Sashee Chandran

Sashee Chandran

Founder & CEO


Tea Drops

Los Angeles, CA USA


When you actually face the worst case scenario and realize that it’s actually not that bad, that frees you up to pursue what you want to.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, to a Chinese mother and Sri Lankan father—influenced by her heritage, she grew up loving tea and tea culture.
Attended the University of California, Irvine, where she received her bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in management.
Her first job out of college was working at a market research company where she got valuable experience in how businesses understand their customers.
During the economic recession of 2008, she ended up losing her job—decided to start freelancing as a market research analyst for small businesses and agencies.
Got recruited to work for eBay as a manager of consumer insights and later joined their marketing rotation program, where she worked for six months in each marketing department.
She started to realize that her love of loose leaf tea was inconvenient for her working lifestyle and that this was a problem she was poised to fix.
She experimented for two years and discovered that she could grind tea leaves very fine and compress them with sugar—this combined the convenience of tea bags with the flavor of loose leaf tea.
In 2015, she launched Tea Drops, which is now an award-winning brand known for its organic products and eco-friendly design.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Economics, General
University of California-Irvine
Career

Career

Founder & CEO

I am the founder of an innovative tea company manufacturing organic, loose leaf, dissolvable teas.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Business
Business
Food
Food
Helping People
Helping People

Day to Day

No day is ever the same. I check in with my team/partners. Get on lots of phone conferences and interviews. I wear multiple hats throughout the day!

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

Customer service is a huge part of the business. Have strong research skills. Understand the basics of digital marketing. A lot of what you will need to know you will learn by doing, but you could start listening to podcasts or reading books by other entrepreneurs to get a sense of what they go through when starting a business. Persistence is key!

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for everyone

Get internships or work in the field that you think you're interested in. Nothing beats hands-on experience.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Business/Commerce, General
graduate
Graduate
Business Administration and Management, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"This isn't a going to be a successful business."

I think a lot of people doubted the ability for Tea Drops to be a "big idea" -- I think many thought it was just a "cute little tea company" I was starting. You couldn't blame them though - how were they to have the vision I had? The only thing that matters is persistence. Getting up day after day, and trying. Each day brings a new fresh slate to continue working on your ideas. Learn from the no's and simply do not give up!

Challenges I Overcame

Job Loss
Job Loss

I lost my job during the recession and had just signed a lease on an apartment, so money was tight.

First-Generation Immigrant
First-Generation Immigrant

My mom is Chinese & my dad is Sri Lankan. I dealt with all of the typical challenges of growing up in an immigrant household. There is this "scarcity mindset" in immigrant families that we need to do better than them so that we don't live like them.