September 15, 2018 Leza Klenk

I was married at 20, for a good 10 years before calling it quits. Paul and I still run a company together as founders, and raised three little children as parents. Instead of losing a spouse, my ex-husband turn out to be my best friend, my trusted business partner, my colleague. I found that it is possible to make the best out of the worst situations, combining both your personal and professional world. Marriage is one of the most complicated relationships to handle. It does not necessarily come with monetary rewards like a business relationship does, and often the factors…

September 15, 2018 Leza Klenk

When it comes down to the pre-requisites to be successful, I realised that it’s not measured by the level of intelligence or strength of an individual. However, it may be contributed by the amount of effort one puts in, or the value of network surrounding that person. But then again, those points are related to the main factor – one’s desire to want to succeed. I started out as a stay home mother, after being married at 20. Having children, raising children and managing children were my daily routine, on top of the private tutoring I did in my own…

September 15, 2018 Leza Klenk

So you asked me about your competitors rising, and that they are undercutting your usual selling price that you are being affected by their existence – What do you do? If you have a lousy idea, no one will copy. The fact you have competitors means your idea is of substance, and that’s flattery more than anything else. Also, how long do you expect your business to not have competitors at all if it makes you money, of course other people wants to also make money. No one really has original ideas anymore, so do you think your idea is…

September 15, 2018 Leza Klenk

The Baking Studio was built unplanned, by accident. I am not a baker, and still have yet to bake up till today. Someone came through my office in June 2013 and told me about the possibility of opening a kitchen for bakers, and I went ahead to open it. Without thinking twice, and with absolute no desire to ever bake, I went on to open a fully fledged commercial kitchen just so bakers in my community can bake. I saw the possible vision of bakers coming by, to not only bake but also to teach baking workshops. I felt so…

September 15, 2018 Leza Klenk

I can’t really blame my mother considering how many times I did drive her crazy through my teenage years. One thing that has not changed since then, is how fixed and determined I am in what I want to do. Okay, the true fact is that I am stubborn. Very stubborn. If my mind is set on doing something, I made sure I did it all the way – anyway. For me. it’s not about winning the race, but it’s about finishing the race. I could never sleep not knowing and I am those people who can’t stand the phrase…

September 15, 2018 Leza Klenk

My VC is a wise man, one of the most admirable people I have ever met and I have always felt lucky we are connected in this lifetime, more so in the past year. A lot of things have changed with the business and progression continues to increase. But most importantly, a lot of things have changed about me. I felt the year, 2016 with all the winnings and losses, I have changed as a person. That is what I am most grateful for. The first thing he told me when I met him is a famous quote that says…

September 15, 2018 Leza Klenk

Failures are not something new to me. It’s something I have faced multiple times over, that it probably got more sick of me than I do of it. I lost count of the many times I fall, only to miraculously see myself heal like Wolverine. I’ve lost my steps several times, only to find my way back again and pursued on, harder and stronger each time. I do not set up a business to last me a year or for the sole purpose that I could retire faster. While some people started a business to earn an income from the side,…

September 15, 2018 Leza Klenk

As much as 2016 is full of peaks and valleys, a lot of things happened that I would least expect. The best highlight is meeting my Venture Capitalist, still one the greatest man I admire. He is wise, calm and ever so supportive. The only thing I would worry is not fulfilling the expectations he has of me, so I hope with continuous progression this 2017 would be a year, he can confidently conclude I am worth the investment. Everything else in between from meeting people, connecting with people, leading people and investing in people are challenges that did not work out…