There comes a time in our lives when we meet someone who reminds us of our younger selves. If you don't know Pocket Sun, you should. I recently had the pleasure of meeting this amazing young lady at one an event she hosted back in November last year. She has a very inspiring story and I am more than proud of all of her accomplishments thus far.
StilettoGal: Please tell us about yourself and how you started GirlsUp.
Pocket Sun: I was born and raised in northern China until I came to the US for college in 2009. I'm a travel enthusiast and I've been to 22 countries. Currently I'm a student at USC Marshall, studying Entrepreneurship and Innovation. I started GirlsUp in November 2014 when I felt the lack of female presence in the startup environment at USC. Everywhere I went, men were all over the place, speaking, judging, mentoring, investing, pitching or sitting in the audience. But where did the girls go? Entrepreneurship should not be a men's world. I saw the need to create a chic community for young female entrepreneurs because there was no organization that focuses both on entrepreneurship and young millennial women.
SG: Who inspires you and why?
PS: The women I have met since I started GirlsUp are amazing! I get inspired everyday by women that I come across on my journey. Each of them has a different story, but they share the great energy and the willingness to help other women. Hillary is definitely one of them! I've benefited so much from her warm encouragement.
SG: What has been your proudest moment?
PS: It will have to be this Saturday! I've put in a good two and a half months of hard work into the SoGal Summit and it's incredible to see it take shape bit by bit. I was very discouraged in the beginning, but Hillary and many other women and men helped get me back up. I am incredibly grateful for the great community that has shown so much support! I am super excited to see all my efforts turn into reality and to empower many young women to chase their dreams.
SG: What is your favorite thing about owning your own business?
PS: Taking ownership means tremendous responsibilities but also unlimited opportunities. I love seeing that my work is recognized and my organization is growing so fast. It's been so rewarding for me even though I work like crazy. Owning it gives me more purpose and drive to put in whatever I have into it. I'm creating value and a positive impact to the world! It makes my heart sing.
SG: Can you give 3 tips to aspiring entrepreneurs?
- Trust yourself. You are just as good and equipped as anyone else. If people tell you that you can't, it's they can't. Have faith in yourself! (Thanks Alexis Jones!)
- Be ready to be in a relentless, constant execution mode. You own it now, so you can't just quit! (Thanks Aaron Levie)
- Set a goal and implement the "be - do - have" methodology. Want to accomplish something? Throw yourself into that reality, do everything you can to make it more real, and you will own it. (Thanks Jason Okuma!)
- Bonus tip: Help people around you to reduce their stress. When you put yourself in their shoes, make their life happier and their work easier, people start to gravitate towards you. That's how you succeed. (Thanks Mark Cuban!)
SG: What kind of shoe are you and why?
PS: Pointed flats. Feminine, ambitious, easy to make rapid strides.
We hope to see you this weekend at The SoGal Summit.