Nancy Barry: Startup Money For Enterprising Women

When she was at Harvard business school, Nancy Barry drove classmates crazy. From age 16, she had spent summers working for her father's management-consulting firm, which brought her into contact with scores of small and midsize businesses. So whatever her class was studying, she knew about it. Says Barry, now 41: "I'd raise my hand obnoxiously and say, `When I was 16, I did a study of the garage-door-opener market in California . . . .' The class would groan."

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