Former VC and now successful entrepreneur Nataly Kogan discusses how taking chances throughout her life led her to starting a company focused on sharing the science of happiness.
About the speaker
“I wear lots of orange, overuse ‘awesome’, and generally live in a hurry.”
Nataly Kogan is the co-founder and CEO of Happier, a leading digital wellness company that combines interactive tools, bite-sized, expert-led courses with a positive, supportive community to help people become happier and healthier in their everyday lives. Nataly immigrated to the US with her family when she was 13 years old and learned first hand that it’s possible to find small happy moments in even the most difficult of circumstances.
In her CreativeMornings Boston talk, Nataly will discuss how chance played a role in creating Happier - and how it’s both chance encounters (with people, books and ideas) and chances that she took (and missed) that led to Happier.
More About Nataly Kogan
Nataly has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, New York Magazine, Time, and many others and is a sought out speaker and expert on happiness, appearing at TEDxBoston, Fortune’s Tech Brainstorm, Blogher, SXSW, The 92nd St. Y, Harvard Women’s Leadership Conference and many others.
Prior to Happier, Nataly held top positions at N.Y.-based firms McKinsey and Co. and Hudson Ventures; launched her own publishing company; wrote a book (“The Daring Female’s Guide to Ecstatic Living,” published by Hyperion in 2006); founded an online community for working mothers (Workitmom.com); worked at Microsoft’s state-of-the-art Future of Social Experiences Lab (FUSE), and became the Vice President of Consumer Experience at WHERE (which she helped sell to PayPal in 2011).
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Life is short, take chances, collect experiences. — Nataly Kogan
If you take chances - one of the things I've learned is that you've got to give chances! It does work like that. You have to take some and then give some. — Nataly Kogan
(A bajillion of effort) x (the chances you take) = ultimate life success, fortune, eternal happiness. — Nataly Kogan
What you get is avoiding the state of would've-could've-should've, which to me is the biggest driving force I have everyday. — Nataly Kogan