Entrepreneurs: Find Communities Who Are Passionate About You

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In This Episode

Being an entrepreneur in the digital age comes with its own set of challenges. Elisa Camahort gives us essential lessons she’s learned throughout her career as an entrepreneur in the startup tech sector and some perspectives unique to being a female entrepreneur. 

She leaves us with a fantastic thought about finding investors, “Forget about smart money. There’s no money that’s that smart. You want passionate money. Passionate about you. You don’t want them passionate about your spreadsheet because things will change and go wrong. You want them to believe in you.”

Episode Breakdown

First 10 Minutes
We meet Elisa Camahort and hear about her extensive past in building an online community (BlogHer) and working as a leader in different tech startups. 

10 Minutes – 20 Minutes 
The conversation moves to talk about the makeup of communities, specifically how we all as humans build communities of people that we recognize we’ve had success with before. The group talks about the role of unconscious bias in the tech investment space. The group discusses the changes in the tech investment space and how the industry has changed. 

20 Minutes – 30 Minutes 
The group discusses the social impact movement in business and the possible generational and gender reasons behind why attitudes change about having fulfilling careers and impact. 

We hear about Elisa path of going through an acquisition and how that affects the path of an entrepreneur. 

Elisa Camahort Page

Elisa Camahort Page

CEO, Cygnu

Elisa is the CEO of the new data analytics and visualization firm Cygnus, a Do Big Things company. Cygnus is purpose-built to help campaigns, causes, and corporate social responsibility initiatives use data to drive more impact. Prior to Cygnus, she was the co-founder and COO of BlogHer, Inc., which was a groundbreaking digital media company serving women writers and influencers (and was one of the <3% of companies funded by VCs led by an all-female team). Elisa is also a co-founder of the TernKit Consulting group, a productivity general contractor for companies that want to improve their communications, collaboration, and culture.

Elisa is the co-author of an Amazon #1 New Release in Political Advocacy, Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All. #RoadMap4Revs is a handy guidebook to help people become more effective everyday activists on behalf of the causes they care most about. She is a board member of NanoSTEAM Foundation and the Our Hen House animal rights media organization, as well as an advisor for Astia and SXSW Interactive.

Elisa’s guiding principle is Innovation+Empathy>Innovation+Efficiency, and you can learn more about her at elisacp.com.