Throwback Thursday: Miki Agrawal
A SLICE of Miki
Like many entrepreneurs, Miki Agrawal didn’t expect to create a revolutionary company like SLICE from the get-go. Miki played soccer semi-professionally for the NY Magic post-college, started out as an investment banker upon graduation (Deutsche Bank), then left to work as a commercial/music video/film production coordinator/manager for three years after that.
Her entrepreneurial spirit then kicked in and at 25 years old, she decided to start the process of building the Slice concept. At 26, she opened SLICE, a high-end pizza eatery.
When filling out applications to land an internship or job, many are encouraged to demonstrate passion in a specific industry. Nowadays, students are often expected to know exactly what they want. That’s great — but most of us know that that expectation is unrealistic and often intimidating. Even Miki struggled to find the most suitable career that reflected her interests. In the attached eClip, Miki applies her story to create helpful advice. Take a look at my extended interpretation to some key take-aways:
Act on your Passion – As Ray Bradbury once said, “Love what you do, and do what you love.” ‘Nuff said.
Reflect – After working in the film business for a while, Miki didn’t like working under somebody else: “It’s just not who I am.” Take the time to reflect on what you truly want; if you don’t know what you want, try new things to discover yourself like Miki did. In order to get the most out of your reflection, be honest with yourself. Don’t pretend to like or pursue a career just because it’s what most people desire–i.e. investment banking. Finally, take action. Don’t just reflect the whole time; you’ll become stagnant. Had Miki kept planning without implementing, SLICE wouldn’t have ever existed.
Network – Miki had the opportunity to jump such a wide variety in industries because she put the effort in extending her network. “When you ask somebody for something, they will respond and they will help. You just have to ask. A lot of people are too scared to ask. If you ask, you shall receive.” Don’t be afraid! Keep in mind that networking is not for using people. Meet new people in different industries and gain new insight.
Founder and Company Bio
Established in 2005, SLICE revolutionizes the traditional pizza eating experience by using fresh, local ingredients and internationally inspired toppings. Miki is currently working on developing more SLICE locations in NYC and in other cities as well as building her wholesale side to Slice. She recently launched her pizza kits which will eventually be sold in supermarkets nation-wide.
Most recently, Miki Agrawal is a co-founder of the company, Thinx.
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