Ask Patti - A Natural Way to Ageless Beauty

From HBS to Restorsea

Friday, October 4, 2013 12:00:33 PM America/New_York

Q: Patti, how did you go from Harvard Business School to Skincare?

A: I’ve always lived by the advice my dad once gave me early in my career:  

Don’t take a job for prestige and/or money. Always pursue your passion. 

Of course, this came much to his chagrin when, after graduating from Harvard Business School, I took a job in the beauty business. “Why can’t you be an investment banker or consultant like everyone else?” he wondered… I was always drawn to beauty and luxury goods, I just had to get my MBA to do it right.

XOX,
 

Patti

 

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A few weeks ago, we had our first fireside Twitter Chat, hosted by Harvard Business School! For those who missed the chat, you can catch an archive at Storify.

Some key highlights below…

@HBSAlumni: Why did you start @Restorsea?
@pattipao1: Found the best ingredient since I discovered glyolic acid 25 years ago #hbsalumchat

@HBSAlumni: What have you enjoyed most about starting the company? 
@pattipao1: Realization of 25+ year journey. My biz partner calls me the Samurai Warrior

@HBSAlumni: what motivated you to take the "leap" into #Startup life? Was it something beyond finding the "best ingredient?”
@pattipao1: it was by accident. Hiking thru Norway, found ingredient, developed product, sold-in to @bergdorfs

@HBSAlumni: What do you know NOW that you wish you knew THEN about #StartupLife?
@pattipao1: NEVER assume your customer knows how to use your product

@HBSAlumni: What advice would you give students, alumni thinking of starting their own companies?
@pattipao1: Pursue something you have done 112X... Need to be extremely resilient and flexible

Read more…at Storify.

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A Natural Way to Ageless Beauty

TBT: HBS Alumni Reunion

Thursday, June 20, 2013 8:00:48 AM America/New_York

If you weren't already aware, Harvard Business School is a key character in the Restorsea Story.

Not only is Patti Pao, our Founder/CEO, an alumnus of HBS, but her 3 initial investors were as well! Needless to say HBS played a critical role in getting Restorsea started. Thus it was a no-brainer to donate 600 samples of our Mini Day Cream to the Patti’s HBS Alumni Reunion. It was truly a labor of love, as Patti and her team hand assembled each sample set. We hope the HBS Alumni enjoyed the samples!

P.S. Speaking of HBS, we hope you enjoyed Patti’s Twitter Fireside Chat on Tuesday via #HBSalumchat.

Ask Patti - A Natural Way to Ageless Beauty

Getting Started

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 12:13:18 PM America/New_York

Q: Patti, how did you go from Harvard Business School to Skincare?

A: I’ve always lived by the advice my dad once gave me early in my career:  

Don’t take a job for prestige and/or money. Always pursue your passion. 

Of course, this came much to his chagrin when, after graduating from Harvard Business School, I took a job in the beauty business. “Why can’t you be an investment banker or consultant like everyone else?” he wondered… I was always drawn to beauty and luxury goods, I just had to get my MBA to do it right.

XOX,

Patti

Photo courtesy of HBS.

Ask Patti - A Natural Way to Ageless Beauty

What's It Like?

Monday, April 29, 2013 4:00:08 PM America/New_York

Q: Patti, congratulations on the blog opening :). What is it like to own a skincare line? And, how do you go about starting one?

A: Wow that is a great question. So I have been doing this for 25 years. When I graduated from Harvard Business School, all I wanted to do was work in the beauty business.  My dad, a little annoyed, asked me why I couldn't be an investment banker or consultant like everyone else!

I was fortunate to take a job in skincare marketing with Avon Products. And even more fortunate to be adopted by the R&D team - they wanted to use my skin to test new ingredients. It was through this team that I was gernerously introduced to the leading dermatologists and scientists at the time, which helped me discover Glycolic Acid and create the Avon Anew line.

In terms of what's it like: I thank the universe every day for being able to find the best ingredient EVER, and being able to assemble a great team to create and launch the brand. In terms of owning your company: it's great as long as you have A LOT of passion, perseverance and resilience. People will be telling and yelling at you a lot and you need to be accepting of their feedback and create your own vision.

 

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