This weekend in San Francisco, TwoBrain held its first Tinker Meetup.
Entrepreneurs who have complete financial and time freedom, and are seeking their next project, are called “Tinkers”. You can take the test to find out where you are in your entrepreneurial journey here.
One of our speakers was Charu Sharma, CEO of NextPlay. Charu has had an amazing life:
In 2003, Charu and her brother fought two goons in a train robbery, saving the lives of women on the train. She later represented India in South Korea, fighting in Taekwondo. Chapters of textbooks are dedicated to her in India.
When she moved to the US for a four-year University program, she founded two startups out of her dorm room, lived at sea for a semester, and visited all 7 continents on internships.
Now she has 5 National Awards, expeditions to all 7 continents, over 600 stage shows, and three books published, Charu was enlisted as a “Power Woman alongside such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Sonia Gandhi, and Melinda Gates by Youth Incorporated magazine in March 2012.
Our mission at TwoBrain is to make 1,000,000 entrepreneurs wealthy. Charu has created Go Against the Flow to educate 1 million women to take risks and build their own businesses.
Charu has contributed to Huffington Post, Venture Beat, Business Insider, The Times of India and Youth Incorporated among various publications. She organized TEDxRiverNorth in Chicago, and she has spoken at two TEDx conferences on risk-taking and entrepreneurship respectively.
Yeah, she’s kind of a big deal. And she’s still a few years away from turning 30.
In this episode, Charu is interviewed live by Jay Williams, a Bay Area TwoBrain Mentor. Her responses are both brilliant and sincere: no canned answers, lots of laughter, and some poignant quotes. Like these:
“I don’t want to just look good on paper.” Charu’s resume is amazing, but she actually goes out and DOES things. As an entrepreneur, that’s got to make your toes tingle.
“Instead of complaining about the rules, I want to get to the top and change the rules.”
“The best thing I can do for my company is to get lots of coffees with other entrepreneurs.”
“Mentors play a huge role for entrepreneurs, but also for your staff.”
“You need to create equal access to institutional knowledge.” – Meaning you can’t just project that your staff knows what you know.
On facing a tough challenge: “It made me test how much I wanted to do it.”
(I won’t give you more details – you’ll have to listen to the full story. WOW.)