Q: Tell us a bit about yourself and your career path so far.
A: I've had a checkered past and consider my current career to really be my fifth one. I pursued a life in the arts, then swung completely to the other side of my brain to spend years in the commodities industry, then I finally joined the tech boom in Silicon Valley, out of which I became an entrepreneur and co-founded a start-up that raised four rounds of venture capital before achieving an exit. And now, I'm an author and public speaker. All of those different things taught me that I can learn, and I can adapt, and I can succeed.
Q: What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
A: I was burnt out on working in heavily male-dominated industries, and what started as a labor of love became something I could see had a market and an opportunity and a mission behind it.
Q: Tell us about your business.
A: I am currently primarily a writer and public speaker, and I do consulting with leaders, entrepreneurs, and authors/thought leaders. My mission is really to help people see previously unseen paths to make their visions reality and their narratives complete. My debut book, Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All, co-written with Carolyn Gerin and Jamia Wilson, was published by Ten Speed Press on September 18th, and was an Amazon #1 New Release for several weeks. I'm currently focused on going out on the road to help people understand how to balance their sense of civic participation and their businesses/jobs.
Learn more about her business at her WorldWideWomen page listing here.
Q: What have been the biggest challenges of being an entrepreneur?
A: The intensity of the work and the unpredictability when you're starting out are both the biggest challenge, but also the biggest thrill of being an entrepreneur. If you can find that balance of feeling incredibly passionate about your work and feeling like you can also have a fulfilling life if you plan it well, then there's nothing better.
Q: Where have you found the support you've needed to start, grow, and scale?
A: From my partners, both business and life partners :)
Q: What is the one piece of advice you would like to share with other entrepreneurial women in the world?
A: Make your fears concrete, not abstract. Ask yourself: What is the worst that could happen if you tried and failed? Often this demystifies outcomes and gives you the confidence you need to make the leaps that will boost you along your path.
Q: What do you like most about WorldWideWomen?
A: Anything that makes it easier to find women-owned businesses is my favorite.
Connect with Elisa through her LinkedIn Page!