Wednesday, October 25, 2017
What do actress-turned-entrepreneur Jessica Alba and chef-restaurateur Mario Batali have in common? They each began their businesses out of an all-consuming passion. When Alba had her first daughter, she became obsessed with surrounding her little one with safe personal-care and home products, but came up empty-handed when she searched for items that were both healthy and beautiful. So she founded The Honest Company and created her own products and a beloved brand. Batali’s ventures—including Babbo, the Eataly empire, and The Chew—grew out of his love for cooking Italian food and helping other people indulge in the flavors he loves. In this wide-ranging conversation, Alba and Batali will open up about how they evolved their businesses into multichannel players, all while managing growing pains and staying connected to their cornerstone brands.