About this episode

TenOneTen Ventures is an early-stage venture fund. The firm personifies entrepreneurial expertise within the technology space. Their mission is to back entrepreneurs who inspire them, then do whatever it takes to help them get the job done. Minnie Ingersoll is co-founder of Shift and partner at TenOneTen Ventures. This week she joins us to share her entrepreneurial origin story, as well as some of the work OneTenOne Ventures, is doing to help other entrepreneurs.

Minnie's story is a fascinating one. Throughout her story, you will hear just how correctly wired she is to help early-stage startups. Her journey displays the power of understanding your strengths and going all-in on them. Of course, we have to start at the beginning. And for Minnie, the start was not one where you would have predicted it would lead her to where she is today. This is Minnie Ingersoll's startup story.

In this episode, you'll hear

  • Minnie's upbringing, growing up in a home of academics but knowing she wanted to do and be more.
  • About her desire from a young age to attend Stanford.
  • How she graduated with a computer science degree as the.COM bust was happening.
  • Her move to Manhattan after graduation and working for the startup, LivePerson, as a product manager.
  • How her desire to understand all aspects of business lead her to Harvard Business School.
  • With an MBA in hand, but still drawn to startups, Minnie decided to move back to Silicon Valley.
  • A 'We're hiring' screenshot from her mother led her to apply for and land a job at Google.
  • Minnie shares some behind-the-scenes stories about how Google develops its products.
  • Minnie's entrepreneurial spirit eventually led her to leave Google and start her own company.
  • Feeling her skillset is best for the early days of startups, and wanting something different with three young children, she turned her attention to venture funds to finance startups and founded TenOneTenVentures.
  • The challenges faced by women in venture funding, as well as some opportunities presented to them.
  • When looking for investments, Minnie looks for a balance between expertise and passion.

“There are many flavors of entrepreneurship. You are uniquely equipped, and you need to lean into that uniqueness.” Minnie Ingersoll

Resources from this episode

TenOneTen Ventures: https://tenoneten.net/
Minnie Ingersoll on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mingersoll/
LA Venture Podcast: https://podcast.tenoneten.net/
The Startup Story LIVE - Virtual Conference: http://startupstorylive.com
The Startup Story on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/thestartupstory
The Startup Story is now on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/jamesmckinney
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April 28 2020
Minnie Ingersoll, partner at TenOneTen Ventures
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