Updates & Advice

Updates & Advice

Updates & Advice

Encouraging More Women Into Careers in VC

We know that founders are looking for investors who value diversity and recognize the success that comes with diverse teams, so what can we do to attract more women on the investment side of the table and shift what types of founders, products, and services are being...

Wrapping up the Year: What 2020 Has Taught Us

In just a few words, 2020 was wild, unpredictable, and exhausting. We all thought the chaos of COVID-19 would only last a few weeks or months, but we’re going to be facing it for well over a year. It has been an overwhelming time navigating a global pandemic while...

Preparing an Effective Pitch Deck

Last month, I shared some Tips for Raising Capital Right Now, and within it, I touched on how it’s necessary to have a good slide deck that’s short, sweet, and to the point when you’re pitching to investors. People are dealing with Zoom fatigue during this pandemic,...

Tips for Raising Capital Right Now

I mentioned in one of my older blog posts that “the best investments come out of relationships and trust,” but how do you build relationships when you can’t meet face-to-face with investors? Is the middle of a pandemic an appropriate time to even consider raising...

Wrap up for the Year

Eileen Odum and I have just wrapped up co-teaching this spring quarter of the CEO and Board Leadership class at the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, and this session was an especially unique one. Because of the COVID environment, we facilitated...

Board Member Responsibilities During COVID-19

It feels like we’ve been in this state of uncertainty for a long time, but it’s really just the beginning. This COVID-19 pandemic isn’t easy for anyone, let alone early-stage businesses trying their best to manage their operations, finances, employees, and most...