Miki Agrawal

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Social entrepreneur Miki Agrawal, in brief.

Miki Agrawal

Home: Austin, Texas.  Age: 43.  Birthplace: Montreal, Canada.  Profession: Social entrepreneur, Founder/CEO of WILD, Thinx, and TUSHY.  Organization: TUSHY.  Title: Founder, Chief Creative Officer.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Significant other: My husband, Andrew Horn.  Alma mater: Cornell University (BS).  Languages spoken: English, French, Japanese, Hindi, Spanish.

Current project: Founder of TUSHY, a bidet attachment community poised to bring bidets to every American toilet.  Recent recognition: 2018 Fast Company's Most Creative PeopleRecent professional development: TUSHY recently launched the TUSHY Ace electric bidet, the company’s first-ever electric bidet seat, complete with TUSHY-tech (its own designer remote control!).  Latest accomplishment: Recently closed a funding round for TUSHY; working on a new frontier science project that will support the planet; written and composed 8 songs; my son Hiro, who is 4 years old, is top goal scorer in his league 😀.  Latest contribution to others: Spoke at a leadership summit in Antarctica about solving the world’s problems through creativity and art.  Donated to Food Fix, Dr. Mark Hyman’s advocacy non-profit.  Mentoring young entrepreneurs, primarily women of color.  What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Saving 15 million trees each year and elevating human health and hygiene by making TUSHY bidets ubiquitous in America.  Working on a top-secret frontier science project that could really make a dent in solving the plastic crisis.  Recent travel or adventure: A life-changing trip to Antarctica with other change agents and leaders.  Fell in love with the land in the truest of ways.  

Personality profile: Passionate, authentic, creative, inventive.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Authentic.  Moral compass: Integrity.  What I’m thinking, feeling, and saying must align.  How do you define a perfect friendship? Loves me for exactly who I am and vice versa.  Soft yet firm.  Caring and supporting mutual freedom and expression.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Exact opposite skillset and opposite temperament.  So, if I’m a passionate creative, the best partner is a thoughtful, pensive operator.  What is your greatest joy? Laughing out loud at the magic of life; playing with my son who loves life; being in nature with my favorite people in the world.  What is at the top of your bucket list? The Great Migration in the Serengeti.

What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Soccer.  What book have you repeatedly read? The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, The Heart of The Buddha’s Teachings.  Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? My identical twin sister.  What’s the best advice you received growing up? Spend less than you earn.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? Hire slow, fire fast. What modern technology innovation do you most appreciate? The internet; the TUSHY bidet.  What company or organization do you most admire? Change.org, which truly galvanizes people to make a change.  What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life? Being immigrant born and learning how to sur-thrive. 

What is your big idea? A culturally relevant modern bidet that washes your butt clean after you poop: the TUSHY Bidet 😃.  What change are you working on to effect in your profession or field? To save 15 million trees from getting flushed down the toilet each year and save tens of millions of people’s chronic medical ailments and clean people properly with the simple use of a bidet.  What widely held belief do you reject? That traditional schooling is for everyone. 

What message do you want to send out into the world?

No more single-use!  Adopt reusable products like bidets to save your health, planet and your pocketbook too! 

What title would you choose for the movie about your life? Get It Done.  What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Natalie Portman.  Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? Leonardo Da Vinci.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? In nature, with my favorite people on the planet.  What advice would you give your younger self? Don’t sweat the small stuff.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? None of them.  Each has made me who I am today and taught me many lessons.  No regrets. 

Personal mission: To elevate people and the planet.  Personal motto: Live deep and suck the marrow out of life.  Holy shit, we’re alive!  Favorite quote: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!” (Hunter S. Thompson).  Desired epitaph: HOLY SHIT, WE’RE ALIVE! 

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