A white dress with a heart cut-out? Got it. A mint chiffon strapless number?Yup. A polka-dot long-sleeve peplum look? Take a gamble, and try a search. Chances are, Sam Sisakhti's shopping site has it in stock.
And by the way, if anyone knows about gambling, it's Sam, who, after quitting the job he always thought he wanted but ended up detesting (corporate finance), jetted off to Vegas to get lucky. He did, sort of. Won 200 bucks at a blackjack table. But he ended up winning in another way, too. He had taken the trip with a buddy who was trying to make it as a clothing designer but was pretty much hitting Sam up for his next meal. Sam wanted to help him, but he also wanted to make some dough himself. He scribbled an idea on a napkin.
So Sam had this idea, really believed in it, and met with a potential investor back in Boston. No thank you. Sam met with another. Not interested. Sam met with some 198 more. REJECTION. But all it takes is one good hand, right? He finally met with an investor who believed in Sam and invested $1 million in UsTrendy, a shopping site where designers all over the globe (like his buddy) can sell their designs, and where customers around the world can buy them. Here are some numbers: 16,000 designers sell on the site, 1 million visitors a month use the site, and, although exact numbers are not released, Sam says UsTrendy earns millions in revenue. Designers earn a living. Customers buy their polka-dot long-sleeve peplum numbers. And Sam never, ever has to work in corporate finance again. We call that a win-win.