Entrepreneur Spotlight: Hannah Luu, OncoGambit

Entrepreneur Spotlight Hannah Luu Oncogambit

During this time of year it's easy to get caught up in the spirit of the holidays. It's also a time to remember that not everyone has the privilege of spending time with friends and family. Some people face tough decisions as they fight their battle with cancer. Let's face it, cancer sucks. I've lost friends and family to it. But I've also watched friends and family fight it to lead healthy lives after treatments.

Cute LA had the chance to interview female entrepreneur, Hannah Luu of OncoGambit. She along with her co-founder, Laura Bourdeanu, created the platform to assist cancer patients. In finding the right treatments and expert opinions. While helping to reduce their anxiety about this step in their lives. OncoGambit allows patients to concentrate on the best treatment. While saving time, money and energy. 

Read on to learn more about Hannah Luu and the OncoGambit Platform:

OncoGambit Startup

// What's the inspiration behind OncoGambit? //

As a practicing oncologist, I have encountered a lot of confusion and worry from cancer patients and their families about their treatment recommendations. This truly concerned me because patients were usually more worried about their treatments than they were about their disease. Having experienced this, OncoGambit came to me in an ‘Aha’ moment as a great way to relieve the uncertainty around treatment. My goal in creating this platform was to help create a quick and easy way for patients. To get educated about their cancer and their cancer treatment options. The OncoGambit website validates their treatment recommendations and helps them become advocates for their own health and survival.

// What separates OncoGambit from similar companies? //

There are several reputable websites such as WebMD, American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen, and National Cancer Institute (NCI), to name a few, that provide general information about cancer and treatment.

OncoGambit takes it a step further and provides patients with specific treatment regimens. That include doses of the drugs, the frequency of the treatment, and the duration of the treatment that are in line with current guidelines. We do that by asking specific information about the patient’s information and circumstances such as age, sex, cancer characteristics, and cancer stage. To give them specific details for a recommended treatment plan. This way, patients know what to expect every step of the way in their cancer journey.

The information is updated regularly, as new data and studies become available. The most current treatment for a specific cancer may change year to year as new studies come out and doctors agree that regimen A, for example, is now better suited than regimen B. You don’t have the same updating in real-time or the level of accuracy in treatment recommendations that you get with OncoGambit on any other web-based medical platform.

Hannah Luu & Laura Bourdeanu Founders of OncoGambit

Hannah Luu & Laura Bourdeanu Founders of OncoGambit

// What were the first steps in creating OncoGambit? //

The first steps in creating OncoGambit were to figure out if it were possible to write a program that would result in a treatment recommendation based on the information provided by the patients. For this I teamed up with my brother, who is a software developer, to test it out. Once we learned that this was possible, we proceeded to build the software. We were able to compile and summarize the cancer treatments recommended by multiple national treatment guidelines. Which are based on the latest research and the consensus of over 1100 cancer experts.

// What are the most difficult & most rewarding aspects of entrepreneurship? //

The most difficult aspect of entrepreneurship is making decisions and not knowing whether they are right or wrong. Not all the decisions I’ve made have been right, but let’s say I learned to trust my intuition! There are so many rewarding aspects of entrepreneurship, but the most rewarding is certainly choosing the people I work with. Teaming up with my partners was key in having a happy working relationship. I also enjoy the ability to create my own opportunities by attending conventions and networking with like-minded people. I certainly feel like I shape my own destiny by being an entrepreneur.

Hannah Luu Quote OncoGambit

// What advice do you have for someone creating their own tech start up? //

My advice for someone creating their own startup is to join professional networking groups. You will meet professionals interested in helping others develop their ideas. While networking and making life-long friendships. I have met numerous entrepreneurs who willingly help me either through offering advice on how to bring my business to the next level or letting others know about my business. I highly recommend this to any new business owner.

// Anything else you want our readers to know about OncoGambit? //

In order to win the fight against cancer, it's going to take everyone! Everyone being informed and everyone feeling like they have access to the best information. That is easy-to-understand and follow, when it comes to treatments. It is very rewarding to educate our patients about their cancer, treatments and that they can have a better chance of survival with our treatment validation tool.

We built this for the patients, not the oncologists. But the oncologists should want their patients to feel confident in their treatment. So patients can enter the treatment process with the most confidence as possible. As a doctor, you want your patient to be in the right state of mind when facing this challenging process, and that is exactly what patients will get from using OncoGambit!

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Emily Webb, Founder MyLücke App

Entrepreneur Spotlight Emily Webb MyLucke App

Cute LA had a chance to interview female entrepreneur Emily Webb. Who founded MyLücke App. An on demand parking marketplace that makes it easier for drivers to find parking spots. Whether looking for hourly, daily, weekly or monthly parking. A heaven sent for anyone that lives the city lifestyle. Trust me in Los Angeles it's a necessity. I will unfriend you if your parking situation is a hot mess. Ain't nobody got time for that. 

