26 episodes

This is the show where we highlight the growing number of female angel investors, the real unicorns. My mission is to equip female angel investors with more knowledge about how to invest, finding their tribe, and collaborating. From deal flow to exits, women have been gaining experience. Let's learn from each other. We can only improve our representation around the venture table by truly sitting at it and having a voice.

She Invests! Silvia Mah

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This is the show where we highlight the growing number of female angel investors, the real unicorns. My mission is to equip female angel investors with more knowledge about how to invest, finding their tribe, and collaborating. From deal flow to exits, women have been gaining experience. Let's learn from each other. We can only improve our representation around the venture table by truly sitting at it and having a voice.

    024 Amanda Lettmann - Investing in Underutilized Entrepreneurs and The Six Tenets of Impactful People

    024 Amanda Lettmann - Investing in Underutilized Entrepreneurs and The Six Tenets of Impactful People

    Amanda Lettmann, CEO of Kardia Venture, lives a “limitless” life, and believes in the power of paying it forward. As a veteran of the United States Air Force and a successful figure in the tech industry over the past 20 years, she has taken her fascination with finance and thriving businesses into the arena of angel investing.
    In this episode, Amanda shares how she got into investing, the importance of supporting coachable female and veteran entrepreneurs, and shares her latest adventure of bringing Women of Impact into the world. She also shares her six tenets of impactful people.
     
    01:05 – Amanda is the first veteran investor on the show. What makes her as a veteran investor and the types of investments she makes unique? 02:15 – The Pay It Forward aspect – Why investing in women or having women on a leadership team is not just a good decision, but is a good business decision 03:42 – What thriving startups are doing right 04:41 – Amanda’s start in angel investing 06:42 – Amanda’s first investments into public markets 07:22 – Making the leap from investing to angel investing; a riskier asset class 08:30 – Delving deep into the thought process of syndication and how to do it 10:50 – Amanda’s thesis for investment criteria 13:15 – Bringing Women of Impact [series] into the world 15:37 – Six Tenets of Impactful People 18:34 – Speaker Series: Kardiavibe; an offshoot of the ESPN radio show 19:45 – What else is Amanda working on? 21:23 – The forefront of tech right now 24:00 – Full-time versus part-time investing 27:05 – What makes San Diego amazing [as a startup eco-system]? 29:50 – Final Four Questions Full show notes: http://www.sheinvests.com/24

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    023 Susan Preston - Opportunistic Risk-Taking and the Three Pillars of Startup Success

    023 Susan Preston - Opportunistic Risk-Taking and the Three Pillars of Startup Success

    Susan Preston is the General Partner for the CalCEF Clean Energy Angel Fund, the Buerk Endowed Fellow for Entrepreneurship at the University of Washington, a Trustee for the Angel Resource Institute, chair of ARI: Women First Enterprises, and on various for-profit and non-profit boards. She is also the author of Angel Financing for Entrepreneurs: Early-stage Funding for Long-term Success. In addition, Susan received her JD, cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law and her BS, magna cum laude, in Microbiology and Public Health from Washington State University. Her background with microbiology is the source of her interest in investing in the med-tech area.
    In this episode, Susan credits team, technology, and the market as the three pillars of startup success. She encourages beginning entrepreneurs to be confident on their “elevator pitch,” to successfully get an investor’s attention, as well as female angel investors to believe in themselves. To Susan, education and training are vital in investing.
    03:28 - How Susan got involved in investing 05:27 - Susan’s first year of angel investing 06:56 - The involvement on female angel investors in Susan’s company 08:49 - How Susan focused on education in her career 10:52 - The role of early stage investors in growing the economy of the United States 12:12 - Why the diversification of your portfolio can help you as an investor 13:41 - The importance of post-investment engagement and what does it really mean 15:52 - How Susan communicates with companies on her expectations 18:48 - Alignment in the angel investment world 19:55 - How an entrepreneur can get an investor’s attention 22:14 - Team, technology, and the market on a company’s success 23:19 - Investing in the med-tech area 26:12 - How Susan’s company run angel investment group workshops 28:33 - Helping university startups get an investment   31:11 - Encouraging female angel investors to write their first check 32:27 - Susan’s favorite angel investing resource 34:24 - Susan’s favorite book 35:25 - Major influences in Susan’s life 37:03 - What “abundance mindset” means to Susan Full show notes: http://www.sheinvests.com/23

