We had the good fortune of connecting with Nadya Okamoto and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nadya, how do you think about risk?
I think entrepreneurship is all about taking big risks. The whole idea of being a “disruptor” means doing something that hasn’t been done before, or trying to do something in a new way that hasn’t been seen before. This means that the work is risky! Working in startups has a larger chance of failing than succeeding, especially as a woman of color. But that’s why taking such risks is so important! Progress happens when we push boundaries and take risks.
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?
Not easy at all, but super fun! August is a lifestyle period brand that makes more sustainable period care that actually works. Right now we make 3 sizes of tampons and 3 sizes of pads — all of which are more sustainable than other options but actually work. We launched in June 2021, meaning that we are a pandemic-born business. Supply chain has always been a challenge since we’ve been launched in the pandemic, but in many ways, it means that since we don’t know anything else (in terms of faster shipping times), I think it gives us more patience with the whole process.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Shoutout to my co founder, Nick Jain, who is the COO of August! I learn so much from him every single day, and there’s no one else I’d rather be on this journey with.
1st photo – heather hazzan 2nd photo – sydney claire