Fran Hauser is a startup investor, longtime digital media executive and celebrated champion for women and girls. Known for mentoring hundreds of women around the globe, Fran also has a book coming out in 2018 called “The Myth of the Nice Girl”. We talk inspiration, challenges and what it takes to raise angel and VC capital.
Along with 2017’s #MeToo moment came a blossoming of female-run venture and angel funds, and a profound sea-change in how women are showing up to support each other as entrepreneurs and investors. We’ve seen funds like Cowboy Ventures, Female Founders Fund, She EOs, and BBG invest in women, but mainstream venture funds have yet to step up to change their ratios on who gets funded.
Fran Hauser is one of the influential changing the game on investing in women.
Fran is a startup investor, longtime media executive, and celebrated champion for women and girls.
She’s known for building People.com into one of the biggest media brands on the Internet, investing in female founders, and mentoring hundreds of women around the globe. Named one of the 6 Most Powerful Women in NYC’s Tech Scene by Refinery29, Fran has appeared on CNBC and in Forbes, Fast Company, Vogue, Mashable, Ad Age and more.
She is also the author of The Myth of the Nice Girl, which was published in April 2018.
We talk about what is inspiring her in 2018, what she sees the challenges for women, and her top three gems of advice.
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