In celebration of International Women’s Day this week, we’re launching our series of Inspiration Women in Business across the US and UK. These women have been disrupting and leading their various businesses and industries and we believe through role models like them, we can inspire a new generation, championing gender equality. Each week we will feature an impressive figure and ask them 5 simple questions, giving insight into these key women – our very own weekly #WCW.
This week we begin with Alexandra Depledge, currently the Founder & CEO of Resi, the start up disrupting the architecture industry. She is also well known for her online marketplace, Hassle.com, which connects cleaners to people. Built with Jules Coleman, they successfully sold the company in 2015. Alex also received an MBE in 2016 for services to the sharing economy.
1. What excites you most about the future of your industry?
Resi is redefining the workplace while redefining home creation using an ethical, profitable and sustainable business model.
2. Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
3. Best piece of advice you’ve been given?
You cannot change people’s behaviour towards you, only your behaviour to them.
4. Worst piece of advice you’ve been given?
The first to market wins. Bullshit. It’s those that execute the best regardless of when they enter. Very few businesses have natural network effects; you have to create them.
5. What would you tell your younger self?
Embrace your difference, it will become your brand.