The MyLücke app allows people to make extra income from under utilized parking spots. This is ideal for anyone that lives in a bustling area. Think about the festivals, farmer's markets, events etc. that you've attended. I'm not the only one who circles the neighborhood trying to find a damn parking spot. Wishing I could park in someone's driveway and throw them cash.  MyLücke makes that dream a reality, but more classy. Believe me, in Los Angeles, this is a dream.

Excited, to have a woman in tech, share her insight on starting her own appRead on to learn more about Emily Webb and MyLücke App:

Emily Webb Founder MyLucke App

// What's the inspiration behind MyLücke? //

The inspiration to start a private parking marketplace fostered from my experience as a new Angeleno, as I encountered the worst parking problems I’ve ever experienced. There is proof that we have an abundance of parking spaces in Los Angeles, just walk through residential areas & business districts, and look around. Vacant parking is everywhere, which is when I realized the solution to parking problems is a matter of innovating the parking industry into a share economy.

MyLucke App makes finding parking easy

// What separates MyLücke from similar companies? //

We pay out 100% of the rate Renters set for their spaces, whereas other share economy revenue models are typically a 80/20 split. We also offer Parkers the flexibility of extending their reservation from the app, which is convenient and tech savvy! Our backend infrastructure is incredibly solid and we are ready to scale at any moment. 

// What were the first steps in creating MyLücke? //

Market research, due diligence on developers & development firms, trademark and patentability search, and legal aspects of setting up the company.

Iphone MyLucke App find parking

// What are the most difficult & most rewarding aspects of entrepreneurship? //

The most difficult aspect of being an entrepreneur is the constant drive to over achieve when that doesn’t necessarily equate to immediate results. Time, patience and strategic positioning are vital aspects to understanding the foundation for building a business. The most rewarding aspect is being able to do what I love, provide a solution to a universal problem by building the best company I can build, and challenge myself every day through perseverance, high expectations and inner strength. 

MyLucke Founder Emily Webb Quote

// What advice do you have for someone creating their own tech start up? //

Take the time to conduct due diligence on developers and engineers, because they are the core of a tech company. A vision will come to life with suitable programmers, so tread lightly when choosing a development team and make sure the right people are on the bus! Additionally, protect your Intellectual Property!

MyLucke easy parking in Los Angeles

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: InCompany by Attire Club

Entrepreneur Spotlight Attire Club

Cute LA had a chance to interview founders Fraquoh and Franchomme, from Attire Club. Where they talked about their new magazine "InCompany by Attire Club." This magazine gives a glance into the fashion elite, offers style tips, photography, business and politics. The perfect reading companion to fashion's "elegantologists." True entrepreneurs, the founders gave Cute LA insight on creating your own magazine and life as fashion entrepreneurs. Read on to learn more:

InCompany Magazine Cover

// What's the inspiration behind InCompany by Attire Club? //

We started Attire Club back a few years ago and after a while, we started thinking whether it we should also make a magazine or not. The online medium is so popular these days, that we weren’t sure whether a magazine in the classic sense would be relevant. Once we found the formula for the magazine, we gave ourselves a green light. The formula was to create a concept diary: we collaborate with so many great people and discuss so many topics on our website, that we wanted to make a journal to showcase that. InCompany is more of a collector’s magazine and, in a way, close to a coffee table book.

// What separates InCompany by Attire Club from similar Magazines? //

The thing that makes our magazine unique is the fact that we cover everything you don’t usually see in fashion magazines: we’re all about discovering Fashion Weeks that are different from the main four ones (not that we don’t love those), exotic brand, as well as innovation in fashion technology and design.

Moreover, we also love to cover the personal aspect of style and explore people’s direct relationship with it.

InCompany by Attire Club

// What were some of the first steps you took in creating your magazine? //

Once we decided on the concept, we chose the theme for the first issue of the magazine. We decided to go with “Accessories and Austria”, as accessories are the thing that adds personality to an outfit and Austria is the home base of Attire Club. As a sneak peak, the theme of the second issue is “Clothes and Cultural Identity” and we will be exploring everything from tribal clothes to wearable technology and the way it will influence our lives.

// What is the most difficult and most rewarding aspect of being entrepreneurs? //

The most difficult thing about being entrepreneurs is that it is quite hard to respond to yourself. Since you are in control, you are often inclined to push deadlines, modify schedules or not keep track of things. However, it is essential that you stay focused and respect the timelines and structures you created. Otherwise, it doesn’t work. On the other hand, this is what is very rewarding too: that your business is flexible, you can take calculated risks can create your own success! In the end, it’s all about being disciplined, as being a true entrepreneur is a daily balancing act.

