As an attorney, Meredith Lowry is an advocate for intellectual property rights. Lowry is an also experienced legal representative for the local startups and intellectual property communities, especially in Northwest Arkansas.
Lowry recently chatted with Talk Business & Politics Startup/Tech reporter Todd Jones and answered a few questions concerning her career.
TB&P: What was your first job?
Meredith Lowry: I worked as a receptionist at Stanton Animal Hospital all through high school. It made a huge impression on my life, with the small business environment and the public relations of it all. I loved working with the public and helping people.
TB&P: What do you like about the current Arkansas entrepreneurial ecosystem?
Lowry: I love how interconnected the ecosystem is. I feel like we can play five degrees of separation for Arkansas business. I think that is a necessary part of growth for business. We’re all pushing for greater growth and prosperity for the ecosystem and the state of Arkansas.
TB&P: What are your top three pieces of advice for other women entrepreneurs?
Lowry: Use your connections. The Arkansas entrepreneurial ecosystem is very well-connected and your connections to it are very important.
Find a mentor or someone you respect to consult with. Entrepreneurship can be daunting and it’s affirming to hear from those with experience.
I’m a naturally cautious person, so this one is harder to say – but it’s hard to succeed without risk. You have to push out of your comfort zone to get ahead. Find something, someone, somehow to get out there.
TB&P: What advice would you give to new startups or entrepreneurs?
Lowry: Do your homework on a project or invention before you jump into it. It’s easy to fall in love with a project, but you need to know the risks that are out there before you submerge yourself in the business.