Apr 21, 2020
Jesse Draper is the founding
partner of Halogen Ventures and the creator and host of Emmy
nominated TV series, The Valley Girl Show. Jesse joins me this week
to talk about growing up as a 4th generation venture capitalist,
and how she has shifted in her career from talk show host to
venture capitalist, using both platforms to support and highlight
women in tech. Jesse talks about the differences that she sees
between men and women when pitching, the importance of networking,
and how we can all be more badass in and out of the board
What You Will Hear in This Episode:
- Jesse’s strong drive and ability to
consistently network led her to an extremely successful acting
career. She would offer to do the work for the writers and
directors and made her name known as someone that would show up, be
good to work with, and get the job done well.
wanted to spotlight more women in technology and female CEO’s and
created Halogen Ventures to change the game in that
- Jesse’s parents encouraged her to look at
things as a business, and that hustle stayed with her throughout
her whole career.
TV show ‘The Valley Girls’ and Rocking Women Series created a space
for Jesse to interview women in technology and hold prestigious
roles in startups.
- Diversity is extremely important at Halogen
Ventures in every way. They have a diverse make up of age,
ethnicity, viewpoints, etc. and always have several females on the
- Badass females also recognize the contribution
of males, and find ways that both genders can work well and
compliment each other in business.
- Jesse’s advice to females out there looking to
pitch or even just sell themselves and their product even
- Don’t apologize and feel like
everything has to be perfect.
- Know your market
- Be confident about the
possibility of being even bigger than your vision. Consider that
you can create a billion dollar business.
think networking is really the key to success.”
need to at least act like a badass.”
successful person feels like a success, but you have to just fake
it in some way.”
investment you make in a female will pay off way more
- “Diversity breeds success in every
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