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Today on the Dads with Daughters Podcast we spoke with CEO and co-founder of Big Think, Victoria R. Montgomery Brown. We talk today about her experiences as an entrepreneur and how her own father helped her to become the success she is today. We also talk about her new book: Digital Goddess: The Unfiltered Lessons of a Female Entrepreneur.
Victoria R. Montgomery Brown is CEO and co-founder of Big Think, the knowledge company that makes people and companies smarter and faster through short-form video with the world’s best thinkers and doers. Since founding Big Think in 2007, Victoria has built the company from a fledgling thought-leadership media platform to the leading knowledge company for ideas and soft skills. As CEO, Victoria oversees and directs strategy, fundraising, and investor relations. Victoria has a BA from McGill University and an MBA from Harvard Business School
About the Book
In Digital Goddess, Montgomery-Brown—founder of Big Think, a collection of experts across all fields and disciplines that are either at the top of their field or disrupting it, shares her story in an entertaining and educational light. Told from the unique, female entrepreneurial perspective that unpacks all the hurdles other female founders may face in their own journey to the top, Montgomery-Brown shares the real-world lessons she’s learned along the way, such as:
- Never lie to your investors, even when you just got arrested.
- Raising money is a poker game—learn how to play.
- The power and money still lie with men. Pretending it’s not that way, or being angry about it, won’t lead to success.
- Your relationship with your co-founder is like a second marriage, so forget about keeping the personal out of the workplace.
- The more authentic you are, and the more fun you have, the better your experience will be.
This book is about dealing with the way things are, even when you don’t like it, and being yourself, even when it seems like a drawback. It’s about sucking it up, making the hard choices, and dealing with the consequences. It’s about being honest no matter what is going down. Victoria’s been called “the anti-Elizabeth Holmes,” for a good reason—unlike the ill-fated Theranos CEO, she’s transparent with her investors even when she fears they will walk away.
Digital Goddess is a story for entrepreneurial women at any stage of life who want to know what it actuallytakes to build a business in a world that’s not always fair, predictable, or politically correct.
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This talk has profound message for both men and women. Men, that they can play a big role in raising an entrepreneurial woman, and women, that they can be as good entrepreneurs as men. But for all, integrity. Integrity builds investor confidence as well as other stake holders. It needs to be taken care of as it also contributes to our image, reputation. It all starts with making that bold choice from the beginning. Great insights Victoria