The Founders Series : advice for entrepreneurs and students who are thinking of becoming entrepreneurs
With the Founders Series, we reach across multiple industries in order to get diverse perspectives on entrepreneurship. That’s why you see anything from startup law firms to mobile yoga studios sprinkled in alongside tech startups.
This week, we had a great Q&A with Shahrina Ankhi-Krol, the Founder of Ankhi-Krol Law. Ankhi-Krol Law specializes in intellectual property, trademark, and copyright law for startups.
Tell us about Ankhi-Krol Law. What’s your vision for the company?
I founded Ankhi-Krol Law with the goal of providing the most needed legal services for entrepreneurs under one roof. I have built a law firm that is inviting, personable, and reliable. My vision for the firm is for it to become the go-to legal source for entrepreneurs throughout the country without losing its boutique nature.
What inspired you to start your own company?
The American Dream inspired me to have my own business. Corny, I know, but it’s true! I always wanted to be in charge of my time, my success, and my future, and the best way to achieve that goal was to start my own firm. Just like the entrepreneurs I serve, there’s a great deal of satisfaction in seeing my firm grow with every bit of hard work.
What was your first job after graduation?
After graduating from law school, I worked for a judge at the New York State Supreme Court, Queens County. I have worked in various other types of legal establishments since college, including several law firms and the Office of the Attorney General in Michigan.
What is the most important trait for an entrepreneur to have?
Positivity. A successful entrepreneur must be willing to pursue his/her goals despite the multitude of obstacles that will eventually fall into his/her path. Because disappointments and so-called failures are inevitable, without a positive outlook, dreams will remain dreams.
What career advice would you give to current students who are considering joining a startup or starting their own company?
Make sure you REALLY want the entrepreneurial lifestyle. It’s not easy. Having a job where you work for someone for a weekly paycheck is easy, but depending on your “hustle” to make a living is difficult and at times, near impossible. That is why not everyone is an entrepreneur. However, if you seriously want to start your own company or join a start-up, don’t give up – the rewards of your hard work will be worth the blood, sweat, and tears.
Where can people find out more about Ankhi-Krol Law?
www.ankhikrollaw.com / email@example.com / 212-502-6734
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