“My name is Nisha and I’m one of the founders of an app called Croissant. With Croissant, remote workers can easily access the best coworking spaces in their city.“
How did you come up with the idea for Croissant?
“Two years ago, my cofounders and I were working on a completely different startup idea. We would arrange to meet at various coffee shops in Manhattan on the weekend to work together. It was difficult to find a table to sit together and focus, and we had to keep buying coffee and croissants (which is where the name of our company comes from) so we don’t feel guilty for staying all afternoon. We couldn’t find any good solution out there that allowed us to easily meet and focus on our ideas in the city. So we decided to create it ourselves!”
What is your favorite place to travel to?
“I fall in love with places so easily — it’s hard for me to pick favorites. I loved driving down the California coast, people watching from Parisian cafes, walking around the quaint streets of Porto, slurping noodles in small crowded ramen shop in Tokyo where I have no idea what anyone is saying, and hunting for the Northern Lights in Iceland.”
What piece of travel advice do you wish you had 5 years ago?
“I wish I hadn’t rushed traveling so much when I was younger. I remember I planned one trip in which I visited 5 European cities in two weeks! Never again. At the time, Europe felt so big, and I wasn’t sure if I’d ever make it back again. I felt obligated to hit up the main touristy stuff just to “check it off the list”.
Nowadays, I prefer to explore a place a bit more and research things that I am genuinely interested in. I have also become comfortable with skipping an attraction even if all the main travel guides recommend it. Those places tend to be the most crowded and frustrating to me anyway. I’ll happily admit I don’t like touring the inside of castles and palaces! My travel style has evolved over time and now it’s much more low key, relaxing, and personally fulfilling.”
As a founder, your life must be incredibly busy. How do you squeeze in time to take care of yourself?
“For me, it’s been a two-step process. First, I have to identify which activities invigorate me and give me clarity. Secondly, I carve out time in my schedule for those activities and commit to them in advance. Otherwise, I tend to get lazy or forget, and it takes a toll on my mental health.”
Do you have any advice for women founders who are just getting started?
“Try to identify your strengths and weaknesses for the sake of understanding yourself better. What are you really good at? And why? Reflecting on this has helped me become more comfortable in my own skin.”
Where can we find you online?
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