Have you ever looked up the meaning of grit? You’ll see that it means “courage and resolve; strength of character.” I associate this word with Andrea Barrica, our guest for this week’s 30 Questions with Thriving Women (Episode 5).
Her story is one that embodies a grit mindset. She started her entrepreneurial journey at 20 by creating inDinero.com, a financial solution for growing startups. Today, she is a sexual wellness entrepreneur with her second venture, O.school, a judgment-free multimedia platform to learn about sexuality and pleasure through videos, live chat, live streams, and more. You’ll see her in the pages of Glamour, Forbes, Cosmopolitan, SXSW, TED & Viceland. She was also a venture partner at 500 Startups, a global venture capital fund.
Her entrepreneurial journey is a reminder that if you want to start your own business, you need to be in it for the long-run and around the right people.
“Startups are some of the hardest experiences you can go through… I didn’t just start on my own. I worked for the smartest woman I knew. She called me right as I was done with college, and she said, “Hey, let’s build an accounting software.” And we worked together for over three years. And then I worked in venture capital for two years, and then I raised money and started doing the startup, but it wasn’t overnight, and nothing is overnight.”