Nathalie Molina Niño is the CEO of BRAVA Investments where she is committed to delivering returns to investors while making a catalytic impact on women in the world. She is also the author of the new book: LEAPFROG, The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs. In LEAPFROG, Nathalie provides her readers and aspiring entrepreneurs with 50 hacks to help them jump over the many obstacles facing women in the start-up business world. Nathalie’s hope is to slay what she calls ‘The Valley of Death’ or the fact that although women of color start the highest number of businesses every year, they receive the least amount of funding from investors.A technologist and coder by training, Nathalie is a consummate entrepreneur, and a storyteller at heart.
Prior to launching BRAVA, Nathalie led the launch of SELF MADE, the company, mobile app, learning platform and NY Times Best Selling book by Telemundo’s former Entertainment president, Nely Galan. In 2015, Nathalie stepped in as interim Chief Revenue Officer of PowerToFly, a startup aimed at closing the gender gap in tech. And in 2012, while at Columbia University, Molina Niño co-founded Entrepreneurs@Athena at the Athena Center for Leadership studies of Barnard College, with the mission of leveling the playing field for women entrepreneurs. Nathalie launched her first tech startup at the age of 20. The daughter of Latin American immigrants, Nathalie delivers a truly inspired and inspiring jolt of caffeine during this ‘caffeinated career conversation’, even though she hadn’t consumed a single cup of coffee herself!
WHAT YOU’LL LEARN ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE:
- Why Nathalie is a huge proponent of using shortcuts or hacks to accelerate your start-up business and why other women should use them too
- Why you shouldn’t follow your ‘passion’ in starting a business, but rather find things you want to punch
- How women of color receive the least amount of funding to grow their businesses
- How the US government earmarks $4 billion to support small and medium businesses that are women-owned or run by people with disabilities, among other minorities
- What ‘cultural agility’ means and why it could be your ace in the hole if you speak other languages or grew up in a multicultural household
- Why storytelling is one of the most important skills you can have in business
- Why Nathalie recommends you read: Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming