Entrepreneurship was no stranger to Nathalie. Growing up in a large Latin-American family, instilled community in her and kept her highly motivated at a young age. Most families would discuss their days at the dinner table, but in Nathalie’s house, they discussed their family’s businesses. Double checking to make sure invoices were paid and customers’ needs were met, are some of the topics that would be mentioned. This kickstarted the entrepreneurial spirit that still lives within Nathalie until this day.
Before becoming an entrepreneur, builder, capitalist, tech globalization veteran, investor and author, Nathalie started her journey by attending college to become an engineer. Initially having dreams to become an artist, those dreams were quickly redirected as it was difficult to convince her family to pay for schooling to become an artist.
However, having an interest in the environment led her to become an environmental engineer. Growing up knowing what hard work is, encouraged Nathalie to start her own business at just 20 years old!
After spending endless hours learning the internet with fellow classmates, Nathalie honed in on the skills of website design & development. She reminisces on getting into a horrible motorcycle accident that actually started her first business. This was the driving first behind her first “power move”.
“I go to the saddest, most poor looking used car dealership seeking a new car. I look at the cheapest - four-wheel drive car that he’s got which is a Jeep Cherokee. I told him I have half of what you want for that car; with the other half, my proposal is to make you a website. He said yes!”
That one deal turned into many deals which officially started her website development business at the age of 20. A necessary accident is what she calls her first business because it lit a fire under her where she started many other businesses after that.
Many businesses never get the chance to see their full potential to grow because of the lack of funds. Money gives businesses power and opportunities to make mistakes, learn, and grow. Without investment, this is unlikely to happen.
“The future of entrepreneurship looks like women of color, using their voices to build things that last…”
Therefore in 2016, Nathalie became an investor. “The future of entrepreneurship looks like women of color, using their voices to build things that last…”, said Nathalie. Sticking to this vision has allowed Nathalie to use her resources to help other women grow within the industry. Investing in mostly women of color-owned businesses has become one of her passions. All in all, she wants to remind all women that it is our responsibility to make that leap forward for the next generation.
Nathalie’s Book: Leapfrog: The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs, https://www.amazon.com/Leapfrog-New-Revolution-Women-Entrepreneurs-ebook/dp/B077WX47HZ
Full Interview via Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rr1ZOhTFLGk
Full Interview via Apple Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/nathalie-molina-ni%C3%B1o-from-global-tech-entrepreneur/id1521909762?i=1000489788888
Full Interview via Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/0dKBEP7D1UfxpNkAkvOWvi