Member Spotlight: Heather Russell of Rinkya

As part of our ongoing "member spotlight" series, we had a chat with Heather Russell of

Heather, originally from Brooklyn, lived in Tokyo for 11 years and recently moved to London.

So Heather, what is your background and how did you end up becoming an entrepreneur?

My parents are artists and writers and always had their own business. From ad agency to travel agency. I just grew up without a concept of working for someone else and to do your own thing, your own way.

Tell me about Rinkya

Rinkya is an e-commerce site that helps the International community purchase goods from Japan. The Japanese are reluctant to do business with foreigners (gaijin) and ship outside of Japan. We do it all and eliminate all the language, business and cultural barriers. People buy everything Japanese from anime, guitars,games, car parts, toys, electronics, music, fashion, dolls, antiques and much more.

What do you like most about London?

I love the diverse range of people I've met from all over the world. It gives you a different perspective on everything and helps you come up with new ideas you normally wouldn't come up with.

Why did you choose TechHub? Has the community been helpful?

Good value for the amenities, and great location at Google campus. I love the community and the staff. I've met some really great friends here that happen to be great to bounce ideas off of and are very supportive.

What's a piece of advice you would give to a budding entrepreneur?

There is no handbook and no one knows your business better than you. Just focus and do you and your business. Don't listen to haters or get upset about people doing better. If you have a bad product, no amount of marketing or design is going to make it sell. Fail fast and move on to the next thing!

One random or silly fact about yourself

I speak fluent Japanese - with a Brooklyn accent, of course.

Thanks for chatting with us, Heather!