Rachel Kuhr, “Entrepreneurs Have The Vision, And I Help Them Get There”

By Cheryl Hall

The Dallas Morning News

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr)  When it comes to women in business who have the confidence to create their own path; 28 year old Rachel Kuhr is an awesome example.  After reaching out directly to Shark Tank’s Mark Cuban for a job, she now coaches all of  his consumer goods and services startups from the popular TV show. That means she’s helping 60-plus companies whenever they need to redesign or upgrade their products, packaging or websites. Sometimes the first step is asking for what you want.

The Dallas Morning News

Rachel Kuhr has spent her young life with her pedal to the metal.

Two years ago, she audaciously emailed Mark Cuban after watching Shark Tank and told him that he needed her product innovation and development expertise. She attached a résumé that highlighted her mechanical engineering and product development background.

Her shot in the dark landed in the bulls-eye.

The 28-year-old now coaches all of Cuban’s consumer goods and services startups from the popular TV show. That means she’s helping 60-plus companies whenever they need to redesign or upgrade their products, packaging or websites.

Her favorite design tools are sketch pads, whiteboards, colored markers, pens and sticky notes.

“Entrepreneurs have the vision, and I help them get there,” says Kuhr, who handles consumer product innovation and design for Mark Cuban Cos. “It’s about figuring out how products should look and work, and then working through mock-ups, iterations and prototypes with companies.”

She’d like to make Big D as well-known for big ideas in consumer products as San Francisco or New York. So she’s on a crusade to push millennials to take on a riskier mindset.

“Cities like New York and San Francisco are expensive, competitive, crowded and uncomfortable,” she says. “You have to fight to win. It’s practically a rite of passage in the Silicon Valley to start your own company.

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