Entrepreneur Spotlight Attire Club

 // What advice do you have for someone that wants create their own magazine? //

If someone wants to create their own magazine, they should know that the process of creating a magazine from scratch is not an easy road. It seems very easy to make a magazine, but in fact, to create a quality publication, there are a lot of things that you need to take into consideration: from creating a layout to obtaining permission to use photographs. If you don’t take care of every aspect, you might find the process overwhelming. Also, the one question you need to ask yourself when you are creating a magazine is whether it is relevant. Whatever you do, submit it to this question.

// What do you want people to take away from reading InCompany by Attire Club? //

What we’d like people to take away from reading InCompany by Attire Club is that firstly, style is what you create with everything you can and have and that it is doesn’t exist by itself; style is connected to every other aspect of life; and, secondly, that style can be whatever you want it to be. 

The digital version of our magazine can be bought here.

The print version of our magazine can be bought here.

You can watch the “We Are Fashion” Web Documentary here.

InCompany by Attire Club

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Raphael Guien of Ortu leather

Entrepreneur Spotlight Raphael Guien

Cute LA had a chance to interview Raphael Guien of Ortu Leather. Located in the Fashion District of Los Angeles. It specializes in leather garmet production. He gave some invaluable knowledge on creating your own business, staying in top shape and being true to yourself. In addition, his passion and enthusiasm leap from his words. Enjoy!

Raphael Guien of Ortu Leather

// What's the inspiration behind Ortu leather?//

La Revolution francaise in L.A.! (laughs).

No, seriously... Well I think for one, growing up in Paris, early on, I was exposed to all kinds of fashion. There were lots of small underground boutiques, featuring local unknown designers and their creations. Designers were coming out with pretty edgy, sometimes provocative clothes. It was really special to witness  all this creation, this risk taking.  And I think that's how, early on, I got a taste for Fashion, "la mode" as we call it there.

I'm not a designer or anything but I think with Ortu leather, I wanted to recreate this sense of creative community. My vision was to build a leather contracting business that would serve and bring together an existing community of fashion minded designers and entrepreneurs, here in the Los Angeles Fashion District. And by bring together, I mean connecting the right people with the right project: whether it be a retailer for a fashion label, a showroom for a designer, or a costume maker for a movie studio. Of course, we weren't going to be the first leather garment production, we knew that. But, something I was big on, from the beginning, was to create this "lieu de vie," this place to gather, meet, create, exchange and make things happen. Not just some factory with a cash register!  Every day, we meet the most interesting people here at Ortu and we feed off each other's creativity.

And today still, this is very important to us. It's part of our DNA! That's why, every now and then, you'll see us hold open house days for fashion schools, and I make it a point to answer every single student's question. I've always had respect for those who want to learn or create, it's a positive thing and I want to help them in any way I can. Also, leathercraft is a noble art. You can't just cheat and buy your way into it, you have to really hone your skills, and it takes time, like every good thing. 

// How did you get started creating it? //

I think, from day one, we placed a focus on each other's strengths, and ran with it. As partners, Daniel, Frank and myself: we all bring diverse experience and specialties and complement each other really well.

For example, Frank has 25+ years of experience in the Fashion business, in Paris France first, then here in the Los Angeles Fashion District. He's collaborated with dozens of national fashion brands, launched his own labels and worked hand in hand with retailers like Barney's, Saks, Macy's, etc. He's been there through thick and thin and I think, better than anyone, he understands all the ingredients needed to launch a fashion line: production costs and logistics, showroom, trade shows, product placement, buzz and so on. That's where we stand out. We address what happens next: the "why", the "how" - We're not just here to make a sale, it's long term. That's why our partnerships typically last years. 

Basically, we care and we love what we do. So, when you ask how we got started... In reality, we simply started with our passion and knowledge. A cutting edge leather jacket, a happy client getting a sale and recognition... Then the thing feeds on itself: reorders, referrals, word of mouth. I'm sorry there's really no secret sauce to reveal here! It just takes a ton of dedication, patience and hard work.

Raphael Guien Quote

// What is the most difficult aspect of being entrepreneur? //

I know it will sound shallow to some, but I would say, first and foremost: always try to be profitable! I know that nowadays we're surrounded with billboards boasting the merits of such and such company that is donating a pair of shoes for each pair purchased, saving the world, lending to the community to create jobs, putting kids through school, etc. But these companies, no matter their message, their image, their brand. Behind the facade, the marketing. They have someone watching the numbers so they can stay in business. If your numbers aren't right, you will quickly run your business into the ground. I've seen it time and time again. It's never pretty.  I think another hard thing to do is constantly asking yourself the question: are the products or services I am selling viable? And if the answer is no, be honest with yourself instead of digging yourself into a hole you won't get out of. You need to think things through and always try to gain perspective and visualize how you can bring each project to fruition.

