21 Nov #so608 Recycle: On Not Being a Girlboss, Raising Capital & NYC Startup Life with Recently Acquired FEST biz Bow & Drape
Hot on the sparkling, sequined heels of FEST biz Bow & Drape’s recent acquisition news, we’re bringing back a popular conversation with co-founder Aubrie Pagano, who helped lead the company from its early days as a custom women’s apparel startup to its current life as the go-to for punny casual wear featuring phrases like Goal Digger, You Had Me at Merlot + more. In this #so608 Recycle episode, Aubrie and I talk NYC startup life, fundraising, microfunds for female founders and a lot more. Whatever the size of your company, Aubrie brings a perspective that not only highlights how entrepreneurial paths shift, change and evolve in the most surprising ways, but also points to a future where more women-led businesses have a chance to thrive.
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Bow & Drape was recently acquired, an event that may point to a wider shift in the direct-to-consumer ecommerce space, according to Forbes. Along with that, we just love what Aubrie has to say, so we thought it was the perfect time to bring her back and share her wisdom again. In this conversation, Aubrie shares that, even though so many startup founders today think they’ve got to secure venture capital, choosing that route for outside funding is not for everyone – nor is it right for every company (which, btw, is not necessarily a bad thing). Aubrie lets us in on her tips for any founder planning to approach venture capital firms or individual investors in the future. From networking your way to the right people to bringing solid stats to the table, her advice will make you want to take notes. Plus, she’s kind of a unicorn: one of a handful of female investors in venture capital who’s built her own company while still having fun and turning out ridiculously good puns.
Website: bowanddrape.com / xfactor.ventures
Twitter: @bowanddrape / @XFactorVentures
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Find more episodes featuring women at the forefront of FEST online at www.Spiritof608.com.