I met Nosh many years ago. I joined the Board of GGBA and Nosh was the President at the time. Over the years, we traveled in similar circles and would catch at the Renaissance Center for Entrepreneurship or some other SF Small Business event. My typical opening was always, “So, what are you working on now?”
I recently caught up with Nosh and here’s what she’s up to:
Why did you want to start your own business?
Well as it turns out I am a serial entrepreneur. However, I didn’t really make the decision to become an entrepreneur with my first business. Turned out a project that I took on the to build custom software for the Electric Power and Research Institute (EPRI) required that I have a business license in order to deliver and get paid. So I didn’t think twice and filled for my license. Thus Nosh Productions was born. That was 1995. By, 1996 we incorporated and had many new projects.
What gets you out of the bed in the morning?
Personally, it’s my family. Professionally it’s curiosity. I yearn for creative, new, intriguing, and often hard problems/opportunities to be involved in. Life is a blessing and sometimes you have to make sure you look at something (problems/complications/opportunities) from all sides not just where your viewpoint is stuck.
What are you working on these days?
Too much as usual. The good news is that after years of managing upwards of 100s of employees I am now a soloprenuer. Choosing to coach, teach and advise the next crop of leaders. I get excited to see the energy and passion they come to the table with. I am mentoring about 25 businesses a year. And that’s just about right for me. After 22 years in the business, you learn that the tools may change but the challenges remain the same. So insight is the best thing I can offer my community these days.
The only safe ship in a storm is Leadership – Faye Wattleton
What’s the last great thing you binge-watched and why?
It was on Netflix “Sense 8”, I could not stop. Looking forward to next season.
What is your top secret superpower?
Invisibility, throughout my career people often overlooked or underestimated me. It really frustrated me in the early years. Then I remembered that there is a positive to every negative. Often not really being seen or realized is a blessing and can be channeled into a huge opportunity if you play your cards right.
Who should play you in the movie version of your life?
Now, this is a question. It would definitely have to be Octavia Spencer, she is an unbelievably talented actor. Knows her craft inside and out. You may recall her work from Hidden Figures, Insurgent and The Help.
How long would you survive a zombie apocalypse?
I would be on the first human colony populating the Moon. I would work with our group of scientist to create a bio-bomb that would maintain earth and its native species and wipe out the zombie invasion allowing us to return to earth to live another day.
What advice would you offer an LGBTQ entrepreneur?
Remember that you lead the day. It doesn’t matter who is in office or control. Provide great service and look to help as many people as possible. This is your formula for success. And get a mentor to help keep you on track.
What are you looking forward to in 2017?
1) Continued inner peace, 2) The ability to keep my eyes, mind, and spirit open enough to see the next great opportunity, and 3) A venture partner(s) to help me with my medical marijuana initiative in Northern CA.