Kathryn Minshew
@kminshew
Founder @TheMuse
Koreatown

Through her company, TheMuse.com, Kathryn is helping guide over 50 million millennials in their careers. Providing advice and mentorship is a passion of Kathryn’s as she is also the Operating Partner at XFactor Ventures, a venture capital fund investing in the next generation of female founders. She is truly lifting up the community around her.

Kathryn Minshew is the CEO & Founder of TheMuse.com, the leading career platform. She’s also the author of "The New Rules of Work," a Wall Street Journal national bestseller. Kathryn has spoken at MIT and Harvard, contributed to the WSJ and HBR, and appeared on TODAY and CNN. She has also been named to SmartCEO's Future50 Visionary CEOs and Inc.’s 35 Under 35. Kathryn worked on HPV vaccine introduction in Rwanda with the Clinton Health Access Initiative before founding The Muse, and was previously at McKinsey & Company.

Q&A

What are your top 3 inspiration tools?

I love a great book or performance, so I'd have to pick: "The Power" (fucking amazing book), Arcadia by Tom Stoppard (my favorite play of all time - go see it if you can!) and Harry Potter because hell why not :)

NYC can be a super ambitious city. What do you think drives competition between women? And what can we do to stop it?

I’ve experienced far more help and collaboration between women, rather than competition. At its best, the city’s ambition pushes us all to be better. (At its worst, of course, it can feel like a never ending rat race.) I’ve taken a lot of pride in helping other women start and scale businesses, and there are countless amazing women in NYC who have helped me.

Did you struggle with any self doubt while starting The Muse? How did you overcome it?

I dealt with a lot of self-doubt while starting The Muse, especially because we had a rocky beginning. While pitching our first round of funding, I got no’s from 148 investors, and, because I was so committed to our vision and idea, I heaped all of that doubt on myself. *I* wasn’t good enough. What was *I* doing wrong? It was insanely hard, but I kept showing up every day and working hard to learn from my mistakes. In time, I got better and we figured out how to grow the business fast enough that people couldn’t help but take us seriously; however, it wasn’t an easy process!