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Mandela Schumacher-Hodge, Founder of The Startup Couch

Mandela Schumacher-Hodge, Founder of The Startup Couch

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

Yes, I remember it exactly. It was a very deliberate decision on my part. The last company I worked for was acquired this past spring, which forced me to make a decision about what I would do next. I immediately realized I had four options: 1. move over to the new parent organization, 2. move to another company entirely, 3. start my own project, or 4. take some time off. I had been living the fast-paced, work around-the-clock “startup lifestyle” for the past four years, and I decided it’d be best to do something I hadn’t done since I entered the professional world eight years ago: take some time off.