We had the good fortune of connecting with Espree Devora and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Espree, what is the most important factor behind your success?
Culture and compassion are the two driving elements behind my success. Competition will come and go, but building a genuine connection with my customers and audience is essential in the longevity of my company.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Being an entrepreneur is in my cells. It’s a hard life, but it’s who I am. I’ve tried on different professions to find out if I’d find calm elsewhere and discovered my authentic path is to be a founder. I built the first action sports social network and it was exciting. I didn’t know what a startup was at the time or even being a founder. I was just combining the things I loved… travel, tech and action sports. I believe what sets me apart from others is how deeply I care about each person whether they are on my team, a customer, or a site visitor, I feel such gratitude that each person invests their time into my journey and what I’m up to. I continue to overcome new challenges. There will always be challenges building a business. Resilience is key. Some of the biggest discoveries have been how vital it is to have strong workflows and that going slow operationally will in end propel you forward faster. What I’d like everyone to know about my business is that I am showing up even when days are tough because I believe that genuinely in creating meaningful connection for others through my podcasts, through my events and through my digital communities. If I can facilitate moving digital connections to meaningful offline relationships then I have succeeded in my “job”.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend was visiting I would first grab a coffee with them at goodboy bob coffee in Santa Monica, then for lunch we’d head to Soho House West Hollywood for brunch overlooking the city and eat in the Garden restaurant, after we’d go to the Hollywood sign to ride horses and as the sun begins to set we’d drive back beachside for a walk along the ocean during sunset. We’d refresh and relax at home a bit before a night adventure to Good Times at Davey Wayne’s in Hollywood and then play arcade games at Bar EightyTwo in Downtown LA.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’m going to dedicate my shoutout to my Mom, for living life on her own terms and showing me what’s possible.
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