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💥 Let’s Start Up is a weekly newsletter to celebrate founders, entrepreneurs, and builders in the startup ecosystem with an emphasis on the overlooked and underrepresented.

👋 Hi, I’m the Author

Hi! I'm Janine, a startup founder who learned how to code, built a legal tech app, and successfully sold it in 6 years - all while being a mother of 4 under 4.

I started my career in Columbus, Ohio as a paralegal in the bankruptcy space and saw a need in the market for a web-based software application. That's when NextChapter was born. After building the beta, I traveled from coast to coast to look for startup capital and investment. I pitched 82 times and heard no almost every time. All bets were against me when I lost 2 cofounders and ran out of money but I didn't give up. I taught myself how to code and built a remote team on next to nothing, all while being pregnant with my first child. I grew the company to 25 employees, over 6,000 customers, and 14% month-over-month revenue growth before getting acquired in September 2019.

Despite my challenges as a woman founder in a niche unsexy market, I managed to get my company off the ground and learned a lot about business, patience, and the power of believing in yourself and I’m here to share my tips and secrets with you!

Let’s start up! 💪

🗞 What you’ll see in this newsletter

  • original essays and interviews with founders, VCs, angels, and makers

  • new or overlooked founders and startups on the rise that you should know about

  • articles and links to tools and trends in the startup world

  • advice on how to start a company from scratch

  • insights on VC and startup capital

  • book recommendations because I’m a 📚🐛

  • audio recordings and podcast episodes

  • learnings from my business coach and therapist that I think others could benefit from

  • news from other unsexy startups like mine because I was once told that unsexy makes money and I believe that to be true

🙅🏻‍♀️ What you won’t see in this newsletter

  • sponsorships and ads

  • outfit of the day or makeup routines (no offense, just not my style)

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