I met Babou Olengha-Aaby sometime in the fall of 2013. I remember it was a sunny day and regretted there were no windows in the cafe of our rendezvous. There was no need for it though, Babou shines with passion for what she does. She presented her idea about creating a crowd-funding platform dedicated to entrepreneurial mums or “mumpreneurs”.
At first, I thought the term sounded exclusive of other woman who didn’t have children, but as Babou explained the concept of how this would become a global financing platform and a network of woman to mentor and support each other, I was totally in.
With a team of awesome, dedicated people (not just mums!) they put together a launch conference featuring women of great courage, each one with a unique project and an inspiring drive.
I decided I would use my free tickets (one is 4 years old and the other just turned 1) and see if it was something for me. One of the most impressive people I met at the conference was the inventor of the anywayup cup, Mandy Haberman. She invented the valve that prevents sippy cups from spilling. There are all sorts of brands who make it today, but SHE was the one who came up with it.
Now, as a parent, meeting this woman is like meeting the person who came up with toilet-paper: her invention is saving us SO MUCH extra work! Not that her product should be compared with something related to feces, but when you have small children, the sippy cup is an e-le-men-ta-ry item of daily use . If it were up to me, Mandy should be canonized so I could put her little saint statue on an altar (upside down in cases of emergency prayer). It paid off to “curve” my enthusiasm to NOT scare her away. That’s how I was able to shake her hand and talk about gut-feeling, starting small and becoming big, and the importance of doing what you love.
I don’t know what my “business” is yet but I know that what love doing is to help people through this blog. So I took Babou’s offer to publish a video about An Expat’s Norway on mumsmeanbusiness.com I thought I’d share it with all of you! I must warn you: it’s long (excruciatingly slow is how I would put it) but if you have 8 mins to spare, I hope it gives you a better idea of what this blog means to me and how I’d like it to evolve.
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