Alysia discusses being a role model, finding life balance, and the technical side of her company, Best4Baby. Read the first part of her interview here.
What is the most important thing you hope your future children learn about women in tech from you?
As a woman of color, we are underrepresented in most fields. The most important lesson I hope my future children learn is to be the author of their own life, live unapologetically, and exude confidence. Just because you may be in a room and don't see people who look like you doesn't mean you don't belong.
How do you balance all the different commitments of life, between working and being a student and founder?
Wow, this is a great question and something I consciously work on daily. I am currently working full time, finishing my masters degree, starting a business, and still attempting some type of personal life. My biggest advice is to block out time each day for your business. If you don't, you will end up like me, eager to work on your business 24/7 and neglecting other responsibilities. Also, it is vital to have a strong support system, someone to hold you accountable and to remind you of your priorities. Lastly and most importantly, don't forget about self care, whatever that means to you. For me, I enjoy yoga, reading, movies, and going to concerts. In the midst of chaos, you have to remember to take care of yourself (emotionally, mentally, spiritually, etc.). No one is very productive once they burn out. Take time for you.
Best4Baby matches expecting mothers to local and affordable doulas in their area. How is technology vital to your idea?
The internet is vital to the maturation of Best4Baby because it exposes us to new clients (moms and doulas) to whom we otherwise wouldn't have had access. Additionally, I was really thoughtful about thinking outside of the box. Although I am marketing a service, ultimately I am selling an experience. After launch, the major aspects of Best4Baby will be web-driven.
Is there any coding or technical knowledge that helped you create this business?
Most definitely! I started this business knowing I wanted to integrate technology into the process. Everyone lives on their phones nowadays, therefore, I wanted to make sure my service was easy to access.
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