During 2014, I made interviews to different women entrepreneurs in Prague, Czech Republic and Caracas, Venezuela. All of their projects are in different stages and circumstances, but some of the common points among them are: The courage of their founders, their purposeful vision and great enthusiasm to build initiatives which can contribute to solve problems.
Please check each of these lessons they’ve given us and if you have more time the complete interviews of these great entrepreneurs.
- Danha Zamalloa, Co-Founder of PagoFlash: She is a young entrepreneur who has believed in her business idea and make it possible from scratch. PagoFlash has appeared in the Venezuelan Market as a solution to make electronic payments through a prepaid card. You can check her interview here.
She has mentioned the following lessons for people who wants to start and keep their businesses running:
- You have to understand every company has to take care of their finances. Maybe not like the goal but like the mean to take off your business, you need resources. The big challenge of the business leader is align the human resources, financial resources and time to make his idea come true.
- If you are starting a company in a complex environment, you really need to love your idea because if you are in love you are not going to give up besides the obstacles.
- You have to get knowledge from the market and validate your idea If you do this, it won’t be easy to replicate it.
- You have to enjoy the path. Enjoy everyday with your team and have the enjoyment as your center. And I close this advice with a Steve Jobs Quote: “Be the richest man in the cemetery is not the most important stuff. Go to sleep knowing we have made something incredible is the most important thing.”
To start a company in a complex environment, you need to love your idea because that way you won’t give up. @Danhaccs. Click to Tweet
- Vanessa Marcano, Founder of Pollitoingles.com: A great mother entrepreneur who has started a project from scratch. Pollito Ingles is a second hand babies outfit market when you can connect with moms nearby your location and buy, sell or exchanges baby clothes or other accessories. You can check her interview here and get valuable lessons about how to start and keep your dreams:
- You have to know being an entrepreneur is not the same than being an employee. You will make too many roles when you’re starting a business and you won’t get specific orders from someone else. In my case, I learned to design, made courses about business administration & finances and managed the social networks, although I keep doing part of this activity nowadays.
- You have to focus. We always have plenty of ideas but you have to say no to most of them and focus to take off one at a time.
You have to focus. We always have plenty of ideas but you have to say no to most of them and focus to take off one at a time. @VanyVany. Click to Tweet
- Romina Kohei, Co-Founder of GliderPath: Romina has been able to build a startup from scratch with a process called The Idea Extraction. She and her partner went to a market they would like to work for, and ask about the problems they had, they got the common problem and they commit to solve it with them. The results was a project called GliderPath, a project management tool for translation companies. They has made a great product and you can get more information here. Check out her lessons as well:
- I really recommend the idea extraction process. You can get your business idea from the market and build a solution with them.
- I don’t believe being a woman makes the entrepreneurship path easier. You have to make an effort to build your project and make it happen.
I really recommend the idea extraction process. You can get your business idea from the market and build a solution with them. Romina Kohei. Click to Tweet
- Katerina Halakova, Co-founder & Chief Happiness Officer of Milujito.cz: Katerina and her partner has bootstrapped their initiative in Prague, Czech Republic. They sell coffee cups and water bottles which are colorful and unique. “We are selling products we love and people is going to have an emotional connection with them. And we are thinking on ecology friendly products to avoid the plastic trash” said Katerina, when I asked to her about their vision in the market.
The complete interview is here. She mentioned some of the lessons learned as well:
- Once you start a project you begin a learning curve never ends and you must love this because it’s one of the best things about start a business.
- Get started, when you haven’t started something you can think it’s too complex but when you are in the path you’ll see it’s possible to make it and overcome the obstacles.
- Keeping flexible, creative and open to any solution is the best way to solve problems.
- Go and do what scares you the most. These are the challenging stuffs and where you can find gold because you’ll improve personally and professionally.
Do what scares you the most. These are the challenging stuffs where you can find gold and grow. Katerina Halakova. Click to Tweet
- Marketa Borecka, Founder of FOREWEAR: This is a startup which is recycling clothing textile, donating part of this to people who need it and other part to produce notebooks, mobile phone covers and covers for tablets. Marketa has won the Social Impact Award 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic and I have the pleasure to see the progress of this project from scratch. You can check the entire interview and get some of her entrepreneurship lessons too:
- Go into the entrepreneurs communities and co-working spaces, show your idea and get validation from experts or mentors.
- Participate in startups competitions and get feedback from the judges, users and other guests.
- Look for a mentor. A person who has more experience than you and get guide you through the entrepreneurship path.
Go into the entrepreneurs communities and co-working spaces, show your idea and get validation from experts or mentors. @marketaborecka. Click to Tweet
These are incredible women who are building purposeful startups in different markets and they have seen the growth of them from 0 to their current status. They have had the courage to start and they don’t want to stop now :D. Let’s follow their examples.
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