Kelly Keenan Trumpbour is the founder of See Jane Invest, which places “an emphasis on how women can become more involved as investors of women led companies,” she said via e-mail.
“I’m developing educational opportunities for anyone who wants to see companies scale up in cities like Baltimore,” said Trumpbour, 35.
On Wednesday, Trumpbour will be a panelist in the University of Baltimore event “Crowdfunding: Is It Right For You?” More details and RSVP here.
There’s no main office for See Jane Invest. As Trumpbour said, she has been working from coffee shops in several city neighborhoods — Mount Vernon, Harbor East, Mt. Washington, Charles Village — for nearly a year.
This is how she works.
What’s the first thing you do every day before doing any startup-related work?
I try to reserve about a half hour for personal reflection and meditation. I eat a light breakfast (even if it’s just a handful of cashews on my way out the door), and three to four times a week I have morning workouts.
How often do you check your e-mail, and do you use any program to get to “Inbox Zero“?
On most days, I set aside a half-hour in the morning and the afternoon to check and answer e-mails in bulk. I find I work better when I know I have a few hours to concentrate on deep-dive tasks distraction-free, and that requires overcoming the Pavlovian twitch e-mail inspires.
I used to think “Inbox Zero” was about as realistic as commuting by unicorn. Then I accepted that the point wasn’t to stare at an empty inbox as much as it was to have a quick and easy way to understand what to do next:
- I integrated See Jane Invest’s accounts with Gmail, and one day I decided to go through my primary inbox and create a respond folder for any stragglers.
- I archived everything else and deleted all promotions, updates and social robot mail. Now I just repeat the process if not daily, then at least several times a week.
- This is my loose riff on Inbox Zero approaches, but I’ve enjoyed reading blogs like the naive optimist to see how other startups tackle it.
- After talking to Dave Troy, I’m checking out Mailstrom. I like anything that takes advantage of how we process things visually.
How do you keep track of your revenues and expenses?
I began by tracking and labeling everything in Mint. Now I’m looking into cloud accounting programs. I never took to QuickBooks, but I’m intrigued by Xero, Kashoo, FreeAgent, and LessAccounting.
When you need to take a break, what are you turning to?
Cappuccinos are my caffeine drug of choice. Whether I’m making one at my home office or buying one in a shop, it stretches my legs. Even if I’m not eating or drinking anything, I think sitting for too long stagnates the brain. I try to get up and move around a little every hour or so.
If I need to reframe my thought process, I often turn to humor or vivid imagery that I find on places like Pinterest. I love discovering artists and photographers that do fun things with color. Sometimes it’s nice to just give the brain a break and give it something totally different to chew on. Let’s not forget spontaneous dance parties, even if it’s only a little chair bopping with earbuds.
Where do you turn to for founder’s inspiration when you’re feeling low?
Spring is coming and there is nothing I love more than a good run outside. With the right playlist, this can take me from a low point to content and invigorated. I’m also really fortunate to have family and friends who I can call in a moment.
What’s your gear?
I grew up on PC’s but a few years ago I changed everything over to Apple. Now I have the full spectrum of Apple products: iPhone, iPad, Mac Air, Mac Desktop.
What’s one time-saving tip you have?
Don’t believe your own hype that everything you have to do is so important. Some of it is, most of it isn’t. I consider this a time-saver because without it, the hamster wheel could spin indefinitely.
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