The Women Driving Chicago's Digital Renaissance: Julie Northcutt

In this monthly series, Built In Chicago highlights some of the most important players in our digital ecosystem: the women. From entrepreneurs to technologists, investors to academic leaders, and corporate innovators to developers, women play important and diverse roles in dozens of local organizations. Every month, we'll introduce you to five women worth knowing. Through these exclusive interviews, get to know these women through their likes, experiences, and maybe even their secrets. Here's one of them.

julie northcutt

WHAT DO YOU DO?
I am CEO of Caregiverlist.com. Caregiverlist provides the premiere service connecting seniors and professional caregivers with the most reliable eldercare options, highest quality ratings and outstanding careers nationwide.

HOW DID YOU BECOME AN ENTREPRENEUR?
I think some of us are just made this way. I call it the good-crazy gene. I was always doing hobby businesses on the side when I worked at corporations and at every company I worked for I created new products. I also love to sell and find it fun to think about what the customer would buy and always knew I would start my own business once I saved enough money.

THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU FACE ON A DAILY BASIS?
Corralling the new ideas until the time is right.  

YOUR FIRST JOB?
My first business was on the family farm. Farming is the toughest business there is as there are so many factors you cannot control such as the weather, market prices and nature. I credit farming with teaching me the best business skills.  

YOUR ADVICE FOR YOUNGER WOMEN?
Just do it. Always remember that as women we live in the best country in the world. We can start a business and wear a bikini and there are still many places in the world where you cannot do both of those things.

YOUR FAVORITE TRAVEL DESTINATION?
I enjoy going back to the family farm that my great-great grandfather homesteaded along the bluffs of the Mississippi river. However, Vietnam is my favorite place so far outside of the U.S.A and until I can make it back there, Saigon Sisters, down the street from my office, is where I grab my Vietnamese coffee fix. 

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