Hi, Could you introduce yourself?
My name's Jesseca, I'm a big fan of the arts, in love with meaningful conversations, and living as close to the sea as possible.
What are you working on?
I'm working full time on a startup I founded, Dunster.io. We've built the easiest way to open or expand businesses in the US remotely, in as fast as 7 business days. We rely heavily on technology to deliver genuinely smooth incorporation experience.
What are your goals?
My goal is to help founders from regions with non startup friendly policies and cultures. In a few months, we're also going to start working on more ways to support women, children, their livelihood and education. This has always been a part of Dunster.io's growth trajectory and I'm really excited.
Do you have a mentor?
I have no mentors at the moment. I would love to have one so I'm reaching out to people who can help us grow.
What could the tech industry do to better foster female talent?
Aside from publicly expressing support and hiring female talent, it's time to move our focal point to the smallest details of our cultures. This means actively supporting women even when nobody's watching. Calling out people, including close friends and relatives on how their words can influence the next generation, and avoid repeating the same cycle of inequality.
What advice would you give to people getting into your field?
Leave your doubts behind. People will only doubt you if you don't even believe in yourself. If you've been thinking about doing something, like starting your own business, for more than 10x then it is most likely worth it.
What’s the best and worst advice you have received?
The best advice I ever got, which encouraged me to start Dunster.io is: "When you get an itch of working on your idea, you'll have to do it otherwise it will stay in your head and won't give you peace. So you'd be better off working on it." The worst advice is not an advice, but a behavior from the same person who gave me the best advice ever: After being fully transparent and following his advice, he blocked me on LinkedIn just when we've started to get some traction. I learned that people who are not happy with your success exists. You just have to shrug them off and keep going.
Who do you follow? What blogs do you read?
I follow Better Programming on Medium. I prefer to read a lot of stuff to keep myself updated on startup and tech trends. In fact, I was recently invited to write an article about unleashing the potential of female founders. Feel free to read through it and share your thoughts. I'm all ears.
What’s the best way to keep up to date with what you’re doing?