Lauren Thorp of Umba on Taking Small Steps Toward Your Passion [VIDEO]

July 11, 2013

11:43 am

Lauren Thorp runs a blog called Quick Like Foxes, where she teaches creative businesses to use startup methods to succeed. But as it turns out, being quick doesn’t mean jumping in leaps and bounds; it means taking tons of small steps toward your goal.

For Thorp, a few of those steps happened before she even became an entrepreneur. As a 25-year-old, she quit her well-paying corporate job because it was making her miserable. While planning her wedding, she scoured the web for handmade products. That would eventually be the inspiration for Umba (formerly Umba Box), a marketplace of handmade goods for women.

Once she was on the entrepreneurial path, then came a lot of little business steps: setting up a landing page, taking her first few orders, and unveiling her idea at a meetup. Throughout, she learned to say yes to opportunities – because who knows? They might be little steps on the way to something bigger.

Hear Thorp’s story in this video.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact

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