As CEO and Co-Founder of Listener Brands, which carries CurlMix & 4C ONLY as portfolio companies, Kim Lewis attributes her success to a resilient spirit and a strong work ethic.
In 2015, Lewis, along with her husband and Co-Founder, Tim, the dynamic duo, launched CurlMix as a D-I-Y subscription box of natural hair care products. Within three years of switching gears to manufacturing in Chicago, the company reached $1 million in annual sales.
During an appearance on Shark Tank in 2019, Kim & Tim declined a $400,000 deal. The following year, CurlMix received a $12 million valuation for a seed round of funding for $1.2 million. CurlMix's sales catapulted and they have earned over $25 million in lifetime sales - all online.
In 2020, the Lewises were included on Forbes’ coveted “30 under 30” list, and she was named among Crain’s Chicago Business’ “20 in Their 20s” list. Along with landing on Oprah’s Favorite Things, CurlMix was listed at #93 on the Inc. 5000 list of growing companies.
CurlMix continued to make headlines by offering its customers an opportunity to invest via equity crowdfunding. After raising $1 million within 4 hours of kicking off their crowdfunding campaign in April 2021, CurlMix has raised a total of $4.5 million from nearly 7,000 investors.
Their company employs a full-time staff of 30+ minorities and women and exceeded $10 million in annual revenue, all online.
Looking toward the future, Kim is focused on expanding their business and being an active mother to her two baby boys. CurlMix is only one of the several brands in the Listener Brands portfolio, and they plan to continue to make stellar brands that listen.