Diane Szoke: ‘You need to embrace losing if you want to learn’

Hiring the right people, asking for help and generational shifts in expectations

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Diane Szoke is the CEO of Relocality. Describe what you do in one sentence: As a woman, I'm accustomed to balancing the needs of complex social, professional and personal networks on a daily basis — as an entrepreneur, my passion, vision and "intuitive muscle" serve me well in building startups that innovate, disintermediate and disrupt. Age: 54 Location: Charleston, South Carolina Social media: LinkedIn, Twitter Diane Szoke What's your favorite activity outside of work and why? I have a passion for 20th-century furnishings and decor and have been an avid collector for more than 20 years. I love hitting the road and discovering the next treasure. What's your favorite classic piece of literature and why? I could read Austen and Dickens all day long, but if I had to narrow it down to just one, I'd have to say "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen. It contains one of my favorite literary characters, Elizabeth Bennet, who remains principled and unshaken by ...