Ruzwana Bashir loves the startup life and has her hands full with Peek.com, a company she founded in 2012 that offers unique travel activities and experiences. With a MBA from the prestigious Harvard Business School, Bashir’s appetite for taking risks is high and she advises young female entrepreneurs to do the same. After working at companies like Blackstone Group, Goldman Sachs and Gilt Groupe, Bashir knew it was finally the right time to start her own venture, a risk that has paid off well: Peek raised $1.4 million the year it was launched and another $5 million this year. Having recently launched Peek Professional while expanding to new destinations and offering everything from a helicopter tour of Manhattan to paddle board lessons in Santa Monica, it is safe to say that Ruzwana is putting her print on the map.
Take a special sneak peek into Marissa Bronfman’s exclusive interview with Peek’s Ruzwana Bashir, coming soon to The Huffington Post.
Q: You’ve spoken about the romanticization of startups by the media and the need for a more realistic portrait. What is life as an entrepreneur really like?
A: I typically work 16 hours a day, 6 days a week, because in early stages at startups there is ALWAYS more that you can do! It’s often stressful, tiring and frankly, overwhelming and can lead to you sacrificing some other things in your life. However, it’s all made a lot easier because I love my job. I find it incredibly rewarding to be able to help our consumers find awesome experiences to share with their friends and family, to create memories they will cherish forever, and to help our activities operators to improve and grow their businesses. I’m also in the incredibly fortunate position of getting to work each day with some of the smartest people I’ve ever met on problems that I really care about.