Word…Now What Do I Do?” by Dr. Kay Green - “50 Interviews: Young Entrepreneurs. What it Takes to Make More Money than Your Parents” by Nick Scheidies and Nick Tart - “Entrepreneurship” Goodheart-Willcox Textbook by Brenda Clark and Judy Commers - “Accelerate” by Like Deering - “The Young Entrepreneur” by Alyssa Rispoli In May of 2013, Juliette filmed a show for BBC Worldwide called Million Dollar Intern. Juliette was one of six business whiz kids from around the world go to work undercover for a week at the bottom rung of a range of flagging businesses in an effort to re-energize them. After revealing her true identity, Juliette’s goal was to help the owners to implement radical changes and get business booming again. The show began airing August 25, 2013 on the BBC Knowledge, Entertainment and HD channels in Australia, the Nordics, Poland, Africa, Asia, New Zealand, Latin America and Italy. For more information, use this link: http://www.bbcnordic.com/million-dollar-intern/. In October 2013, she was honored at the United Nations as an Empact100 company as part of the Empact Legacy Event, which is a platform highlighting the power of young entrepreneurs and the important role that they play in solving some of the world's most pressing issues. She was also nominated for the Best Female Founder Award at the event. Juliette is also apart of Empact Sphere, an organization that brings together world-class young entrepreneurs to build meaningful relationships while gaining access to opportunities that will help them improve the legacy they leave. Also in October 2013, Juliette was a keynote speaker at the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) in Charlotte, NC. In addition to Juliette's responsibilities for Miss O & Friends, she is interviewed regularly in press, radio and TV, an invited speaker to audiences ranging from MBA students, to underprivileged school children to girls summer camps as well as contributing writer to the Miss O & Friends books series, published by VNU (Watson-Guptill imprint). She also has an advice column on Miss O & Friends called “Just from Juliette” where she sheds light on tween issues based on what she’s learned growing up. In November 2010, Juliette was named one of the “Top 50 Women Who Inspire Us” by Self-Made Magazine. Also in November 2010, she was named one of Inc. Magazines “Coolest College Start-Ups.” Creative Artists Agency (CAA) represents both Juliette and Miss O & Friends. CAA will manage and develop a range of Miss O & Friends® licensed consumer products across various categories and create opportunities for the brand and Brindak in television, motion pictures, video games, publishing, and speaking, among others.