Do you really want to build a big ass company? Maybe or maybe not….
Meet Joan Barnes, founder and former CEO of Gymboree (a billion dollar public company headquartered in San Francisco) began her journey with a simple idea that grew into an empire.
Hear the vibrant entrepreneur's story, and the story behind the story, of raising capital, building an international company and going public, and not the least of which the toll it took to arrive there.
A passion for yoga led her to a repeat performance by growing an innovative concept in a regional yoga studio company into one she recently sold to Yogaworks. An engaging, transparent, and inspiring story of what it takes to convert a pioneering thought and build a company, create a new a industry and hope to find the tender balance between home, family and profession.
Mostly, entrepreneurs will be spellbound by the underbelly of the truth of things we never considered that must be sacrificed on route to building a national brand.
Joan Barnes has built two consumer companies from the ground up. Barnes founded and served as CEO of Gymboree, an international network of franchised play programs and company-owned retail stores.
The company had one of the most successful IPOs of its kind in 1993 and one of the first consumer companies to receive venture capital funding.
Joan Barnes, founder of Gymboree and Yoga Studio, shares spiritual life lessons she has learned to nurture a healthy business. "It's hard when we're in our entrepreneurial worlds to really, really think about what's really important," she says.