Nathalie Molina Niño

Nathalie Molina Niño

CEO at BRAVA Investments

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON February 27, 2017

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Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
I'm Nathalie Molina Niño, CEO and founder of BRAVA Investments, proud feminist, passionate entrepreneur, coder and storyteller. I have advised industry leaders in both the for- and non-profit sector ranging from multinationals to early stage startups. I'm an open book, so ask away!
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
What are top three tips for first time founders looking to get initial funding?
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@bentossell Know your numbers, know your audience, know your limits (i.e. when to ask for help).
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@bentossell Also walk into a room with confidence, know that every connection has the potential to result in something, and BE PUNCTUAL.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@bentossell I can't tell you how many people I have not met with again because they were late (not good) and didn't apologize (much worse).
Kate
Kate@katesegrin · Head of Social @ GitHub
As a feminist and business leader in tech, what are the main things business leaders are still getting wrong when it comes to getting more women / (and minority groups) into leadership positions?
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@katesegrin We're focused ONLY on the c-suite. No one wakes up ready to be a CEO, we need to focus on women who are not yet there, and build the path.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@katesegrin And we need to enlist men, insist they participate in solving the problem of gender parity. Lots of them are ready and need a path in.
Laf. Julius
Laf. Julius@laf_julius · co- founder @evolvesports
Good day Nathalie, where do you see yourself in the next 5 years and what sectors are Bravia investments currently focusing on?
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@laf_julius BRAVA invests in Education, Health and Consumer Products, all high growth sectors where women over-represent!
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@laf_julius In 5 years, I hope BRAVA will have enough assets under management that we can take it public and democratize access to great investments that benefit women!
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@laf_julius We invest in companies no matter the gender of the founder, so long as their model economically benefits women, at scale. So growth is in our DNA and a priority!
Karla Langhus
Karla Langhus@karla_langhus · Jack of all trades , master of none
Hi Nathalie - As a investor, would investors invest in a private school? Providing they (school teachers/students) produce learning materials? Just curious Thanks Karla
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@karla_langhus If there is a concept to franchise it or somehow scale it so that there is significant growth as part of the model, yes!
Karen Pouye
Karen Pouye@karen_pouye · digital producer_whizbang
What is one of your favorite quotes that has inspired you to achieve your best? What is something you tell yourself when you have to face a difficult challenge?
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@karen_pouye My mentor gave me a mantra: you are the source of your own supply. It's literally on repeat in my head. Always.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@karen_pouye Her name is Awilda Verdejo and she's a world-renowned opera singer! My best mentors are non-techies.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@karen_pouye I think mentors who come from outside our industries are important, they keep us from drowning in our own little glasses of water.
Karen Pouye
Karen Pouye@karen_pouye · digital producer_whizbang
@nathaliemolina thanks Nathalie (sorry for the late reply but I'm in Australia)
Ben Tossell@bentossell · newCo
Hey, if you had to swap lives with a tech CEO for a week - who would it be and why?
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@bentossell I did that life, for 14+ years. I left the industry no better than I found it which is why I'm now committed to speaking out and changing it.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@bentossell Also that would be a little like wishing I could go and work like a dog for a week, it's not sexy work, it's a slog, so I'd want to be sure I was super passionate about the project.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@bentossell If I had no choice, then I'd probably be the CEO of @Lyft or @Etsy for a week. They're among my favorite brands, making money and standing for something. #outcomesoveroptics
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
Hi Nathalie thanks for joining us today. What is your background story? You've accomplished so much in your career how did you get to where you are today, and how can others learn from some of your early-on learnings and even some mistakes?
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@ems_hodge Ha, well jumping in, even if you don't know your ass from your elbow, might be the best advice I can give. It's what I've done and it's worked, not always resulted in success, but always resulted in learning.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@ems_hodge I studied engineering, then cartography, then playwriting, and in between helped tech companies go global (localization and global crowdsourcing).
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@ems_hodge Biggest learning on my end, especially of late, is to lean on others and build great teams around you.
