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Japan earthquake puts entrepreneur's plans on hold

Whether it was outlined on the back of a paper napkin, it was financed by your sister's mother-in-law's next-door neighbour, or it was a desperation move after you were laid off by a corporation, we want to hear about how your small or medium-sized business got its start.

Jerry Chang is the founder of Ippinka, an online marketplace for design-oriented consumers looking for functional and well-made products. In this edition of How I Started, he talks about what motivated him to leave his 9-to-5 job in order to start his dream business.

If you're an entrepreneur and you'd like to contribute to How I Started, please fill out the following submission form below, or click here. For added inspiration, check out our YouTube channel featuring small business owners across the country.

If you're chosen to participate, be prepared to shoot and send us a two-minute video of yourself telling your start-up story. We're not looking for anything fancy. A smart phone camera will do.

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