And I'd like to go back to the patience I was talking about earlier. I think patience is something some entrepreneurs are missing nowadays when they're hoping their brand will go "viral" overnight or when they throw a lot of money on the latest technology gimmick, or the wrong celebrity endorsement. There are a lot of vulture companies out there, preying on small businesses marketing dollars and promising the impossible. 

// What is the most rewarding aspect? //

Of course you don't go into business just to make money you usually have other bigger aspirations. The aspiration can be freedom, as it is in my case. I have big responsibilities and commitments of course, but I wake up feeling free. And that's the promise I made myself a few years back: to try and attain freedom. The freedom where you feel transcended. I don't believe in complaints or fatality. I remember coming to this country with $200 to my name. I tried and failed at many things and left countless jobs, unhappy and frustrated. But now, looking back, every experience had its value, and I know that it's possible! 

Another pleasure I get is seeing other people's dreams and projects come to life every week. Often from the most basic idea: a drawing, a sketch on a piece of paper that becomes a leather jacket on a retailer's shelf. Seeing people around you living from their passion, making a living. It's a good feeling.

Raphael Guien BTS of Ortu Leather

// Best advice for someone that wants to create their own business? //

For tips, I don't think I have any kind of magic potion so I usually like to keep it simple.

- Stay healthy!  I believe in staying on top of your health, otherwise you will limit your potential. To me this means three things: exercise plus healthy food and sleep. I want to give the best of myself all day long and not just business wise. I need to handle the daily stress, make important decisions. I like to compare running a business with running a marathon: it's very long, demanding and you have to be as consistent as possible in your effort.

- Have a plan. It's that simple: every time I start my day, I take a piece of paper and write down what I want to achieve. As I complete each task, I feel good because I know I'm achieving. The feeling of achievement is very important to me mentally. It's a strong driver. Otherwise, because it's my business and nobody's on my back, it's so easy to fall in the trap of answering every email and taking care of small issues, when in reality there are much more important things I should address. And that's how before you know it, you've lost a day that could have been a productive one.

- Build strong relationships. I found out early on that you can't go at it alone. It's not just you on top of this mountain. And that's why, for many years, I have built strong friendships and partnerships with fellow business owners and professionals. We all help each other, one way or another, all the time.  Plus business can come from unlikely places: I can't recount how many times I found myself doing business with a so called competitor. You need to keep an open mind so you can take advantage of opportunities.

I really believe in the theory that, especially in a place like L.A., everything you need is standing right in front of you, but you just don't see it. We all know a lot of people and by extension, we are already connected with the people that can push the right buttons and make things happen.

Well, before we finish, Tiffany, I want to really thank you for this interview, I enjoyed it very much and I hope that some readers will feel encouraged, get an idea, something, anything, from this!  

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Entrepreneur Spotlight: Jenn Busch of Ahimsa Clothing

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I've always envied the people that are dedicated to yoga. It's actually a goal of mine. The benefits are endless and there's just a care free quality of it that I love. Cute LA had the chance to chat with Jenn Busch, founder of Ahimsa Clothing. A true yogi she blended her love by creating a clothing line with the goal of comfort and a mission of non-violence. Learn more about Jenn and the inspiration behind the name "Ahimsa."

Jenn Busch

// What's the inspiration behind Ahimsa Clothing? //

My intention was to develop a line of clothing that was an extension of my belief system, with the thought--- What we wear becomes an extension of who we are.  Teaching yoga since 1999 and practicing daily was instrumental in the development of my company. The name I chose is a Sanskrit word that is part of an 8 limbed path that forms structural framework for yoga practice.  Ahimsa is defined as the behavior to not injure any person whatsoever.  It is the act of kindness, friendliness and thoughtful consideration of other people and things. I wanted to share my strong belief in this while inspiring and encouraging other women to do the same… so why not do it through clothing… believe it practice it & wear it.

// How did you get started creating it? //

I started creating Ahimsa after I decided on the name and made a commitment to myself to persevere no matter what challenges arose. I researched for about 12 months through different global networking sites, met with many people in the same industry then chose  to partner with individuals and companies that would inspire me and help me grow. 

// What is the most difficult aspect of being entrepreneurs? //

One of the largest challenges thus far for me was gaining enough momentum to actually get my feet off the ground.. As well as the learning curve in areas I had no education in. Like Logistics! It's difficult to be a one women show learn all aspects of the business. 

// What is the most rewarding aspect of being entrepreneurs? //

I am lucky in this business,  a lot of the time I can choose who I work with.  I love to surround myself with like minded people whom inspire me and give me the courage and know how to move forward. 

Ahimsa Clothing

// What's the best piece of advice for someone that wants to become their own boss?//

Stay extremely organized, expect the unexpected, get lots of advice, educate yourself continually and take the time to reward yourself for all the hard work you put in..

Ahimsa Definition

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