Women 2.0 profiles women angel investors in our weekly “This Is What An Angel Investor Looks Like” series.
By Angie Chang (Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief, Women 2.0)
She is also now an angel investor. How did this happen? She participated in Pipeline Fellowship, where she learned to invest in women-led social ventures.
Meet Angel Investor Monica Barrera Vidler
How and why did you decide to become an angel investor?
“Having two daughters that I have encouraged to be independent since early in life, paired with learning how successful women can be when given the opportunity, has inspired me to become an angel to learn and support women in their new business projects.”
What investments have you made?
Founder(s): Dahna Goldstein*
What types of companies do you look to invest in?
“Companies that have a product or service with great potential to grow and that have a clear social objective.”
How has your background played a role in angel investing?
“My background has definitively played a role because I know how much more difficult it is for a Hispanic woman to establish herself as a business owner and how getting financial help can make a real difference.”
One piece of advice to an angel-in-training?
“Try to get a mentor with whom you can feel comfortable, communicate well with, and who gives you the time needed to help you become more familiar with the process of angel investing.”
One piece of advice to an entrepreneur looking for capital?
“Have a product/service that has a good chance to succeed in the market, a clear and complete business plan and be knowledgeable about the field of your new proposed business.”
What does impact investing mean to you?
“Impact investing not only looks to create social good or improve the environment, but also offers good financial returns.”
How would you define a for-profit social venture?
“A very creative model of business where results are not only measured by profits, but also on the impact created on targeted social issues.”
“I think the key is for women not to set any limits.” — Martina Navratilova
“I want to go high, but I am afraid of elevators.”
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This interview was originally posted at Pipeline Fellowship’s blog.
Angie Chang is Editor-in-Chief and Co-Founder of Women 2.0, a media company offering content, community and conferences for aspiring and current women innovators in technology. Our mission is to increase the number of female founders of technology startups with inspiration, information and education through our platform. Previously, Angie held roles in product management and web UI design. Angie holds a B.A. in English and Social Welfare from UC Berkeley. Follow her on Twitter at @thisgirlangie.