It’s past time we remixed the entrepreneur archetype. The tried-and-true definition of an emerging or aspiring business owner feels tired. The modern entrepreneur is a mover, shaker and doer who’s not content with simply breaking all the rules. Our 52 trailblazers featured in the October issue are rewriting the rules, tearing them up and doing it all over again. It’s creation at its purest, because the fruits of one’s hustle are not actualized overnight or by following one jet-lagged recipe. It’s no longer adequate to measure entrepreneurs by the brick-and-mortar spaces they manifest or the jobs they create. Those are all important elements but fall short of what it truly means to build something — often with blood, sweat and tears. Whether you’re revamping the vintage clothing industry, introducing a fresh dining concept, cultivating an advocacy-focused creative agency or advancing the cause of equality for the LGBTQ+ community, the only thing that matters is freedom — the freedom to march to the beat of your own badass drum. Read our full rundown of trailblazers here.
Jade Womack created Clockout D.C. because of a hole in the market — she found that most locally-based publications weren’t sharing weekday events with their readers. Clockout D.C. is a perfect publication for folks who have the extra energy after work, and want to live life to the fullest.
Advice that keeps you hungry
My dad has always told me that it’s beautiful to know a little bit about everything because then you can talk to anyone. Everyone has such a diverse and unique set of interests, and I’ve always wanted to learn about them. I attend a wide variety of events — from sake tasting and South Asian dance performances, to film festivals to floral wreath-making to pig butchering, to mooncake festivals, to moon science lectures to art gallery exhibit openings — and I highlight them on my blog.
What your day is incomplete without
Picking up my dog Luna’s poop.
Your power outfit remix
I think the power outfit is a state of mind, and for me, it’s lifting weights at the gym in leggings in an old college T-shirt. Being sweaty and putting in work makes me powerful, and I can do anything.
What every entrepreneur needs
Add value. I think it’s beautiful that we wish to share our passions with the world, but unless your audience finds value, it’s difficult to get any traction or buy in. For example, sometimes adding value is in the product — “This will change your life” — or sometimes, it can be in educating the consumer — “You’re shopping local.” But I do ask myself before I post anything: “Does the Internet really need this content? Who is this post for? Am I adding any value to D.C.?”
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