Dr. Mary Farrow, Founder, Gramsly

Execution Matters

Do you remember the moment when you said, I have to pursue this dream and start my own business?

I went to Y Combinator's Female Founders Conference in 2014 to meet other people in tech. While there I had an epiphany - I was surrounded by amazing women who were pursuing their dreams, and I wanted to be one of them.

What is next for you and your business in 2016?

I would like to build Gramsly into a brand that is synonymous with making older people happy, and to expand into other products and services for seniors.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I was inspired to start Gramsly because of my grandparents. They live far away, and keeping in touch hasn't always been easy. I created Gramsly to help people like me, but since launching I’ve found that I’m also helping companies build relationships with their older clients.

How important is a good support system?

A good support system is essential. Entrepreneurship is hard, and it's often lonely. As a founder, you're the public face of a business and you have to be optimistic even when things aren't going well. It helps to have people in your corner during the tough times.

What advice would you give women who want to start a business and/or pursue their dream?

Just get started! Think of one thing that will help you achieve your goals, and do that. Then, do another. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, and don't be afraid to ask for help.

After starting your business, what are some lessons learned?

The biggest lesson is that execution matters more than intention. It doesn't matter what you want to do; only what you actually do.

What are a few of your favorite must-haves?

Carne asada tacos, yellowtail & avocado hand rolls, my family & friends, and sleep!

For more on Mary and Gramsly visit www.gramsly.com