I founded my company, Caregiven, so that no other daughter would feel as I did when caring for, and losing, my father. Had I known that launching a start-up was so soul-wrenchingly difficult (albeit equally as rewarding) I may have chosen a different way to work through my grief.
As it is...the lessons I've learned about entrepreneurship, about raising venture, bringing a product to market, hiring and laying off a team and ultimately deciding it was time to say when...
...if any of my insight can help another innovator, then it all will have been worth it.
Those who are focused on bringing a product or service to market that addresses an unmet pain that they personally have experienced.
Those who are at the earliest stages of their entrepreneurial journey and are often faced with crossroad after crossroad, knowing the decisions they make today impacts tomorrow's trajectory.
Those who trust the insights of their target customers over their own convictions and are eager to learn, to be proven right and welcome being wrong.
Those who approach their work with
Care-tech & caregiving technologies
Age-tech & longevity
Insurtech & Fintech solutions focused on customer engagement
Idea-stage companies (deciding on for-profit or non-profit pathways).
Bootstrapped companies considering external funding options.
Pre-seed and seed round seekers.
Product ideation through launch.
Participation in reputable accelerator programs & innovation searches.
Venture-funding including avoiding several "bad" investors.
Growing company from first user to 1,400 on platform.
Pivots from B2C to B2B2C and from consumer tech to insurtech.
Hired initial team - ultimately laid off the team.
Maybe. I will share my experience raising capital and see if I can add value to your path but I will not create pitch decks or present your company for you.
Maybe. I am a natural connector and happily facilitate meaningful introductions that are beneficial to both parties involved. This entails my getting to know you, your organization and motivations - this takes time.
Maybe. I have my own opinions on why, when and what accelerator programs are best and will happily discuss this with anyone interested. I am happy to give input on applications or help founders evaluate opportunities but I don't write applications or lobby program managers.
I'm not giving advice, I'm sharing my experiences and collaborating with founders to help them think through the challenge/opportunity of the moment. I do not believe I have the answers but I do have the scars that lead to better understanding.
I don't charge for conversations and am not looking to create an income stream based on my connections or start-up experience. I am here to give support and be a partner to CEO's and founders.