We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordyn Turner and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jordyn, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success is people. I learned very young about the power of being connected with the right people. There are the people that invest in you and mold you; those that believe in what you’re doing; those that contribute to what you’re doing; and those that keep you grounded as a person. I am everything I am because of the people that accompany me on my journey.
They say, “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”. And there is so much wisdom in that.
I sought mentors very young and I continue acquire them in each new level I get to in business. They have been responsible for most of the crazy connections I’ve made over the years. I’ve been fortunate to meet with some of the most well known VC’s, Scooter Braun, and countless successful entrepreneurs that have shown me the way. My network equipped me to be a CEO – a damn good one!
Then, there are the people who support my visions internally and externally. My team at Neos is 8 people strong and we are all just college (or recently graduated) kids trying to do something that can leave an impact long-term. I’ve switched the idea for our product many times, but they kept showing up for me and believe in what I am envisioning. Sometimes more than I do. They are so committed to what we’re doing. No matter what I end up doing, I will find a place for them on my team.
And most importantly, there are the people who invest in my personal and spiritual wellness. We don’t discuss business or how to make more money. We just make sure we’re good! If I need to cry and scream, they’re there. If I don’t feel very ingenious or capable, they pick me up. They pray for me when I don’t have the courage to do it myself. These are the people that will be with me forever, no matter where I go or what I do/don’t accomplish in this lifetime. They love me for me. They know who they are!
I’m grateful for them all.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Neos is a co-based startup in Houston and Atlanta. Our mission is to provide education, exposure, and opportunities to the world’s creative talent. Our main product is the app we are currently developing that innovatively combines digital portfolios and social networking to make connecting with other creators easy and fun. We stand out from our competition by creating a product that facilitates connecting digitally and in real life; intimate customer partnerships, and an ecosystem of product and services that will help creators shift into the budding creative economy.
I got my start in business at 16, so I was ahead of the learning curve in a lot of ways. I was delving into marketing tactics, building out websites, handling client calls, and staffing a company in between classes in high school. For me, there was no turning back once I realized how liberating it was to build something that made an impact on people’s lives. I really found my calling in business. Several ventures later, I found out I was really, really good at it! I have a gift for it. Though all of my businesses haven’t been successful, I collected a hell of a lot of experience before 21. That’s why Neos is still going.
Tech is a different beast that requires discipline and commitment. This was the missing piece to all my training over the years. Put shortly – no! It has not been easy! It is one of the most emotionally exhausting projects I’ve ever worked on,. We have been met with so many disappointments – from investors, naysayers, finding super similar competitors, and building authentic traction and public interest. It has taken excessive amounts of courage to build this platform. But my team and I love what we are doing and we have come way too far to quit.
Building Neos is building me.
If people reading this don’t get anything from my story, I want you to know that you have a gift that God has given you and you have to use it. Challenge yourself, serve others, add value, and do that thing you don’t think you have the courage to do. You are going to fail and be met with all kinds of disappointments, but you just have to keep showing up and doing your best. And remember, your best will look different everyday so have grace for yourself as you take steps of faith.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is hilarious because I’m a homebody. I rarely go out and when I do, it’s to eat good.
Actually, my itinerary would just be a food tour. Houston has some of the best food.
For breakfast, we’re hitting the Breakfast Klub and Day 6 for a little iced coffee.
For lunch, we’re going to pretty much any mom and pop style restaurant.
For Dinner, Brennan’s of Houston. Period.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Where do I start…
I want to shoutout:
God, first. Everything I am is because of my relationship with Him.
My mother. Her hustle is undeniable. Everything I know about being scrappy, I learned from her.
Keion Henderson, my pastor and my first example of entrepreneurial leadership. He helped me expand my first company and trained me in how to be a follower of Christ and ambitious at the same time.
Courtney Preston for being my first mentor and investing in me early. She supported me in my first few years of college, answered all my questions, and even became a customer of mine in many ventures I have had down the line.
Amelia Schaffner, my collegiate mentor who recommended me for countless accelerator, incubators, and pitch competitions to find my voice in this new industry
Marie Hunter, my current mentor that has went above and beyond to make sure I’m positioned for success. I think she was divinely appointed to my life because it’s been greater since she’s been in it.
The Neos team, Kailyn Hayes, and Alyssa Beltran for always believing in my crazy ideas and reminding me that the sky is the limit.
The Hatchery, Launchpad 2X, and Atlanta Ventures have all been influential programs to building me up as a novice tech founder.
Jyasi Galloway, Folami Mack, Xraka White, and Roderick for being a firm foundation for me to stand on.