Kathryn Minshew and Dawoon Kang — CEO’s of Muse and Coffee Meets Bagel, two successful, growing companies — both reveal that they sometimes don’t know what they are doing, even as successful entrepreneurs. They said that some of the most important realizations they had as businesswomen running valuable companies have been that all successful CEOs and founders aren’t entirely certain or comfortable in their choices, sometimes — and that hard work and intensive research on each step is much more important than some natural, intangible brilliance.
- Kathryn Minshew started The Muse, a job search and career advice platform, because it filled a need that she herself had.
- Dawoon Kang, COO of the Coffee Meets Bagel dating app, declined a $30 million offer from Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban, because she felt her company was worth more than that.
- Both Minshew and Kang became more confident in their own abilities and in their own vision after observing other entrepreneurs.
“And often, she said, she learned that “yes, they’re incredibly impressive and they’ve worked incredibly hard and they had a really brilliant idea at a great time, but underneath all of that, they’re still just a person who doesn’t always know what they’re doing.””