As I look ahead, I know I'm finally ready to start my own company. I'm at a great place where I have the necessary skills, the right mentors, and the support system to do it. I'm thrilled to have finally decided to take the next step, and I'm really excited about setting off on my own. I will be starting an e-commerce nail art company.
It's time to start my own company. It's something that I've wanted to do for a very long time, and now is the perfect time to take the risk. I am going to bootstrap this new venture as long as I can because I'd prefer to control as much equity as I can. The money I raise on Upstart will go directly to my startup, NailedKit.com, a revolutionary e-commerce platform for nail art. Nail art is very popular right now and nail polish sales are at an all time high: $728M in 2012, up 32% year over year. If I want to be successful, I need to act quickly to capitalize on this trend. Based on my initial research, I believe I need about 6 months to launch a working prototype. In the meantime, I still have lots of MBA debt, rent and other bills to pay. The only thing holding me back is knowing I'll take a big financial hit in the near term to realize my dream. Upstart will allow me the opportunity to focus 100% of my effort on this new venture and give me the capital required to launch this business.