I'm raising money to grow and scale Unicorn Goods right now, and I'm having a really hard time. I don't know if it's because I'm a woman, but I'm sure that doesn't help. I've been promised by dozens of people that they are going to "connect me to VCs" for weeks, and nothing has happened. I've been meeting with mentors, advisors, and strangers who seem interested in helping but they never follow through.
I'm not trying to vent, here, I'm just stating the facts. Raising money is hard, I know, I've been told this 1,000 times. But I didn't know it would be this hard, especially since this is my fifth company. I'm an entrepreneur with a proven track record. I make money. I'm a good investment. So why am I having such a hard time?
I just finished reading the story of the two cofounders of SheStarts, a support organization for women entrepreneurs in Boston, and I had to write my thoughts because for the first time, I feel like I'm not alone. There must be other people going through this. I'm more determined than ever to succeed not just for my venture, but for all the other women out there who are being kept out of the opportunity loop. I'm here. I'm not going away. And I'm standing up.