Advice to Entrepreneurs from Manisha Singal

Manisha Singal will be the featured guest on She Chooses Chat, Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET.  Her video for She Chooses is here.  This post is excerpted from Advice for Entrepreneurs from an Online Pioneer on Inside VT KnowledgeWorks.

From Anne Giles Clelland:

I had the honor of being present at a celebration for Manisha Singal who completed her Ph.D. from the Pamplin College of Business Management from Virginia Tech.  She accepted an offer from Virginia Tech's Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management and began as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2008.  In the photograph, from left to right are Divya, Biju, Manisha and Bharti (hostess).
Dr. Manisha Singal

Knowing Dr. Singal had started an online business, I asked her about her story and if she had advice for high-tech entrepreneurs.

I have her permission to quote her reply:

When we married [Dr. Manisha Singal’s husband is Dr. Vijay Singal of Virginia Tech Department of Finance, Insurance and Business Law], I wanted to get my doctorate…but life got in the way by way of moving to the United States [from India], getting a second master’s degree, and becoming a full-time mom to two wonderful sons.

When they were in school, with Vijay's innovative ideas, I started a small Internet company (even prior to!) selling mainly comic books–it still exists at and now my son Ashish manages it, more for fun than for income.

It is truly a family business because the supplies come from a company established by Vijay's parents in India and, until her death a few years ago, my mother-in-law oversaw all the operations.

My advice to high-tech entrepreneurs:

1.  Don't go it alone…social networks play a very important role in success of the entrepreneur, so foster ties with everyone connected to the domain you are interested in.  Often you get invaluable advice and support from people you least expect to learn from so sustain all ties.

2. Be patient…statistics show that there are very few overnight millionaires; most people have to work very hard and for very long before they strike success.

3. Be flexible…explore and be open…while you may have deep passion for what you are doing and have great conviction in your idea, look around and be willing to change if the need or opportunity arises."

Dr. Manisha Singal

Women everywhere are invited to join She Chooses Chat on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM ET with featured guest Manisha Singal.

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