Genevieve’s Words of Wisdom

I wish I had known to ask VC investors specifically if they were starting a copy of my business or talking to my competitors. No one thinks to ask that, and investors can sometimes take advantage, literally incubating and creating a copy of your company while speaking to you. If you directly ask, they HAVE to answer yes or no. If they are talking to competitors, that’s not a huge deal, as they are likely getting a sense of the industry. But direct copycatting is just disgusting, and it happens more than you’d think. Know that what you tell a potential investor will be shared, and always be prepared to run faster and harder, all the time.

About the Author

As a high-profile woman in technology, Genevieve has turned startups into successful companies — not without a few battles and bruises along the way. At the same time, she has nourished her creative side. Genevieve is an accomplished opera singer and has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Pritzker Pavilion, to name a few. Tech Star. Opera Singer. Kick-Ass Woman!