Jun 23, 2020
This week on 5.6.7.EIGHT, Aleksandra interviews Paige and Kunal Moudgil, a husband-and-wife duo who have combined their business acumen and dance expertise to create PointePeople — a company that is building products and a community to enrich the lives of dancers, globally. Paige is a seasoned dancer who holds a BFA in Dance from the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at NYU. Kunal spent over eight years in the financial services industry, prior to pursuing his MBA at the University of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Wharton School of Business.
Paige and Kunal are the dance industry’s “power couple” and are a beautiful example of how two passions can collide to make something truly great. On the podcast, the two deep-dive on the ins and outs of starting a business — from concept to execution — and cover a wide range of additional topics, including a discussion on the dynamics of working a career alongside your significant other.
“It takes a lifetime to be an overnight success."
“Make serendipity happen. First, take the step. Second, surround yourself with the right people that can be your angels."
“If you can, start a business with a loved one — preferably a partner. Because what a relationship might not be able to do, a business can. It really forces you to understand each other at a level that you may never be able to do so as a couple without a business."
“Learn to let go. Identify things that you can outsource or offshore. Let the folks that have spent years becoming experts solve problems for you."
“Be a sponge in entrepreneurship. Read voraciously. Listen to podcasts. Just learn."
“We don’t want to just be 'Pointe Paint.' We don’t want to be a one-product company. We want to be a movement to change the way people think of dancers and the dance world. So, we want to be 'PointePeople.’ We want to be a community that is empowering, educating, and enriching dancers around the world."
“Have courage… There’s a difference between having courage and being fearless. I’m nervous 100 percent of the time running this business. But it’s the difference between having that fear sit with you and having the courage to move through it."
“It’s not that we’re putting a list together of [ways we can delight our customers]. We just open up our hearts and ask, ‘What is the best way to make someone happy?’"
Bullet Points (w/ timestamps) - Highlighting key topics discussed:
3:59: Paige and Kunal discuss their business’s mission and vision and how the business came to life.
8:26: Paige walks through her personal history in dance and how she, as an NYU graduate in fine arts, ultimately pursued a career in entrepreneurship.
16:59: Paige shares an important lesson that she learned in dance that has helped her tremendously as she has built her own business.
18:21: Kunal — a seasoned businessman — discusses the similarities and differences between running a small business and a Fortune 500 company.
23:01: Kunal walks through the process of going from the proverbial “aha moment” to building a business atop that foundation.
27:50: Paige and Kunal discuss the joys and dynamics of working alongside each other as a husband and wife couple.
32:59: Paige and Kunal describe what they are most proud of.
36:05: Paige and Kunal share some practical advice for aspiring entrepreneurs around the importance of ongoing education and resiliency.
40:13: Paige and Kunal take a moment to encourage any aspiring entrepreneurs to take the plunge and act on their ideas.
43:03: Paige and Kunal discuss what’s next for them in life and business.
Bullet List of Resources –
Traction on Amazon (mentioned in podcast)