It’s Week 8 in MergeLane’s 2017 accelerator, the third in a series that began in 2015. We
do a mid-program in-person week, and so this week our cohort companies from around the US and Canada returned to Boulder to connect with mentors, investors, our team and each other. This is the homestretch for this year’s program. MergeLane 2017 Demo Day is May 4th (Join us!).
I held a casual dinner at my home for the team members who were in town, and at 8pm, I gave the co-founders of TinyHood a ride to their last mentor meeting of the day. Becky Miller and Susan Blinn — who are creating a system where parents can get expert real-time, personalized answers to their parenting questions — jumped in the car and rattled off the details of their day. As I listened, I realized how intense the accelerator experience can be and how amazing the community of advisors, mentors, and speakers really is.
There are never too many occasions to be reminded of this.So I asked them to drop me a note with their agenda for that day, and here it is:
4:30am: Becky woke up (still adjusting to the time change!)
7:00am: First newly created “expert advice package” on Tinyhood purchased
7:30am: Team meeting
11:30am: Mentor meeting with Derek Kraus, most recently of Solidfire
2:00pm: Mentor meeting in Denver with Craftsy co-founder Josh Scott
6:30pm: MergeLane dinner at Sue’s house in Boulder
10:30pm: Back to our hotel
11:00pm: Becky is responding to emails from the day and writing our investor update while Susan is fixing bugs….
Not half bad. #changetheratio
Rapid-fire explanations without curiosity or engagement often feel like dressed-up defensiveness. I’m not terribly game to build a relationship with someone who feels defensive from the start.
I’ve made a decision to take a break from speaking engagements that focus topically on women, women in startups, investing in women, women as leaders, and the rest. This includes events that may not be topically focused on women but are part of something called a “women’s track.” Here's why.
It has been a great few weeks for the MergeLane fund. When people ask us what our criteria are for investments, we always talk about team as the distant number one priority. I wanted to share this recent, wonderful interchange with TomboyX after a great week for them:
How the media (and more) judges emotion in leadership differently between men and women, and the costs of those judgments.
Dennis Adsit of Adsum Insights guest blogs about turning your one-on-ones from pedestrian checklist run-throughs to opportunities for connection and growth.
Our co-founder Sue Heilbronner shared her thoughts on the best mentor/advisor question she’s ever been asked