42 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 • 20 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.

    038 Rebecca Hourihan - Investing, Giving Back & Frugality

    038 Rebecca Hourihan - Investing, Giving Back & Frugality

    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 to the podcast experienced retirement plan consultant and entrepreneur, Rebecca Hourihan. Rebecca is the founder and CMO of 401(k) Marketing, a firm that helps retirement plan advisors market their expertise and build long-lasting brand awareness. The company was founded on the idea that retirement plan advisors are specialists and should promote their unique skill set. With over 15 years of retirement plan experience, Rebecca is skilled at developing clear paths that are simple for plan sponsors, advisors and participants to understand. She is committed to company growth, advisor development and collaborative improvement. Dr. Silvia and Rebecca discuss lessons Rebecca has learned from her involvement in the San Diego Angel Conference, tips for being a better public speaker and how she has transitioned into a leader in the financial planning and services industry.
    04:19 – Dr. Silvia Mah introduces today’s guest, Rebecca Hourihan who speaks to her involvement in the San Diego Angel Conference, her background as a financial advisor and her entrepreneurial journey 15:45 – The community of SDAC and what Rebecca noticed about some of the founders from this past year 20:39 – Rebecca talks about how she prepares for presentations 22:27 – How Rebecca has grown throughout her journey as an angel investor and the importance of diversifying her investments 27:12 – Rebecca’s shares other projects she’s a part of 28:45 – Rebecca expounds on her investment thesis and her ‘why’ 30:21 – Dr. Silvia shares her own specific investment thesis 34:04 – Rebecca talks about some trends she’s seen in the FinTech industry 35:53 – Rebecca discusses her financial savvy and provides best practices for living a frugal lifestyle 44:40 – Final words of wisdom from Rebecca 46:20 – What abundance mindset means to Rebecca Full show notes: http://www.sheinvests.com/38

    • 51 min
    037 Caitlin Wege - Following Your Why

    037 Caitlin Wege - Following Your Why

    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 to the podcast ecosystem builder, investor and advisor, Caitlin Wege. Caitlin is a partner at MooDoos Investments, a private family-owned investment fund that invests in early-stage companies throughout North America. MooDoos is industry agnostic and invests in several industries including life sciences, manufacturing, and education technology. Caitlin is an experienced angel investor and fund manager that serves as Chairman of the board of multiple portfolio companies and President of the San Diego Chapter of Tech Coast Angels, the largest Angel network in the US. Dr. Silvia and Caitlin discuss the concept of finding your ‘why’ as an investor, Caitlin’s passion for fostering entrepreneurial and investor education, and how to create a wonderful network and community for investors locally as well as nationwide.
    04:32 – Dr. Silvia Mah introduces today’s guest, Caitlin Wege who speaks to her entrepreneurial journey, her ‘why,’ and how she got involved in investing 08:45 – Caitlin speaks to the importance of addressing the wealth gap in America 12:24 – Caitlin discusses the dynamic of her family office and her role as President of the San Diego Chapter of Tech Coast Angels 18:40 – Caitlin shares her thoughts on the need to get more women involved in angel investing and the panel she worked to achieve this goal 27:08 – Caitlin identifies some specific female members of Tech Coast Angels who are doing amazing work   29:35 – Overcoming Imposter Syndrome 36:19 – Caitlin talks about overcoming the challenges of COVID-19 to emerge successful in 2020 and what excites her about 2021 41:31 – How Caitlin plans to amplify her ‘why’ in 2021 46:05 – What abundance mindset means to Caitlin Full show notes: http://www.sheinvests.com/37

    • 50 min
    036 Janet Carson - Greet the Day with Endless Possibilities

    036 Janet Carson - Greet the Day with Endless Possibilities

    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 to the podcast former Director of Contracts at Qualcomm, Janet Carson. After retiring from Qualcomm in 2018, Janet turned her focus to making an impact in the community by serving with several community-based organizations and investing personal resources with numerous startup companies. As an angel investor, Janet identifies innovative solutions and technology-centric startup companies for investment opportunities.
    Dr. Silvia and Janet talk about how Janet has diversified her portfolio through different types of investment opportunities, from Portfolia and San Diego Angel Conference to Founders First Capital Partners. They discuss the value of looking to others for industry-specific expertise throughout the due diligence process. Finally, they speak to Janet’s passion for investing in women-led and underrepresented startup organizations.
    05:06 – Dr. Silvia Mah introduces today’s guest, Janet Carson who speaks to extensive business background, her involvement in San Diego Angel Conference and what she enjoyed most about SDAC 11:19 – How Janet’s experience has changed with a year under her belt at SDAC and speaks to the benefits of angel investing 15:14 – How SDAC has adjusted and pivoted amidst COVID-19 19:32 – Janet speaks to the site visits she’s excited to make once it’s safer to travel 23:02 – Janet opens up about her different investment approaches and how she’s leveraged the investment platform Portfolia 34:10 – Janet talks about her involvement with Kim Folsom and Founders First Capital Partners 38:01 – How Janet views herself as an investor 42:54 – What abundance mindset means to Janet Full show notes: http://www.sheinvests.com/36

