Good day networking with entrepreneurs

I’m feeling very entrepreneurial after going to the Women In Entrepreneurship brunch and having dinner with Jane and Raymond, the founders of Dermalogica today.  Both were great events and here are some takeaways:

  • Charleen Kay, founder of Puritea: you need to start business that you truly love because you will be doing things you don’t like for the business and you will need that passion to get through those times.
  • Amy Swift, co-author of Ladies Who Launch: women entrepreneurs usually have a more emotional attachment with their business, which is more like a child to them.
  • Jane and Raymond, founders of dermalogica: they are an amazing couple and have a fabulous home.  It is amazing how they could manage both work and relationship so well.  And they actually encourages office romance! ^_^
  • Jane and Raymond made a great analogy of starting business and going on a trip: if you plan to go to San Diego, but on 405 you got caught speeding or have a flat tire, you stop, deal with it and still go to San Diego.  You wouldn’t get side tracked and go to Palm Spring.  But when people run into blocks in their career, they just change directions and never get to San Diego in the end!
  • Jane and Raymond have really nice philosophy about how they run their organization: it started off really flat and entrepreneurial.  Nobody gets title, and everybody earns their position in the business.  You have to go to meeting with your own opinion, and be ready to back it up.  They love “fierce conversation” but in a good way.  They make decisions on the fly and it all stops with them.

Thanks to EA and my awesome fellow classmates for making today happen and thanks to the supporters of Anderson community.  I believe the economy might just help Anderson becoming a better entrepreneurship school since a lot of my classmates will probably go on and start business coming out of school, like me.  This is in our blood, I believe.

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