Serial entrepreneur Jenny Q. Ta is in a rush. Her destination? Another million-dollar idea.
CNN Money reports that speed is her friend, and it's served her well so far.
'As a kid growing up on welfare in Fresno [Calif.], I learned early on that I had to make things happen for myself', said Ta, 44.
Ta graduated a year early from high school and got a degree in business information systems from California State University in just three years.
At 21, she got an entry-level job at Lehman Brothers for $10 an hour as a new accounts clerk. 'It was one position up from a filing clerk', she said.
She quickly mastered jobs in the brokerage bullpen, but quit in a year. 'I was told that as a woman it would take me years to advance and become a broker', said Ta.
Ta spent the next few years working as an independent broker. Then the entrepreneurial bug bit.
She decided to open her own firm. It worked. Ta launched Vantage Investments in 1998 with 30 brokers. She was 27.
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