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How many times have you seen or listened to an entrepreneur profiled in the media as a “white-male, hoodie-wearing, unicorn-hunting Stanford engineer”? Hungry for substantive advice from accomplished entrepreneurs, investors and industry leaders who look and sound like you? Welcome to BroadMic where we are breaking the mold about what it means to be a successful entrepreneur. “You have to see it to be it!” Here you will learn from unconventional role models, get the picks and shovels you need, and access the candid conversations that normally go on behind closed doors. It’s no longer necessary for women and minorities to sacrifice their identities in order to fit into the tech community. We believe in strengthening the BroadMic community through shared expertise. Together, we can change the narrative. No more white papers, no more studies, no more theses about change – let’s act! #ThinkBroad

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How many times have you seen or listened to an entrepreneur profiled in the media as a “white-male, hoodie-wearing, unicorn-hunting Stanford engineer”? Hungry for substantive advice from accomplished entrepreneurs, investors and industry leaders who look and sound like you? Welcome to BroadMic where we are breaking the mold about what it means to be a successful entrepreneur. “You have to see it to be it!” Here you will learn from unconventional role models, get the picks and shovels you need, and access the candid conversations that normally go on behind closed doors. It’s no longer necessary for women and minorities to sacrifice their identities in order to fit into the tech community. We believe in strengthening the BroadMic community through shared expertise. Together, we can change the narrative. No more white papers, no more studies, no more theses about change – let’s act! #ThinkBroad

    #37 Know What Business You Are In: How Olga Vidisheva, YC Graduate and Founder/CEO of Shoptiques Built the Anti-Amazon

    #37 Know What Business You Are In: How Olga Vidisheva, YC Graduate and Founder/CEO of Shoptiques Built the Anti-Amazon

    How could buying a pair of shoes in Paris lead to launching a global fashion technology business? Olga Vidisheva, founder of Shoptiques, a YC graduate and former Goldman Sachs analyst, did this very thing. Vidisheva, an immigrant from the Soviet Union, did not set out to be an entrepreneur but got the bit in her mouth after discovering a big gap in the retail marketplace while traveling abroad. Vidisheva sat down with BroadMic host, Erica Duignan Minnihan, to share her unique and compelling founder’s story.



    Show Notes





    Shoptiques Does International Shopping for You



    How Shoptiques' 30-Year-Old CEO Is Using Tech To Take Indie Boutiques Global (And Make Millions)



    FemTech: Olga Vidisheva, Shoptiques.com



    YC Startup School Radio: Shoptiques CEO Olga Vidisheva On The Challenge Of Hiring Great People by Colleen Taylor



    Olga Vidisheva, Founder of Shoptiques (YC W12)



    Olga Vidisheva Crunchbase Profile



    ELLE CV: Olga Vidisheva, Shoptiques Founder and CEO



    Career Contessa: Meet Olga Vidisheva CEO & Founder, Shoptiques



    Ideamensch: Olga Vidisheva – Founder and CEO of Shoptiques.com



    Guest bios & transcripts are available on www.broadmic.com.

    • 35 min
    #36 Failure is Not Final: Christina Wallace, VP of Growth, Bionic

    #36 Failure is Not Final: Christina Wallace, VP of Growth, Bionic

    Can taking outside capital kill your startup? Christina Wallace, is the VP of Growth at Bionic, a company that brings startup and VC experience to enterprise.  Previously she was founding director of BridgeUp: STEM, an educational initiative to captivate, inspire, and propel girls and minorities into computer science. Erica Duignan Minnihan and Christina talk about lessons learned from a failed startup, fundraising, and finding the right cofounder.



    Show Notes



    Going Against the Flow: Christina Wallace, Founder of BridgeUp: STEM at AMNH by Charu Sharma, Huffington Post



    BridgeUp: STEM



    Helen Gurley Brown May Never Have Used a Computer. But Her Trust is Into Coding by Tate Williams, Inside Philanthropy



    Let’s Get Real About Startups And Mental Health Christina Wallace, Medium



    After 10 Months, A Boatload Of Press, And A CEO's Departure, Apparel Startup Quincy Shuts Down by Alyson Shontell, Business Insider



    My Father was an Abusive Sociopath and I was the Only One He Had Left by Christina Wallace, elle.com



    Tranche Investing Will Kill Your Startup--Here's Why by Tom Kriegistein, Forbes



    The Moment I Lost Everything by Kathryn Minshew, Medium



    Looking for Love in All The Wrong Places - How to Find a Co-founder First Round Review



    Genius in Madness? 72% of Entrepreneurs Affected by Mental Health Conditions by Debra Carpenter, StartupGrind



    Guest bios & transcripts are available on www.broadmic.com.

    • 33 min
    #35 Take Risks When You’re Young: Liz Wessel, Cofounder of WayUp

    #35 Take Risks When You’re Young: Liz Wessel, Cofounder of WayUp

    Liz Wessel is the cofounder of WayUp, an app that helps college students find jobs and internships. After graduating from Penn, she worked at Google, first in Mountain View on the Partnerships and Grants team and then in India to lead brand initiatives. After her tour of duty in India, Wessel returned to the U.S. and cofounded WayUp. Season 3 Host Erica Duignan and Liz chat about the inspiration for WayUp, how much money you should raise for your seed round, and her secret to finding mentors and advisors.



    Show Notes



    UniEats Gives College Students 10% Restaurant Discounts Peter Cohan, Forbes



    Money Millennials: Liz Wessel and J.J Fliegelman Making Job Hunting Easier by Kofie Yeboah, The Huffington Post



    An ex-Googler turned startup CEO asks all her employees to 'cold email' their idols — here's why by Jacquelyn Smith, Business Insider



    How To Change Your Startup's Name: A Checklist by Brian Solomon, Forbes



    Do Things That Don't Scale by Paul Graham



    Guest bios & transcripts are available on www.broadmic.com.

