We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexis Irias and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alexis, how do you think about risk?
I believe that life isn’t fully lived without risk-taking. Failure is a crucial component to success because only through it can we learn and grow. The last 10 years of my previous career had been a series of ups and downs and revaluation. This process often felt discouraging and there were many times where I felt defeated. Yet, I remained resilient and committed to a unique path of not only entrepreneurship but of finding my life’s purpose and living it. I’m closer to that now, and this can only be credited to the years of trial and error that led to an epiphany on what I want my career to look like. I’m now pursuing an education that will position me to become a thought-leader in technology addiction and a behavioral health therapist.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m actively studying digital behavior. I hope to become a thought-leader in this space and also a therapist working with the youth and parents in the development of better digital behaviors. My background is in digital marketing which brings a unique perspective on understanding digital behavior from two directions, technology and now, mental health.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’d start off with breakfast, lunch or coffee at The Corner Beet. This is the first place I went into when I first moved to Denver and has been my favorite spot since. It’s locally-owned by a woman in the community who is a complete badass. She is an inspiration for any aspiring entrepreneur. She also owns the Rooted Heart and Wellness next doors, which is where we’d go take a yoga class either before or after.
We’d of course head up to the mountains, I love St, Mary’s Glacier for an easy hike.
I always love taking visitors to Boulder. I love it there. The town has such a charm to it. In Boulder I like going to Trident Cafe, it’s a buddhist-inspired cafe and bookstore. Wonder, right next door is great for smoothies (pre or post hike) and I love getting lunch or dinner at the Dushanbe Tea House.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My first mentor came from the Incubate Miami program many years ago. Chris Harrison, now CTO of Nova Southeastern University, was a startup investor and entrepreneur who saw potential in me and hired me to help build out some of his own startup projects. His guidance came during my first startup failure and allowed me to truly understand how when one door closes, another one opens.
My mother and grandmother have also been a huge source of inspiration for me. They have always believed in me and encouraged me to pursue my passions.
My close girlfriends, whom I call sisters, have embodied what female support looks and feels like. They’ve eliminated the old stigma of competitiveness and jealously that exists among girlfriends. This is an old narrative I choose to never have in my life again, thanks to them showing their unconditional love and support.
My favorite book is Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. A truly inspiring and empowering book speaks of a women’s journey through life, love, solitude, partnership and motherhood.