Rachel Kim of Places of Origin: Creating an Environment of Inspiration

October 26, 2020
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Tell us about your business/company or hustle. What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of as a company? What sets you apart from others?


Places of Origin was founded in 0PP (Zero Years Pre-Pandemic). We are a New York City based global community that is a Place to be inspired and be an inspiration to others. People can learn from all walks of life as it is our mission to make mentorship accessible because we value social growth.  ‍The pandemic has made a global impact where meeting people and international travel is more limited than ever. Humans aren’t meant to be alone and people are yearning for new ways to stay connected and make new connections to build toward their social wealth.

As the founder of Places of Origin, I want us to be a Place where I can share my social network with others. I've been fortunate to have met so many amazing people in my life that have impacted me in my personal and professional journey. I am beyond blessed with all the mentors and opportunities that I've come across in my lifetime. As a token of gratitude, I want to pay it forward by making it accessible for people to touch and impact others like they have done for me. I have a passion for people and I enjoy connecting people to others that are like minded and can naturally be better together.

Originally, our vision was to bring people together through leaders that have amazing stories to share.  Since the pandemic, we shared over 40 Instagram Live interviews and since then we have moved our programming to Crowdcast and now YouTube. We look forward to keeping in touch with our community during this season until we are able to safely meet in real life.

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Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you got started and how you got to where you are today. You can include as little or as much detail as you’d like.


Very similar to Bryan, I've been in sales my ENTIRE life. Wholesale, retail sales, online sales, residential rentals which then lead me to commercial real estate sales. A lot of my success in sales had to do with the relationships I had fostered for many years, the people that I've come across and the mentors I've met along the way who have guided me to be the best version of myself personally and professionally. People like to do business with people they like and have rapport with. With Places of Origin, I wanted to provide a platform to bring people together from all walks of life and various professional experience levels. Not everyone has access to people in an environment that is welcoming and no matter what life you have walked, everyone can learn a little something from anyone.

What specific obstacles or challenges have you faced while on your journey? What were they and how have you overcome them?


I had my first taste of 'start up' life in 2010 ish when I had a blog that I turned into an online e-commerce shop. I had a great run with it in Seattle, WA. Blogging and online stores was still new and through this season I was able to build a personal brand back when 'influencer' was still in its infancy stages. Through the platform, I had met the coolest people in the Greater Seattle area. I was invited to speak, be on TV, featured in magazines, other blogs, 'mentor' (boy I feel bad for them), and was invited to every new store, restaurant, mall, business opening,  a time where Seattle was just starting to grow (thanks to Amazon).

In the middle of this season, I broke off an engagement, my mother was coming out of ICU and then l I found out that my dad had stage 4 colon cancer who then passed away within two very grateful years.

I had to shut everything down because my world got turned upside down.

Looking back, it was because of the relationships I had made while I had my online store that helped me overcome what you can call, life. It was the people that I had met along the way during this crucial season and that helped me get back on my feet and press forward. They've unknowingly helped me navigate this season and were a guiding light for me as I was somehow, some way was piecing my life back together. Through that experience, it became more apparent how much the people in your life really impact your present and future and that didn't just apply to your personal life, but your professional life as well. Not many things in life can be done alone, it is the people around you that can really be the making or breaking point of what it is that you want to achieve. They truly shape who you become and through that I believe it is beautiful and a privilege to be able to pay it forward. You never know how much someone can influence you.


What quality or characteristic of yours do you feel is most important to you as an entrepreneur? Why?


Trial and error. I think it's extremely important to execute the great idea you have in your head that you've been brainstorming for (however long) you've been, but if things aren't working the way you had imagined, it's more important to constantly evolve. Ask colleagues, friends, mentors, people with a pulse. I believe that change is good. I am an extremely stubborn Taurus so I don't like to take advice and listen to people, but I've learned to be humble and that if you ask the 'right' people they will give you 'sound' advice. It is important to hear feedback from various types of people and then after surveying all the feedback you can make the decision in how to make the appropriate changes. Without changes, your concept will not improve.

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How has AHN contributed to your journey? Who have you met along the way? What problems has AHN helped solve for you?


I do not have a personal Facebook account and wonder everyday if I should reactivate it (which is a completely different conversation). But through various friends (Asian and Non-Asian), Asian Hustle Network has been brought up to my attention numerous times. I've read articles about it and have seen it through the social media grape vines. When I was accepted to the group (via Places of Origin business account because for clarification reasons I still do not have my personal account up and running) I was genuinely impressed by the quality of the posts and the engagement amongst the members. They've confirmed my mission and the importance of community whether it is in real life or virtually. I am a huge fan of what AHN is doing and their execution is so strong and powerful and I hope to see them do bigger things for the greater Asian community all around the world. There isn't anything out there like theirs and love what they're doing.  I am inspired by what they've accomplished in such a short period of time and can't wait to see what is to come for AHN. I will be rooting for them from NYC.

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