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Erica Duignan Minnihan knows what investors like to see in startups, and she knows the difficulties founders face meeting those expectations. She has more than 10 years of experience in early-stage startup investing, and now she’s out to help both investors and entrepreneurs be better at their jobs.
Minnihan is currently the Managing Partner at 1000 Angels, a digital venture investment platform that helps independent investors around the world assess potential deals and build their personal portfolios. She also runs the CoFoundersLab Virtual Accelerator, a six-week online program that teaches founders all the basics of starting up with fewer constraints than brick-and-mortar accelerators.
Minnihan was kind enough to invite me into her New York City apartment and let me pick her brain on all things investing and starting up. In our interview, she lays out the basics of the CoFoundersLab accelerator program, explains how to draw up a roadmap for building your business or product, and shares some of the most important things that investors look for in founders and their startups.
My thanks go out to Minnihan for taking some time to educate the community on the important topics of business planning and investing. Connect with her on Twitter @ericaminnihan, or check out the virtual accelerator if you’re interested in jump-starting your business, and enjoy this episode of Powderkeg: Igniting Startups.
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“I think that in order to be a viable advisor, mentor, investor, you need to have gone through the experience yourself.” — Erica Duignan Minnihan
“It doesn’t really matter what you think. All that matters is what your customer wants.” — Erica Duignan Minnihan
“It’s great to believe in yourself and to have faith, but there’s no law that says everyone is allowed to create whatever they want and have it be successful.” — Erica Duignan Minnihan
“A great founder has the ability to convince other amazing people to come onboard and help them realize their vision.” — Erica Duignan Minnihan
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