5 March 2021|Latest Posts, Meet the Successful Founder
Natasha Zone is the 28-year-old female founder of onezone. Her mission is to ensure everyone can find cool places in a city easily, a solution usually only available to those who can afford access to an exclusive concierge.
Natasha graduated from the LSE and entered the private sector, helping high-performance people to unlock the world’s potential. As a “go-to” person for where to eat, drink and travel around the world, Natasha was afforded a daily insight into the stark contrast between the exclusive world of family office and concierge, and the lives of the everyday consumer. She realised that finding cool places is tough, and relying on friends or trawling through online user-generated reviews is time-consuming and unreliable and knew there could be a better way.
Though elite concierges such as AMEX Centurion and Quintessentially offer a high quality, personalised recommendation service, they are restricted to those with a certain level of wealth. Having organised travel by private jet through to exclusive dinners at some of the most beautiful restaurants in the world, Natasha knew that curating for everyone could be the key to transforming discovery.
Natasha quit her job, turned to technology and in December 2018, onezone was founded with the vision to curate the world for everyone. Through expert curation and seamless technology, the onezone app gives future generations the ability to discover what’s cool in any city, and book and share easily, all in one app. Everything you need is all in one zone.
What would you love to share with other women to encourage them to start their own business?
What they say is true. Building a company, and dedicating yourself to a vision that really only you can see can be lonely and tough. However, if this worries you, as it did me, know that by building a network of support around you, your fears can and will turn to excitement and strength. Family, friends, mentors, fellow start-up founders and our community of onezone early adopters, have been fundamental to my perseverance, especially with onezone being my first business. It may be your own company but you do not have to be alone.
Secondly, there aren’t enough female founders, and we happen to make great business owners, so please get out there and do it!
What are your top 5 tips for entrepreneurial success?
Build a network of support
Manifest your vision
Know your weaknesses and seek the right advisors
Raise money, for what the business needs, not what your ego wants
Who are the top 5 women who inspire you the most?
Martha Lane Fox (LastMinute.com)
Sheryl Sandberg (Facebook)
Whitney Wolfe-Herd (Bumble)
Nikki Lily (Gen-Z British charity campaigner)
Malala Yusafzai (Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest Nobel Prize laureate)
My mum – her husband (my stepdad) was shot December 2019 in front of her and somehow she manages to get up every day. That strength and courage inspires me most.
What is your favourite saying/Inspirational quote?
Not everyone gets the opportunity to be stressed by the potential to achieve exceptional things.
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