Top 50 Mompreneurs, 2011
They cook, they clean and, between naptimes, they run kickass companies. For those who run their own mom-centric firms, the responsibilities of motherhood are only half the battle. Babble is running our first ever salute to the top 50 mompreneurs who pull all-nighters, suffer enormous financial set-backs, and balance business and baby every day to make their entrepreneurial dreams come true. Here's how they did it.
- Christina Couch
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Sophia Chiang | Qlubb.com
Location: San Francisco, California
Children: Daughter, 7, son, 5 â¢ Age: 42
Inspiration: “I realized that it was the same three parents volunteering for everything in my daughter’s class,” Chiang says. “A lot of parents said, ‘We’d love to help but we don’t know how.’ I felt like I could do something about it.”
Perspiration: A former software consultant, Chiang created Qlubb’s platform with the help of another local parent, then raised $15,000 in funds for start-up capital. Chiang launched the platform in 2008, bringing in revenue through advertising and a premium subscription service. For the next year, Qlubb slowly brought in new members until a server crash in 2009 brought the company to a halt. “The system went down through no fault of our own,” Chiang recounts. “I got 200 e-mails from people saying, ‘I can’t get on your site.’ I spent the next two days personally responding to all 200 of those e-mails, explaining what happened and how we were going to rectify it for the future. We still lost clients.”
Success: Despite the setback, Chiang and Qlubb endured. The site now has approximately 75,000 members.