Anjula Acharia - Venture Capitalist
What words would you use to describe your style?
Well, my style is driven by the fact that I always want to be warm, so I’m always cold (like most skinny indian girls, haha). So, my style a lot of the time is a lot of jeans, pants and boots, because I live in San Francisco where it’s always freezing cold, I like to layer with jackets and scarves and hats.
What are your three favorite pieces in your closet right now?
So one is my Diwali outfit that I wore for Priyanka’s Diwali party. Which I’m obsessed with, (which is a holiCHIC outfit). The other would be I have this Falguni & Shane dress that I just rock whenever I have to go to a party and I can’t think of what to wear but I want to look great. The other would be jeans, I'm definitely a jeans girl.
What does the term “bossCHIC” mean to you?
It means being a boss but being a lady. I feel like you can be a boss but still be a lady and still embrace your femininity and I would never compromise that.
Who is the ultimate bossCHIC in your eyes?
I have to say Priyanka. I do think she is the biggest badass I know. Someone else I find incredibly inspiring because she’s older than me and looks younger than me, that is amazing, is Jennifer Lopez, she is the ultimate bossCHIC.
What was the best advice a mentor or manager ever gave you? What advice do you have for the next generation of ‘bossCHIC(ks)?
You know I’ve had so much advice given to me over the years, but the best advice I’ve ever had was the advice I gave to myself. I’ve learned over the years to really trust my intuition, and I when I do it always serves me.
Also, find the white space. It’s really hard to do that, but when I think about every move that I made that worked was when I found the white space. Doesn’t matter what industry you’re in. If you’re in fashion or beauty, or whatever you’re in. Find the space that nobody else is in and go in and own it before anyone else does.
What was your 'aha' moment? How did you decide to do what you do today?
I don’t feel like I really had an “aha” moment. My courage consistently evolved and I have just gone with it and I actually sometimes feel like if I took control of it maybe I’d be more successful. But it just never works like that, it just always ends up that I'd see an opportunity, a white space and I just effortlessly moved into it.