Finance

What led me to invest in my first company…

I was watching companies being built in late 90’s. It was the beginning of Web 2.0. I was reading the content a few times a day on Curbed, Eater and Racked. When I discovered that they were looking to raise money I called the founder. The rest is history.

Top qualities I look for in the entrepreneurs I invest in…

Scrappy, smart, fire in their belly and tenacity.

The most common mistakes I see entrepreneurs make…

Getting trapped in the weeds. Not being as scrappy once they get funded. Being too scrappy when they get funded.

How I sought out mentors early in my career…

I don’t believe in seeking out mentors. I believe that like friends, mentorships are something that happen organically.

My approach to mentoring…

I consider myself a mentor to every company I invest in. It is about checking in, making yourself available, giving advice when asked and most of all being a cheerleader.

Advice for entrepreneurs balancing family and business…

Take time out for yourself. Make sure you have a date night once a week with your spouse/partner. Those things make you a better entrepreneur. It will never be easy, but giving yourself time to breathe is a game changer.

The hardest lesson I ever learned in business…

Be nice, gracious and respectful to everyone. You never know whose path you will cross in your future.

When I was young and just starting out, I definitely burned some bridges because I was insanely competitive and refused to put up with bullshit. It didn’t always work out in my favor.

Top 3 tips for starting a business blog…

1) It is time consuming. If you can’t keep it up then don’t start. 2) Be authentic. 3)Write about something that is an extension of you.

Key qualities that are unique to women entrepreneurs…

Women founders never give up. They are slow and steady. They are methodical. They are superwomen.

My favorite app…

Every company that I have invested in.

Biggest lessons learned from the entrepreneurs I invest in…

Each founder is so different and building a business from scratch is beyond hard. Being on the sidelines is a privilege. I get to learn from them daily.

My motto is…

Be bold.