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https://www.femalefounderschool.com/I'm a solo as well and, last October, started feeling lonely and depressed about how difficult it was to slog through this by myself. I was told that I was experience Entrepreneurial isolation which I didn't know was a thing (it's all over Google though). To solve that, I joined Female Founder School. I preferred it over other options b/c a) it's not too big, it's not too small, b) it provides several services so I felt I had the freedom to take what I needed and leave what I didn't (unlike a few where you had to go through a prescribed set of expectations), and c) great value - it's $50 / month and they often offer first month free so you can try it. (You can email them and ask). There are some services that are incremental. For example, I'm about to jump into a PR Workshop Sprint over 5 weeks to work on my messaging and it's an additional $50. Well worth it, imho. I have taken advantage of their weekly open office hours, several valuable workshops, and I'm active on their Founderpass Slack channel where I've never seen anyone not get a response to their post (which is cool). Those ladies work hard to maintain a vibrant community! I hope you find the right place for yourself.
Ashima's profile thumbnail
Thank you for this, Jenifer! I totally feel you on the entrepreneurial isolation lately. It feels like there are an overwhelming amount of things to do, and all by myself. Great to hear this has worked for you, and I'll check it out.
JenYi's profile thumbnail
No problem. They have a start-up handbook I've found very useful b/c it's helped me pace myself. It's pretty "step-by-step." Also, I don't know if this can work for you, but I also slowed down my work so that it would feel less overwhelming b/c I also work a part-time job. That helped a lot. Take care!
Ashima's profile thumbnail
Yes, I definitely need to stop putting so much pressure on myself and remind myself why I started this in the first place! Thank you for your help, I just just Female Founder School :).
AllieB's profile thumbnail
I've tapped into the community on Twitter just recently...also a new solo Founder and it's been very helpful. People actually answer your questions...like real people that know what they are talking about and tips about funding and all that jazz...I'm doing Ifundwomen too :)....But I have so much work to do, I'm trying not to get lost in these 'communities'...Facebook never helped anyone with productivity....
Ashima's profile thumbnail
Oooh, Twitter is an interesting one. I peruse it every so often, but never thought of it as a community to get my questions answered.
rjaslow's profile thumbnail
Which threads on Twitter have you found to be helpful for entrepreneurs?
AllieB's profile thumbnail
also clubhouse has these epic business discussions like every single day...but I make sure I only join the ones with people that I follow on twitter...see below.
AllieB's profile thumbnail
actually this week we have two people from The Hustle Fund who have the Open Office Hours...Lolita and Elizabeth. Follow them on Twitter, then follow all of their people.
HelenHuang's profile thumbnail
That's a super good tip! Thanks ~
Veralee's profile thumbnail
Check out Ycombinator startup school at startupschool.org
SophiaElHayek's profile thumbnail
I agree, the Startup School by Y Combinator is a good one. It offers useful videos, a member forum, and optional weekly video calls to connect with other founders. From my experience it seemed that most of their members were men, but I still found it to be a valuable community. It's also free so perfect for a cash strapped startup. There is also Female Founder Collective where you can connect with other members through their Slack.
AllieB's profile thumbnail
I joined this today! It has some great information! Thanks for the tip :)
Ashima's profile thumbnail
Startupschool has been amazing so far! I was hoping to get connected with more female founders, but I am so thankful for all of the free resources they've shared.
SherryChang's profile thumbnail
I just joined https://gsvbootcamp.com/ They have a women founder focus group also. It's a 7 weeks boot camp that just started.
Ashima's profile thumbnail
Wow, this looks amazing!! Will check it out.
AllieB's profile thumbnail
Im here too! Which small group are you in? I'm in Edtech!
DaphneEarley's profile thumbnail
I am here as well and also in edtech :)
AllieB's profile thumbnail
lol I LOVE THE INTERNET!
SherryChang's profile thumbnail
I am in FinTech subgroup. Did you join the Slack Channel? I can look for you there.
AllieB's profile thumbnail
Yes I am on the Slack Channel...How was your fintech meeting? Are you working on a startup as well?
TalyMatiteyahu's profile thumbnail
@Ashima I'm also a first-time founder and have struggled to find community. I'm in a few different groups, but none have been the go-to resource all the time. I'm also loathe to pay to join a group as my startup has no revenue and is self-funded, so literally every dollar counts.I've been thinking this over and am wondering - do you think a free slack workspace for founders would be of interest?
JenYi's profile thumbnail
You may want to try Female Founder School's free Slack space first. They have another that is behind a paywall but their general space has a lot of women on it.
TalyMatiteyahu's profile thumbnail
I tried looking for a free Female Founder School slack workspace with no luck. Any chance you know the workspace name?
JenYi's profile thumbnail
Did you try the Slack link on their home page? https://www.femalefounderschool.com/That should work. Otherwise, you can email them and they can give you instructions. This is the title of the space: femalefounderschool.slack.com then "General" (free) and FounderPass (paid) shows up.
TalyMatiteyahu's profile thumbnail
The link on their home page takes me to a login page that requires a @mentorkind.org email address (as does the slack link you provided - if I click on "make an account", I'm taken to the same page requiring a mentorkind.org email address).I'll try reaching out to them, though!
