NYX Cosmetics Founder Toni Ko achieved what might seem like the ultimate end-game for an entrepreneur: She sold her company to an industry giant for hundreds of millions of dollars.
(Make that $500 million to cosmetics behemoth L’Oreal, to be exact.)
However, instead of the champagne-popping, victory-lap celebrations you might expect in the wake of such a coup, Toni had a very different reaction.
So different, in fact, that you could hear audible gasps from the audience when she gave voice to it — during an event co-produced with IVY, the social university, on the stage of Cross Campus Downtown LA in Feb. 2016.
Toni’s story of her unexpected reaction, and the decisions she made in the wake of that reaction, propel the story encapsulated in this video.
“It’s like a carpet being pulled out from underneath you.” — NYX Cosmetics Founder Toni Ko
Check it out: