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Health, Fitness & Wellbeing
Shara Tochia & Hettie Holmes
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Central London between a lot of cafes
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Tell us your business story to date...
Shara and Hettie, founders of DOSE, who bonded over a shared love of wine, workouts and start-ups. Almost two years ago to the day, they met at a Nike event at the top of the Gherkin. They've since set off on a journey to create the online lifestyle destination for healthy hedonists living in London. Here they discuss the brand philosophy behind DOSE and what the future holds...
How did you first meet?
Hettie: Unknowingly in 2012 at The Bulgari Hotel. I was programming yoga for a spa consultancy, while Shara was listing the venue on her online fitness class booking aggregator, Fitness Freak. I met her colleague at the time, but looking back, we were copied on quite a few emails.
I also remember being desperate to snag a place at her Fitness Freak raves but could never get a ticket - they were always sold out. The next time we met was at Nike's NTC Week when I attended Shara's spin class at the top of the Gherkin.
How did you get into business together?
Shara: I was contracting for a spinning studio while Hettie was working for an agency supporting the brand on strategy. We had one of those chance meetings that led to dinner, where we bonded over a shared love of wine, workouts and generally working 150mph (while juggling start-up ambitions on the side). Ultimately we were likeminded people who wanted to get our teeth into a new project. We spent our first year developing the idea while taking consultancy work on the side.
Hettie: I remember coming back to London after a music festival and feeling the same rush of euphoria in Shara's spin class as I had felt on the festival field. The combination of music and movement, in an experiential group environment, to me, was a hedonistic experience. People shy away from the word. But if you look it up, it simply means 'the pursuit of pleasure', which is totally subjective. It dawned on me that our brains already contain the formula for feeling good. It's just understanding how to tap into it. The more we started investigating, we stumbled on four hormones; dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphin - that all, in their own way, contribute to feelings of happiness.
Dopamine is linked to motivation and reward, oxytocin is released when we're with our friends, serotonin regulates mood, while endorphins give us that rush of euphoria. We broke it down to a simple formula of 'work out, eat well, balance'. The hormones just so happened to form the acronym - DOSE. Everyones 'dose' (i.e. definition of feeling good) is different that's why our company is called whatever your dose.
What can we look forward to seeing from you?
We are on a mission to become the online destination for healthy hedonists living in London. Expect more content on where to work out, eat well and drink better. We will be taking on more writers, running more events and workshops, and will be branching into wellness travel so stay tuned!
Can you share your 3 bits of advice for fellow entrepreneurs or anyone starting their own business?
Network, validate your idea & take as much criticism as possible
What do you think it takes to become an entrepreneur?
A lot of of energy, drive & self motivation.
Is there anything you can offer to help other startup businesses?
Yes, DOSE is an online publication so we love to know about other businesses in the health and fitness industry and if the story fits, we can write about it which ultimatesly means, coverage!
Is there any help that are you looking for?
We are always looking for new brand introductions in the health and fitness industry.