How Jess Wilson Met Richard Branson and Why You Can Too?

A few weeks back I was on the way to the country to get away from the City and indulge in the brain relaxing labor work on the farm. As I was driven along the swirly country roads I was scrolling through my Instagram news feeds checking out what the left behind City was up to. You can never really leave City, can’t you!

This was the image that stopped by scrolling.

jess and richard

Talking about attention grabbing content, here is a great example, I am sure many would like to snatch in their lives.

Jessica Wilson, the 23-year-old founder of Stashd, the iPhone app that lets you stash or trash your favorite fashion finds with the swipe of your finger, traveled to Necker island to hang out with Sir Richard Branson. It wasn’t just a random hang out Jordan Belfort style but a two weeks away pitching kind of hang out.

Now, I’d like you to take your eyes of the image for a second and read the following.

Blackbox is an initiative put on by Google for Entrepreneurs, in which Blackbox selects 20 founders from 15 different countries around the world and flies them to Silicon Valley for a two-week intensive start up accelerator program. This particular program hand-picked 20 female entrepreneurs including Jess and Ciara Clancy from Ireland of Beats Medical, who has developed a technology which allows people with Parkinson’s to walk normally again and costs just a euro a day.

I know what you are thinking. Amazeballs! Full stop!

So, Denise Restauri story went like this…

My invitation to Necker Island was a little more serendipitous. In the hallways of Fishburners, Brian Lim who is the founder of a startup that develops satellites that have the ability to track all pollution on the surface of the planet (crazy!) caught my attention with a, “Psst! Jess, guess where I’m going? He told me he had been invited to Necker Island with 20 other entrepreneurs from around the world to meet and pitch Richard Branson. My jaw dropped. He then told me the application process was discreet (the movement wasn’t advertised) but he would introduce me to the organizer so I could try my luck to get an invitation. Without a second thought, I screamed, “YES!” I Skyped with Fiona (the beyond lovely organizer) multiple times and was thrilled when she said, “Yes, we would love to have you on the island!”

The girls ended up coming up with a new idea less than in 24 hours while being on the island. They pitched the new idea to Richard Branson and got the green light go ahead with it… and with Richard.

When Jess got back home from her travel in Silicone Valley and Necker island she was a whole new person . The world has changed. Although she got back to the same business she runs, the same family and loved ones, she was not the same. Something has changed…

Jess, Caitlin and Richard are now working on a brand new idea these three minx came up with on the island. This is something to watch over a few upcoming months. I will definitely keep you updated as well.

However, let me explain why did I drop everything I was doing today to spend a few minutes writing for you. Yes, why?

I meet many amazing people with grand dreams and ideas. I often discover cool businesses with big potential but small resources or lack of confidence. I also regularly meet someone who would look at big dreams an say ‘BS! You’ll never get it up. This is a stupid idea’.

It is inevitable to feel the lack of confidence from time to time. It is fine if somebody doesn’t like your work or doesn’t believe in you. Moreover, it has nothing to do with you. You will meet hundreds and thousands of people along your adventure and only a dozen (or less) will stick and help you grow.

Dreaming big will always push you do more, work smarter and achieve grater. Don’t stop doing what you are doing. Get inspired! Learn more! Keep open mind! Reach out to your idols! Keep moving forward! 

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