At only 24, Ooshma Garg already has started two successful businesses – one that she recently sold and another that has attracted over one million dollars in venture capital.
In 2008, she created Anapata, an online site that matches students looking for jobs with potential employers, mostly in the legal field. After three years of sleepless nights, bootstrapping (keeping the business self-sustained without raising any outside money) and developing Anapata, Garg sold it to the legal company LawWerx.
Gobble Garg says she feels she’s finally found her niche and true passion with Gobble, an online marketplace in San Francisco that delivers home-cooked meals from local chefs to businesses and residents looking for a healthy alternative to takeout.
The idea came from Garg’s own struggles to eat well while running Anapata. With a demanding schedule that often left her eating in her car, Garg says she was looking for home-cooked meals at a reasonable price. She placed an ad on Craigslist looking for people to cook her dinner for up to $8 a plate. With 70 responses and lots of sampling to do, Garg started matching her friends with the approved chefs, making a couple of bucks on every meal.
The strategy paid off with Garg scoring some top investors in Silicone Valley – including LinkedIn Co-founder Reid Hoffman – raising some $1.2 million for her business in 2011.