company: our ceo shares the story of finding inspiration on sabbatical

Women20Our Founder and CEO Ingrid Sanders contributed a guest post to women 2.0 today that shares the story of how taking a step out into the unknown adventure of sabbatical can create space for new ideas. If you are interested in making the leap but afraid of what it means to leave security behind, she has a few good tips for you. She also shares five lessons learned through the early days of building popexpert.

Check it out here: http://www.women2.com/finding-inspiration-on-sabbatical/ 

sxsw popexpert salon: women entrepreneurs

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Alexis Jones is truly magnetic. We were thrilled to have her host a discussion about the benefits and challenges of being a female entrepreneur and how she is focused on inspiring and supporting women everywhere through her organization, I AM THAT GIRL. 

It was great to see such a strong, accomplished group of women talking about how we can do a better job elevating and educating each other.  This conversation was a great reminder about the importance of substance – from the media we consume to our personal and work relationships – having the confidence to demand quality is incredibly important for both men and women.

 Here are a few quotes:

  • “If you want to know what really matters to you, print out your bank statement.”
  • “At the end of the day, are we taking about substantial things, things that matter?”
  • “Where we are wealthy is we are wealthy in love, and you can’t put a price on that.”
  • “You are living a life of consumption, not of contribution.” – Alexis’ Mom at a pivotal turning point in her life.
  • “Youth are consuming over 10 hours of media per day on average.”
  • “When you make a girl not feel so alone she feels better about herself. And when you inspire her to make a difference in the world, her problems diminish.”
  • “Recognize that with every dollar you spend, you’re agreeing with something.”

Many thanks to Alexis and all of the awesome folks who joined us during her Salon, we’ll be looking out for all the great work coming out of I AM THAT GIRL

@MissAlexisJones

sxsw popexpert salon: the pressures of entrepreneurship

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Bryan Neuberg and Jamison Monroe teamed up to talk about a critical and timely topic: how to deal with the pressures of entrepreneurship. Both of these guys are experts on the subject and the folks that joined this session had a lot of first hand experience as well, which made for a very enlightening discussion.

Bryan is an executive coach who manages a leadership development firm. He was one of 25 at the Google Coaching Center who recently wrote the most shared article of the week on PandoDaily entitled, “Why many entrepreneurs are privately suffering, and what to do about it.

Jamison is the Founder/CEO of the Newport Academy, an adolescent mental health treatment center and is recognized by his peers as a conduit between the past, present and future of recovery.

Together, Jamison and Bryan talked about the concept of soft-bipolarity and the ups and downs many entrepreneurs experience but don’t talk about.

Here are some great quotes:

“Soft bipolar is a distant cousin to manic depression that often includes mild depressive dips and a light form of enthusiastic, energized, creative mania, called hypomania.”

“Hypomania can be the wiring that helps some entrepreneurs be successful. They’ll have lots of energy and an increased ability to tolerate risk….sounds like a teenager right!?”

“Soft bipolar entrepreneurs can be visionary, highly self confident, persuasive, energized, and boundlessly enthusiastic about the companies they are building…But if someone has too much risk tolerance they can also tear down the enterprise they worked so hard to build.”

“People in the bipolar spectrum are attracted to entrepreneurship. Building businesses can be a great way for hypomanic entrepreneurs to apply their energy and creativity.”

“We need a structure for people who have inherently run away from all other structures.“

“There are builders and optimizers in a company…for folks on the soft bi-polar side it’s important to engage in calming activities like walking and meditating. They also need to surround themselves with people (inside and outside the company) who are willing to challenge some of their wild ideas.

We were thrilled that Bryan and Jamison could spend time discussing a tough but incredibly important topic with a great group of entrepreneurs. Thanks again guys!

@NeubergBryan @jamisonmonroe

company: hello world

popexpertWelcome to 2013!  We are thrilled to kick off the year with the perfect balance of beautiful design and tech fun in this first expression of our new brand.

As we gather steam preparing for our private launch in the coming months, we will be using social media to share inspiring words and gather feedback.  Your support will help us build a great product that supports you in your mission to continue evolving and growing throughout life.

To stay in the loop, please join us on facebook, follow us on twitter and request an invitation to our private launch.

We look forward to sharing more in the coming months!

~ Ingrid Sanders, co-founder & ceo, popexpert

company: the inspiration behind popepxert

Starting a starting a company is often compared to having a child.  While the commitment may not be 18 years to life (though it can turn out that way…), it still requires a huge investment of time, money, love and attention for any hope of success, so I often find it interesting to hear the inspiration behind new ventures.

The idea for popexpert has been floating around for a number of years now.  The initial concept was born of recognition that, through our daily lives, each of us has developed some level of expertise that has value to at least one other person in the world.  For some this may be cooking, for others business and other still perhaps parenting, hobbies, books and more.

The inspiration was furthered through a six-month sabbatical in early 2012.  During this time, my only commitment was that I would have no expectations for what my work life would entail following the adventure.  I travelled and invested a great deal of time and money with renowned experts to study yoga, meditation, nutrition, cooking, relationships, kiteboarding and ukulele.  Some of my favorite teachers include Kenneth FolkMonica JaggiKatherine MillerHelen FisherSeymour Boorstein and Shauna Shapiro.

As a part of the experience I became certified as a yoga teacher with Jivamukti and trained as a health coach with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, gaining insight into the passion and commitment that people invest in their craft.  I developed a deeper appreciation for how experts and coaches run their businesses and yet still felt that there could have been a better way for me to find and connect with the best people for my interests, wherever they may live.

Fortunately, my co-founders had the same vision, so I wrapped up sabbatical, and dove back into work.  Through our collective experiences we’ve refined the initial concept and come to an even greater appreciation for the deep expertise developed by those individuals who have dedicated their life to learning and sharing knowledge.  We added a technological twist, and popexpert became what it is today, a place for anyone to grow into a better version of themself.

Over the coming years our commitment is to build a company that inspires and enables lifelong learning by making it easy to find and connect with experts that help you get better at life, work and play.  In the meantime, when we’re not in the office, we each continue to live the mission invest in our own development with interests that currently include woodworking, French, productivity, social media, jewelry making and the psychology behind predicting sports statistics.

We hope you will join us on this lifelong learning journey.

~ Ingrid Sanders, co-founder & ceo, popexpert