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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.

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.

    041 Vidya Dinamani - Laying the Groundwork for Investing

    041 Vidya Dinamani - Laying the Groundwork for 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 entrepreneur, Product Coach, author and co-founder, Vidya Dinamani. Vidya has a passion for coaching product leaders and teams. She is one of the founding partners of Ad Astra Ventures. She is also Principal with Product Rebels, a company founded to help product managers, founders and entrepreneurs make customer breakthroughs. Vidya has also recently been focused on investing and mentoring startups and early stage companies. She has over eighteen years of experience specializing in business and technology strategy development and product design, development and management. Vidya has held multiple executive roles at leading companies, including executive positions leading innovation and product management at Mitchell International, Director of Customer Experience for TurboTax Intuit. She also served as Director of Business Operations and Chief IT Architect for the software provider. Prior to Intuit, Vidya was a consultant with Deloitte Consulting, specializing in technology strategy consulting. She holds seven U.S. patents for software technology and is a certified Net Promoter associate.
    Today, Dr. Sylvia and Vidya talk about Vidya’s ‘Why’ of investing and her goal to achieve equality among men and women on both sides of the investment table. Vidya expounds on what it means to go from the first meeting with a startup company to actually writing a check and investing. Finally, Dr. Sylvia and Vidya discuss the work Ad Astra Ventures is doing to educate entrepreneurs today.
    04:30 – Dr. Silvia Mah introduces today’s guest, Vidya Dinamani, who discusses her professional background, her very first investment and her ‘Why’ of investing 10:22 – Vidya talks about identifying the right founder and the right product-market fit when she seeks out early stage startup companies to invest in 13:45 – Vidya talks about the origin story of Ad Astra Ventures and the commitment they’ve made to help more female founders 20:55 – Vidya speaks to the impact Ad Astra Ventures wants to create 29:15 – Vidya talks about her book, Groundwork: Get Better at Making Better Products and some of the great testimonials she’s received as feedback 37:02 – Vidya expounds on her background in product and how it’s impacted how she shows up as an investor 38:55 – Vidya talks about the work she’s doing at Lash.Live 45:56 – What abundance mindset means to Vidya 47:32 – Dr. Silvia recaps her interview with Vidya Full show notes: https://www.sheinvests.com/41

    • 51 min
    40 Rose Bowlus - Finding Your Voice as an Investor

    40 Rose Bowlus - Finding Your Voice as an Investor

    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 attorney and angel investor, Rose Bowlus. Rose is an experienced attorney and former in-house counsel with extensive transactional, regulatory and compliance experience at industry leading financial institutions and energy companies. She is a strong leader, seasoned negotiator and excellent communicator, all traits that have prepared her for her transition to angel investing. Today, Dr. Silvia speaks to Rose about Rose’s journey from aspiring angel investor to an expert who is ingrained in the startup ecosystem. They discuss Rose’s background in law, the work she’s doing to help and advocate for start-ups and some of projects she’s currently taking part in, including Angels in the Law and The Fourth Floor.
    05:12 – Dr. Silvia Mah introduces today’s guest, Rose Bowlus who speaks to her involvement in the San Diego Angel Conference (SDAC), her background as a lawyer and finding her voice as an investor 11:01 – Rose recounts the finalist companies at San Diego Angel Conference 13:24 – Rose expounds on her latest project, Angels in the Law 18:51 – Bringing a different perspective and doing your due diligence as an angel investor 24:02 – What Rose is doing to help and advocate for start-up companies 29:28 – Rose talks about one of the start-up companies that she’s particularly excited about 37:56 – Rose speaks to her involvement in an early stage company, The Fourth Floor 42:14 – What abundance mindset means to Rose 43:40 – Dr. Silvia recaps her interview with Rose Full show notes: https://www.sheinvests.com/40

    • 47 min
    039 Dr. Kay Olmstead - Impact Investing

    039 Dr. Kay Olmstead - Impact 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 entrepreneur, founder and fellow angel investor, Dr. Kay Olmstead. Dr. Kay is an angel investor who has a particular interest in investing in technology-based companies in biotech and clean tech. She looks for investment opportunities in socially responsible companies with technologies to make our world better by creating products to tackle tough problems. Dr. Kay is also an accomplished entrepreneur and is a co-founder and CEO of Nano PharmaSolutions. Throughout her thirty-two year career in the pharmaceutical industry she led the development efforts of five FDA-approved drugs and holds nineteen issued patents to date.
    Today, Dr. Silvia speaks to Dr. Kay about her investment thesis, one that is rooted in impact investing and legacy building through philanthropic investment vehicles, such as Donor Advised Funds, or DAFs. Dr. Kay continues by discussing the importance of commercialization and provides general advice to aspiring entrepreneurs.
    04:40 – Dr. Silvia Mah introduces today’s guest, Dr. Kay Olmstead who speaks to her investment thesis and the decision to pursue impact investing 16:44 – Dr. Kay talks about how her approach to investing has been influenced by her background as both an intrapreneur and entrepreneur 20:53 – Dr. Kay provides some poignant investment questions that are important to ask 24:03 – Dr. Kay comments on the importance of commercialization 29:33 – Dr. Kay speaks to the value of relationship building in investing 34:35 – Dr. Kay talks about her experience with San Diego Angel Conference 38:47 – Dr. Silvia recaps her interview with Dr. Kay Full show notes: https://www.sheinvests.com/39

    • 42 min
    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

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