For many entrepreneurs, mustering up the courage to step out on their own and launch a company is a daunting task.
It was less so for serial entrepreneur Tanveer Patel. She had come to the U.S. at the age of 19 following an arranged marriage to who is now her husband of 22 years. After coming to a new country and learning a new culture, taking the entrepreneurial leap wasn't so scary.
Of course, it also helps that entrepreneurship runs in her family. Her father ran a logistics company, and she says she wouldn't be surprised if her youngest son starts a company by the time he's out of high school
Since taking that initial leap, Patel has founded or turned around multiple companies in Birmingham. Much of her work - including her current venture, ConcertCare LLC - has been in the tech sector, but she has also taken on passion projects like an Indian grocery store in Birmingham. For Patel, the thrill is building companies. She recently spoke with the BBJ about her startup strategy and business philosophy.
On how she became an entrepreneur: I grew up in an entrepreneurial environment. My father was an entrepreneur and being raised in that environment has a lot to do with it. When I was 9 years old, I had thought I wanted to start my own business. I thought it was cool. I think I had that in me, but I didn't know I had that in me. It was there from childhood. At that age, I just wanted to own my own business. Just that feeling of doing something and creating something. I had seen it with my family. I was not afraid of it.