In this inspiring episode of The Mentor Files, host Monica Royer sits down with Jesse Draper, founding partner of Halogen Ventures, to dive deep into the world of venture capital and the unique challenges and successes of investing in female-founded companies. Jesse shares her journey from actress to venture capitalist, her approach to reshaping the future of family through strategic investments, and the importance of changing the narrative for the next generation of female entrepreneurs. Join us as we explore the landscape of funding, the progress being made for women in business, and the personal stories of managing a thriving career alongside motherhood.

Episode highlights:

  • [00:00] Introduction to Jesse Draper, Halogen Ventures,  and Jesse's background as a fourth-generation venture capitalist
  • [03:00] Jesse's transition from Hollywood to investing
  • [06:00]  Jesse explains her initiative to interview women in tech and how it led to investing on female-founded companies.
  • [09:00] The Venture Capital landscape and the inequality in access to capital for women.
  • [12:00] The importance of the early stage investment
  • [15:00] Instilling confidence in the next generation
  • [18:00] Motherhood, family life and entrepreneurship
  • [21:00] Jesse reveals a life-changing tip for managing family and work communications and the significance of planning and structure in a busy household
  • [24:00] The importance of supportive partners and family in entrepreneurship

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