Jill Martin Wrenn | Financial Times: Meet the founders with the boomerang factor
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Financial Times: Meet the founders with the boomerang factor

Financial Times: Meet the founders with the boomerang factor

Jill Martin Wrenn JULY 4 2022

Vicky Tsai will never forget the debut date of her beauty brand, Tatcha, in January 2009. “We launched Tatcha the day that I gave birth to my daughter, which is why I always know how old it is,” she says. “It was a very long day.”

Inspired by the skincare rituals she discovered on a trip to Japan, Tsai, a Taiwanese-American and Harvard Business School graduate, developed products to help alleviate her own irritated skin condition. She sold her engagement ring to raise money to finance her young company, which began in her mother’s San Francisco garage. She did not draw a salary for Tatcha’s first nine years. In those early days, Tsai says finding retail partners was challenging.

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