Many books on startups and business talk about how there are right and wrong reasons for starting a business. So, we asked a handful of successful founders about their reasons and the thought-process behind starting their business.

Cole Shute | Event Planner/Coordinator

When I decided to start my business, my thought process was to work hard and be my own boss. I have always wanted to start my own business but was not surrounding myself with motivating people and was being lazy. Once I realized that no one will motivate me but myself, I kicked my butt into gear and made things happen. I’ve only been up and running for a few months and already starting to get multiple bookings. Read more>>

Elle Liu | Founder of Eucalypso

I was struggling with night sweats and breakouts, so I had a really difficult time getting restful sleep every night. So I looked into cotton sheets and discovered that cotton is one of the dirtiest and thirstiest crops in the world – it takes a significant about of water and pesticides to grow. The runoff from cotton production can create damaging effects on the earth and surrounding wildlife. Read more>>

Justin Mabunay | Owner/Executive Chef URBN Market Fusion

This is something that actually changed throughout the course of my 15 year professional cooking career. At 1st it was to be my own boss and gain prestige for my food and become rich and famous. Now it is to be my own boss and have an Avenue to share my cuisine and help others that want to break into the industry as well. Read more>>

Angel Adrian Estrada | Angel Adrian Rentals of Motorcycles, Cars & Parking Spaces

My goal was to help others get their motorcycle license feeling comfortable and happy. I say that because i started my business because unfortunately i was seeing people nervous or unsecure before there test, people dropping and damaging their motorcycles and at times people get physically hurt. I wanted people people to be comfortable, prepared and confident when it came to riding a motorcycle and taking their behind the wheel tests. Read more>>

Candice Davis | Management

I was thinking about my kids, my family and ofcourse being free from a 9-5 lol I didn’t want to work for anyone any longer I wanted to be my own boss. I wanted my kids and family to have something extra to be proud of me for. Also with all the sickness in families and losses due to these sicknesses starting a business with meaning or them was very important especially after losing my dad to heart failure, mom having a stroke both grandmas having cancer(one dying from it) and ofcourse these beautiful autistic kids that make us proud every day right along with other things wrapped around this… just wanted to give them something of their own Read more>>

KJ Lim | Freelance Pet Photographer and Videographer

Through my life experiences, I have witnessed many forms of discrimination and inequality toward what society labels “a minority”. Do you know what kind of feature “a minority” have in common? Everybody will have a different answer, but the first word that comes to my mind is voiceless. Whether it is literally or figuratively, there are a lot of minorities in this world, and I have spent a lot of my time trying to figure out, “How can I help?” The word that always comes to mind is advocating. Read more>>

Nackie Fiso-Moli | Executive Director for PasifikaByDesign and co-host to the Faika Broadcast

Starting this business with my cousin, Carl happened accidentally. Carl & I started a podcast that pushed and promoted positive Pacific Islander role models and entrepreneurs. Showing our kids that role models come in brown. People that looked like them winning in life. We were going to businesses and interviewing the business owners and going to Pacific Islander events to talk to the event coordinator asking them why and how they started. Events people didn’t know that were happening in their community. Read more>>

Roberto Iannone | CEO of Zoundream

business – until the very day I realized it was just the road that made the most sense for me, and the type of person I am. In my view, starting a business is actually not only a matter of competences. But first and foremost, a matter of personality. On my side for example, I am not a person that is really capable of reporting to, and working for, someone else. I need to path my own road, and go by it. I do love taking personal risks, and actually thrilled by it. Read more>>