Pandemic will drive more stylists to go independent, ‘hairbnb’ founders say

As Covid-19 closes salon doors, more beauticians and barbers are becoming independent contractors. According to Courtney Caldwell, cofounder and COO of ShearShare Inc., about 70 percent of beauticians are independent contractors – and that increase was already disrupting the beauty industry before the pandemic. The industry has the second largest number of freelancers, she said. After […]

Thirty Black Founders in the United States to Watch in 2021

Next week, we kick off the inaugural Google for Startups Accelerator: Black Founders supporting twelve incredible entrepreneurs and their companies over the next three months with the best of Google’s people, programs, and products. These founders represent only 1% of the ~1,000 highly qualified applicants to the Accelerator program, each solving major challenges through entrepreneurship. As the program kicks […]

Texas Showcase Invests $600k in Local Minority Entrepreneurs

Previous fwbp story: Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl linebacker, Jaylon Smith, hosted the second annual Minority Entrepreneurship Institute (MEI) Showcase in Dallas on July 10 at The Star. Five finalists presented at the premiere pitch competition and were awarded $600,000 in investment capital. Smith created the MEI as a way to help minority entrepreneurs gain access […]

American Inno Oped: Digital Tools Provide Businesses Flexibility During COVID-19

Editor’s note: This post is by Courtney and Tye Caldwell, co-founders of McKinney-based app for salon and barbershop booth rentals ShearShare. Traditional salons and barbershops were already moving towards disruption before Covid-19. But in a few short months, the novel coronavirus changed the entire landscape for beauty and barbering businesses across the country. And North […]

Jaylon Smith Invests $600K to Minority Entrepreneurs in Inaugural MEI Texas Showcase

The Dallas Cowboys linebacker and his team at the Minority Entrepreneurship Institute hosted a “Shark Tank”-style pitch competition to help Texas-based minority entrepreneurs grow their businesses. Jaylon Smith shared this photo following the MEI Texas Showcase. [Photo: Twitter]BY ALEX EDWARDS • JUL 13, 2020 Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith is on a mission to help minority entrepreneurs grow […]

Jaylon Smith: “We can close the wealth gap by investing in minority entrepreneurs”

By Jaylon Smith 1:30 AM on Jul 12, 2020 This column is part of the What’s at Stake series of editorials and opinion commentary that explores issues voters will confront in this year’s presidential election. Find the full series at There has been a lot of talk about the racial divide over the past couple of […]

ShearShare Cofounders See More Independent Stylists Coming Out of the Pandemic

ShearShare has seen new users grow 150 percent over the last three months. Credit: Jake Dean / Dallas Business JournalTye and Courtney Caldwell are cofounders of ShearShare Inc., a B2B marketplace that connects licensed stylists with empty salon space.Author: Spencer Brewer (Contributing Writer for Dallas Business Journal)Published: 3:41 PM CDT July 11, 2020Updated: 3:41 PM CDT July 11, […]

Hair Salons Want A Cut From The Gig Economy

The gig economy continues to grow into all sectors of the modern world. By some accounts, on-demand workers are projected to comprise 43 percent of the United States workforce by 2020. If true, we can anticipate large groups of workers searching for non-traditional, more flexible work options in all industries. While the gig economy model is more pervasive […]