Episode 31

#31 The ‘Lightbulb Moment’: Aileen Gemma Smith on How Crisis Compelled Her to Found Vizalytics

Aileen Gemma Smith recognized opportunity as she watched her community recover in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  She believed in her business idea so strongly that she sold her house in order to fund it. Smith is cofounder and CEO of Vizalytics, and creator of Mind My Business, an app now helping over 3,000 local business owners get critical data specific to their geo-location. Continue reading “#31 The ‘Lightbulb Moment’: Aileen Gemma Smith on How Crisis Compelled Her to Found Vizalytics”

Episode 30

#30 Kara Nortman, Co-founder of Seedling and VC Partner at Upfront Ventures Comes Full Circle

What does a venture investor with operating experience look for in the entrepreneurs she funds? Kara Nortman, a VC partner at LA-based Upfront Ventures, shares some inside baseball with BroadMic host, Kelly Hoey. Nortman, a former co-founder of Seedling, a family activities startup, claims her previous experience as a founder has improved her ability to support founders as a VC investor.
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Episode 26

#26 How Women Entrepreneurs Can Get $300 Billion: Anne Ravanona, Founder/CEO of Global Invest Her

Three hundred billion dollars. That’s the global financing gap between male-owned and female-owned businesses. When Anne Ravanona heard this appalling statistic she sprang into action and founded Global Invest Her, an online platform dedicated to funding women entrepreneurs.  Continue reading “#26 How Women Entrepreneurs Can Get $300 Billion: Anne Ravanona, Founder/CEO of Global Invest Her”

Episode 24

#24 The Real Unicorns of Tech: Kathryn Finney on Black Women Founders

How do we get more funding for communities of color? Finney is founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided, and Co-Author/Research Lead on #ProjectDiane, a proprietary data project about the state of Black women in tech entrepreneurship in the United States. Leading with data, Finney is fundamentally changing the discussion about diversity in tech.  Continue reading “#24 The Real Unicorns of Tech: Kathryn Finney on Black Women Founders”