Women: Speak up!

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One of the biggest takeaways from Springboard’s venture capital bootcamp this week in Manhattan is that women, we don’t brag enough. We get nervous about speaking about ourselves, we hesitate to take credit for our accomplishments, we make disclaimers for our decisions, we point to our team.

“It’s a woman thing,” said Amy Millman, co-founder and president of Springboard, which has helped women business owners score some $4 billion in investment.

This, ladies, is a very bad habit — especially when it comes to pitching investors for money. Instead, in a world of primarily male investors, women need to be supremely confident in order to sell potential backers on their brilliance and their vision, noted the coaches and experts at the all-day meeting. This is the time to nab the spotlight and shine it on yourself. Investors don’t want to give money to a shrinking violet, they want to give money to an I-and-only-I-can-make-the-world-a-better-place visionary.

So go on with your bad self, and don’t be shy about telling investors why you, and only you, can execute an idea and make a few bucks for them in the meantime. Money may be just a few self-assured pitches away.

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