Jennifer Walzer was one of more than 90,000 employees and referred to only as a number; never by name. She was feeling overlooked, overworked and underappreciated before starting the successful data storage company Backup My Info!in 2002 reports Entrepreneur.
Walzer decided to take her first leap of faith and launch her first business in 1998. Her idea was to design interactive voice response systems for businesses.
At the time this type of product was just about to take off, but Walzer says she was completely bored with it. She had a great idea and great timing; she was just the wrong person. She had no passion for programming.
Rather then continue to be miserable, Walzer decided to sell the business and chalked it up as a learning experience out of which later came great success.
The idea was born of Walzer’s experience assisting small businesses and Fortune 1000 companies in backing up their office system files.
She understood that as companies moved to virtual documents, they were going to need to protect their data.
Walzer thanks her father for the inspiration and passion to start this type of company, as well as working through the good and bad times to make it a success.
I admire individuals like Walzer, who love something so much and get to wake up every morning excited about getting to work with that thought in the back of their mind saying, “I’m doing the right thing.” This is the attitude young, passionate entrepreneurs need to have.
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