29 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

    • Investing
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

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.

    026 Barbara Bickham - Mindset Over Matter

    026 Barbara Bickham - Mindset Over Matter

    Welcome to She Invests, where you’ll hear from existing female angel investors, venture capitalists and fund managers on their investment thesis. From deal flow to exits, they will share the best practices that contribute to their success.
    In this episode, Dr. Silvia Mah welcomes Barbara Bickham to the show to discuss Barbara’s work with Women’s Innovation Fund Accelerator. Barbara expounds on the mindset of an investor, the importance of ecosystem building and the concept of risk mitigation.
    01:03 – Dr. Silvia Mah introduces today’s guest, Barbara Bickham who speaks to her work with Women’s Innovation Fund Accelerator 05:40 – Entrepreneurial strategies for pivoting and adapting in the midst of Covid-19 10:24 – The process of communicating strategic pivots to investors 12:40 – Barbara explains the concept of risk mitigation 16:26 – The mindset of an investor 20:36 – Barbara speaks to the importance of communicating with your network and limited partners (LPs) 24:00 – Doubling down on relationship and ecosystem building 25:30 – Barbara talks about her involvement in Innovation City and the upcoming virtual Women of Color Pitch Competition 30:42 – Barbara speaks to her experience with risk assessment and gender balance 33:50 – Barbara shares her ongoing fundraising projects 39:07 – Barbara provides her insights on maintaining a mindset of abundance  42:07 – Dr. Silvia thanks Barbara for joining the show Full show notes: http://www.sheinvests.com/26

    • 42 min
    025 Alicia Robb - Bridging the Gap for Female and Minority Entrepreneurs

    025 Alicia Robb - Bridging the Gap for Female and Minority Entrepreneurs

    Welcome to She Invests, where you’ll hear from existing female angel investors, venture capitalists and fund managers on their investment thesis. From deal flow to exits, they will share the best practices that contribute to their success.
    In this episode, Dr. Silvia Mah welcomes Alicia Robb to the show to discuss the Next Wave Impact Fund and the Founder of Color, two organizations in which Alicia has deep ties. Alicia breaks down virtual investing and the economic impact that COVID has had on entrepreneurship and venture capitalists.
    02:28 – Dr. Silvia Mah introduces today’s guest, Alicia Robb who speaks to her work with Next Wave Impact and Founders of Color   08:18 – Alicia breaks down who and what is driving economic growth during the uncertainty of COVID 10:50 – Alicia speaks to virtual investment and how that has led to the diversity of investors who are involved with the Next Wave Impact Fund 13:49 – Alicia breaks down the incredible work that Founders of Color is doing and how it felt to win the Hans Severiens Award from the Angel Capital Association 18:36 – The democratization of data, wealth and opportunity and how COVID has impacted Founders of Color 22:45 – Alicia provides her insights on maintaining a mindset of abundance  24:02 – Alicia shares her ongoing projects 26:30 – Dr. Silvia thanks Alicia for joining the show Full show notes: http://www.sheinvests.com/25

    • 34 min
    COVID-19 Series Introduction

    COVID-19 Series Introduction

    Silvia Mah, host of She Invests!, welcomes listeners to this new COVID-19 inspired series of interviews.

    • 5 min
    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

    • 36 min
    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

    • 40 min
    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

Customer Reviews

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So grateful to have people like Silvia continue to blaze trails for our women and minority entrepreneurs! We need more powerful leaders like her! Thank you Silvia! -FH

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