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Woman in a Hurry - Marisa Warren

Ep. 181

If you’ve got a dream but don’t think you’re qualified to get there, think again. Our amazing guest today, venture capitalist Marisa Warren, is best described as a driven woman in a hurry. She’s never let a lack of experience stop her from chasing her goals. 

Marisa is co-founder and Managing Partner of a unique venture capital firm called Aliavia. Aliavia is a California based firm focused on early stage investments backing female founders in both the U.S. and Australia. 

Marisa has grown up in tech, spending the first 18 years of her career in enterprise software sales. She was in such a hurry to start working she ignored her parents’ urging to go to university and struck out to make her own path, starting in Sydney. 

In this episode you’ll hear how:

  • How Marisa survives challenging times including being made redundant from big corporates on 3 separate occasions  
  • What happened in a New York elevator when she met the Australian voice behind Siri 
  • Marisa’s advice to female founders to flip the power dynamic with investors
  • And, the differences she sees between Australian and American female founders. 

For transparency we want to share that we are investors in Aliavia’s first fund and are big supporters of the investment purpose that combines supporting women founders and building incredible businesses. 

Enjoy this episode with the driven and admirably impatient Marisa Warren. 

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Aliavia Ventures

Marisa on LinkedIn

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