Jacqueline is the founder of Pressed News, a digital media company that breaks down the top 5 news stories in your inbox
What is your morning routine?
I’m up by 5:30 am to do one last edit of our daily e-newsletter. Pressed is sent out to our subscribers by 6:30 am. Before noon, I’ve scheduled our Instagram posts for the day and responded to any urgent emails.
Tell us about your career path
I am a Western University media grad. I started my career in advertising and discovered that I really liked helping companies build brands. I eventually moved over to the corporate world where I managed marketing campaigns in industries like sports, retail, and media. Along the way, I discovered a gap in the media/news world and decided to take the leap and launch my own brand. Enter: Pressed, a digital media company that makes the news easy to understand.
What challenges do you or women face in your industry?
I recently attended a startup event where there were only five women in attendance (out of about 150 people). Out of the five women, I was one of only two visible minorities. Being a female entrepreneur presents unique challenges. When you’re pitching to investors, you’re usually pitching to men. When you’re looking for industry mentors, you’re usually choosing from a pool of men. Being a startup founder requires a type of confidence that is hard to maintain, especially when examples of success don’t look like you. There are many female-led organizations that are trying to address this problem. I hope that young women don’t shy away from starting businesses because the more women that take the plunge, the more other women will be inspired to do the same.
What advice would you give to young girls who want to be the NEXT you?
Starting your own business comes with a lot of doubt. Do it anyway. Once you take the leap, every day is going to be hard. Keep going anyway. Also, be nice to yourself. You’re supposed to be scared and you’re supposed to make mistakes.
How do you separate work life from your personal life?
What inspires you?
Other entrepreneurs, and people who take risks to do what they believe in.