Q&A with Jessika Lora - March 27

In the early stages of your start up how common were 80-100+ hour weeks? Do you also think you needed to step into an executive client role after your time at Deloitte? How do you feel abt b-school?

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1) the entire first year I had zero personal time and zero personal life. If you have a significant other they will leave you or constantly accuse you of never being around, not sure which is worse. The hours are longer than consulting or banking because you are now working for yourself and the gains in productivity, progress, and valuation are commensurate with your efforts. So 80-100 is to be expected. 2) Yes. I’m sure you could jump straight into entrepreneurship but for me the exec role really helped. Think of it as a free education on how to run a p&l (sales, marketing, customer success, product, legal, partnerships & biz dev). 3) Don’t go to business school. Change to a position that challenges you and where you learn how to run a business and make mistakes and fix them. Take online courses to brush up on or acquire new skills and join a nice club for the networking aspects. ;)

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#1 is one of the realest responses I’ve seen on here, not sure how I missed this the first time through

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Any recommendations on different skill sets that you acquired that really helped you?

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