Yesterday I was speaking with a reporter who was doing a piece on early stage ventures led by women and the issues and challenges they face in the start-up financing world. The majority of CEO's and investors I meet are men.
The most successful women I meet are the ones that simply recognize that the start-up world is, well, male dominated. Upon recognizing that, these women don't get worked up about and don't even try to become "jocular" rather they just recognize that and use that information to their advantage in terms of closing a deal.
As I spoke to the reporter, I kept going back to Eileen Gittins of blurb who in my 4+ years in the venture world understood it and navigated it better than anyone I'd met. I'll freely admit that not only is she execution oriented she has a huge heart and is someone who I'm genuinely supportive of and cheering for (not that she really needs either because she's a star).
Anyway, I told the reporter that she should speak to Eileen and that I would try to connect them. I called blurb and sure enough (after the typical 3 minute VRU experience) when I called she picked up. We had a 2 minute conversation, she called the reporter and the next thing I knew the reporter had sent a photographer over to take pictures of her.
I told Eileen that I was sort of off balance when she picked up the phone (partially because her name is spoken by a male when I spelled the "first few letters of her last name" on the phone system, partially because I know how extraordinarily busy she is). Regardless it was a wonderful lesson for me because who knows what would have happened if I didn't get ahold of her?
Who knows, but I did and I am really thankful because Eileen is super special.