Aniyia Williams was fed up with digging for headphones out of her purse, and as a fashion lover, she didn’t like them ruining her cute outfits. Her solution was to create earbuds that looked like a fashionable necklace. To start a hardware company is a difficult task. To do so as a new mom, a non-technical founder, and a woman of color can be especially challenging.
As a busy mother and entrepreneur, Aniyia has quite a full plate. To accommodate her schedule, I sat down with her over Google Hangouts during a 30-minute time slot that was scheduled weeks in advanced. During this chat, she shared her story of founding Tinsel and of Black and Brown Founders, her fashion must-haves, building a brand with social media, motherhood, and rethinking happiness and life.