“Our mission at Grows Up is to build a global family-friendly marketplace that supports Mompreneurs and growing businesses everywhere.” - Stephanie Robesky
Entrepreneurs creating businesses to help other entrepreneurs…AWESOME. “Grows Up is an online marketplace that showcases and sells unique, high-quality baby and kids goods – directly from the makers to you.” They carefully select their boutiques from smaller production line manufacturers to give Moms the best variety of original clothing, toys, books, and goods for their children and themselves. It’s a niche concept that really focuses on those entrepreneurs out there with a passion for creating for mothers and their children. The founder, Stephanie Robesky, is an experienced dot commer who has worked at Skype, Sega, and Netscape. We had a brief interview with Stephanie to get a better idea about Grows Up, her experiences, and asked her for some advice for fellow entrepreneurs. Enjoy…
How’d you come up with the idea for Grows Up?
I became interested in the Mommy market when I was looking around and seeing that all of my friends were having children. I began to notice that there were a lot of Mompreneurs around. My background is in e-commerce, so I have always had an interest in marketplaces so I thought it would be fun to create a marketplace that is specifically for children’s clothing and goods.
What are your goals for Grows Up?
To become a destination site for all things kid, including e-commerce and community.
How has your initial plan for Grows Up changed since you founded it?
There have been several changes in our initial plan. When we started, we were looking more into the secondary market for used children’s goods and we have changed that plan to focus on the marketplace concept.
What does success mean to you?
Success means to me that we have built a great company and a great product that serves its customers so that they want to keep coming back and also tell their friends about us.
Why will companies choose Grows Up over competitors?
We think that we are uniquely positioned for customers to choose Grows Up over competitors because we are helping to promote other Mompreneurs. We choose our sellers from companies that have their own unique story. We believe that other Moms will want to support the businesses that we choose because they are sustainable and eco-friendly. For Moms by Moms!
What about Grows Up makes you so passionate about it?
I am most excited about meeting and helping out the growing business community of women entrepreneurs that we host on the site. There are so many inspiring stories that they have shared with us and it makes me thrilled to be able to help foster a community that can support them.
What advice can you offer to an aspiring entrepreneur?
My advice to aspiring entrepreneurs is to just get out and do it. Sometimes when I have thought of all that needs to be done, I have been completely overwhelmed, but I have found that by focusing everything into much smaller, easily achievable goals that really helps to lighten the load on your stress levels.