Episode 4 - Finding Optimism and Gratitude in Entrepreneurship with Elizabeth Funk of Dignity CapitalFeb 26, 2021
Tech legend Elizabeth Funk’s career has been built on the ever-evolving idea of community- from building communities online during her early days at Yahoo!, to micro investments that bolster growing communities, to her current efforts tackling homelessness issues in our real-life communities, with dignity and solutions-oriented thinking.
The harvard Business School alum takes on new challenges with optimism and gratitude, and her generous and intelligent nature makes for a must-listen interview.
2:15 - What Elizabeth’s childhood was like
5:45 - Her Savior of the Debutante Ball
7:16 - The impact of family
9:33 - Starting out at Microsoft
13:32 - Eternal optimism and getting into Harvard
16:36 - Being in tech in the early days
22:12 - Compensation with shares of Yahoo!
24:24 - How their first ad ran into a funny faux pas
27:16 - Yahoo! Shopping - as an early idea
30:37 - Entrepreneurial ideas taking shape
33:13 - Leaving Yahoo! to work with her future husband
36:05 - Moving into micro-finance
43:22 - What’s next for Dignity Fund
46:58 - Elizabeth tackles the homelessness problem
53:02 - Dignity Moves and Social Enterprises
55:45 - What keeps Elizabeth going, and what’s next
57:36 - How gratitude lists and optimism can serve you
7:17 - “I’ve always really prioritized being there for my children, and it’s been a real balance.”
19:21 - “People don’t define community by their zip code, they define community by shared passion.”
21:31 - “I’ve always felt that if you create something really powerful, it’ll monetize itself… there will be a way that it is worth something.”
34:52 - “You know that self-doubt and that imposter syndrome - we all have it - and you just have to set it aside and believe in yourself.”
38:14 - “When someone tells me it can’t be done - there was something in me… it was my aha moment - I thought, ’Yes, it can!’.”
40:27 - “A dollar in a woman’s hand is nearly twice as powerful in terms of economic recovery, than in a man’s, in developing countries.”
57:51 - “When times are at their worst, and when there’s disruption in your life or in the world, that creates opportunity.”
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