Kate
Kate@katesegrin · Head of Social @ GitHub
If you were advising Uber during their current "turbulence" (to put it kindly), what would you say to Travis and other leadership?
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@katesegrin I'll be honest, I stopped supporting Uber well over a year ago when rape issues surfaced. I would not work with them. Period.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@katesegrin And I think if more women did the same, they'd get a clear message and make changes.
Jake Crump
Jake Crump@jakecrump · Community Team with Product Hunt
When advising early stage startups vs multinationals, what are the consistent mistakes you see? Are there any similarities that might be surprising? Can the large multinationals ever learn from the small startups?
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@jakecrump Large multinationals HAVE TO learn from startups. 40% of attendees at Lean Startup Summit are corporates, so I see it happening already.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@jakecrump Also I think startups can learn longer term thinking from corp and esp how to build replicable systems.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@jakecrump Consistent mistake I see, is not planning for the best case scenario (a windfall) and also not planning for global expansion, from day 1.
Karen Pouye
Karen Pouye@karen_pouye · digital producer_whizbang
@nathaliemolina @jakecrump Wow...that's something I haven't considered, particularly when I'm in survival mode much of the time. Great food for thought.
Ayrton De Craene
Ayrton De Craene@ayrton · Code @ Product Hunt
As a founder and investor, do you think it’s important to also be able to code?
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@ayrton Yes, but not necessarily be really great at it. Enough to be dangerous is important, and not hard to achieve.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@ayrton Important you be able to understand what you're outsourcing and building. Without that, you're at a disadvantage.
Seth Williams
Seth Williams@sethbwilliams · Designer, Product Hunt
What life moments have helped shape the way you approach decision making?
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@sethbwilliams I once forced someone back into work (he called in sick) and put our business above his health. I'll never forget it, and I will never put profits over humans again.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@sethbwilliams I'm active & have fallen off cliffs & crashed bikes enough to know that u only live once (despite my 9 lives). The answer to "when?" is always, "now!"
Mike Coutermarsh
Mike Coutermarsh@mscccc · Code @ GitHub
Hi Nathalie! What's the one thing in your career you've done so far that scared you the most? What was the outcome :)
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@mscccc I left my career in tech startups to study playwriting at Columbia. I was pretty clueless, after being an expert in my field, humbling!
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@mscccc Also perhaps becoming the CEO of a finance startup ;-) as for outcomes, call me in a year!
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@mscccc Going to Columbia resulted in co-founder a center for women entrepreneurs at @Barnard_athena which then resulted in just about everything I'm doing now! #barnardwomen
Festlove
Festlove@thefestlove · Apprenuer, Festlove
Hi Natalie, Hope you are well. My name is Nakayi, an App entrepreneur from London. I have recently released my first app called Festlove. It's a Music/Social networking app that has huge potential. I am currently at the stage where I need funding to really get the app to mass market. The problems I have are that I am a one man operation currently and I am not from a very technical background. I have huge desire and drive and a good knowledge of the market but I don't think I will be attractive to investors because of this. What would your advice be to make myself and my app a more attractive to investors? Thanks in advance Nakayi
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@thefestlove Find a technical partner. I am not alone in my rule of never investing in a solo entrepreneur.
Kate
Kate@katesegrin · Head of Social @ GitHub
When did you get into coding and what got you hooked?
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@katesegrin College! Studying engineering. I'm competitive and I wanted to be as good as the boys, I'll be honest, that's what drove me.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@katesegrin I also am very visual and front end web development (the gateway drug) really just fed that part of me, the artist side.
Kate
Kate@katesegrin · Head of Social @ GitHub
@nathaliemolina ooh I couldn't relate more! Competitive artists unite 🙌
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@katesegrin Competitive artists with a penchant for tech, yes!!
Jake Crump
Jake Crump@jakecrump · Community Team with Product Hunt
What’s your morning routine?
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@jakecrump I walk my dog for an hour (LA or NYC), no matter what, it's non-negotiable!
