In this community spotlight, we are chatting with Niki Torres. Niki is a huge advocate for women entrepreneurs and is currently developing a community and podcast focused on friendship and business (and the messy in-betweens!). She believes in creating more meaningful relationship within the workplace because the honest reality is that doing it all alone can be difficult; we know many entrepreneurs can relate to that sentiment. We loved learning about her story and she has some great advice to share, read our full conversation below!
Tell us about yourself!
Hello, I'm Niki Torres. I started my own blog called Notoriously Curious, it's a place I bring all my loves together, both past, present, and future. While I’m currently working in growth at one of the largest travel tech companies in the world, I’m also on a mission to raise the voices of Asian women.
On that note, I am in the midst of producing and launching Chief Best Friends, an interview podcast on mixing friendship with business and the delightful, messy in-betweens. I am creating it for women who are starting their careers or starting a business. The podcast's mission is to help women cultivate more meaningful friendships at work. I believe that if we want to go fast we can go alone, but that if we want to go far, we have to do it together.
How did you get started with your business?
In 2018, I became more conscious of how women need to play bigger, manage our inner critic, and how I can be part of the transition team. While women are showing up more than ever, I also notice that in order for us to reach our full potential, we need to be able to imagine ourselves in those positions.
When I asked friends if they have any Asian women in business they look up to, all I got was silence. I wanted to change that.
Chief Best Friends began the same way. There's this belief that friendship and business don’t mix. However, the women we interview tell their story of making it possible. We explore how to make friendships work, how to find friends at work, how to work with friends, and all the permutations in between.
What’s one of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Believing in myself. There are days I think, 'who am I to be doing this?' The inner critic is strong whenever I'm about to make a leap. Most of the time, I have to be brave enough to get out of my own way.
What would you say has been one of your biggest “wins”?
Creating Notoriously Curious from scratch! :) Thanks to your help. While I tinkered with websites and code before, somewhere along the way I started doubting what I am capable of. Thanks to your step-by-step tutorials and videos, I did it all on my own. Super stoked about that! In fact, it was such a great experience that the confidence from it carried on farther than I imagined: I didn't just build the Chief Best Friends site all on my own, I knew I could and would be doing it.
Did you have any help building your website or did you do it yourself?
The legwork was all me. Though with lots of help and encouragement from Station Seven and my boyfriend.
Any advice for others looking to start out?
Try doing it at least once before hiring someone. Sometimes we're the first to rule ourselves out. There's much to be gained in doing it ourselves first because it helps us understand how it works and can hire a better person, or it could even be a catalyst to doing greater things.
Is there anything else about your story you'd like to share?
In researching for Chief Best Friends, I realized there are a lot of amazing women in business. What I originally thought would be a difficult task, was more a floodgate waiting to be opened.
I can hardly wait to share all the kickass women’s stories with you when the podcast launches in 2019. I hope you’ll be as inspired from them as I have.