After quitting her first job making nearly $100k fresh out of college (2013), with no savings and no job lined up, saying Kim is a risk taker is a bit of an understatement.
She had the bright idea to sign her husband, Tim, to be a contestant on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Because what better way to make money than game show trivia? He went on to win $100,000 and invest in their first business.
Their journey into entrepreneurship was born. After their first failed startup of a niche social network, Kim vowed to make money on day one with their next business, and that she did. Kim and Tim, launched CurlMix (2015), which started as a Do-It-Yourself box for curly hair. Think “Blue Apron” but for curly hair products.
After two years of stagnation, and less than $300k in total revenue, Kim sought advisors and pivoted CurlMix (Jan. 2018). With only a $25k investment from Backstage Capital, she turned their best-selling boxes into a hair care line.
In just 12 months (Jan. 2018 - Dec. 2018), CurlMix went from 0 to $1 Million in sales.
After an explosive year, Kim and Tim were featured on Season 10 of Shark Tank, a critically acclaimed and multi-Emmy Award-winning reality show.
After a strong showing, they made the daring decision to bet on themselves, and turned down a $400,000 Shark deal.
Less than six months later, Kim and Tim raised $1.4M in venture funding from the CEO of LinkedIn and partners. CurlMix’s sales catapulted to $6M in annual revenue and they have earned over $13M in lifetime sales – all online.
Now, Kim and Tim are making history by allowing their customers and the community to invest and own shares in their beauty brand. In little more than a month, they have raised over $4.2M from their community, which is only fitting since the community is at the heart of every decision they make.
Kim and Tim were recently featured in Forbes 30Under30 list and Oprah’s Favorite Things, all while raising two small boys. Their company operates a manufacturing facility in the heart of their hometown, Chicago, where they employ a full-time staff of 30+ minorities and women.
They've amassed nearly $15M in sales in and have become the leading experts in their industry.
Kim and Tim recently made history by allowing her customers and the community to invest and own shares in their beauty brand. They raised $5M in two months from their customers and community, which is only fitting since the community is at the heart of every decision they make.
They are on a personal mission to break down barriers for people of color and educate other entrepreneurs on venture capital.