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How to find a mentor in tech with Floodgate’s Ann Miura-Ko

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January 09, 2019 02:00

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We have a special guest host for this episode, our teammate at Product Hunt,
Abadesi Osunsade. She is the author of Dream Big, Hustle Hard: The Millennial
Woman's Guide to Success in Tech. She'll be hosting more episodes alongside
Ryan this year. Ann Miura-Ko is a founding partner at Floodgate, a seed-stage
VC firm in Palo Alto. She has been called “the most powerful woman in
startups” by Forbes and is an early investor in Lyft and TaskRabbit. She is
also a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Stanford's School of Engineering and a
founding member of All Raise. In this episode we talk about: Ann recounts how
she got to where she is today, including what it was like growing up with a
NASA scientist for a dad. She talks about some of the formative moments in her
career and explains why she says that a “career path” is a misnomer. The
mentors that have helped Ann throughout her career, and why she never
approaches a relationship with an expectation of mentorship, but instead
always “begins with an act of service.” Why the tech industry should always
take a step back to question whether everyone prospers from its work, the five
values that drive her investments at Floodgate, and why they tell
entrepreneurs “your life's work is our life's work.” How she manages her
children's relationships with social media (“browsing Instagram feels like not
being invited to every party everyone else is having”), how she is personally
working to increase the number of underrepresented founders, and the business
benefit of diversity. We also discuss some of their favorite products
including an old-fashioned note-taking system for the digital age, a better
way to organize your tabs in Chrome, and a built-in CRM for your Gmail inbox.
We’ll be back next week so be sure to subscribe wherever you listen to your
favorite podcasts. Also, big thanks to our sponsors, Rally Rd and AngelList,
for their support. Read more
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