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Roundtable Recap: March 24 – How to Build a Unicorn From Scratch – and Walk Away with Nothing

Posted on Thursday, Mar 24th 2016

During this week’s roundtable, we had as our guest Heidi Roizen, Operating Partner at DFJ Venture, who discussed her important article, “How to Build a Unicorn From Scratch – and Walk Away with Nothing,” and imparted crucial lessons to entrepreneurs on how to look at terms in a venture financing situation.

Free-U
As for the pitches, first up, K. Raviteja from Hyderabad, India, pitched Free-U, a marketplace for financing. The concept is raw and needs a lot of work yet.
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10 Women Leaders Running Bootstrapped Companies

Posted on Tuesday, Feb 2nd 2016

As I was writing the previous post, 10 Women Leaders Of VC-Funded Companies, I noticed that six out of the 10 companies I included on the list followed aBootstrap First, Raise Money Later strategy.

My point of view is that as long as you follow this strategy, your chances of raising money is always going to be higher, whether you are a man or a woman.
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10 Women Leaders of VC-Funded Companies

Posted on Wednesday, Jan 27th 2016

As I wrote in my recent article, 10 Must Read Posts on Women and Entrepreneurship, I am concerned that the public discourse on feminism is veering in a victim-oriented direction, something I don’t care for.

As a follow-up to that post, I would like to introduce you to ten women who have raised venture capital as a founder CEO, a co-founder, or a non-founder CEO. In each case, I have linked to a detailed interview discussion I have had with the person, so that you can really dive into the points of view of these successful women.
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290th Roundtable Recording On Jan. 21, 2016: With Steals.com Founder Jana Francis

Posted on Friday, Jan 22nd 2016

In case you missed it, you can listen to the recording here:

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Roundtable Recap: January 21 – Navigating Through Massive Challenges

Posted on Thursday, Jan 21st 2016

During this week’s roundtable, we had Jana Francis, Founder and President of Steals.com, as our guest. Jana has experienced significant challenges in building her bootstrapped company from Utah. She candidly discussed these challenges, and her experiences were eye-opening and inspiring for our audience.

Quimojo
As for the pitches, first up, Dean Owen from Shanghai, China, pitched Quimojo, a candidate database of recent graduates for hiring managers to tap into. Dean is trying to pilot a somewhat different business and usage model for hiring, and we discussed his validation strategy at the session.

VTechis.com
Next, Arindam Chakraborty from Mumbai, India, pitched VTechis.com, a tiny company with five different seemingly related businesses. My core advice to Arindam is to focus on one business, instead of biting a piece each from five different apples.
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Women ARE Raising Venture Capital: Kerry Cooper, CEO of ChooseEnergy (Part 1)

Posted on Wednesday, Jan 20th 2016

Kerry was brought into ChooseEnergy by Kleiner Perkins along with the seed funding. Since then, she has raised $25 million and is running a traditional venture-funded company. This interview includes a discussion on the controversial subject of women in technology and venture capital.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start at the very beginning of your journey. Where are you from? Where were you born, raised, and in what kind of background?

Kerry Cooper: I was born and raised in New Mexico. I was born in Santa Fe and raised, mostly, in Albuquerque. Both my parents are veterinarians. My mom was one of the first women to go to veterinary school. However, I grew up in a lower middle-class environment. We didn’t have much money. I started working when I was eight. I started babysitting when I was 12. I got my first job at Baskin-Robbins when I was 15. I think I’ve had a thousand jobs since then. That was the very beginning. I graduated from high school in Albuquerque. >>>

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10 Must Read Posts On Women And Entrepreneurship

Posted on Thursday, Jan 14th 2016

The issue of women and entrepreneurship has been top of mind of late. It is a topic that I have written a fair bit about, and want to share with you a shortlist of key posts: >>>

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Roundtable Recording On Oct. 29, 2015: Capital Efficient Entrepreneurship with Susan Mason, Aligned Partners

Posted on Friday, Oct 30th 2015

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Roundtable Recap: October 29 – Capital Efficient Entrepreneurship with Susan Mason, General Partner, Aligned Ventures

Posted on Thursday, Oct 29th 2015

During this week’s roundtable, we started with a conversation with Susan Mason, General Partner of Aligned Ventures, who talked about the dysfunctions of the broader venture capital model, and what her firm is doing to address those. Excellent conversation, please listen to it.

RentMyStay
As for the pitches, first up, Kiran N. from Bangalore, India, pitched RentMyStay, a marketplace for renting short-term housing. The company is already in revenue, growing nicely, and is executing very well.
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Long Journey in Healthcare: Canadian Entrepreneurs Matthew Sappern and Emily Hamilton of PeriGen (Part 1)

Posted on Thursday, Oct 1st 2015

Perigen is an amalgamation of a couple of different companies. This story relates how the entrepreneurs navigated a long journey.

Sramana Mitra: Let’s start by telling us a little bit about your personal background. I’d like to do that with both of you since you are co-founders.

Matthew Sappern: Just for clarity’s sake, Emily developed this technology. I was brought in by the Board a number of years ago to essentially restart this company.

Sramana Mitra: I see. Emily is the founder.

Matthew Sappern: One of the initial founders, and the developer of the core technology. >>>

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