When I first started Mogul, a platform for women worldwide
I expected to be a one-person team for two years, working from my bedroom in New York City.
But when Mogul launched, we had a million users.
Never did I expect
that we would begin with such explosive growth. Subsequently, I began working day and night—20 hours a day—in order to sustain our user base.
I raised venture capital and hired on our first employees.
Now, over a year later
We reach 18 million users per week and are accessed by all 196 countries and 30,470 cities.
When I look back
I realize that I had to retroactively implement our internal infrastructure because I didn’t think Mogul could scale so largely so quickly.
Lesson: Be confident in your abilities.
Set high expectations. Envision that, with all of your hard work, the best scenario could happen. Then work backwards and create internal support to achieve this.
Setting high expectations: A recurring theme at Mogul
My team always sets very aggressive goals for their areas of business, and together, we figure out ways to achieve them, even if they seem impossible at first. "Impossible" is usually possible.
For example, when we launched Mogul Courses
we set out to provide them for free to 62 million girls in support of Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” campaign.
We then set up a system
whereby every time a user purchases a course, we partner with an organization to provide them for free to girls in need. Women’s education has been a cause that I have always held dearly.
If there is one thing you should take from this:
Remember to always be kind, authentic, and generous. If it hadn’t been for the talented people I brought onto the team, Mogul wouldn’t be where it is today.