A recent interview and mini-bio covered Chris Burch’s history as an entrepreneur, his philosophy of life and business, and his latest ventures. Burch is the founder and CEO of Creative Capital. He has 40 years of entrepreneurial experience and has created well-known national and international brands.
Chris Burch purchased the Nihiwatu Resort on Sumba (an Indonesian island) in 2012. Four short years later, the resort won Travel and Leisure Magazine’s #1 Hotel in the World award. Burch got the hospitality bug earlier when in partnership with Philippe Stark, architect, and Alan Faena, hotelier, they developed the Faena Hotel + Universe, see (Instagram.com).
In mid-July 2014, Chris Burch partnered with Ellen DeGeneres to establish Ellen’s lifestyle brand, ED. A few months later Burch launched Cocoon9, a luxury twist on tiny homes. Other brands under Burch’s umbrella include Bur+Mah, a supplier of furniture and architectural products; Poppins, an office furniture retailer; TRADEMARK, a women’s clothing and accessories company. He is currently assisting the development of several other lifestyle brands.
With all his success, Chris Burch hasn’t forgotten the importance of giving back. Among the beneficiaries of his charitable contributions are Mt. Sinai Hospital (New York), The China Association of Social Work, The Henry Street Settlement, and The Child Welfare League of China, to name just a few.
When asked about the genesis of Creative Capital, Burch said its roots were his natural curiosity combined with early business success. Wherever he looked, he saw opportunities to help other businesses get better. Creative Capital connects good business ideas with the necessary funds to grow exciting new businesses.
Asked how he brings ideas to life, Burch pointed to good people who were eager to get things done. He also suggested that a hallmark of good ideas was that they could be implemented quickly.
Burch said that the main thing that makes him more productive as a businessman is his ability to determine quickly who someone is and what they’re about. Burch went on to stress the importance of always listening, helpful sources on chronicleweek.com.
Asked about his most important business strategy, Chris Burch said it was taking risks. He emphasized that if one wants to plow new fields, one must make peace with risk.