Jennie Mc Ginn
Co-Founder and CEO of Opsh
Q: What gives you power?
A: Not taking NO for an answer.
Research, work hard and celebrate the wins!
Starting a business was inevitable for me, as both of my parents are very entrepreneurial and that spirit was passed down to me and my two sisters. The three of us often talked about working together, and in 2012 we took that leap when we co-founded Prowlster, which eventually grew into Opsh.
Our love for online shopping led us to build a shopping “nirvana” – a single destination where every brand, product and piece of content was catered to the tastes, interests, price points and sizes of our female audience. In short, we made a platform we would like to use ourselves!
Building a business is terrifying. You have to wear multiple hats at once and rapidly learn new languages and work processes (legal, financing, investment, technical, operational, staffing). Although, that is all part of being an entrepreneur and you must have a willingness to learn and adapt. My business motivations come from my family and the incredible team we have built at Opsh. My personal recipe for success is to have the utmost trust in your founding team. Do the research, so that you can be unwavering in your vision. Ask for help, offer help and don’t forget to celebrate the milestones!
Jennie Mc Ginn, 32, is the co-founder and CEO of Opsh along with her two sisters, Sarah and Grace. Jennie studied at the London College of Fashion and has a master’s degree in Arts Management. She has worked across multiple industries in business development roles. Opsh is the third venture from the McGin sisters, who are serial entrepreneurs.
This article was published in ‘the Hundert Vol. 8 – Female Startup Founders Europe’, May 2016.