THE MOGUL MINUTE : WHEN YOU START UP YOU CAN IMPACT THE WORLD ( INTERVIEW WITH SEQUOIA BLODGETT ) BY THE MOGUL GIRL
Air, the element associated with Libra means reaching higher and that's exactly what Sequoia Blodgett is doing. As a beautiful entrepreneur, college graduate, business owner, and Libra Sequoia has her mind set on impacting the world in a great way. With nine years in the entertainment industry as a commercial and music video director she has worked with major artist such as K.Michelle, Jacob Latimore, and Justin Bieber. One thing is for sure she's about her business and she will not be defeated. In March of 2014 Sequoia became ill and was hospitalized . During this time she was confined to her hospital room. The doctors ran numerous test and couldn't put their finger on the problem. As she sat in this hospital room she started to reflect on all of her work and began to wonder if she didn't make it through would that be her only contribution to the world. That's when Sequoia realized she had to get better, go harder and do it bigger. So she began brainstorming about starting her own business. She's always had an interest in self help and personal development and wanted to pursue that field. After her miraculous recovery Sequoia began teaching photography as the basics for branding at an all girls entrepreneurship camp across the street from Stanford University. The parents of the students were venture capitalists and CEOs of major businesses. One of the instructors mentioned Draper University and Sequoia was thrilled about the university. She applied and was accepted to the university. In the process she was given a partial scholarship . After completing the program at Draper University , Sequoia earned a investment from billionaire and third generation venture capitalist Tim Draper whom also matched her with another investor. With all the interesting things that were happening at Draper University in Silicon Valley, Sequoia thought that they should have a reality show. Words have power because that's exactly what happened. ABC Network picked up their show and began filming 10 students in a seven week program who pitch their ideas "Shark Tank" style. The show titled "Startup U" premiered
August 18, 2015. The finale airs on Thursday October 15, 2015 on ABC at 5 P.M.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Sequoia and lets just say I felt so motivated and inspired speaking with her. I hope you will feel the same. It's evident that when you start focusing on your dreams and goals you can do great things.
So let's get into the interview below.
1.) The Mogul Girl : You taught photography in 2014 if you could capture your life in a photo, what would it include?
Sequoia : Wow! Wow! If I cold capture my life in a photo? ( thinks) Probably a big black hole. I don't know what the next destination, milestone, or journey is. I'm kind of just going through it. I think that would be the best way to explain it. I'm blindly going into the midst and whatever happens... happens.
2.) The Mogul Girl : What advice would you have for people whom have a health condition but want to pursue their dreams and business?
Sequoia: Depending on what the health condition is. I would say if it's not debilitating and you can functionally move go out and do it. Regardless of your expectation, regardless of your fears, regardless of your opinions because you're going to get a lot of those. Just get out and do it. What I feel is really interesting about Silicoln Valley is that you are taught that "Failure is good". You can have a meeting with a VP and they'll say "Oh you failed that means you're seasoned". Where as anywhere else you feel bad, you don't want to talk to anyone. You just get a different perspective. If you do have a health ailment just go out and try it. If it doesn't work do as we say in Silicoln Valley " Pivot and try something else". We are all put on this earth for a short amount of time so if you have the ability to do something go out and do it.
3.) The Mogul Girl : The number seven in numerology means spiritual, focused, intelligent, intuitive, and wisdom. So why did you name your company "7 AM" ?
Sequoia: So what's interesting is at first it wasn't called "7 AM" . It was "Love Uncut". It was set out to be all relationship based with a little personal development. I spoke to the former CEO of match.com and saw a bigger opportunity for the e-learning course. This next point is interesting. Research the name of your business and the trademark. I thoroughly researched "Love Uncut" . I searched under rocks to make sure the name wasn't taken. After every aspect of the name was set including the domain etc I went to trademark it. It was at this point I found out a woman in D.C was using that name. She doesn't have to trademark it because she has seniority over the mark. So whenever she registered it it's hers. So then it becomes a situation because Love Uncut had become this huge business like Facebook. I was so married to that name. I had to just brainstorm to come up with another one. That's when I decided to name the company "7 AM " is short and catchy and to top it off its the beginning of a new day, Our company represents a new beginning. Maybe things didn't go right the day before, the week before, the month or their life before. We are here to help you start a new journey and start over. So that's what 7 AM symbolizes. P.S. I sent my life coach three other names and we went with this (laughs) .
Sequoia is super fantastic, inspiring, and it was a joy to interview her. I wish her tons of success and that she wins in all she does. Thank you La Tasha (@Tash1216) for this wondrous connection.
Startup U TV FINALE
OCTOBER 15, 2015
AIRS ON ABC TOMORROW
THURSDAY 5 PM