Why startup founders must take time to pause (Jillian Manus, Managing Partner at Structure Capital)
Off the Record with Aram
“It’s a cardinal rule - you never want someone to buy your product, you want someone to own your product. And why (!) would they want to own your product?”- Jillian ManusMain talking points: Concept of pausing and why it’s something that propels you forward How Jillian structures businesses right now: pause, pivot, propel Jillian’s thoughts on mental health and practices that will benefit founders About Jillian:Jillian Manus wrote the third investment check that Uber raised and has now backed a total of about 71 companies. She is an experienced banking and media executive, a technology investor and entrepreneur. She is Managing Partner of an early stage Silicon Valley venture fund, Structure Capital. Structure Capital has invested more than $100 million over the years, focusing on very early stage investing.She has a podcast and it’s called The Pitch, produced by Gimlet Media, that is sort of the antithesis of Shark Tank.
Adam Torres interviews Jillian Manus, Managing Partner at Structure Capital
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Episode 7: Manifesting Resilience and Happiness- Jillian Manus
Break The Chains, Find Your Flame
We were very fortunate to sit down with an amazingly empowered and awesome lady for this episode. Jillian and I dive deep into theories of self care, happiness, and resilience. Jillian Manus is an experienced entrepreneur, technology investor, and banking and media executive. She is currently a Managing Partner of Structure Capital VC, a seed and early-stage venture fund providing capital and marketing strategy to companies exploiting under-utilized assets and excess capacity. Jillian sits on numerous board including Stanford University Digital Health, Stanford University School of Medicine Board of Fellows, Advisory Board of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center Board of Directors, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, and Communities in Schools. She also sits on the board of several of her portfolio companies, including Hyp3r, Workpath, Revelar, and Liquiglide. Prior to Structure Capital, Jillian was the Founder of Broad Strategy, Manus Media, and Global Goal Sports Management. Jillian is passionate about women’s empowerment and served seven years as Chair of The Woman’s Conference where she joined Maria Shriver to create the largest women’s conference in the world. She was also named one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business 2016 by the San Francisco Business Times. As an active voice in the media, Jillian often provides business and political commentary on Bloomberg and Fox News, and is currently co-hosting the popular podcast “The Pitch”. She attended Oxford University and NYU where she also served as adjunct professor and Trustee. She is the mother of four children who are her breath, smile and inspiration. Things we talk about in this episode: https://gimletmedia.com/shows/the-pitch https://structure.vc/ Special video for this episode!!!: https://youtu.be/H4SHYv3tkdo --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/steven-opalenik/support
90 - Analyzing the New iPhone XS Max & Apple Watch with Chrissy Farr, Josh Lipton, Jillian Manus
Three new iPhone Xs and a watch that's a cleared medical device: That's what Apple announced at its biggest event of the year.But what does it mean for Apple? Which, if any, of this stuff is worth buying? Jon Fortt breaks it down with Christina Farr, CNBC.com health reporter who has been breaking stories left and right on Apple's health advancements; Jillian Manus, Silicon Valley venture capitalist, and CNBC tech correspondent Josh Lipton.
Why Woman Thrive in Startups & Betting on the American Dream: Could the female brain be hardwired for entrepreneurship? An innate ability to multitask coupled with a 'horizontal' thinking process give women a distinct advantage when it comes to business startups and savvy investing according to Structure Capital Managing Partner, Jillian Manus. We explore the strengths of women in corporate America before learning Jillian's top two tools for career success: never get emotional and fortify your confidence. Then, after pledging $250,000 worth of marketing and media production services to help tell the stories of first responders and veterans, The Silent Partner Marketing agency came under fire online from people with opposing political views. “I believe that you can never go wrong on doubling down on patriotism and supporting the men and women who serve and protect our communities and our country, but other people believe differently than us,” says President and CEO, Kyle Reyes. Unfettered by negative feedback, Kyle stuck to his patriotic principles and upped the ante, raising his pledge to $1,000,000 in services. Kyle discusses this pivotal decision and shares exciting details of several projects in the pipeline: The Whiskey Patriots, a new startup dedicated to the values of our founding fathers; Operation Innocence, a nationwide task force to put an end to school shootings; and ‘The Real Man Show’, an action packed television series resurrecting the art of manliness. [00:00:00] Do Women Make Better Entrepreneurs? [00:06:10] Leverage Time to Maximize Opportunity [00:11:30] Keep Calm and Fortify Your Confidence [00:18:21] Marketing Agency Bets Big on Patriotism [00:26:42] The Story Behind the ‘Snowflake Test’ [00:33:22] Kyle Reyes: Living the American Dream
