I am an entrepreneur at heart, and my drive to succeed in business was clear at an early age. My parents served as great role models, encouraging my freedom and exploration of who I am and what I want to do. They had completely different backgrounds but always let me go my own way. I started my first company at the age of 19, selling it five years later.
Building your own business is the most amazing journey you can go on, but it’s also the toughest. Most women are expecting stability from a job, and this is definitely not something you get when you’re a founder. I didn’t have any idea how things would develop and couldn’t predict my company’s path – mostly because Knip was the one of the first companies in the FinTech industry at the time. You have to have the guts to accept that you might fail.
For anyone looking to become an entrepreneur, I recommend gaining initial experience in the startup field – perhaps by working for a startup incubator. Being a part of a startup meant that, for the first time in my life, I could meet people as crazy as I was who shared my way of thinking. This is what really helped my future as a founder.