Jenny Kassan and Michelle Thimesch, securities lawyers and capital raising experts, will be interviewing fundraising veterans—both entrepreneurs and investors—and sharing success stories and cautionary tales of creative/outside-the-box capital raising.
Jenny Kassan is the author of Raise Capital on Your Own Terms: How to Fund Your Business without Selling Your Soul and served on the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies.
Michelle Thimesch is the CEO of Crowfund Mainstreet, a regulated investment crowdfunding platform.
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Episode 7: Key CrowdFunding Lessons For Social Entrepreneurs
Brahm Ahmadi is a social entrepreneur working to build healthier and more equitable inner-city communities by bringing change and innovation to critical facets of the food system. When traditional fundraising methods proved an ill fit for his company, Brahm decided to look elsewhere to raise capital. In this interview, Brahm shares the unique challenges he and his team faced and how they targeted their messaging to attract investors that aligned with their mission and values.
Episode 6: Strengths & Challenges With Fundraising
In this episode, hosts Jenny Kassan and Michelle Thimesch discuss the different skills and challenges they have seen entrepreneurs master during the fundraising process. Your hosts consider some of the mindset issues that could be holding you back from growth, including imposter syndrome, indecision, and over-attachment to one’s comfort zone. They also share suggestions you can utilize in order to overcome these mindset challenges so that you can successfully raise capital for your business.
Episode 5: Tips From an Impact Investor On How to Make Your Company More Attractive to Potential Investors
Kristin is the founder and CEO of Nia Impact Capital, a women-led Registered Investment Advisor leading the charge to change the face of finance by hiring and training women and people of color in sustainable and transformative investing. An impact Investor since 2007, Kristin oversaw the investment process for the first family foundations as they moved their endowment assets into 100% alignment with their philanthropic mission. In 2010 Kristin went on to found Nia Community, a 100% mission-aligned impact investment fund focused on social change and environmental sustainability in her hometown of Oakland, California.
Episode 4: Steps To Finding Investors Aligned With Your Values
When Shaun started her first company, LVNGbook, she decided to try the bootstrap method to fund her company. Shaun knew that she wanted to grow her company slowly, so she chose from the beginning not to go the venture capital route. Instead, it was important to her to grow the company to align with her values and fit with her vision of the company culture she wanted to create. That led her to look for angel investors or individuals interested in the company and its mission.
Episode 3: How Raising Money Has Intangible Benefits, Outside of Just Money
When Darren started his business, there weren’t the same resources for non-technical founders trying to do technical things. After getting involved with some local organizations to help with the technical side, it became clear that revenue alone wouldn’t be enough to support the app to what they wanted it to be. That realization is what led them to try to raise capital. Darren has now been raising money on and off for several years, and he shares the challenges he faced, the tips and tricks he used along the way, and his advice for anyone looking to raise money for their business.
Episode 2: Ways to Use Value Alignment to Increase Business and Investing Success
In this episode, Mike shares his background and experience in building a value’s aligned business model and how that carried over to his investing strategy. Mike was born in Pensacola, Florida. He earned his B.A. in Philosophy from U.C. San Diego and his M.A. in Criminology from U.C. Berkeley. He began work for the Xerox Corporation and built his career in management for business products companies for the next decade until starting GSB.