Sashee Chandran is a big deal. She’s launched an amazing tea brand and raised nearly $8.5 million in venture capital funding for her company, Tea Drops. She’s unbelievably candid and humble, sharing everything she learned about starting a business, hiring, finding investors, and so much more. After this conversation, you’ll feel like you have taken a crash course in founding a startup.

Question Highlights:

  • Where did your career start?
  • What did you start working on first?
  • Where did you start selling first?
  • How did you start building your team?
  • What has your experience been finding investors?
  • What was your biggest takeaway from the past year?

“You grow as a person as your company grows.”

-Sashee Chandran


  • Sashee’s early career
  • Figuring out where to start
  • Pitching yourself to buyers
  • Making your first hires
  • Not making assumptions about what’s going to last forever


Helaine Knapp

Founder & CEO of CityRow Go. After spending years climbing the corporate ladder, Helaine Knapp left the world of publishing for tech start-up life. Group fitness was her outlet while working hard and taking on the hustle and bustle of New York City. However, months of spin and boot camp classes left her with a lower back injury, and she began searching for a workout that was low impact, but super effective. After a friend suggested rowing, Helaine initially rejected it as something “my dad did in college,” but following a few workouts on a sexy machine, and pairing it with total body sculpting moves, her mind was changed and the concept for CITYROW was born. With a mission of delivering a smart, fun, effective workout to all fitness levels, under Knapp’s leadership, CityRow has grown from one studio in New York City to a national, omnichannel fitness brand with 12 open studios and 65 franchises sold nationwide along with a top-ranked, on-demand, global program featuring at-home rowers and a fast-growing digital subscription business. Knapp has yet to row on the water and has been featured as a business leader and a wellness expert on TODAY, Women’s Health, ABC, Harper’s Bazaar, Shape, Well + Good, Vogue, Yahoo! Finance, and PEOPLE, among many others.


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