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    022 Julie Harrelson - Collaborative Angel Investing in the Pacific Northwest

    022 Julie Harrelson - Collaborative Angel Investing in the Pacific Northwest

    Oregon-based entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist, Julie Harrelson, is the CEO of Harrelson Group and the fund manager of Cascade Angels Fund, in which she co-founded in 2013. Throughout her entrepreneurial career, she has had multiple executive roles in design, technology, and angel investing. She has received many accolades for her hard work and success, including the 2017 Bend Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year Award and the Oregon 2014 Women of Influence Orchid Award.
    She is an active member of the Angel Capital Association, the Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator and Metropolitan Family Service, and the Portland State University’s Center for Women’s Leadership Honorary Council. In this episode, Julie explores the topic of philanthropy in entrepreneurship and using collaboration to create a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem.
    09:23 - Entrepreneurship in the Oregon 12:04 - How Julie created a fund in Bend, Oregon 14:09 - Fund managers are over 90% men 16:10 - The beginnings of Cascade Angel Fund 18:03 - Julie’s biggest asset from collaboration 22:05 - Persistent effort over time leads to valuable progress 23:41 - The “three-legged stool” for investing in Bend, Oregon 25:00 -  Why angel investors are attracted to Bend, Oregon 26:03 - Up and coming industries in Bend, Oregon and Pacific Northwest 28:47 - The importance of the entrepreneurial ecosystem 30:50 - How can angel investors really make a mark on the entrepreneurial ecosystem 32:13 - What Julie looks for as an individual angel investor 34:20 - How to manage your portfolio as an angel investor 35:33 - Fund Five’s investments 39:12 - Being civically engaged as ecosystem builders 42:41 - Julie’s favorite angel investing resource 42:55 - Julie’s favorite book 43:44 - Major influences in Julie’s life 44:37 - What “abundance mindset” means to Julie Full show notes: http://www.sheinvests.com/22

    • 39 min
    021 Colleen Poynton - The Importance of Networking and Relationship Building in Investing

    021 Colleen Poynton - The Importance of Networking and Relationship Building in Investing

    Colleen Poynton is the Vice President of Core Innovation Capital where she sources and invests in companies that make financial services more efficient, affordable, accessible, and secure for individuals and businesses.
    Prior to her involvement in Core, Colleen worked on the sourcing and selection team at Endeavor Global and helped launch and scale the commercial real-estate startup, IIC, as the first employee. She has a MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University.
    In this episode, Colleen speaks about her experience with investing and her role in Core Innovation Capital as well as emphasizing the importance of networking in order to become a strong investor.
    03:38 - How Colleen got involved with 37 Angels in the beginning 05:50 - Getting an investor’s perspective at an early age 06:37 - What Core Innovation Capital invests in and does 07:36 - How Core Innovation Capital founder, Arjan Schütte’s investment thesis brought  Colleen into the world on investing 09:28 - Core’s investment thesis and mission 12:25 - How the members of Core assembled together 14:54 - Challenges in raising an institutional fund 17:28 - What would Colleen tell her younger self 21:00 - Walkthrough of soft due diligence at Core 24:09 - How teams are mentored at Core 27:21 - The importance of being self-aware and receiving feedback 29:46 - What are the typical advice startups receive 32:02 - Follow on investing and helping startups fundraise at the next level 34:12 - Relationships with early stage accelerators 36:10 - How to build enterprise value 39:04 - Trends in the FinTech industry Full show notes: http://www.sheinvests.com/21

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    020 Loretta McCarthy - How Propelling Women Entrepreneurs Brings Opportunity for Investors

