Meet Thai-Anh: Co-Founder & CEO of EmBeba
As a transparent company, we want you to know who is behind the product and idea of EmBeba! Our Co-Founder & CEO Thai-Anh is an entrepreneur, mother, designer, gardener, and overall “old person in a young body.” We decided to sit down with Thai-Anh for an interview, and asked her some important questions. Below is the full interview:
What did you want to be when you grew up?
TA: I’m Asian, so I was trained to be a doctor or lawyer when I grew up. :P Actually, I really wanted to be a doctor, but I have a fear of needles so that ended my aspiration.
What degree do you hold, and how do you think it helps you with EmBeba?
TA: I have a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business with a minor in the French language. The best thing that I can read right now is the French menu in Paris. I think having an international business background helps me work with diverse teams around the world, which is beneficial since EmBeba is an international business.
How many kids do you have and what genders?
TA: I currently have a girl, and will soon have a baby boy. I also have two “fur babies”: a dog and a turtle.
What are some of your interests?
TA: I really love gardening and designs in general. You will see me pouring over seed catalogs, IKEA catalogs, and architectural digests. My love of design helps me bring EmBeba product design to life. I’m also slightly obsessed with van life and tiny homes.
What led you to be an entrepreneur?
TA: I grew up in a family of entrepreneurs, although they always wanted me to have a steady corporate career. I think the entrepreneurial spirit is in my genes, as is the passion I have for helping families like mine find solutions for skin irritations.
What are some ways you would describe yourself?
TA: Most people are surprised to find out that I’m actually an old person in a young body. I prefer to garden, cook, read, etc., and I can definitely be a hermit as well. Personality-wise I am sarcastic and really prone to gaffes. I think before I speak sometimes, which usually gets me into so much trouble, and when I get passionate about something I won’t stop talking about it.
Is there anything interesting and unusual about your journey to motherhood and entrepreneurship?
TA: I definitely would not describe myself as the typical mom and I don’t enjoy motherhood like my friends, who are always celebrating something or making crazy arts & crafts. I love my kids, but that’s just not me. I’ve come to realize that my attitude about motherhood is directly related to my experience growing up with a very busy entrepreneurial mother.
Finally, what is your favorite quote?
TA: My favorite quote is from the movie The Martian, “At some point, everything's gonna go south on you and you're going to say, this is it. This is how I end. Now you can either accept that, or you can get to work. That's all it is. You just begin. You do the math. You solve one problem and you solve the next one, and then the next. And If you solve enough problems, you get to come home.” I try to live by this rule.