Entrepreneurship: Sand Hill Endeavors
This article was originally published at The Clubhou.se
Grace Belangia has been a member of theClubhou.se since the early days. She is a driving force behind TEDxAugusta and an integral part of the day to day around here. She also operates Sand Hill Endeavors out of theClubhou.se. Read on to learn more about Grace and Sand Hill Endeavors.
What is the business? Partner in Sand Hill Endeavors, LLC. aka SHE Fund, an Angel Investment Fund.
When and where did you found it? Founded in 2014 at theClubhou.se
Where is the business now? Still located at theClubhou.se
What were you like in school? I was an extroverted introvert, or an introverted extrovert.
Any extra-curricular activities? In high school, I was the statistician for the football and basketball teams, worked on the school newspaper, played varsity badminton, and was active in student government. Pretty nerdy stuff.
Any significant experiences/skills that (with hindsight) influenced your business? I always enjoyed working with a team, and I see that most of my success as an adult has been because I play well with others.
Any previous entrepreneurial experience? Lessons learnt? I have worked for myself for about 18 years and have enjoyed being my own boss. It takes lots of self-discipline to keep a schedule and find and secure clients. With great risk comes great reward.
What appealed to you about entrepreneurship? Raising a family and having a successful work/life balance. I couldn’t do it without technology and being able to work remotely, instead of behind a desk 9 – 5.
How did you get the idea? I wanted to create wealth and by helping others with mentoring and financial connections, that could be a reality.
How did you find your co-founders (if applicable)? Working together at theClubhou.se allowed me to meet others that shared similar interests in how to improve our community through investments and collaboration.
How did you fund the business? A long-term conservative investment portfolio with dividends that were reinvested into the company in a slow and steady process. This provided seed capital to launch SHE Fund.
How did you market your business? Attending conferences on Angel Investing, Start Up events, technology programs, pitch sessions, and graduating from Pipeline Fellowship, an Angel Bootcamp for female investors, all gave me opportunities to market my business with other investors and potential business opportunities.
Favorite books? Anything written by Brene Brown or Elizabeth Gilbert.
Favorite movies? Romantic comedies, independent films, foreign films.
Favorite entrepreneurs? Daniel Pink, Chris Anderson, Beatriz Torres (my mom)
What is your favorite quote? I have two favorite quotes – “Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” Brene Brown. The other one is, “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” Howard Thurman
Common misconceptions about your business/entrepreneurship in general? If you want to be an angel investor, it doesn’t take much capital but you have to do your due diligence researching companies, financial statements and potential success. You define your success and don’t let someone else define it for you. As an entrepreneur you make those decisions.
What is next for your business? On schedule to continue to support start ups and entrepreneurs.
How has working out of theClubhou.se benefitted your company? The clubhou.se has introduced me to an amazing group of though leaders and changes agents in Augusta. It has connected me to ideas and inspired me to be more active and engaged in the community. I’ve learned a great deal about technology, entrepreneurship, design, creativity and business. It’s peaked my curiously of what is possible.