As a society, our definition of career success is changing. Recent studies have shown a big shift in what we consider to be important measures of success. More people are now aiming for work/life balance, control over their day, and pursuing projects and careers they are passionate about, over gunning for a huge paycheck or coveted title. In fact, an overwhelming 90% of people interviewed in a recent survey said that they believe success is more about happiness than power, possessions, or prestige combined. (Kind of restores your faith in humanity, doesn't it?)
In 2016, Renee Wang sold her home in Bejing for $500,000 to fund her company, CastBox. Two months later, she landed her first investment. Just a half hour after hearing her pitch, she was offered one million dollars. By mid-2017, CastBox raised a total of $16 million in funding. CastBox's user numbers at that point? Seven million. Fast forward to today. Renee Wang of CastBox announces a $13.5 million Series B round of financing, bringing her funding total to a tidy $29 million. CastBox is now serving more than 15 million users.