#331: Ann Miura-Ko — The Path from Shyness to World-Class Debater and Investor

8/2/2018, 2:48:28 PM , duration(0:0:8)
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<p><strong>Ann Miura-Ko</strong> (<a href="https://twitter.com/annimaniac" target="_blank">@annimaniac</a>) has been called "the most powerful woman in startups" by Forbes and is a lecturer in entrepreneurship at Stanford. The child of a rocket scientist at NASA, Ann is a Palo Alto native and has been steeped in technology startups from when she was a teenager. Prior to co-founding <a href="http://floodgate.com/" target="_blank">Floodgate</a>, she worked at <a href="https://www.crv.com" target="_blank">Charles River Ventures</a> and <a href="https://www.mckinsey.com" target="_blank">McKinsey and Company</a>. Some of Ann's investments include Lyft, Ayasdi, Xamarin, Refinery29, JoyRun, TaskRabbit, and Modcloth.</p><p>Given the success of her investments she was on the <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2017/04/18/midas-2017-worlds-best-venture-capitalists/#5871cd704020" target="_blank">2017 Midas List of top 100 venture capitalists</a>. Ann is known for her debate skills (she placed first in the National Tournament of Champions and second in the State of California in high school) and was part of a five-person team at Yale that competed in the <a href="http://www.robocup.org" target="_blank">Robocup Competition</a> in Paris, France. She has a BSEE from Yale and a PhD from Stanford in math modeling of computer security. She lives with her husband, three kids, and one spoiled dog. Her interests are piano, robots, and gastronomy.</p><p>Enjoy!</p><p><strong>This podcast is brought to you by </strong><a href="https://WordPress.com/Tim" target="_blank"><strong>WordPress</strong></a>, my go-to platform for 24/7-supported, zero downtime blogging, writing online, creating websites — everything! I love it to bits, and the lead developer, Matt Mullenweg, has appeared on this podcast many times.</p><p>Whether for personal use or business, you're in good company with <a href="https://WordPress.com/Tim" target="_blank"><strong>WordPress</strong></a>, which is&nbsp;used by The New Yorker, Jay Z, Beyoncé, FiveThirtyEight, TechCrunch, TED, CNN, and Time, just to name a few. A source at Google told me that <a href="https://WordPress.com/Tim" target="_blank"><strong>WordPress</strong></a> offers "the best out-of-the-box SEO imaginable," which is probably why it runs nearly 30% of the Internet. <strong>Go to </strong><a href="https://WordPress.com/Tim" target="_blank"><strong>WordPress.com/Tim</strong></a><strong> to get 15% off your website today!</strong></p><p><strong>This episode is also brought to you by </strong><a href="https://www.legalzoom.com/" target="_blank"><strong>LegalZoom</strong></a><strong>.</strong> I've used this service for many of my businesses, as have quite a few of the icons on this podcast, including Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg of WordPress fame.</p><p><a href="https://www.legalzoom.com/" target="_blank"><strong>LegalZoom</strong></a> is a reliable resource that more than a million people have already trusted for everything from setting up wills, proper trademark searches, forming LLCs, setting up non-profits, or finding simple cease-and-desist letter templates.</p><p><a href="https://www.legalzoom.com/" target="_blank"><strong>LegalZoom</strong></a> is not a law firm, but it does have a network of independent attorneys available in most states who can give you advice on the best way to get started, provide contract reviews, and otherwise help you run your business with complete transparency and up-front pricing. <a href="https://www.legalzoom.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Check out LegalZoom.com and enter promo code TIM at checkout today</strong></a><strong> for special savings</strong> and see how the fine folks there can make life easier for you and your business.</p>