Behind the Success: The Untold Stories of E-commerce Entrepreneurs

May 12, 2023

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Success in Ecommerce doesn't come overnight. Behind every thriving online business, there's a story of dedication, perseverance, and innovative thinking. In this blog post, we delve into the untold stories of e-commerce entrepreneurs who have overcome challenges and achieved remarkable success. These stories offer inspiration and valuable insights for aspiring online business owners.

1. Kevin Zhang:

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Kevin Zhang, image credit: theamericanreporter

Kevin is a serial eCommerce entrepreneur and the CoFounder & CEO of Kreator eCommerce, a global e-commerce organization including 100+ team members with facilities in 3 countries. Age 23, he achieved acclaim in the digital strategy and e-commerce community for generating $20M in sales in his first year as an entrepreneur. He also has experience as an online coach and educator. Kevin has educated over 5,000 paying students in digital marketing, product research, website design, and other essential skills to building a successful e-commerce business. His team and him successfully generated $10 Million in online course sales within their first 6 months of launch. Since He starts as an entrepreneur in Fall 2018, he has generated over $72 Million in profitable online sales.

Kevin says, "The first thing you need to understand is that there is no such thing as fast and easy money.  Every and any form of entrepreneurship is hard – it’s simple logic. If there were an easy way to make money, the market would have already corrected it. The beauty in entrepreneurship isn’t that it’s easy; it’s worth it."

2. Faraz Khalid (NOON):

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Faraz KHALID, image credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News

Faraz Khalid is the Chief Executive Officer of, is a joint venture between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and Mohamed Alabbar. Noon was founded with the mission of building an ecosystem of homegrown digital companies from the region, for the region to safeguard the future of the Middle East’s digital landscape. noon’s consumer platform first went live in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on 12th December 2017 and has grown to become the region’s leading online shopping destination with operations in KSA, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

Faraz says, "The central mental model that we use is the map is not the territory, plans or not  permanent. When you're on a hyper-growth journey like ours where the market is disrupting, internally,externally, factors are changing your plans every day. You don't need a map, you need a compass, And you need to sort of really gear your organization to be agile enough to react to sort of those micro changes and imputs." Source: Noon's Youtube Channel

3. Yomi Denzel:

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Yomi Denzel is a Swiss entrepreneur and youtuber born on August 1, 1998 in Lausanne, Switzerland. He has made his fortune through e-commerce, in particular dropshipping, a particular form of online sales that has become popular around the world in its time. Yomi Denzel became a millionaire in just one year thanks to this business, which enabled him to launch a career as an entrepreneur. Yomi Denzel Olaniyi was invited by major media such as Forbes and Le Figaro. Today, Denzel offers training courses to people wishing to follow the same path as he did. Founder of the E-Commerce Pro training course, currently No. 1 in the French-speaking world, the young entrepreneur offers advice and explanations on everything to do with e-commerce, particularly dropshipping.

Yomi says, "If your life isn't the way you want it to be today, it's your fault. You're just making all kinds of excuses and overcomplicating things because you're afraid to take action. even if you're having trouble in your life, it's up to you to take responsibility because you're the one and only person responsible for your success and stop finding all these little difficulties to justify the fact that you're not doing anything. it doesn't matter if today you don't have the life you want because if you do what it takes you can change it." Source: Alec Henry's Youtube Channel

4. Steve Chou:

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Steve Chou is a highly recognized influencer and speaker in the world of ecommerce and has taught thousands of students to profitably sell physical products online. His blog,, has been featured in Forbes, the New York Times, Entrepreneur and MSNBC. He also runs the My Wife Quit Her Job podcast, which is among the top twenty-five marketing shows on Apple Podcasts, and a YouTube channel with hundreds of thousands of subscribers. With his wife, Steve runs and hosts an annual conference called The Sellers Summit. He carries both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from Stanford University.

Steve says, "We lost sight of our vision and nearly destroyed our health, our business and our family.Learn from our mistake:Remind yourself of why you're doing this every single morning." Source: Steve Chou Twitter

5. Benjamin David Francis (GYM SHARK):

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Benjamin DAVID FRANCIS, image credit: Twitter

Ben Francis is the Founder and ambitious entrepreneur behind leading UK fitness brand, Gymshark. Ben founded Gymshark when he was 19, while still a student at Aston University. In addition to his full-time commitment to his studies, Ben juggled working as a pizza delivery man to fund his Gymshark venture. Ben made the decision to step down as CEO in 2017, to allow him to continue to focus on the things that have always set Gymshark apart - innovative design, creative content and consumer first thinking. In August 2020, Gymshark became the first DTC brand in the UK to achieve Unicorn status with no external capital funding. The recent investment partnership with General Atlantic will see Gymshark become a true global brand.

Ben says, “Failures will allow you to succeed so I think people need to reframe what they think about failures and just give it a go. Go all in on something and see what happens. If it doesn't go well, you can always try something new."


Through their stories, we understand that the e-commerce sector offers limitless opportunities to those who approach it with passion, perseverance, innovation and a strong brand. Although it can be difficult, it's important to view failures as valuable learning experiences rather than setbacks. By analyzing and learning from mistakes, adjusting strategies and taking feedback into account, you can continuously improve and adapt to the ever-changing e-commerce landscape. Simply persevere with your project in line with your life goal, and your project will rise to the top of the pyramid.

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