5 Insights, 9 VC Funds, 7 Platforms & Lists, 10 Angel Groups, 10 Accelerators, 20 Articles & 5 Tips Earlier this year, a Springboard entrepreneur came to us to say she was closing out her seed round and wanted to make room for a woman investo…

A few weeks ago I moderated a panel at SXSW on women-led companies as an underserved market. There were hardly any men in the audience, and by the end of the panel the only males in the room (besides the A/V guys) were two of us on stage: me and Adam…

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For the last several months, I've kept to my commitment of posting twice each week, every Tuesday and every Friday. It has been a great challenge and I have learned a lot in my short time writing. One important thing I learned was the power of making…

Fran Hauser joins Rothenberg Ventures and says she hopes to invest largely in startups with female founders. Theresia Gouw Ranzetta, Jennifer Fonstad, Aileen Lee, Cindy Padnos, and Kristen Green have each started their own funds. These are only some…

I'm an introvert. So in my role at Springboard, where I'm talking every day with entrepreneurs in our portfolio, new investors and advisors we're looking to engage, sponsors and prospective sponsors, I spend a lot of time operating outside my comfo…

Being a perfectionist has it's pros and cons, especially for those that work with and for startups. It can be good to take pride in your work and to produce good work, but not when perfect becomes the enemy of good. When it came to writing, I stru…

This article is part of a series on the Springboard process. Like everyone else, we try to find the best companies in the world for our accelerator. We have a solid track record over 14 years, and we are often asked how we find the companies we selec…

Everything in the startup world hinges on the strength of your relationships. Investors back people they know or people referred to them by people they know. It's why investors don't want to meet you, they want to be introduced to you. Your ability…

Recently I read Jason Cohen's post about the challenges of writing and being a CEO and Ryan Hoover's reflections on the time that writing takes away from building. Being in an industry as fast-paced as the startup world, time is our most precious c…

About a month ago, I made a commitment to write twice a week and publish that writing for the world to see. Sharing my ideas publicly still scares me, because despite having an authoritative tone I don't feel like an expert. This past week was a rem…

Someone last week asked me about our secret sauce. In other words, what is it about Springboard that gives us a differentiated competitive advantage? It's a topic I've discussed with many of our entrepreneurs, but we always focused on their secret s…

Last week, I was talking with a friend who had recently relocated to Australia and was looking for a new position there so she could be sponsored under the 547 visa policy. We talked about what kinds of opportunities she was looking for and I was t…

One thing I've learned from all the entrepreneurs I work with at Springboard: raising capital while running a company is not easy. Pitching investors is a different mindset and skill from pitching your product. Which means there are lots of great com…

Investors are busy creatures. They struggle to filter out the volume of deals that reach them through all kinds of channels, each fighting for their time and checkbooks. So investors look at how they heard about you as a key factor in whether they de…

Life can be very unpredictable. Six years ago I was on a pre-medicine track at Georgetown, working at a neuroscience lab and planning to become a radiologist. Then I discovered entrepreneurship and found my calling at Springboard Enterprises where I'…