This week we are crushing on Angie Hicks of the ever helpful customer review service, Angie’s List.
Angie, co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer, launched the company in 1995 out of her hometown of Columbus, Ohio. What started as Angie going door-to-door to solicit business has exploded into a well-known, internet-based company with listings in over 200 U.S. cities.
Last year, Angie’s List went public on NASDAQ, and now serves more than 1.5 million households that pay about $45 a year to access the site. As Angie’s List has continued to grow, Angie has kept the company true to its roots, providing the information members say they couldn’t live without.
When interviewed by Tech Crunch’s Chris Dixon, Angie spoke about the strategic importance of launching early in big cities, mentioning that if they hadn’t “danced around” the idea of opening in Chicago, they could have learned a lot more, and faster.
For those starting their own companies, or considering joining a young startup, Angie shares the advice her grandfather gave her back in the mid-90’s: “What’s the difference between being 22 and looking for a job and being 23 and looking for a job? There’s nothing.”
Angie is now a working mother, on top of running a successful “Fastest Growing Company” as ranked by Inc. 500 Magazine - proof that you really can do it all!
Thanks for the inspiration, Angie! Check out her interview with Tech Crunch for their Founder Stories.