As chief strategist/consumer education for Charles Schwab & Co. Inc., Schwab-Pomerantz is a leading advocate for individual investors. She speaks and writes extensively about personal finance issues and is a[…]
Question: What are the challenges to starting a new business?
Carrie Schwab: I would say starting business is not necessarily my spatiality, but I think the biggest thing is finding a niche, finding a need for people, that is difficult and very-very important to being successful.
Funding is another big issue; finding people to invest in your company or your product.
I do know, from statistics, that women do have a harder time getting investment dollars; so that is a challenge as well.
Another key is surrounding yourself with people who are smarter than you. That is a key to success and something that we apply at Schwab.