INSPIRING STORIES BLOG
Varsha Rao is the proud mother of James Poetzscher, a talented young man who is already working towards a better future for everyone by doing his part in tackling climate change. James took an interest in atmospheric chemistry and the use of satellite data to for...
Salesforce Breaks the Mold by Appointing a Chief Philanthropy Officer Salesforce, the American cloud computing company, has continually pushed the envelope of what it means for a corporation to be involved in the community. They are the initiators of Pledge 1%, an...
About This Blog
This blog was conceived as an ongoing conversation about entrepreneurship, international/Asia growth, inspiring woman leaders who are blazing trails in the business world, and the lessons learned while navigating the sometimes very challenging pathways to success.
My intention is to channel my passion for these topics into informative and empowering stories, which spotlight the journeys and accomplishments of thought leaders and role models around the world and in doing so, perhaps readers will glean some tips that might be helpful to them in their own career and entrepreneurial journeys.
• The importance of authenticity and core values
• How to weather the storms and the roller coaster ride of entrepreneurship
• How to attract and nurture talent, and build confidence within yourself and your co-workers
• The power of networking and career growth
My journey as an entrepreneur began with Eve.com, an ecommerce beauty products company that I launched with Mariam Naficy, my co-founder and business partner, in 1998. Eve.com quickly grew and became the leader in its category, earning a place on Fortune Magazine’s best e-commerce sites in 1999. After the sale of Eve.com in early 2000, I applied the invaluable lessons I learned as an entrepreneur over the next decade at a few companies including Oldnavy.com. I later moved to Southeast Asia to serve as CEO of Singtel Digital Media, where I had the opportunity to lead a talented team and together we launched inSing.com, a Singapore’s leading lifestyle guide of restaurants, shopping and entertainment. I also had the unique experience of scaling the operations of LivingSocial, starting in Asia and ultimately the entire international business.
In 2013 I joined Airbnb, the rapidly growing global community travel platform that has totally transformed the way people experience travel. As Head of Global Operations, I had the opportunity to draw upon my background in e-commerce, startups and international markets to play a role in Airbnb’s global expansion.
In 2017 I entered a new and exciting sector within the tech industry – health tech. After serving as COO of Clover Health, which uses data analysis and preventive care to improve health insurance for seniors, I became CEO of Nurx, where I get to use my knowledge and experience in consumer tech and growth management to help make healthcare more accessible and affordable. At Nurx we offer home deliveries of prescription birth control and HIV prevention, as well as home screening tests.
Some of my most valuable insights have come from mentors or friends who have experienced similar challenges to myself, whether business issues or leadership challenges. My hope is that by sharing stories, either of great women role models whom I admire or know or my own stories, some of you may benefit in a similar way.
I hope you’ll find reading this blog useful and enjoyable!