After receiving treatment for an eating disorder and for alcohol and drug addictions, Lauren left her job on Wall St. and made it her mission to enhance addiction treatment by enabling accountability, support, and communication after treatment. Soon after, SPARKITE was born.
SPARKITE is a mobile aftercare support platform for aftercare addiction treatment facilities to help hold clients accountable to their recoveries, increase referrals, and capture relapses.
Who are your ideal clients?: Addiction treatment facilities.
Is this your first business?: Yes. I started off working on Wall Street and soon realized that having my own company and bringing my purpose and vision to life is much more fulfilling.
What is the biggest reason for your success so far?: Focus and grit. Being an entrepreneur is filled with its ups and downs. That is a given. But through all of that, I have remained focused on my larger vision and purpose. When I connect with that, all of the noise goes away and I continue to execute.
What were the earliest indications that this business could be successful?: I am Sparkite's ideal end user. I have been sober since 2012 and the transition from addiction treatment to "reality" is difficult. I knew that creating a solution for that bridge back to reality was important to do.
What is your biggest differentiator?: Our team has experience in addiction and recovery. We are passionate about what we are doing and believe that recovery from addiction is possible and the solution we have created makes that possible.
If it was possible, what advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?: Believe in yourself. You don't need to live your life to appease everyone else. The most fulfilling validation comes from within. It's all there and don't look for outside factors to make you feel whole and complete.
Do you ever use coworking spaces?: Yes, I am currently part of Blueprint Health's Winter 2016 and we work from The Farm in SoHo.
What book are you most likely to give as a gift?: Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. He walks the reader through his experience as a prisoner in a concentration camp. His connection to something bigger than him and belief that a better life for him was possible is moving and inspiring.
Favorite place to travel to? : Israel. itching to go back!
What is the best small business in your neighborhood? : Ost Cafe in the East Village. Great coffee and ambiance.
What is your favorite app or online tool?: The Sunrise Calendar app.
What advice do you have for new founders?: Believe in yourself and don't let the disappointments take you away from executing on your dreams.
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