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July 09, 2011

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love this! It's exactly what is needed. Let's put our money where our mouths are.

I have started investing so am very interested in pipeline. I haven't heard of it before. One thing I hope they cover is that investors shouldn't expect every deal to be a winner. Most vc's invest with the idea that 1 of 10 makes it. Setting realistic expectations will help. But I do think this action of investing is a way to shift the 'seat at the table' dynamics.

Wow...so inspiring. I'm in the process of trying to live my dream of starting a fabric shop. Thank you for helping women jump start their businesses and passions.

Whitney thank you for introducing me to these articles. While I have known about angel investors,there was so much more to learn. As always you open the horizon and elevate the view.

As always thank you Whitney. Your first sentence said it all. I t's all about others. I want to say the more you give the more that comes back ... but that's not what it's about.

Very interesting concept. This makes investing seem so much more accessible. Definitely something to put on my to do list.

I'll first take a more "abstract" approach. I've found a helpful way to invest in others is to provide informational interviews. I've had several requests over the past few years to chat about what I do with individuals looking to enter the tutoring world, specifically, or provide a new service that is "one-on-one" enrichment oriented. It's been a lot of fun, and also re-inspires me in my work!

Now, on to investing actual cash in others' dreams. Looking back, I see that my investors were very interested in MY development, in addition to the company's. It was a lot about ME. Was this decision wise for my investors? I hope so. They had vision for me and I am working to make good on that vision. So, in terms of practicality, when looking at woman's business venture, I suggest 1) get to know her and see if you catch her vision, and if you catch it, invest! 2) be invested in her emotionally and when she feels that investment, it will drive her during the hard times 3) only invest in a business that has a rock solid business plan with a deeply researched market analysis.

Love this: John Maynard Keynes, “we must have the courage to take limited means, and invest in and encourage others.”

I still believe the greatest gift we can give each other is encouragement.

"The only illness is discouragement."
--George Bernard Shaw

Thank you to each of you for sharing your thoughts, words of advice and encouragement. If any of you do want an introduction to the Pipeline Fund, please let me know.

In the meantime, Kristy Williams you have wond a copy of the book Warren Buffett Invests Like a Girl (I selected using www.random.org).

Will you e-mail me with your address so I can have a copy of the book sent to you?

My best to you all!

Whitney

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  • When I took a sabbatical from Wall Street to pursue a different dream and help others live theirs, I learned that women in the U.S. may be placated, even pampered, but because we aren't dreaming, we are also desperate and depressed. Drawing on a variety of sources, ranging from academic studies to pop culture, dare to dream encourages us to dream. And then to act on our dreams.

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