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I’m A Female Founder… #BYDN

By January 19, 2017 January 15th, 2019 No Comments

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

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey.