Dawoon Kang, Co-Founder and COO of Coffee Meets Bagel. Alongside her two sisters (Arum, CEO and Soo, Head of Design), Dawoon co-founded the dating app in 2012.
"This is a job where challenges never end. First was starting a tech company with no tech background. Second was getting someone to join an all-sister, first-time entrepreneur team. Our first hire was our CTO. Then came fundraising, then building the team, then accelerating growth. I think the important thing is you need to be able to focus on executing your vision (for us it's providing the best dating service for women, which requires continuous innovation) while juggling many different things that you also need to do to get the business moving forward."
"My advice to women founders - this is a general advice I give but it applies more to women: Be smart and selective about who you pitch to - do the research to make sure there is a fit (industry, stage of your company). Be persistent. So much about fundraising is finding someone who has the same thesis as you do on the industry you are trying to disrupt. Don't be disappointed or take it personally just because they don't agree with your thesis - move on and find someone who does. Take their advice with grain of salt and use it as a way to hone your next pitch."
Forbes, Photograph via Stanford GSB