We had the good fortune of connecting with Brooke Sinclair and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brooke, how do you think about risk?
Everything happens for a reason. In my mind at least. Everything either happens or doesn’t happen, for a reason. Therefore risks are simply unexpected outcomes. Whether you call it destiny, fate, or free will we each walk a path. Good or bad, risks are the results of the decisions we make. In Avengers: Infinity War, Dr. Strange foresaw millions of possibilities for the best possible outcome. However, there was only one scenario with a positive outcome and that is how I’ve always viewed risk. Some risks in life are necessary evils in order to succeed. Being an entrepreneur requires shrewd decision-making skills. Good or bad, positive or negative. A risk is the result of a decision made and nothing more. Positive outcomes are referred to as luck, good fortune, or a calculated bet that paid off. It’s the negative outcomes that generally come to mind when people think about taking a risk. If I had more control over either the laws of physics or the space-time continuum, then I would make fewer mistakes.
What should our readers know about your business?
VelourIt is the automated supply chain platform for the import/export industry. We make importing easy. Don’t waste your time importing it, just VelourIt! What sets our company apart is Daymond John’s inspiration to create something that was for us by us, a supply chain logistics platform for goods for commercial use linking the U.S. and Latin America. For the minority small business owner, built by a minority small business owner. VelourIt is lead by serial entrepreneur and Chief Executive Officer, Brooke S. Sinclair. She is no stranger to overcoming overwhelming challenges in her career or personal life. Brooke spent nearly a decade in the no-nonsense world of live theatre and concerts.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Post-COVID: I don’t have the faintest clue on where I would take anyone. Let alone my best friend. One of my real-life best friends wants to fly to Houston for the holiday season and I told him he’d be better of walking from Massachusetts rather than risking his life and flying to Houston. Pre-COVID: We’d go floating in the San Marcos river or visit the bat caves of Austin. Of course, we would take a scenic tour of Houston starting from downtown. We would drive down Memorial Drive out west past the Beltway while explaining zoning laws. Or lack thereof. Then beyond that, we would just chill here in town and eat, eat, eat until we explode.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a shoutout to Founder Gym and Black Girl Ventures. Two incredibly powerful organizations focused on supporting the efforts of black, minority, and women entrepreneurs. Organizations led by phenomenally accomplished Black women, I’d like to send a special thank you to Mandela Schumacher-Hodge Dixon, Founder & CEO, of Founder Gym and Shelly Bell, Founder Of Black Girl Ventures. Thank you for being us, for representing us, and for making your life’s work to uplift voices. And I’d like to thank Joy Hutton for suggesting Founder Gym. Thank you for the part you’ve played in my life and for being real with me every so often. I’d also like to give a shout out to my colleague and Bias Rehab Center co-founder Imani Schectman. Thank you for starting this incredible journey with me. We’ve already begun to see our hard work pay off and we haven’t even gotten started. I’d like to give a shoutout to my friends and family who have supported me through some trying times over the years. My mom, sister, and brother have kept me grounded and I’m grateful to have each of you in my life. To my friends and first investors, thank you for everything you’ve done. Thank you fo loving me, I love and appreciate you back.
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