We had the good fortune of connecting with Disha Gulati and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Disha, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
When we started the planning for Here Here Market, one of my early mentors told me “comfort and growth don’t co-exist” and it resonates with me every day. Whenever I am uncomfortable or filled with self-doubt about pitching to a new client that might be entirely too big for us to service or making a large bet on the company’s direction that could have long lasting effects on our financial health, I remind myself that the pit in my stomach and sweaty armpits are a sign of MY (and our business’) growth.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Here Here Market: an all-in-one marketplace that connects culinary creators directly with consumers. Local culinary talent can leverage new and existing audiences to sell products and experiences— ushering in a new, exciting chapter of their career. Ultimately, our mission is to support and enable culinary creators to spread their talent and products to all the world.
The biggest overall lesson I have learned is to always take the call…or DM or email, no matter what. Some of my best leads have come from the most unexpected sources. Running a small business is all-consuming and oftentimes things like introductory coffee chat, exploratory calls, intros of friend of friends move to the bottom of the to-do list. I always make time in the week to talk to 1-2 new people. They don’t always convert into business opportunities, BUT it helps me gain fresh insight, make a new connection that might be relevant in the future, or presents me with an opportunity to help THEM with an introduction in my network, connect them to talent, other helpful resources etc. (my favorite part). I strongly believe in lifting others as I climb in my entrepreneurial journey. Many have helped me and I hope to pay it forward.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
What a difficult question! I’ve lived in Chicago-proper for 18+ years and narrowing it down is impossible. The food and energy across all the neighborhoods could create a wildly different weekend experience…it depends on the friend and the time of year for sure. However, I will say that I keep seeing really exciting restaurants crop up in West Town. My top four picks for restaurants in Chicago are a tie across the board and they include: 5 Rabanito, S.K.Y., Hais Sous, and Pleasant House.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Co-Founder, Nick Florek! Being a solo-prenuer is a lonely place to be, you spend all day long debating mission critical decisions with yourself. Nick is a thought partner, accountability coach, and provides me with the bandwidth to move twice as fast. If I could go back, I would have brought in a co-founder sooner! People think it’s really hard to bring on a co-founder midway through the entrepreneurial journey, but the timing helped me determine exactly what complementary skills I and the business needed in order to accelerate growth.
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