Insights into Fundraising

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Insights into Fundraisingcapital raise, education, Entrepreneur, fundraising, pitching

by vanessaalexandra on October 15, 2014 with Comments Off on Insights into Fundraising

This morning I presented the content below for a group of founders that are in the process of raising their Seed or A rounds.  It is what I have learned from evaluating many companies, market strategies, revenue models and investment opportunities.   I believe every pitch should have clear, direct content with digestible metrics and logic …

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Angel Investing In Action Panel at Pipeline Fellows Conference

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Angel Investing In Action Panel at Pipeline Fellows Conferenceangel investors, early stage, Lean In, learn, Women

by vanessaalexandra on February 28, 2014 with Comments Off on Angel Investing In Action Panel at Pipeline Fellows Conference

It was a pleasure to moderate the Angel Investing in Action panel. The panelists were an excellent mix with Carol Curley, an experienced angel investor with diverse investment strategy; Anil Dash, an entrepreneur and active startup advisor; and Albert Wenger Partner at USV and angel investor. The goal was to educate the audience, the new …

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@Coursera: Tool to Support Professional Growth

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@Coursera: Tool to Support Professional Growthcareers, code, developers, education, growth, improvement, learn, meeting goals, online courses, Women

by vanessaalexandra on September 5, 2013 with Comments Off on @Coursera: Tool to Support Professional Growth

In planning and revising your short term and long term career goals, education is key.  For career education, I read books and have taken courses at General Assembly.  Everything else related to my career learning is work experience based and from attending talks/meetups/panel discussions/etc.   Coursera is an exciting tool that provides free access to …

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Goals and Career Growth: Explore, Plan, Do!

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Goals and Career Growth: Explore, Plan, Do!careers, growth, Lean In, learn, meeting goals, plan, Women

by vanessaalexandra on September 3, 2013 with Comments Off on Goals and Career Growth: Explore, Plan, Do!

New Year Resolutions are common and I never understood waiting until the end of the year to revisit your goals.  I revisit goals for personal and professional growth regularly.  Luckily we have Labor Day to make us New Yorkers feel like we are all going back to school and we can revisit what we want …

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Maintaining an Objective Presence

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Maintaining an Objective Presencebusiness, female, Lean In, startups, Women

by vanessaalexandra on July 29, 2013 with Comments Off on Maintaining an Objective Presence

Oddly enough in this world of over 7 billion people with roughly half that are female, people can still have a blank look on their face when they see a woman in a place where we are scarce.  It happens from time to time, as a woman the best way to get through it is …

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Women in the Startup World – Fact, not fiction

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Women in the Startup World – Fact, not fictionLean In, New York, startups, Women

by vanessaalexandra on July 25, 2013 with Comments Off on Women in the Startup World – Fact, not fiction

There is a major push to see more women in tech, startup companies and in venture capital.  There is not a week that goes by where the issue is not addressed and I am proud to see many people showing their support.   With all the concerning statistics, I have to say that New York …

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Four years later… Tech Business Consultant – Art Gallery Professional – Director at New York Angels

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Four years later… Tech Business Consultant – Art Gallery Professional – Director at New York Angelscareers, change, growth, jobs

by vanessaalexandra on June 3, 2013 with Comments Off on Four years later… Tech Business Consultant – Art Gallery Professional – Director at New York Angels

It was four year ago this week that I left my safe corporate gig during the 2009 post-financial crisis meltdown and record spikes of unemployment.  I wanted something more, something interesting, something challenging.  The role I had felt limited and not challenging enough.  When I reached for more challenges, I felt a culture of “do …

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