Today, many MBAs and aspiring MBAs want to join start-ups or launch their own new ventures. But is entrepreneurship as exciting as it seems? And is it really for you? mbaMission Founder Jeremy Shinewald has teamed up with Venture for America and CBS Interactive to launch Smart People Should Build Things: The Venture for America Podcast. Each week, Shinewald interviews another entrepreneur so you can hear the gritty stories of their ups and downs on the road to success.
In this fourth episode of the podcast series, Jeremy Shinewald welcomes guest Will Nathan, who co-founded the innovative interior design company Homepolish after working in finance and coding. Nathan discusses how he built a fast-growing company with his business partner, Noa Santos. Highlights from his journey include
- Working 100-plus-hour weeks in investment banking while teaching himself to code and co-founding an app on the side
- Accepting a 75% pay cut to move to New York City from San Francisco and work for one of his favorite start-ups, BuzzFeed, which was rapidly growing at the time
- Getting the idea for Homepolish after purchasing an apartment in Chelsea (in new York City) but being turned down by “condescending” interior designers (“I didn’t know you could feel like that,” he told Shinewald about seeing his apartment come together with the help of Santos. “I knew we had to bottle that feeling.”)
- Going from sweeping sawdust off the floors of Homepolish’s tiny Flatiron office and guaranteeing the lease himself to seeing the company expand before his and Santos’s eyes
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