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I’m A Female Founder… #BYDN

By January 19, 2017January 15th, 2019No Comments
J. Kelly Hoey - Build Your Dream Network

I’ve been on the receiving end of a stream (or avalanche) of outreach and unsolicited intros recently — t’is the season (funding, that is). Amusingly (spoiler alert!) it’s the subject of an upcoming (as in tomorrow!) newsletter. However, with female founders in mind…here’s the resources* I’ve recently shared as no, without a well-crafted or researched ask**, I’m not your “spray-and-pray email outreach can we meet for coffee so we can pick your brain” gal.

    • Check out events / resources list in the 37 Angels newsletter (subscribe to the 37 Angels newsletters as each week, by date, in an easy to read format, they list upcoming events for startups and investors) and the other resource I highly recommend is SOS List (events plus upcoming deadlines for various accelerators and programs).

*Yes! This is an incomplete list…I acknowledge its NYC-centric faults as the female founder outreach recently was focused on connecting in The Big Apple. And a quick, as in “you could do this as easily as I” search on Google turned up ALL OF THESE PITCH EVENTS focused on female founders in 2018 in San Francisco.

**And I’d be remiss, if I didn’t mention my book as a resource! While there is advice specifically aimed at startups / entrepreneurs throughout the book (such as WHY you should never randomly email people asking to pick their brains over coffee), at page 183 in Build Your Dream Network there is specific guidance for entrepreneurs and small biz owners on communicating with investors.

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey is a problem solver who believes that most professional challenges—whether funding, landing a board position or getting a new job—are solved by tapping into networks.Kelly is a popular speaker on networking, community building and investing issues, especially as they relate to women, and has worked with the IEEE, PGA, Bank of America, Apple and countless others. Follow Kelly on Twitter @jkhoey and on Instagram @jkellyhoey and join the #BYDN community at