    020 Loretta McCarthy - How Propelling Women Entrepreneurs Brings Opportunity for Investors

    Managing partner and one of the founders of Golden Seeds, Loretta McCarthy, speaks about her passion for supporting female entrepreneurs and women’s role in business. She emphasizes the importance of gender-diversity in the workplace and the benefits it will yield, especially for women-led companies.
    Golden Seeds strives to provide support and encouragement for female-led startups and angel investing groups. According to McCarthy, optimism and realism are the two main factors that help startup companies have the confidence and judgement to succeed in the business world.  
    01:50 - Loretta’s business experience prior to Golden Seeds 03:22 - History and foundation of Golden Seeds 04:41 - Creating an environment for the female entrepreneur 07:52 - Best success of Golden Seeds in supporting the female entrepreneur 08:57 - Investment in gender-diverse companies 10:33 - Research on the advantages of gender-diversity 11:28 - First Round Capital research on women-led companies and return for investors 15:56 - Getting more and more women involved as investors 18:02 - Golden Seeds on figuring out where to open doors for female-led companies 19:48 - What does it take to be an angel investor and debunking myths 22:30 - Golden Seeds training to motivate women 24:03 - Technology’s impact on growing angel network and helping people participate from afar   26:40 - The importance of leadership in angel organizations 28:19 - Synergy between the entrepreneur and the angel investor 30:47 - Criteria for first pitch to Golden Seeds 33:10 - Every startup team needs a ratio of optimism and realism 37:20 - New member orientation at Golden Seeds to learn more about angel investing 40:37 - Global push to recognize the importance of women entrepreneurs 41:25 - Loretta’s favorite angel investing resource is her colleagues   42:30 - Major influence in Loretta’s life is her mother Full show notes: http://www.sheinvests.com/20
     
     

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    019 Sue Baggott - Why 'Hands-on' is the Most Important Skill to Make Principles Stick

    019 Sue Baggott - Why 'Hands-on' is the Most Important Skill to Make Principles Stick

    Sue Baggott is the President of Power Within Consulting LLC, an insights-based strategy and innovation firm, which she founded in 2014. Early in her career, Sue spent 18 years in Global R&D at Procter & Gamble, leading the delivery of game-changing consumer products innovations across hair care, beauty/cosmetics, and baby care categories.
    In 2015, Sue began working with Queen City Angels (QCA) on a strategy refresh project, which ignited her interest in angel investing and fostered her passion for participating in the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Cincinnati. In late 2015, she joined the inaugural Rising Tide cohort and in 2016 became a member of QCA.
    Sue is active in screening and due diligence work, as well as co-leading QCA’s diversity/inclusion strategy pillar. She thrives on mentoring and coaching entrepreneurs helping to guide consumer/customer insights, design thinking, lean startup, and business planning and innovation strategies.
    In this episode, Sue shares her passion for innovation, social impact ventures, and her goals to lower the barriers for women entrepreneurs and investors.
    02:07 – Next Wave Impact’s business model, being part of the investment committee 07:05 – ‘learn by doing’ method applicability in growing start-ups 08:22 – advantage of collaboration from different industry backgrounds within the VC ecosystem 09:55 – what qualities of a startup she considered for Next Wave Impact from an innovation standpoint 14:22 – her learning journey with Queen City Angels and Rising Tide 19:22 – efforts to lower the barrier for women entrepreneurs and investors 25:11 – her transition venture philanthropy to impact investing with Impact 100 31:33 – Rapid-Fire Final Four Questions Full show notes: http://www.sheinvests.com/19

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

Jerry Ryan ,

Much-needed - thank you!!

This is an invaluable resource to me as an entrepeneur! Getting to peek into the heart and mind of investors is SO incredibly valuable to me. Thank you for bringing such a fantastic podcast to life!

BethanyK! ,

Bringing female representation to the VC table

So delighted to see Silvia Mah step into the space of highlight female angel investors. This podcast is educational and informative. If you are an angel investor, the episodes create community and camaraderie. As an entreprenur, especially one who may be seeking angel funding, you learn how female angel investors think and what you can bring to the table to create a mutually beneficial arrangement. Good stuff. Can't wait for more episodes!

Word_GameAddict ,

A must listen topic

As the owner of a startup, a former financial advisor, and a diversity & inclusion professional, I am a HUGE supporter of more female angel investors and I'm so glad Silvia is tackling this topic.

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