As I’m sure many of you have seen, David Cohen’s “Mentor Manisfesto” is a great set of guidelines for mentors. It’s been very helpful to me in my journey as a mentor and it’s certainly helped us recruit mentors for MergeLane. However, I had an experience the other day that inspired me to think about…

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MergeLane 2015 Teams

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MergeLane Accelerator Announces First Class of Women-led Startups Diverse cohort includes tech, consumer web, and products companies with at least one female founder Boulder, CO – January 27, 2014: MergeLane, an accelerator that targets women-led startups, announced their first cohort of eight exceptional startups today for the 2015 program beginning February 2nd.…

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Today is the first day after applications closed for our initial cohort at the MergeLane accelerator for female-led companies. There is far more to do, but I awoke this morning at 4:30am in the quiet space of reflection. The last six months of nurturing the idea for this concept have called to mind another time…

Read more How the First “Yes” Changes the Game for Entrepreneurs – Especially for Women

I recently met with one of the female CEOs in whom I’ve invested to encourage her to apply for the MergeLane accelerator. I encouraged her to apply because she is an exceptional entrepreneur who has been making impressive progress with her business. She asked me a great question: “As an investor in our company –…

Read more Should a Company that Has Raised an Angel Round Join an Accelerator?

My business partner Elizabeth and I have written about our path to founding MergeLane – our new accelerator focused on women-led companies. You can read my origin story here and Elizabeth’s on this blog. We have become very comfortable with our roles in birthing this new program, although we still experience some hiccups around the…

Read more This Female-focused Accelerator is Not the Junior League