Behind Her Empire: Industry Exec Sandra Campos on Her Rise and the Future of Fashion Tech

Yasmin Nouri

Yasmin is the host of the "Behind Her Empire" podcast, focused on highlighting self-made women leaders and entrepreneurs and how they tackle their career, money, family and life.

Each episode covers their unique hero's journey and what it really takes to build an empire with key lessons learned along the way. The goal of the series is to empower you to see what's possible & inspire you to create financial freedom in your own life.

Behind Her Empire: Industry Exec Sandra Campos on Her Rise and the Future of Fashion Tech

Sandra Campos has been a rising star in the fashion industry. Today, she is the CEO of the retail tech startup Project Verte and the founder of Fashion Launchpad, an online education platform.

On this episode of the Behind Her Empire podcast, Campos comes to talk about her upbringing, experimenting in fashion and how intuition led to her entrepreneurial success.

"When people ask me that question about my own journey, it's like I say, 'I didn't have a choice.' I am a first generation Mexican American in this country, so two parents who had an incredible work ethic," said Campos of her upbringing in Texas.

Campos' love for fashion led her to New York City where she had to work multiple jobs to get by. Her time was split among three jobs paying off student loans and credit cards while living in a shared room.

"I would go to the ATM machine and get $20 out a week. $20 was my cash. And then I would buy $1 potato for lunch every day from the potato vendor," said Campos.

Campos became involved in the fashion industry, helping to launch brands such as DKNY and Polo Jeans. Most recently, Campos was the CEO of iconic fashion brand Diane von Furstenberg.

It's not easy creating a perfect work and life balance. Campo said she tries to make peace with where she's at. Even when it comes to making decisions as a CEO.

"It's hard because you don't make you don't make choices lightly when they impact individuals and families on a personal level. But you do have to make them because it's not only good for them, it's much better for the business," said Campos.

In the rest of the episode, Campos discusses the lessons she's learned from working alongside Diane von Furstenberg and her life in New York.

Engagement intern Joshua Letona contributed to this post.

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Energy Shares Gears Up To Bring Equity Crowdfunding to Retail Investors

David Shultz

David Shultz reports on clean technology and electric vehicles, among other industries, for dot.LA. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Outside, Nautilus and many other publications.

Energy Shares Gears Up To Bring Equity Crowdfunding to Retail Investors
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These investment opportunities, however, have typically been inaccessible for everyday retail investors until much later in a company’s development–after an IPO, usually. Meaning that the best returns are likely to be captured by banks and other institutions who have the capital and financing to invest large sums of money earlier in the process.

That’s where Pasadena-based Energy Shares comes in. The company wants to help democratize access to these investment opportunities and simultaneously give early-stage utility-scale energy projects another revenue stream.

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Aisha Counts
Aisha Counts is a business reporter covering the technology industry. She has written extensively about tech giants, emerging technologies, startups and venture capital. Before becoming a journalist she spent several years as a management consultant at Ernst & Young.
Why These Ukrainian Entrepreneurs Are Making LA Their Home
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Dot.LA spent an evening with this group of Ukrainian citizens, learning what it was like to build startups in Ukraine, to cope with the unimaginable fear of fleeing war, and to garner the resilience to rebuild.

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