I’ve never been a runner my entire life, yet I ran a 13.5 mile Long Beach marathon before launching my CPG healthcare products to test my strength and endurance. This is a timeline narrative of my startup trek.
2008: I quit a well-paying, marketing management job for the lure of self-employment. After a grueling 10-year corporate grind, I was ready to be my own Chief.
Founding a startup in preventive healthcare felt like a worthy calling after attending a local tradeshow called the Natural Products Expo West. The positive energy of the nutrition healthcare industry was unlike any other I…
I’ve worked for large, mid-size, and startup companies in the software and telecom industry throughout my corporate career. After a decade of working in marketing management jobs, I left the corporate world to follow my entrepreneurial dream. Now, for the past 12 years, I own a healthcare startup.
This article is my personal take on the pros and cons of a job versus self-employment — which one is better, depends on a multitude of factors.
A J-O-B is what you make of it. A job is perfect when you start your professional life and need work experience and financial security.
Be it a novice investor or a seasoned one, most have their eyes and money in the tech sector, chasing the next digital unicorn. Sure, technology has shaped the economy for decades, but investors are being myopic if that’s their sole investment segment.
5 years into selling our award-winning, pharmaceutical-grade health supplement we were ready to swim in shark-infested waters; looking for investor funding. Through the process, we learned some invaluable lessons. This is our story and message for investors.
Does MVP + MVA = Investor Ready?
We’re not sure.
As a small boot-strapped company, we have launched 3 MVPs…
The decaying roots that crumble a marriage, short term, or long term.
I was preparing dinner when I heard the news flash, Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates are divorcing after 27 years of marriage. I am saddened by this news. This world-famous, power couple seemed to have it all; incredible wealth, beautiful children, a successful business, and a larger-than-life philanthropy mission they were both passionate about. What happened?
Twitter comments are ablaze with opinions because we all love to second-guess what may have gone wrong between the two. I don’t know either of them personally and will not use…
Of the two wolves, good and evil, the winner is the one you constantly feed.
“The only devils that exist are the ones that live inside us, that’s where all of life’s battles need to be fought. When you realize how difficult it is to win those internal battles, you’ll be more tolerant of the scoundrels around you.” Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, Father of the nation, India.
I heard this quote while watching the movie Gandhi, a biographical depiction of his life. It dug deep. It’s true, there’s both good and evil in all of us. …
Every Medium writer does this. We incessantly review and obsess over the statistics page to gauge our most read and applauded articles. In short, we spend hours figuring out what makes one article fare better than the others. I did the same analysis and here’s what I found.
Any viral article that I have read or written on Medium, is focused on the audience. It answers the question, “What’s in it for the reader?” That’s it.
If I expect you, the reader, to spend 3 to 7+ minutes of your valuable time, what am I giving back to you? If…
5 close encounters with poisonous rattlesnakes
When it comes to snakes, few love them but most dislike and fear them. I fall in the second camp. Snakes and I are not friends and I try to stay far away from their habitat. This was until I encountered 5 poisonous rattlesnakes, up close.
Snake phobia, called Ophidiophobia is real. The statistics show that nearly 5% of the world’s population fears snakes and this is hard-wired in our brain. I feel this statistic is grossly underestimated but that’s just me.
I’ve always been a city girl and had never encountered snakes anywhere…
A timeless uplifting message when you are feeling low
Written by American poet John Greenleaf Whittier (December 17, 1807 — September 7, 1892) this poem is a perfect pick-me-up if you’re in the midst of tough times and melancholy days.
by John Greenleaf Whittier
“When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.
Life is strange with its twists and turns
For once, can you please stop misplacing them carelessly?
For once, can you please stop misplacing your keys carelessly?
Yes, I’m talking to you, the person who took their key to happiness and mindlessly dropped it in the lap of your life partner. The partner who took your key for granted and tossed it around like a cheap recyclable bag.
Sure, they treasured it once, cared for it, and kept it safe too, but that’s only when your key was shiny and new. Now, the aging rusty key means nothing more than a forgettable piece of junk. …
No one is a stranger to the storms of life. Yet, no matter how many storms we survive, it’s hard to like them as they bring forth turmoil, destruction, and despair. But like them or not, we cannot escape them, be they storms in our work life, relationships, health, or finances. They come unannounced and always uninvited.
So, if we can’t run away from the storms of life, what can we learn from them?
Life would be a mundane routine if it weren’t for the occasional storms that blindsight us and get us off the status quo.
No human enjoys…