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From College Teacher to Ms. Biz: Valerie Landau
Just as "For Lease" signs appeared on the former dot com buildings, Valerie Landau left her tenure track community college teaching job and set up her own company, Round World Media. It specializes in online learning, multimedia and convergence projects. A year later, despite the statistics, she is still in business.
The journey from teacher to small businesswoman began years before she launched her own company. The first step was when she realized that neither in academia, or in the corporate sector could she see her projects realized in a way that fulfilled her 'best practices" criteria. She longed for a situation where quality didn't have to be compromised.
While she has sacrificed some weekends off, she has gained new skills
and the confidence from knowing that she is producing high quality educational
products on time and on the cutting edge. "This year has been dizzying,
learning to juggle marketing, designing, management, taxes, networking
and more. But it has been so rewarding to see our work out there in the
market place. Already our Macromedia Flash 5 tutorial has risen to the
top of the charts in customer reviews on amazon.com and colleges"
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