What I have Always Loved About the Internet
There are so many reasons I love the Internet but the one thing that has resonated with me from day one is the world wide reach has given people the ability to connect with each other who in a pre-Internet world would have never found each other.
I am not exactly sure how I first backed Angela on her first Kickstarter project but I did. Then I got an email from her telling me about her second project, and would I back it too. She now has an email of every person that backed her first project so she leveraged that list to get her second project backed immediately. Impressive! She had no idea that I had a blog, or that I am a huge supporter of female founders but sent me an email just like everyone else on her list to please support.
But this one tells a story that told me a lot more about Angela. I know her story because I spent a portion of my career in the clothing manufacturing business. I saw the young kids who sat by their Mom’s feet in the factory doing their homework. I saw them bringing their babies to work. I saw them sitting at their sewing machines eating the lunch they brought from home. I saw all these women working hard creating a new community for themselves and families in a new world. These women were (and still are) the underbelly of the manufacturing world. These women’s children usually go on to have a very different life because of their mother’s decision to make a better life for their families.
A little bit about Angela. She is obviously relentless. She grew up poor and started working at 12 years old. Before getting to Waterloo University she worked 80 hours a week to pay for that first year of college. Her family came to Canada from Hong Kong when she was a kid. Angela ruled against the men in her engineering classes and landed a top tech job in finance. It was not where her heart is. She headed to FIT and crammed a two year program into one and won the Outstanding Design Award and a finalist in the emerging Designer’s competition.
Her mother is 72 years old. She too climbed up her own ladder now owning her own factory where Angela is making sweatshirts. These are the stories I love. Kickstarter has given Angela the opportunity to spread the word and build a business without a bank or a financial angel but just hustle.
You can back the project here. The more the merrier. Please spread the word!