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@jakecrump After that, it's really a game of calendar tetris and I try to make sure I have buffer between meetings to think and recap and work on follow ups.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@jakecrump I'm also a big tea drinker, herbal, which is both hydrating and reminds me to slow down. #hustle
Karen Pouye
Karen Pouye@karen_pouye · digital producer_whizbang
@nathaliemolina @jakecrump LOL! So am I. If you're ever in Sydney, I'll shout you a cuppa :>)
Adam Revetta
Adam Revetta@arrev · Founder, CollaborDate & ScareHunt
If you had to attribute your success to one experience that really got the ball rolling for you, which experience would it be and why?
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@arrev Leaving "tech" to co-found a center for women entrepreneurs at Barnard, it was a wake up call to meet so many young women trying to get into the business I'd just left.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@arrev @barnard_athena helped me appreciate my experience in tech and motivated me to get back in the game and leave it better than I found it! Brilliant young women will do that.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@arrev It also helped me realize that I could use my skills to address an issue I was passionate about, not just to make money. Now I unapologetically do both! #dowelldogood
Adam Revetta
Adam Revetta@arrev · Founder, CollaborDate & ScareHunt
@nathaliemolina you're awesome, keep doing great things! Thank you Nathalie.
Jamestown502
Jamestown502@jamestown502 · CEWEBITY.com Co-Founder
I remember seeing you at Tech 808 conference at NYU - Becoming a Tyrant anecdote was powerful. From an investment standpoint, What emerging technologies do you see the most potential in the next two years? Chatbots, AR, etc
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@jamestown502 Hey! Nice to "see" you again! I think anything to help offset costs of aging will be huge, especially for women, who live longer and are least prepared financially to do so.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@jamestown502 I also think automation will be a reality that will hit some segments of the population harder than others, so #trep solutions to address that impact will be important.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@jamestown502 I do think AI, AR, and other self-learning systems are going to be important, but I suspect that it will underscore the need for systems around them, and smart people to build and manage them.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@jamestown502 Finally, if tech doesn't make us safer, what's the point? Security, cryptography and cyber currencies are important, as is giving wide access to these.
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@jamestown502 BTW, shout out to @AnthonyFrasier from #Tech808 for making that happen! #outcomesoveroptics #WOCinTech
Christopher Jones
Christopher Jones@chrisadamjones
Hi Nathalie, I am wondering if you think it would be better to create a prototype of an idea first and then seek funding, or the other way around?
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@chrisadamjones Definitely prototype first, ideally a working prototype and maybe some early baby steps towards revenue. Depends on what you're trying to do. Just get a quick exit or build a forever-business?
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@chrisadamjones Either way, if the goal is to keep as much of your company for yourself, I would be careful not to take funding too soon. All money is not good money.
Christopher Jones
Christopher Jones@chrisadamjones
@nathaliemolina Great advice, thank you!
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@chrisadamjones And ps, note a little tongue in cheek with "quick exit" since there really is no such thing ;-)
Christopher Jones
Christopher Jones@chrisadamjones
@nathaliemolina Haha of course! I wasn't sure how to answer because I think it's too early for me to tell. But I think my main focus right now is getting off the ground.
Ayush Mittal
Ayush Mittal@aymittal · bro @boombro, Founder RefR ✌
Hey Nathalie, referring to your answer to @bentossell's question - when and how'd one know/realise the limits? For instance, being proficient and well-versed with digital marketing, I worked with and witnessed several digital startups to bear the consequences of dependability on a tech guy. When started working on my own marketing web app, I initially tried to find a tech co-founder but then I realised the ask/hassle to compatibility & dependability, thereby learned to visually code the app and do the web designing myself. Sometimes I do feel overwhelmed, however, it's just MVP till now and I'd definitely require help as we scale. Any advice?
Nathalie Molina Niño
Nathalie Molina Niño@nathaliemolina · CEO, BRAVA Investments
@aymittal @bentossell When the majority of your hours are not spent on critical-path tasks, is usually when I know that I need help.
Ayush Mittal
Ayush Mittal@aymittal · bro @boombro, Founder RefR ✌
@nathaliemolina Fair enough! I follow how/when you know you need help. Thanks much.