Saturday, 13 June 2015


The core of every success is a great idea,” says Ann Moore.
The former corporate executive, recently turned entrepreneur, packs a lot of great insights and advice into any interview or speech she does.
Ann’s business story began over 35 years ago. As a Harvard graduate, she had many initial offers, but loved reading magazines and decided to pursue a career at Time Inc. Colleagues thought she was crazy because of the pay and comparative offers, but Ann is living proof that doing what you love leads to success. Her enthusiasm for magazines had eventually led to her becoming the Chairman and CEO of Time Inc.. She was the first woman to reach this position. She once said “You must have a life strategy. You and only you are responsible for YOUR life.”
Ann retired from Time Inc. in the fall of 2010 and close friends immediately called to advise her to not commit to anything. She took to heart Nelson Mandela’s statement that “’No’ is a complete sentence” and Ann appreciated the time “in between”. She noted that, “After retirement, it was such a treat to wake up and read the paper. For years I had someone summarizing all of the news for me. The time allowed me to catch up with everything that had slipped through the cracks and remember what I really loved.”
While Ann  took frequent trips to San Francisco to visit her son. On one of those trips, she realized that her son and his friends had nothing on their walls. In particular, no art.
Looking back, these walks turned out to be market research. She realized she could do the same thing in her home city of New York and soon, to her surprise, “The Curator Gallery” became her next venture. She quickly found a 1,700 square foot space at the entrance to the high line at the corner of 23rd and 10th avenue  and turned the idea into a reality.

HENRY E. J Williams

Author & Editor

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