Terri talks to Alicia Castillo about her circuitous path into angel investing that started in a rural town in Venezuela that has landed her in Silicon Valley and how her global experience has made her realize how important it is for us to acknowledge that we, as people, are more similar than we are different.
Who is Alicia Castillo?
Alicia Castillo Holley is an international expert in creating wealth and is passionate about prosperity, innovation, and entrepreneurship. She is an active angel investor and the creator of the 10-week online program called Women Get Funded.
Alicia’s career started as a young scientist and professor on Agronomy before becoming involved in product development for a Bayer-Shell joint venture and eventually turning into an entrepreneur and angel investor.
As an entrepreneur, she has started nine companies -successfully exiting from five of them- and two non-for-profit. She played a pivotal role in the development of the entrepreneurial curriculum and the Venture Capital industry in Chile, where she lived between 1996 and 2002. She has also consulted, mentored, or coached hundreds of entrepreneurs worldwide, is a prolific author and speaker, and pushes academic institutions to reinvent business education.
Philanthropically, she supports organizations that foster education, social entrepreneurship and prevent and turn domestic violence into harmony. A global trotter, she has visited over 100 countries, and has lived in Venezuela, Chile, Australia, Denmark, Switzerland, and the US and currently resides in Menlo Park.
Alicia shares her journey into angel investing. Her journey started in a socialist household in a rural town in Venezuela and took her to all parts of the world.
Terri and Alicia talk about bias and chemistry in decision making.
Alicia talks about how she operates as an angel investor, what areas she focuses on and the characteristics of the founders she looks to back.
Alicia talks about her 10-week, online program called Women Get Funded to educate women on how to get their companies funded.
If Alicia could wave a magic wand to change something in the world, she would change war. She would get people to realize that we are more similar than different.
Alicia’s favorite founder resources include two of her books How to Fund Your Million Dollar Idea, The Ten Unwealthy Habits and Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki.
Terri’s Key Takeaway
It’s important to build channels of trust regardless of gender.
References in the Podcast
Alicia Castillo Holley: http://www.aliciacastilloholley.com/
Sand Hill Angels: http://www.sandhillangels.com/
Women Get Funded: https://womengetfunded.com/
How to Fund Your Million Dollar Idea: http://www.aliciacastilloholley.com/books/
The Ten Unwealthy Habits: http://www.aliciacastilloholley.com/books/
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