Lisa Tsou - Women Founders Network
Women Founders Network provides capital, visibility and mentorship for female founders. Our annual Fast Pitch competition awards cash and services to women entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Accelerator, Women entrepreneurs, Startup, Women in Business, Social Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital, Women in Technology, Startup Competition
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Lisa Tsou

The Winning Pitch, Founder

Background

I’ve been working with startup and tech companies since I graduated from law school and thought that working with fun companies with new and exciting ideas (and wearing jeans to the office!) sounded way more exciting than going to Wall Street.

Since then, I’ve started my own consulting firm where I specialize in funding strategy, pitch coaching and general advisory work with startups. I love working with founders as their develop their ideas and execute them as fully operational businesses, and am heavily involved in the LA startup ecosystem where I mentor and advise with a number of organizations. In my copious spare time, I founded and produce Women Entrepreneurs Community of Los Angeles (WECLA), a popular educational event series for women entrepreneurs.

In addition to being on the Board of Women Founders Network, one of my main interests in entrepreneurial education in schools and have served on the board of Project ECHO, have served as an advisor to Incubator School, and volunteer with Defy Ventures. I also serve on the alumnae council of Marlborough School.

Q: Why did you join the board?
A: When I first started working with startups WAY back when, there were virtually no women in the ecosystem. And when I say there were virtually no women, I mean there were so few women that I didn’t even realize there were no women other than the very, very small group of rockstar women that I worked with. So when the opportunity arose to support and champion women founders, I jumped at it!

Q: What have you learned?
A: I’ve learned that there are amazing women founders that are solving major problems facing women in the world today that we didn’t even think of as problems because we’re so used to playing in a “man’s world.” I love reading the applications we receive from women founders every year because as I read them, I keep thinking, “Gosh! That is something I’d love to have! Why hasn’t anyone done that before?”

Q: What most excites you about WFN?
A: The quality of everyone involved from the founders to the volunteers to the partners and sponsors to my fellow board members blows me away all the time. Everyone’s combined efforts make for an unstoppable force that I know is making a major difference for women in the startup world everywhere.

Q: What types of startups really excite you?
A: I love working with founders who have really personal, passionate interests in the problems that they’re solving.

Q: A few tidbits and random facts

  • Despite spending most of my career in tech, it took me 3 years to learn how to work the Bluetooth in my car.
  • I was part of a vintage dance company in college. I’m sure there’s still incriminating video out there of me in a Jane Austen re-enactment or two…
  • My current animal companion is a neurotic, Asian cat.