Insights From the Founders of Parallel Health

Founders of skincare startup Parallel Health.

Any entrepreneur can tell you that launching a startup is a learning process. Therefore, one of the best things you can do before launching a startup of your own is to learn from those who have blazed the trail. We were fortunate enough to hear some valuable insights during our interview with Natalise Kalea Robinson and Dr. Nathan Brown of Parallel Health that will inspire, motivate, and teach aspiring and established entrepreneurs alike.

What advice would you give yourself before becoming an entrepreneur?

“Before becoming an entrepreneur, I would have given myself the following advice: expect the unexpected and just be flexible because your timeline is not going to go according to plan. It's all one big experiment, and you don't know what's going to happen. So you kind of have to let go of control and kind of enjoy the process and not worry too much about what kind of life milestones you are getting.” — Dr. Nathan Brown

What has been the most fulfilling moment of your entrepreneurial journey so far?

“The most rewarding part, I think, of being an entrepreneur is just being able to create something out of nothing, right? It's like you have this idea, you have a vision and you're taking, kind of, little steps to, kind of, create something. And when you actually do, it's like, cool. It's just awesome. It's really rewarding, I think, in that way. We're still very early, so I look forward to, kind of, different moments in the journey, both good and bad really. The journey's up and down, but I hope to just keep on creating.” — Natalise Kalea Robinson 

If you could give advice to other aspiring entrepreneurs, what would that be?

“If you're going to be an entrepreneur, I advise you to find a really good co-founder. There's almost nothing more important than that because you're going to work with them a lot and it's similar to a marriage or Ph.D. advisor. It's a long-term, serious, in-depth relationship. So, you've got to like them. That's my advice.” — Dr. Nathan Brown

What does good leadership look like to you and your team?

“I think what good leadership is, is holistic. And what I mean by that is, there is, as a leader, you have to look at, sort of, company strategy, your business model, how are you going to keep the company sustainable and positive in revenue. But I think that there's a whole other component of good leadership around building a team and being good to your employees, being good to your customers, and really building a community where that's additive, right? That [is] where the community is helping each other and where we're creating and able to make a difference for each other.” — Natalise Kalea Robinson

What has been the biggest way you guys have formed a sense of community with Parallel Health?

“[At] Parallel Health, one of the ways we form a sense of community, and Natalies is kind of a lead on this, is to eat together. We'll sometimes have meals together, and we'll often just treat everybody to a nice lunch every week. And I think that's a good way to form [a] community, eat together, and share what's going on in our lives. So, I think that's really important to [the] community.” — Dr. Nathan Brown

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