Coolest Entrepreneurs: Vanessa Quigley, Chatbooks

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Vanessa Quigley | Age 47 | Chatbooks

Any chat with Vanessa Quigley is one for the books.

She is the co-founder of Chatbooks, a Provo company that is revolutionizing our Instagram feeds with easy-to-print memory books.

Memory books, by the way, that have been featured on The Today Show, Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, and InStyle. (Oh, SNAP.) And a company, by the way, that was once named a Best Company to Work For by this here very magazine. (Oh, DOUBLE SNAP)

Quigley grew up as the oldest of 12 children in Orlando, Fla., and now has seven children of her own with her husband (and Chatbooks co-founder) Nate Quigley. She grew up traveling, performing and singing and went on to earn a degree in vocal performance at BYU.

Today? She is a voice with vision uplifting endless communities — tech, motherhood, music, women in business, podcasting and entrepreneurism, to name just a few.

“Six years ago we moved to Utah to start a software company that would strengthen families — and Chatbooks was born!” she says.

Small moments; big picture.

First Things First

FIRST WORD Dada.

FIRST JOB Dancer and character performer at Walt Disney World.

FIRST EMAIL ADDRESS I can’t remember! Something on Compuserve.

FIRST OBSESSION My horse Matuce and riding bareback everyday.

FIRST CELEBRITY CRUSH Kirk Cameron.

FIRST WHEELS Toyota Corolla Station Wagon.

FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU GET TO WORK Grab a beverage and check my email.

FIRST THING YOU DO WHEN YOU GET HOME Sing! I’m determined to get back on stage one day.

FIRST BIG BREAK Our “real mom” viral video.

FIRST FAILURE “Roxy” for curating camera roll.

FIRST RULE OF SUCCESS Be kind and work hard.

FIRST RULE OF COOL Laugh it off!

Last Things Last

LAST TEXT YOU SENT “Yayayayayayay!” as I congratulated my friend for making the Tabernacle Choir.

LAST SHOW YOU WATCHED “Mean Girls.” So funny and a great moral.

LAST SONG YOU LISTENED TO “Telescope” by my daughter Laken Quigley.

LAST PODCAST YOU LISTENED TO “The MomForce Podcast,” of course!

LAST BOOK YOU READ “I Need Your Love—Is That True?” by Byron Katie.

FAMOUS LAST WORDS Assume the best. Look for the good.

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