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Anu Duggal, Founding Partner of Female Founders Fund


Episode Highlights

  • Turn inexperience into an asset. Anu emphasizes that you can turn inexperience into strength. It can lead to new innovations and perspectives.
  • Network with intention. Use networking not only to build connections, but focus on how you can help others.
  • Persist with your passion. Entrepreneurship has its challenges. Working through these challenges and coming out the other side will make you and your business stronger.
  • Remember your community. As you become more successful, some people around you may form negative opinions about you. Keep yourself surrounded by people who know you well and understand where you’re coming from.

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When Anu Duggal started her first business, a wine bar in Bombay, she was entering a sector that she had no experience in. But she didn’t let that stop her, in fact, she leveraged that inexperience to generate new insights and innovation. In the years that followed, she grew into an entrepreneurial powerhouse, launching the Female Founders Fund in 2014, investing in early stage female founders. Since then, Anu has appeared on Fortune’s “40 under 40” Crain’s “Notable Women in Tech” list and been included in Business Insider’s “Ultimate List of Female Startup Investors.”

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