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Fashion Entrepreneur Shares Her Journey from Kyrgyzstan to Harvard and Shoptiques.com

Fashion Entrepreneur Shares Her Journey from Kyrgyzstan to Harvard and Shoptiques.com - mbaMission

Olga Vidisheva

Today, many aspiring MBAs and MBA graduates want to join start-ups or launch such companies themselves. Is entrepreneurship as exciting as it seems? 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.

One of the most fascinating guests on the podcast series yet, Olga Vidisheva hails from Kyrgyzstan and is the founder of Shoptiques.com—which allows shoppers to browse boutiques from around the world. Her business began by representing 25 stores and has evolved to encompass the thousands available on the company’s Web site today. Vidisheva, a Harvard Business School graduate and a prime example of the “American Dream” at its most lucrative, sat down with Jeremy Shinewald to share her story. Tune in to hear these details and more:

  • How Shoptiques.com came to fruition with Vidisheva’s very last dollars
  • Why she spoke to as many boutiques as she did (Hint: several hundreds!) before the company had even been established
  • How she became the first single non-technical founder to be accepted into the Y Combinator start-up accelerator

Subscribe to the podcast series to hear success stories like Vidisheva’s!




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