In January 2012, Imran Khoja ’12 and Katy Gathright ’12 won the first ever Williams College Business Plan Competition. Following graduation, they took the prize money and started Designed Good – an online marketplace for products that are produced in a socially responsible way. After eight months living in Williamstown at an apartment with no heat and many more months struggling to build the company, Khoja is still at the helm of Designed Good.
Having deferred the start of Stanford Business School until the fall of 2015, Khoja is hard at work designing products, managing the website, and learning about what it takes to run a business.
I recently caught up with Khoja in his Boston-based apartment and learned about the ups and downs of his life as a young entrepreneur.