How to Launch a Niche, Tech Business Outside of Silicon Valley

With Ashley Lawal

Is your tech start-up reaching the audience you want? Is it possible to have a successful tech based business outside of Silicon Valley? We had the pleasure of sitting with Ashley Lawal, Founder of Urbaanite, to discuss the challenges and advantages of starting a tech business in Nashville, TN. Ashley shared how she has grown her business by focusing on her target audience, and “boot-strapping” her finances. To hear Ashley’s story and learn more about her tips for success, listen to the full podcast below!



Before the interview, we asked Ashley to answer some fun questions to help us get to know her better. These were her answers…


Q: What is your business super power?
A: Connecting people and thinking outside the average norm of how things are done.


Q: If you weren’t an entrepreneur, what would your career be?
A: My initial college major was architecture but in looking back I probably would have gone to culinary school to become a chef.


Q: What is the biggest lesson you learned since starting your business?
A: If at first you don’t succeed, try another like thousand times, lol. I am realizing it is okay to pivot and change. It’s my business and I have the discretion to mix things up at any times. Before, I would always think about the what if’s…what if my current advertisers aren’t on board, what if business members don’t renew, what if readers don’t like this particular post. Now, I think on it for a set amount of time, weigh the variables and just do.


Q: Apple or PC? Why?
A: PC, because it is way more user friendly than a Mac. Plus, my fingers can’t do all the fancy things required to be a Mac user:).


Q: Tell us one thing that people would be surprised to learn about you.
A: My first business was an eco-friendly packaging company many several years ago. I was selling the “go green” experience to restaurants, cafeterias, caterers and schools before it was the “it” thing to do.


Q: How can people connect with you online?
A: Your listeners can connect by signing up for our weekly newsletter, and via @urbaanite on IG, FB and Twitter.



Learn more about Urbaanite and the mission of Ashley Lawal by visiting the Urbaanite website.



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