Today we are talking with Lea Ellermeier, an entrepreneur who has started multiple businesses and has had an impressive exit with 3M. She also is the author of Finding The Exit: It’s Not Where You Start, It’s Where You Finish. Her next endeavor is to host a podcast called Don’t Freak Out Today. She’s passionate about helping other entrepreneurs, as she has 20+ years of experience.
Lea says her dad was an entrepreneur in real estate, and so she grew up seeing him run his own business and manage his own hours. Being from a small town in Nebraska, Lea always wanted to experience international business. So, her first jobs out of graduate school were in technology. She loved the world of being able to create something new, to build it, and to see it be useful. In 1999 Lea was working for a tech company that got acquired, and that’s when she made the switch to the medical device industry. There she met a guy that would go on to become her co-founder at her first company. Together they went on to start Lingual Care, which specialized in custom braces on the back of teeth. It was the first company that Lea took from creation all the way to exit.
Lea is still in medical technology and is working on a podcast called Don’t Freak Out Today, which is about the early stages of managing your chaos as an entrepreneur. She’s passionate about helping other entrepreneurs with the 20 years of knowledge she has gained.