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Ep #30: Melissa Mash, Co-Founder, Dagne Dover – Finding that Lead Investor

Melissa MashMelissa Mash is the co-founder and CEO of Dagne Dover, a handbag and accessories brand disrupting the traditional handbag space. Dagne Dover caters to the modern on-the-go woman who carries all her tech – laptops, iPads and phone – along with her water bottle, wallet, sunglasses and other daily essentials. Dagne Dover solves handbag problems by providing fashionable, functional handbags that women ACTUALLY want to carry and are actually quite obsessed with!

I invited Melissa to the show today to share Dagne Dovers’ unique founding story, how they got the customers involved in the development of their product as well as their strategic approach to the product launch and funding. Join us to learn what it means to land a lead investor that will expose you to an array of opportunities that will accelerate your company’s growth exponentially. You don’t want to miss this tip- and strategy-packed episode that is sure to help you land that lead investor. Check it out below!

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What You’ll Learn From This Episode:

  • The story behind the founding of Dagne Dover.
  • Where the customer sales cycle truly begins.
  • Best way to create brand ambassadors.
  • How they found the first angel investor that opened the floodgates to other capital and opportunities.
  • How to adjust your pitch deck in order to make it more appealing to investors.
  • How Melissa put the founding team totgether.
  • The importance of setting the precedent of how you’re planning to communicate with investors.
  • Communication tips for keeping investors engaged.

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Using College to Your Advantage – Stephanie Weiner, VC at Bain Capital

Stephanie WeinerThis week, I am excited to welcome our amazing guest, Stephanie Weiner. Stephanie is a 22-year-old on the investment team at Bain Capital, one of the most premier VC firms in the world. Before joining Bain, she was a founding partner at the Dorm Room Fund.

While it is not every day that you hear of a founder at 22 years-old going out and looking for funding, it is not that unusual. What is almost unheard of is hearing of a 22-year-old sitting on the other side of that table.

Stephanie joins us today to shares her incredible journey to becoming a VC, that began with her first business at the tender age of five. Stephanie shares several incredibly important lessons that many entrepreneurs and investors twice her age still haven’t learned. If you are a young entrepreneur and are getting ready for or are still in college, you are going to want to pay attention to what Stephanie has to say.

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What You’ll Learn From This Episode:

  • Stephanie’s path to becoming a VC by 22.
  • How taking a wrong turn at a club fair changed Stephanie’s entrepreneurial path.
  • The problem that inspired the creation of  the Dorm Room Fund.
  • What founders who are currently in school need to be doing right now.
  • Why a college campus is the best environment to start a business.
  • How to get over or around the age bias.

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Ep #31: Tim Draper, Venture Capitalist, DFJ/Draper Associates – Go Big or Go Home

Tim DraperThis week on The Pitch Deck podcast, I am beyond excited to introduce to you Tim Draper, the founding partner of venture capitalist firms Draper Associates and DFJ. Tim’s innovative idea for using viral marketing in email to expose an internet product to the market was paramount in the success of Gmail, Yahoo mail, Hotmail and and has been embraced as a standard marketing technique  used by thousands around the world. Throughout his career, Tim has helped fund hundreds of successful ventures such as Tesla, Baidu, Overture, Hotmail, Skype, Theranos, Parametric Technology, Twitch.tv and DigiDesign, just to name a few.

As an advocate for entrepreneurs and free markets Tim is regularly featured as a keynote speaker in entrepreneurial conferences throughout the world. He’s been recognized as a leader in his field through numerous awards and honors.

Tim has also started a non-profit organization, BizWorld.org, and Draper University of Heroes in order to encourage entrepreneurship in children and young adults. Additionally, he leads an initiative, SixCalifornias, to improve the governance of California.

On this episode, Tim shares successful pitch stories of huge startups like Skype, Theranos and others as well as some of the biggest mistakes he has seen founders make during the course of his venture capitalist career.  Tune it to get priceless advice from Tim Draper himself on how to make your pitch stand out and avoid major mistakes. Check it out below!

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What You’ll Learn From This Episode:

  • Why Tim thinks of fundraising as an onion.
  • Why startup concepts that initially seem like obviously great ideas probably will not be big enough successes.
  • How to answer Tim’s question: “Why are you doing this?”
  • How Niklas Zennström, founder of Skype, pitched Tim.
  • The importance of having a big, world-changing vision.
  • How to handle the pitching process if your startup is ran by a romantically involved couple.
  • Tim’s “missed opportunities” in the startup world.

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