Leaving the world a better place through job creation with Jillian Manus
Piloting your Life
Who is Jillian Manus? Jillian Manus is an experienced banking and media executive, a technology investor and entrepreneur. She is the Managing Partner of Structure Capital. In her role with Structure Capital, Jillian provides strategic support to founding teams. Prior to Structure Capital, Jillian was founder of Broad Strategy, Manus Media and Global Goal Sports Management. Jillian is a co-host on the podcast The Pitch, which has been called a ‘better, more realistic version of Shark Tank.’ Show Highlights Terri asked Jillian about how she transitioned from starting her businesses to investing in startups Jillian talks about how she used the Ginsu knife method to slice and dice to optimize and amplify the message for her clients When she heard people wanted to venture into other areas, she would coach them through the path and use her vast network to bring the best people in Jillian attributes her vast network to the fact that she talks to everyone she meets regardless of where she is and who they are Jillian’s’ first question to people is ‘what can I do for you?’ which helps to build the relationship and build trust which makes it easier to ask for something later. Jillian focuses on one thing because it makes everything behind it easier and helps to set boundaries for her time. Terri asked Jillian about whether Jillian is bad at receiving and she responded with a story about Southern women who taught her the importance of graciously receiving a compliment with ‘thank you for being so kind.’ Jillian doesn’t see herself as successful yet and that she is not yet the best person she can be. This fuels her and motivates her. She is fearless and gets out of her own way. Jillian and Terri talk about women can be very mean to themselves and need to speak to themselves like they would to their friends and their seven year-old selves. Jillian is the eternal optimist. Jillian strong believes that you cannot waste time on worrying and other people’s bad behavior. To Jillian, 50 is fabulous. You know your voice, you know who you are, you know what you don’t want. Terri talks about how she was demoralized for about 24-48 hours after reading Ellen Pau’s book Reset and the lack for accountability for the VCs because of the amount of money they have had and the resulting power associated with it. Terri asked Jillian about whether we can shift the existing VCs or do we create a separate funding ecosystem. Jillian thinks the answer is a hybrid. The existing investors are getting educated. Jillian says the problem is that men invest in people who look like them. They can connect to the founder and their philosophies and character traits. It’s a place of comfort to invest in other men. Once they shift, there is a better outcome. We aren’t going to be able to change all of them to step outside of their comfort zone. Jillian said that we need to create more onramps for other investors and provide women with the ability to invest in small amounts into the Seed round. Before doing this, develop the top 10 questions to ask an entrepreneur and get educated on how to run a business. This will give the comfort to be able to put money into startups. Jillian talks about the importance of being a life-long learner. Jillian never invests in a woman because she is a woman, but she does give women more opportunity to pitch to her. Once there, they need to prove themselves at the same level. Women have an insight into men that men don’t have, having raised children. Women are more easily able to see a person’s strengths and weaknesses. Jillian is living the life she wants to live more than she has at any time in her life. If Jillian could wave a magic wand, she would make sure that every single person in this world had a job that they were proud of. The path to self-sufficiency paves the path to happiness and peace. Jillian did not become a VC to make money, her mission is to create jobs for people and invest in founders for that reason. She gives away 90% of income every year. She is passionate about supporting veterans and has invested in a startup (The Shift) to help veterans translate their military skills into the private sector. Jillian wants to leave the world a better place and she is doing it through creating jobs. Terri’s Key Takeaway You cannot waste time on worrying and other people’s bad behavior. References in the Podcast The Pitch Episode #17: Jillian’s backstory: https://www.gimletmedia.com/the-pitch/17-investor-spotlight-jillian-manus Structure Capital: http://structure.vc/ The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Thing Behind Extraordinary Results: http://bit.ly/BookTheOneThing Reset by Ellen Pau: http://bit.ly/BookReset The Shift: https://www.shift.org/ The Pitch: The Shift: https://www.gimletmedia.com/the-pitch/15-shift Skillmil: https://www.skillmil.com/ Contact Listen to Jillian on The Pitch: https://www.gimletmedia.com/the-pitch. You can follow Terri on Twitter at @terrihansonmead or go to her website at www.terrihansonmead.com or on Medium: https://medium.com/@terrihansonmead. Feel free to email Terri at PilotingYourLife@gmail.com. To continue the conversation, go to Twitter at @PilotingLife and use hashtag #PilotingYourLife.