One Click is an eyewear company that is completely focused on the people & for the people, although it wouldn’t be here today with Match.com… To get the full scoop on One Click and the COO herself, Angie Stocklin, check out our Q&A below:
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
I grew up in a tiny town in southern Indiana called Paoli, and went to the University of Evansville to study psychology. I followed up by getting my Ed.S. in School Psychology and working as a School Psych for 3 years before starting One Click with my husband, Randy.
In my freetime, I love to travel, read historical fiction, and go on bike rides around our hometown of Indianapolis. I’m also a vegetarian and a feminist.
How did you come up with the idea of One Click Ventures?
My husband and I started One Click out of our home in 2005 out of a desire to build a company from scratch. We simply wanted to create a place where we would love to work.
Can you tell our readers a little about One Click Ventures and what you guys are all about?
One Click is on a mission to be the world’s most people focused eyewear company. We own and operates three ecommerce brands in the eyewear space: Readers.com, SunglassWarehouse.com, and felixandiris.com. All of the glasses we sell are affordable and stylish, and we work hard to create happiness with our customers, our team members, and our community.
I have to ask, the fun fact on your site, why do you accredit the idea of One Click to Match.com?
My husband and I met on Match.com in 2003, so it is easy to imagine a world without One Click if we hadn’t both joined and created profiles at the right time. I also think it set us up on a course to pursue our entrepreneurial passions online.
Were you scared to take the jump into this company?
Randy and I were lucky enough to keep our full-time jobs for a few years as we grew our business. And while this created some really long nights, it enabled us to pump every cent back into our business and get it to a stable place before we joined full time. Jumping into the unknown is always a bit scary, but it was easier with a dedicated partner that had the same goals and dreams as I did.
What’s been your favorite part of being COO?
My favorite part of being a COO is building a team and watching the team members grow. I love being able to choose the team that I work with each day, having the ability to provide opportunities for people to develop professionally, and taking chances on people along the way. I also love spending each day watching my team implement ideas and processes to make us better than we were the day before.
What is one piece of advice you would give to women trying to get to the top where you currently are business-wise?
My advice to women at any stage in their career is to speak up and take chances. In general, women are more sensitive to failure than men, and tend to avoid situations where failure is an option. However, opportunities are rarely presented to people that don’t ask for them, and it often takes multiple attempts to get what you want. Be honest with your management team about your career goals, and don’t allow your first rejection to be your only rejection.
How do you think One Click Ventures is empowering for women?
One Click empowers women by holding them to the same standards as men. They are provided with the same opportunities and are expected to perform at the same level. We also empower women by making it ok to talk about gender discrimination and the unique struggles that women face in the workplace and in society. Recently, two of our women created an entire week dedicated to encouraging the women in our office to respect and love themselves and each other.
What is one activity you do often that empowers you?
Each month, our Go Girl Book Club meets in the office to discuss a book the group has decided to read. We’re currently reading The Notorious RBG, but we’ve also read books like Feminist Fight Club and You Are a Badass. I feel empowered by listening to their stories and by the community that is created around the shared experience of reading together.
What is a quote you live by everyday?
“In the future, there will be no female leaders. There will just be leaders.”—Sheryl Sandberg
Moral of this story: Take a chance! Oh, and don’t always knock dating websites until you try them… It may give you your business partner for life! (:
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