2016 Reflection and Goals
2016 has been a big year for Stylebar. This time last year, my partner and I only had a website. A website that was quite terrifying but when it worked, it felt like a huge accomplishment. We have grown from two classmates who met sitting next to each other to more than friends but sisters who can literally read each other’s mind. We knew when starting this very technical journey of websites, web and native apps that we were going to be taking the road less traveled by two women in fashion. But using our school days as “work days” we took advantage of meeting as many engineers, entrepreneurs and people in the innovation space.
In April, we launched our web app, essentially an app disguised in a browser. We tested our chat room and personal style mixes. We sent out emails, social media and told all of our friends and family. We had our first purchases on Stylebar and that pushed us forward.
We started ios app development in July. We were very fortunate to have a close friend’s family member located right here in San Francisco develop our dreams. It was perfect timing because a fellow student in my school also recommended his app designer friend who helped us polish up the look and feel. In September another friend I had who was also in the same stage with her venture, came onboard to manage all things technical. It is funny because it took us two years to realize that if we share our skills we can both move faster. Together with her partnership we were able to get Stylebar into the app store.
Creating, building and marketing a product I envisioned is my biggest accomplishment. It is proof that anyone with an idea and enough drive can achieve far more than what they thought they were capable of. My partner and I joke that we should write a book about our journey, as it is a common question that we get asked. “How do you create a website or app without having a technical background?”
Not only was Stylebar launched, but also there were other successes in 2016. I graduated with an MBA from Santa Clara University. A school that I will miss, as I no longer get to see the people who motivated me through the beginnings of this startup life. I started consulting on the side for small businesses and able to give back to non-profit organizations by using the digital marketing skills I have learned over the years.
Overall, 2016 was fantastic and my goals for 2017 is to continue to lead with my heart, take care of the loved ones and friends who have supported me and live without limits.
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