Post-Session Update

It’s 11:45 PM – just got back home after our latest FI session in the city. So many thoughts, ideas, and to-dos are swimming in my mind! It can be really hard to figure out where to focus my limited time when there is so much to be done. But I know my number one priority for tomorrow at least – this company needs a name! Brainstorming starts tomorrow morning. I have an idea of the direction I want to go in. Might post some options here to try to get an audience poll. Need to move fast on name selection so I can move on to logos, website, email account….etc.

Tonight I got to meet the FI mentor who I’ve been wanting to contact since the first time I reviewed the mentor list, which is very exciting. Her background is in tech for parents so I am very eager to hear more feedback from her. She doesn’t think my idea is strong as presented today, but I’m not discouraged because I have more to tell her than I could get into my one minute pitch. She says the photo book market is crowded, and she’s right, but I still feel good about there being a need for a better product. Plus she said that her original company probably wasn’t a strong idea either, but it worked.

I found out a bit more about next week’s session, which is going to be focused on the first mentor idea review. We have to prepare a three-minute presentation with slides and receive feedback and questions from mentors. If they think our idea is weak or we are not prepared there is a chance we could be asked to leave the program. I also heard that one of the mentors coming is a big investor in female-led/female-focused startups, so I feel extra anxious about being very prepared. I want to make sure I really put my best information out there so I can get quality feedback about my venture’s potential. So nervous, but also feeling excited too. There is so much potential here if I can get all my ducks in a row. Eek!

My mom’s been visiting this week which has been so helpful because babygirl is being taken good care of and receiving the loving attention I haven’t been as available with since I started FI. Plus it’s just so nice having my mom with us for a few days.

It’s Memorial Day weekend in a few days, so there will be a lot going on to take me away from work and I’m nervous about that, but I also think it could be helpful because there will be family around to help watch babygirl. I know DH (that’s Dear Husband in internet slang for you newbies) is going to want to study for the CFA exam too though, so it will be hard for us to balance us both getting our work done. I know we’ll figure it out somehow, I just need to be clear about my needs while not always expecting him to revolve around my schedule. We’ll see if I can remember that come Friday – I tend to get caught up in my stress and what I think my needs are. Last week I cried three times – let’s see if I can get it down to two this week. Baby steps.

In other news, DH & I celebrated our two year anniversary earlier this week by watching the two final episodes of Mad Men together. This is no small feat – taking two hours in one night to watch television together. So now I know Don Draper’s fate. If that is even possible. Also – DH sent me flowers. This is kind of a big deal. He does not do this often and I really love it. It’s funny how receiving flowers can make you feel loved. <3


Startup Mom is written by Coralee Dixon, a NJ mom trying to launch an online business aimed at helping parents solve their memory-keeping needs. Is she “having it all” or losing her mind? Follow along as we find out…