“The thing I love a lot about startups, it’s like a personal self-development course at a rapid rate.”

For our final episode in our Replay series, we’re joined by Sharmadean Reid MBE, Founder of The Stack World, a platform for the women’s creator economy to buy and sell from each other. 

In this candid episode, we chat about Sharmadean’s Founder journey from a nail salon to a global mecca for aspiring entrepreneurs, and ultimately starting The Stack World. 

We discuss the lessons she learned, the mistakes she’s made and her vision for the future, including: 

➡️ How her childhood and education influenced her career [03:52]

➡️ The start of her Founder journey, opening her first nail salon [06:27]

➡️ First time challenges of a startup Founder [10:14]

➡️ The problem with saying yes to everything [11:01]

➡️ Reflections on her time at WAH London [12:14]

➡️ The beauty of failing fast [14:26]

➡️ Business trauma: the realities of starting a second venture [15:48]

➡️ A closer look at VC backed startups [17:54]

➡️ Leadership evolution: being a magpie of information [19:20]

➡️ The core reason for friction in the workplace [20:20]

➡️ Navigating a new business amidst the COVID pandemic [22:42]

➡️ How the pandemic affected women in the workplace [26:36]

➡️ The Stack World: Creating a network of mission-driven women [28:18]

➡️ Gender equality and representation across industries [30:57]

➡️ Finding the balance in mentorship [32:59]

Helpful links:

➡️ Connect with Sharmadean: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sharmadeanreid/
➡️ Find out more about The Stack World: https://www.thestack.world/ 

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