PART 3

YOUNG WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS ON THE MOVE

In our April 14th post for Part 2 of Young Women Entrepreneurs on the Move!! I brought up that the Girl’s CEO Connection loves to learn about young female entrepreneurs.

By young women we mean teen girls between the ages of 14 and 18 who are in high school.  We also include young women who are in college as well.  Why?  Many began their businesses while in high school.

We noted that we were going to interview Stacey Ferreira, co-founder of MySocialCloud.com, freshman, New York University.

As we mentioned in the April 14th post some high school girls starting businesses take courses in writing business plans. Others go through very targeted entrepreneurship business planning programs like NFTE (Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship), ABL (Academy of Business Leadership and BUILD National (In Business to Learn).  Others like Stacey learn from a do not go through a formal course and learn from a friend or family member.  You see in Stacey’s case she and her brother Scott began MySocialCloud.com.  Scott was a sophomore attending University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, California. Stacey was a senior in high school attending Xavier College Preparatory for High School in Phoenix, Arizona.   However this was not a business that came together in just a few months.  In fact, Stacey recalls working for one entire week at an apartment she and her brother had rented in Los Angeles before she started college. In fact they did not leave the apartment for a week because they were so focused on creating MySocialCloud.com. It was an experience known to the start-up world, but completely out of the ordinary for a teenager.

While Stacey was in high school she was co-president of the band (playing clarinet, percussion and piano).  She attended GRAMMY Camp for two summers in a row, which spurred her interest in the music industry. During her freshman year (2011-2012) at New York University Stacey majored in Music Business. Now how does a teenage girl who loves music and did more with it than most girls her age, get involved with starting a technology business?

Check out Alexandra Hoang’s video interview with Stacey on our Role Model Entrepreneurs’ Page  with more of Stacey’s story.  One more thing:  Their business did not happen overnight.  In fact MySocialCloud.com was launched in February of 2012.  As a result of their perseverance and focus,  Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Group and Jerry Murdock (co-founder of Insight Venture Partners) an investor in Flipboard and Twitter invested in them and are now mentors.  This does not happen too often for young entrepreneurs especially at the very beginning of the business.

See you on our Role Model Entrepreneurs Page

Sylvia R.J. Scott, Founder and Managing Director, Girl’s CEO Connection
Co-author of the forthcoming book Realizing a Vision,The Toolkit for Success. Words of Wisdom for Young Female Entrepreneurs
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