    • 33 min
    #34 Focus on the Things You Have Control Over: Gina Bianchini, Founder/CEO of Mightybell

    #34 Focus on the Things You Have Control Over: Gina Bianchini, Founder/CEO of Mightybell

    Gina Bianchini is the Founder and CEO of Mightybell, a platform that enables you to build a community and a business on your own branded mobile apps. She is also the co-founder of Sheryl Sandberg’s leanin.org, an online community dedicated to supporting women’s career development. Bianchini has been featured as one of Fortune Magazine’s “40 under 40”, Huffington Post’s 10 Technology Ultimate Game Changers, and more. Bianchini shares the lessons learned from her first couple of startups, how that experience shaped the founding and development of her current startup, Mightybell, why there’s a real need for another social network, and her takeaways for founders raising capital.

    Show Notes

    Sheryl Sandberg Launches ‘Lean In’ Organization As A Global Community For Workplace Equality by Colleen Taylor, TechCrunch



    Building Better Social Networks: Beyond Likes, Follows and Hashtags by Gina Bianchini, LinkedIn



    Mightybell Wants To Help Businesses Build Mobile Communities by Leena Rao, Fortune



    Glam Buys Ning for $150M, Andreessen Joins Board by Erick Schonfeld, TechCrunch



    Guest bios & transcripts are available on www.broadmic.com.

    • 33 min
    #33 Tell Me Ten Reasons Why You Can: Alicia Thomas, Founder/CEO of Dibs Technology

    #33 Tell Me Ten Reasons Why You Can: Alicia Thomas, Founder/CEO of Dibs Technology

    Alicia Thomas is the founder and CEO of Dibs, a B2B digital platform that gives studios quick and easy access to real-time pricing for the boutique fitness classes their clients want. A former developer and director of data strategy at Citigroup, Thomas chose to start a company in the fitness industry because she knew she would have a competitive advantage. BroadMic host, Erica Duignan, and Thomas discuss what she's learned about focus and “getting it done” when it comes to fundraising, her advice for female founders, and her perspective as a woman of color in tech.



    Show Notes

    Dibs is Seeded to Bring Dynamic Pricing to Fitness Industry by Lora Kolodny, The Wall Street Journal

    • 30 min
    #32 All Investing Is Impact Investing: Fran Seegull, CIO Impact Assets

    #32 All Investing Is Impact Investing: Fran Seegull, CIO Impact Assets

    Even the Pope is talking about it, but what exactly is impact investing? Meet Fran Seegull, Executive Director of the U.S Impact Investing Alliance, a project of the Ford Foundation and Omidyar Network. Fran is also an Adjunct Professor at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and Senior Fellow at the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab, both at USC’s Marshall School of Business. Kelly Hoey and Fran chat about impact investing, the drivers behind this growing market, and how social entrepreneurs can find investors.



    Show Notes



    The Impact Economy: An Open Letter to the 2016 Presidential Candidates by Fran Seegull



    Beyond Tradeoffs: The Rise of the Impact Unicorns by Fran Seegull



    Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation



    Two Years After White House Commitments: $1 Billion Deployed for Impact by US Investors



    In 2014 29 Orgs Committed $1.5 Billion to Impact Investing. Where’s the Money after 18 Months?



    socialimpactinvestment.org



    "Impact Investing: What Will It Take to Get to Scale?" Conscious Company Magazine, January/February 2016



    "Impact Investing for the Rest of Us," Conscious Company Magazine, Spring 2015



    Online video interview, “Is Impact Investing A Solution To Global Problems?” Forbes, July 13, 2016



    Online video interview, “An Eventful Year in Impact Investing – An Interview with ImpactAssets’ Fran Seegull,” Next Billion, January 14, 2016



    Online video interview, “Impact Investing No Longer Reserved for Country Club Crowd,” The Street, April 2015



    Impact Investing With Fran Seegull of ImpactAssets by Charley Wright, DailyAlts



    The Landscape of Social Impact Investment Research: Trends and Opportunities University of Oxford



    Introducing the Impact Investing Benchmark Cambridge Associates



    The Diana Project



    F.B. Heron Foundation Is Going 'All In' by Anne Fields, Forbes



    How Etsy's IPO Could Spark Investor Interest in B Corps by Dennis Price, Entrepreneur



    Toms Shoes Is Investing In Companies That Actually Care About The World by Alexander Kaufman, Huffington Post



    Honest Tea: It Ain’t Easy Being Mission-Based by Leon Kaye, Triple Pundit



    Ben & Jerry’s CEO: How to Get Your Social Impact Game On by Renee Faris, Triple Pundit



    Guest bios & transcripts are available on www.broadmic.com.

    • 33 min

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26 Ratings

HillenEHD ,

Enjoy the Diversity

Thanks, the iinterviews are refreshing, approachable and informative.

Female Leader ,

Just the motivation you need -- inspiring and practical

As a young, female entrepreneur with dreams of leading a startup, BroadMic is the perfect podcast to motivate me to stay focused. Not only are the women interviewed endlessly inspiring, but they also offer plenty of advice and tactics on how actually to start your own company. Some of the challenges and mistakes are things I never would have expected, and now I know how to avoid them. Here's to learning from others who came before!

Besides the tidbits of advice, BroadMic is also just a high-quality show with impressive content produced brilliantly. The interviews are never boring, and the conversations are guided to be both useful and enjoyable.

elle511 ,

Great guest interviews!

Learning so much about entrepreneurship and building a sustainable business! Love it!

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