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Unbuttoned with serial entreprenuer Nellie Akalp

I am a serial entrepreneur, mom of four who is married to my husband and business partner of 17 years.

We started our first business in our apartment living room in 1997 after purchasing a domain name for $100, worked our butts off to grow the company, and in 2005 it was acquired by Intuit in for $20 million. We were used to running our business in sweats, so the new corporate way of life was not a fit so we stepped down and took a few years off to focus on our growing family. But after a while, I really got bored and started to feel myself changing, in not a good way.

So my husband and I got motivated to launch our second business,, in 2009 and we haven't looked back since. I take great pride in the fact that I was able to launch a two businesses in the same industry from scratch and grow them both into successful ventures. I love that I can help entrepreneurs every single day with their journey to business ownership and truly found my passion in helping others succeed!

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Style icon: Chanel

Favorite heroine: Cat Woman

Dream lunch date: My husband and Biz Partner Phil Akalp (I know cheesy but I can’t help it!!) :)

Favorite cliché: Actions speak louder than words

Personal motto: “Do what you love and love what you do each and every day!”

Idea that changed your life: Its ok to say No! … Because it’s a complete answer!

Always trying to improve: Myself and my relationships with my loved ones and peers and set a better example and always treat others as you would like them to treat you!!! Be Nice!!!

Most envious of: Tony Hsieh

Most inspired by: Oprah Winfrey

Fashion item you would ban: Skinny Jeans

Favorite piece in your wardrobe: My Leggings!!

Biggest extravagance: Shows, handbags, makeup & jewelry!

Can’t bare to spend on: guns and weapons

Irrational fear of: My kids getting lost of kidnapped

Brains or beauty: Both!! Because you can have BOTH brains & Beauty!

Audrey or Katharine Hepburn: Audrey Hepburn

Jennifer Lopez or Lawrence: Jennifer Lopez

Diamonds or pearls: Diamonds

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