Tell us your name and a little about yourself.
Cam Kashani – Known as the “Godmother of Silicon Beach”, Coach, an Expert Speaker with US State Department, 3x founder, and single mom of twin boys. I’ve worked with 4000+ Entrepreneurs and 700+ startups and I’m on a mission to humanize business. My vision is a global economy that thrives on WE, not ME.
I am on my third company, COACCEL: The Human Accelerator. A unique 3-month powerful and innovative coaching program, that’s 1-1, that focuses on building badasses. We specialize in Women, though are open to Humans.
Previously, I co-founded the first coworking space in Los Angeles for technology startups and entrepreneurs in 2010, Coloft, which was infamously referred to as ground-zero for the LA tech ecosystem. During my four years there, Coloft had over 1800 alumni, including Uber LA, Instacart, Fullscreen, the early Tinder team, and so many more. (this is why they call me the Godmother) 😉
What exactly does your company do?
COACCEL: The Human Accelerator: an innovative blend of mindset coaching, transformational coaching, intuitive coaching and business coaching all in one powerful 3 month program. We help our clients optimize themselves and heal any self-limiting patterns that are sabotaging their success while giving them the tools they need to take actionable steps to grow, launch, scale their businesses, or make strides in their career.
What were the biggest challenges you have faced and how did you overcome them?
I went through a tough divorce and losing my company at the same time. My business partner was my ex-husband, so it was messy and difficult. I felt naked in the Universe, no sense of identity, and had to start over as a single mom to twin boys. It was the most difficult time of my life, but it led me down a path of self-awareness and empowerment, and ultimately led to the work I do now. Turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me in retrospect. I can go into more detail if you like, and I wrote about it in a blog post here: https://medium.com/@camkashani/empowerment-tell-your-story-be-real-be-accountable-be-bold-c231339ac267#.aes1q1ewb
What piece of advice do you wish someone had given you at the start of your career?
Build yourself, YOU are the product. Anything you do will be successful as a natural result so long as you are equipped with the tools you need to be your badass self.
Who are your biggest influences and people you admire and why?
Richard Branson — Virgin is a true extension of him. He’s is super authentic. He is a powerful and influential leader, he has a sense of humanity with his employees — he leads from a place of empowerment, not fear. He’s a family man. AND he’s adventurous — really makes the most out of life. He embodies all the qualities of who I want to be.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are?
Jasmine, my business partner. She was my coach when I was going through my divorce and losing my company, and she saw something in me that I didn’t see at the time. With her help, I went from being in the fetal position in my bed to, nine months later, working with the State Department and inspiring a nation in Kuwait, and empowering the women and youth out there. It was nothing short of a transformational miracle.
What do you see as your greatest success in life?