    • 48 min
    035 Michelle Youngers - Impact Investing: There’s Plenty of Pie to Go Around

    035 Michelle Youngers - Impact Investing: There’s Plenty of Pie to Go Around

    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 to the podcast start-up consultant, entrepreneur and investor, Michelle Youngers. As a cross-functional Executive, Michelle brings over 30 years diverse experience in both financial and operational strategies to improve organizational effectiveness of early stage, high growth companies across multiple industries. Throughout her career, she has served as a Company Co-founder, President and CEO, and various roles as a trusted financial and operational partner to CEOs, leadership teams, Board of Directors and investors. She strongly believes in the equation vision plus execution equals success. Dr. Silvia and Michelle talk about Michelle’s investment thesis, factors Michelle looks for when assessing founders and how we can better empower female entrepreneurs.
    04:26 – Dr. Silvia Mah introduces today’s guest, Michelle Youngers who speaks to her involvement in San Diego Angel Conference, how she assesses founders and what her investment thesis entails 13:13 – Michelle provides some examples of companies she has invested in that she is also incredibly excited about 16:02 – Michelle talks about diversification, the importance of having capital available for investment opportunities and the value of SDAC 21:44 – Dr. Silvia and Michelle talk about the Women of SDAC and areas where we can better promote more female entrepreneurs 28:42 – What abundance mindset means to Michelle Full show notes: http://www.sheinvests.com/35

    • 35 min
    034 Oralia Alvarez - The Power of the Purse

    034 Oralia Alvarez - The Power of the Purse

    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 to the podcast leader, connector and mentor of startup founders, Oralia Alvarez. Oralia currently serves as a director of business development for Founders First Capital Partners, a fund committed to growing and funding small businesses led by diverse and inclusive founders. With over ten years of experience in distressed real estate investments and business strategy, Oralia works exclusively with cash investors in the acquisition of off-market properties. As an angel investor, Oralia is extensively involved in San Diego’s startup ecosystem by serving as a connector and mentor to entrepreneurs and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors at Startup San Diego. Dr. Silvia and Oralia talk about the daring journey of being an entrepreneur, why women of color make some of the most efficient founders and the importance of being bold and confident.
    04:19 – Dr. Silvia Mah introduces today’s guest, Oralia Alvarez who speaks to her involvement in San Diego Angel Conference, her entrepreneurial origin story and her involvement in animal philanthropy 10:31 – Oralia provides her thoughts on why women of color are some of the best and most efficient entrepreneurs 14:13 – Oralia speaks to the brilliant work the winning founders at San Diego Angel Conference are currently doing and what impressed her the most by these founders 21:28 – The importance of communication and coachability when it comes to investing in founders 25:46 – Dr. Silvia and Oralia talk about their excitement for SDAC Fund III 31:16 – Oralia talks about her bold, confident nature and how she maintains balanced confidence  34:30 – Oralia shares what having an abundance mindset means to her Full show notes: http://www.sheinvests.com/34

    • 40 min
    033 Amy Duncan - Inspiring Women in Angel Investing

    033 Amy Duncan - Inspiring Women in Angel Investing

    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 to the podcast business owner, consultant and investor, Amy Duncan. Amy has over 20 years of experience working in the high growth life sciences industry and is a seasoned marketing strategist. Amy co-founded Goldfish Consulting in 2008 with the goal of helping small businesses and life science entrepreneurs grow their business. Amy currently serves as chair of the communications committee for the San Diego Entrepreneurs Exchange (SDEE) and co-fund manager for the San Diego Angel Conference (SDAC). Dr. Silvia and Amy talk about the mindset transition Amy had to undergo from active angel investor to Lead Fund Manager, the importance of women representation in this field and the growth of the Women of SDAC.
    03:59 – Dr. Silvia Mah introduces today’s guest, Amy Duncan who speaks to her involvement in the San Diego Angel Conference and the mindset that was required to take over as Lead Fund Manager 12:33 – Amy recalls a particularly impressive pitch from an entrepreneur finalist pitch at the San Diego Angel Conference and how Amy became a champion for her 20:17 – The transition to becoming a Fund Manager for SDAC III and what excites her most about this venture 26:23 – Amy talks about the group ‘Women of SDAC’ and the work that they do 30:12 – Amy shares what having an abundance mindset means to her Full show notes: http://www.sheinvests.com/33

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