In Australia, Nikki Durkin is kind of a big deal. At 25, she is the co-founder of her third startup Codemakers, has been named one of Sydney Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People, and was one of the top 3 finalist’s in Cosmopolitan Magazine’s ‘Fun, Fearless Female Of The Year’ Awards.
I could go get a job tomorrow and get paid a lot of money, but I know what’s going to happen everyday. That’s just not me. I like the unknown, whether I’m going to do really well or I’m not going to do really well. But at least for me I feel like it’s in my control.
She founded her first company Kult Kandy at 15, and her second, 99dresses, at 18 and within a couple years was accepted into one of the most prestigious startup accelerators in the world, Y Combinator, located in Silicon Valley. Everything seemed to be going according to plan…ish, until it started not to (sound familiar?).
First, her co-founders left, then the funding she had secured fell through, and while Nikki did everything she could to navigate yet another challenge of scaling a business, it wasn’t enough, and her and her co-founder decided to wind 99dresses down. And, almost overnight, Nikki became famous because of this article she posted on Medium: My Startup Failed And This Is What It Feels Like
In today’s interview, you’ll learn:
- How Nikki got her first foray into entrepreneurship.
- The advice her parents gave her about getting out of the rat race.
- How she was met her current Codemakers founder, James Ryan.
- Why she believes mindset is critical to success.
Her top 3 online tools are:
The one book she would recommend to all listeners is The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot