Headspace: Andy Puddicombe and Rich Pierson Andy Puddicombe is not your typical entrepreneur – in his early twenties, he gave away everything he owned to train as a Buddhist monk. But after ten years, he decided he wanted to bring the benefits of his meditation techniques to more people. While running a meditation clinic in London, Andy met Rich Pierson, who had burned out on his job at a high-powered London ad agency. Together, they founded Headspace in 2010. Nine years later, Headspace's guided meditation app has users in 190 countries and an annual revenue of over $100 million. PLUS in our postscript "How You Built That," how a quick fix to a broken pair of sunglasses inspired Jensen Brehm and Nikolai Paloni to create an armless set of shades: Ombraz Sunglasses.
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Headspace: Andy Puddicombe and Rich Pierson

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Andy Puddicombe and Rich Pierson are the founders of Headspace.
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Andy Puddicombe is not your typical entrepreneur – in his early twenties, he gave away everything he owned to train as a Buddhist monk.

But after ten years, he decided he wanted to bring the benefits of his meditation techniques to more people.

While running a meditation clinic in London, Andy met Rich Pierson, who had burned out on his job at a high-powered London ad agency. Together, they founded Headspace in 2010.

Nine years later, Headspace's guided meditation app has users in 190 countries and an annual revenue of over $100 million.

How You Built That: Ombraz Sunglasses

How a quick fix to a broken pair of sunglasses inspired Jensen Brehm and Nikolai Paloni to create an armless set of shades: Ombraz Sunglasses.

How You Built That: Ombraz Sunglasses

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