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.

Jess Valtierra | CEO of Commune Social Media

I think I may have been born with an entrepreneurial spirit! I always knew I would start my own business one day, it was just a matter of timing. My wife Gracie has had a life long career in the restaurant industry, and while I was working at a local digital marketing agency specializing in the beauty vertical in 2016, had suggested we start our own social media marketing business for the restaurant industry. Her keen insight was that the industry was slightly behind on social. I think I may have told her I wasn’t ready but the idea really did sit with both of us for the next few years. Read more>>

Kemble Ng | IV Clinic Management

The thought behind starting a business is daunting and refreshing at the same time. The first thing that comes to mind is to find a passion that would resonate with you. We found that we were passionate about holistic health and providing alternative care to our fellow human beings. At a very young age, I have grown up with alternative medicine to assist with any sort of health ailments. As I got to know more about alternative medicine, the more it made sense to share my knowledge and passion. Read more>>

Lindsay Janisse | Health + Wellness Coach, Yoga, Pilates and Meditation Teacher

I have been dancing my entire life, with the last 13 years mostly performing on Broadway. A few years into my time here in NY, I discovered yoga and found the practice life saving – not only because of its ability to counter the physical demands of 8 shows a week, but because constantly returning to the mat and my breath mentally got me through an incredibly difficult period in my life. After years of solely practicing as a student, I had the opportunity to take my first teacher training. Discovering the gift of healing others through movement became a passion. Read more>>

Ian Bobolia | Owner at Kombis, Kooks, N’ Things

Having the freedom to work in an industry that I love and work with the people I want to work with had been a long time dream in the making. I’m a bit of a perfectionist and restoring cars allows me to be creative, work with amazing people, and make a perfect product that the client will hopefully be in love with. Read more>>