Featured biz mama: Mo Zhou of Daycare Discover

Featured biz mama: Mo Zhou of Daycare Discover

Daycare Discover helps busy parents find suitable daycare for their family through concierge service and technology development. With concierge service, Daycare Discover specialists tour the daycare, interview the references and collect information tailored to individual family needs. They are working to sign up Chicago corporations provide our concierge services as employee benefit. Daycare Discover also developed a free mobile web app “Daycare Tour Buddy” for first-time parents to tour day care more effectively when they choose to research day care on their own. Using Daycare Tour Buddy, parents can easily access all the important questions on their mobile device during the tour and easily collect answers for later review and compare daycare at decision time. Based on Daycare Discover’s recent survey study, 90% of the child care research are done by moms. Daycare Discover’s mission is to take this burden off moms’ shoulder, so they can thrive in their career and spend precious time saved with their family.

Mo Zhou of Daycare Discover

Tell us a little about your business/job responsibilities.

I am the founder and CEO of Daycare Discover. As a CEO of brand new startup, I wear many different hats. On some day I can be crafting corporate strategy in the morning and doing front end developing in the afternoon to crafting financial projection into the midnight.

What are the ages of your children?

I have a two-year old boy Aero.

Did you start your business before or after having children?

I founded Daycare Discover because I have personally faced the frustration of trying to find a suitable day care. My work was affected during the time because I was trying to play phone tag and carrying on Q&A with daycare during business hours, the only hours daycare is in operation. I took time off work to tour day care only to find disappointments. I believe with all the modern technology available today, the search process shouldn’t be this hard. Daycare Discover’s mission to empower working moms with easy day care search so they can find quality affordable daycare while not affecting their work and life.

How did your business life change after having children?

I started the business after having children. It is very different compared to my consulting career where I have set hours on client site. I love the flexibility of entrepreneur life. Mostly, I love that I am passionate about what I do. Daycare Discover is my other baby.

Describe a typical workday.

I drop off Aero at his daycare around 7:30 am. From 8 am to 9 am, I check my email and reply to emails. At 9am, I will usually head out to tours or corporate client meetings scheduled for the day. I would tour daycare centers for my clients. After returning from the tour, I would entered the information into the database. I pick up Aero from the daycare center at 5 pm and start our night routine. After he goes to bed at 7 pm, I would get back to either web development, marketing tasks, or other company related tasks.

What is one tip you can share with other Biz Mamas?

Prioritize. There are always million things to do and million ideas to implement. It is very important to prioritize to make every move count.
Daycare Discover
Chicago, IL