We're excited to welcome Jennifer Ding to the HeadSpace Dallas team! An entrepreneur and CEO of ParkIt, we sat down with Jen to discuss startup life and what she hopes to bring to coworking.
1. Tell us a little bit about your background. What attracted you to entrepreneurship?
After my freshman year at Rice, I spent a summer working in a fishing village in Nicaragua. Power outages were a weekly occurrence and during these blackouts, I spent hours chatting with my co-workers, especially one who ran a farm on a nearby island. Electricity on our minds, we discussed the solar panels he used to power his entire farm and how applying new technologies to old problems could shift our approach to areas of life that can be improved. The power of entrepreneurship to make technology like solar panels available even in rural Nicaragua blew my mind. In a short amount of time, amazing new ideas can reach and impact more people and transform our experience and quality of life. While this is what drew me to entrepreneurship, what keeps me in it is the culture of hands-on building and dreaming big.
2. What is your favorite thing about being an entrepreneur?
The ability to define the flow of my life and to find “head space” in all areas of my life, from work to lifestyle.
3. What did you like about HeadSpace? Why did you want to take on the role of community manager?
North Texas is where I grew up and I am thankful for the opportunity to join a community that is promoting tech and entrepreneurship here.
4. What do you hope to achieve while working at HeadSpace?
Help each HeadSpace member make at least one useful connection. Hit a new record for number of Twizzlers consumed in a minute.
5. What’s your best piece of advice for entrepreneurs and freelancers?
Life is dynamic – company growth, goals, and people are constantly changing. Face each moment as it is and try to enjoy all stages of the rollercoaster that is the startup life.