Lane Kennedy Levy measures success by being able to help others. With her new ventures she does just that for mom entrepreneurs. Read on to learn more about this exciting start up!
What business did you start up?
The Entrepreneur Experience! An online destination to listen, watch and learn about building a business, and balancing a family. Curated conversations with Mom Entrepreneurs focusing on how building a business and balancing a family is truly done! There is a ton of great insight, inspiration, free monthly webinars, and a practical course to launch your business while balancing your family life!
What motivated you to do it?
I love working with women. Love watching them grow, create and build the life they love and want to jump out of bed for everyday!
What motivated me to start this venture was the lack of Real Mom Business Experience. It is one thing to hear a story from a successful young single man or woman, which we read about every day, but for a mom entrepreneur, we work differently, we have different needs, we need to relate and understand how to do it all with a family! I have been working for the past four and a half years with mom entrepreneurs here in San Francisco and we all discuss the same issues, the biggest: "How do I make it all happen, I'm not Sheryl Sandberg, I don't have a full time care, or I don't even know where to start I've worked in corporate for the past 15 years..."
I love sharing experience so others might be able to skip some of the mistakes, save time or learn insights that may help them make a smart decision about their business process. I know that we all have our own process, and I appreciate that, but it helps to have people around you that know what you are going through, can guide and give the heads up on what's along the path!
How many children do you have, and how old are they?
I only have one, and he is more than enough. He is four and a half.
How long have you been running your business?
The Entrepreneur Experience launched this year, I have been working with mom entrepreneurs specifically since my son was born, and women for the past fifteen.
How long did it take you to start becoming profitable and/or successful, however you choose to measure success?
Successful. I would say immediately. Success for me is having a mom write in and say, "Thank you for what you are doing, it's really helped me grow my business!"
How did your family react to you starting your own business?
Totally supported and love that I have something in my life that I am excited about every day!
Easiest part of your job?
The conversation, I enjoy hearing others stories, and digging in to a mom's journey.
Hardest part of your job?
Getting the release. People are funny about signing things online, it's so funny.
What skill would you most like to improve?
I'd like to speak Spanish fluently. It would just be so so helpful on so many levels!
What tools or advice do you wish you knew then that you know now?
Don't rush things! Nothing is that important.
What is the accomplishment you are most proud of?
Giving birth at home with our two dogs and my husband.
Favorite part of a typical day?
Singing to my son at bedtime, "Mr. Sandman, take me to dreamland..."
And a few more questions, considering that American Express should be featuring more mom entrepreneurs…
Childhood ambition? To be an astronaut.
Time of day you get the most work done? 9-11 am.
Last purchase? Awesome organic skin cream that has changed my life!
Favorite book or magazine? Green Eggs & Ham.
Least likely to…wear a dress.
My life….is awesome.