You don’t have to prove to anyone that you are good enough, smart enough, or strong enough. You are enough.
In only 2 short years, Lindsey has created a new way of building confidence through fashion choices. She has learned to establish customers, lead a team, and code in order to build Fashion Buddy App. She is the youngest startup founder in the Baiada Incubator, Drexel’s student co-working space. Lindsey has navigated the business channel of business-to-consumer and is now tackling business-to-business channels to increase store sales for retail owners. She has secured four boutique partnerships and is soon partnering with South Moon Under and Kindred Collective.
With her creative marketing and strategic thinking, Lindsey plans to innovate the way customers shop while giving them more confidence in their decision making while in-store.
Lindsey would say one of the greatest things she’s learned through being a student entrepreneur is team building. Through having to work with her peers as a leader, Lindsey has learned the importance of leaning on other’s strengths and letting her peers take on tasks she normally might do herself. With her dive into creating a bigger team of student experts, Lindsey has no doubts that she will be able to provide a stronger product to her customers.
Lindsey’s accomplishments don’t only get noticed on campus, though. She has been in over seven publications, including the Digital Journal, Technically Philly, and Campus Philly.
Where did the idea for Fashion Buddy come from?
I had no intention of starting Fashion Buddy. My idea originally was about helping people decide what to wear to events. After really diving into what problem I really wanted Fashion Buddy to solve I realized that it’s more than just not knowing what to wear. For most people, it’s about not wanting to feel judged for asking for a second opinion or feeling insecure about how they look.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
A typical day for me looks like a day in the office surrounded by my peers. I also enjoy listening to podcasts to keep myself motivated and up to date on what is happening in the technology and fashion industry. It is really helpful to read other entrepreneurs stories to get their insights or see if i can avoid some of the mistakes they ran into starting their ventures.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Talking to people. The first step to any idea is to get feedback and see what people say. I love getting deep into conversation with customers and finding that lightbulb moment together.
What’s one trend that excites you?
The recent encouragement of women in leadership. I love going to events and meeting other women in entrepreneurship. It’s great to feel proud to be a female founder. That’s also what is so great about being in Philly is that there is so much support all around.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
Planning my day. I believe that lists are a graveyard, my calendar ensures that I am productive and have a time slot for everything I need to get done. I even make daily planners for days that I have to break up my days into half hours.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Just be confident. You don’t have to prove to anyone that you are good enough, smart enough, or strong enough. You are enough. It’s a shame that there’s not enough self-value taught while growing up.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
I have time for hobbies, social life and 8 hours of sleep. There are 24 hours in a day to do a little bit of everything. No one can work on the same thing all day. Switching tasks actually makes me more productive and even improve my efficiency.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
Talk to customers. It is so important to immerse myself into the challenges that my customer faces. I love the book “Talking to Humans” and how it explains to get your customer to tell you the problem they’re facing instead of you telling them their problem.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
Finding my motivation. As an entrepreneur, you are the only person pushing the business forward every day. There is no boss, teacher, or parent who is going to tell you to do your homework, and let me tell you, entrepreneurs have a lot of homework! It’s important to incorporate little pieces of motivation throughout the day to boost your mood and energy.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
I tried to do it all by myself. I even spent a whole weekend trying to learn how to code. I had to learn that even though I could do it all by myself, I don’t have enough brain power to devote to the 10 jobs needed to run a company.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
An AI software for mentorship matching. It would be able to match mentors and mentees based on the entrepreneur’s needs and the mentor’s experience/background.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
A nice pair of black ankle boots. They weren’t quite $100 but I love these! I bought them almost marking a milestone in my career path. I feel confident, professional, and empowered when I wear them.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
My reminders app, I organize my life into different categories with a todo list that is prioritized on each list. This way throughout my day I know what is most important to get done and don’t feel the need to complete an entire list, just the important todos from each one.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
The “Start-Up Checklist,” it’s the simplest explanation of how to get started. People underestimate the difficulty of figuring out just how to start something. It’s so important to learn the right way to start so you can avoid and learn from mistakes others might have run into.
What is your favorite quote?
Dress your best to feel your best!
- It’s important to incorporate little pieces of motivation throughout the day to boost your mood and energy.
- The first step to any idea is to get feedback and see what people say.
- You don’t have to prove to anyone that you are good enough, smart enough, or strong enough. You are enough.
- I don’t have enough brain power to devote to the 10 jobs needed to run a company.
Carlyn runs the day-to-day publishing operation here at ideamensch and interacts with our awesome customers and entrepreneurs. She is likely editing this with a cat on her lap.