Ashima's profile thumbnail
I emailed them, because I had the same issue and was sent a link to join :)
RBiers's profile thumbnail
Check out Startup Grind: https://www.startupgrind.com/
Ashima's profile thumbnail
Thank you, checking it out now!
DianePrince's profile thumbnail
Ashima, I've been working to solve this problem -- it's an intimate and supportive place for founders to share what's really going on with them and to be heard in a confidential space. Here's a video about what I'm doing. https://diane-prince-co.salesreach.io/special-invitation-to-forumMost of my one-on-one clients are elphas and I'd love to do an elpha forum --Please let me know your thoughts and any questions!The forum is a small group of people committed to helping each other and sharing with each other on a regular basis. It is a powerful experience that serves as an antidote to the โ€œlonely at the topโ€ isolation that comes with being a startup CEO.Every founder needs somewhere to turn for the insight and perspective that trusted peers can provide. In YPO, that โ€œmagicalโ€ place is forum. But YPOโ€™s elite qualifications, not to mention their limitative screening process, makes membership inaccessible to most startup CEOs. Thatโ€™s why Iโ€™ve created my version of forum. In my forum groups founders can experience an atmosphere of confidentiality, trust and openness to share in each otherโ€™s business, family and personal experiences. Forum provides an ongoing opportunity to share and discuss with a group of peers the issues that arise from being a startup CEO.
Ashima's profile thumbnail
An elpha forum would be really cool. I love that idea! Thank you!
DianePrince's profile thumbnail
Iโ€™ll put together the details and share it over the weekend!
DianePrince's profile thumbnail
Here's the link -- use the code ELPHAFREETRIAL to try it for free https://channels.marcopolo.me/diane-prince-co
elenasolano's profile thumbnail
My experience with https://www.beondeck.com/founders has been amazing. It's the mix between classes and community that really helps you grow as a founder. Feel free to DM if you're interested in learning more.
amandae's profile thumbnail
+1 also can't say enough good things about the Founder fellowship at On Deck. they do a fantastic job bringing together ambitious people with sharp minds and generous spirits. also happy to chat with anyone considering that program.
Ashima's profile thumbnail
I've been seeing a lot about On Deck lately but haven't taken the time to read into it. I'll check it out and DM you with questions. Thank you!
Ena's profile thumbnail
How difficult is it to get in, if I may ask? :)
EmilyJohnson's profile thumbnail
If you have any interest in mental health + startups, the What If community is amazing! They have created an open mental health startup slack community here: https://join.slack.com/t/mhealthstartups/shared_invite/zt-kz3rx65z-Pr1o21InnskRqz4nmZfxIgAnd they also have a fantastic Fellowship program that I highly recommend for any aspiring or somewhat establish mental health entrepreneurs (I'm a participant in their current cohort): https://whatif.vc/fellowship
Ashima's profile thumbnail
I'm not in the mental health space but I will still check it out. Thank you for the suggestion!
Nanditha's profile thumbnail
Hi Emily, Thanks for sharing these resources. I'm very passionate about mental health and would like to discuss with you about your experience with the fellowship program and in general about the space. Let me know if you are available for a chat. Looking forward to talking to you.
jikajika's profile thumbnail
Listen to the podcast, Startup Therapy with Ryan Rutan & Wil Schroter. These two serial entrepreneurs talk about the emotional, mental, and physical toll starting a company has on you & how to navigate those (usually) murky waters. It's AWESOME.
Ashima's profile thumbnail
This is the content I want to listen to--someone who knows the craziness going on in my brain these days!
jikajika's profile thumbnail
Then you're gonna love these guys, and realize that all these crazy feelings, questions, anxiety - is normal AF for ANYONE playing the entrepreneurial game. Not normal, as in healthy...but normal. Lol! Prepare to binge listen and take it ALLLLL in.
arielleshnaidman's profile thumbnail
Dreamers & Doers (https://www.dreamersdoers.com/) is filled with female founders, from early-stage to growth-stage to founders who've had exits. It's one of the most supportive, resource-rich communities with tons of events and opportunities. Every single member gives back to the community far more than they take and I've developed some incredible friendships. Highly recommend.
Ashima's profile thumbnail
I applied to Dreamers & Doers for their next cohort a month or so ago! Looking forward to hearing back!
lirida's profile thumbnail
I highly recommend https://www.letsguild.com/, the leading community for women entrepreneurs! I attended their academy as well which helped me tremendously to launch my business.
Ashima's profile thumbnail
Thank you for suggesting--I'm on their email list and I'll look into the academy as well!
KathrinWronka's profile thumbnail
Hey,I am part of https://www.femgems.club/ which got founded las year in August. It's still growing itself, but I feel very connected to the members and also mentors are great :) Let me know if you're interested, I'm happy to recommend you.BestKat
Ashima's profile thumbnail
I'm going to look into this! Thank you for suggesting!
HannahDrain's profile thumbnail
Hi @Ashima! I actually had a similar issue and co-founded DFA Communities (dfacommunities.com) with my business partner, Brad, last March right when covid hit Denver, CO. We are not female-only, but we are only founders - no investors, no vendors, no selling. We host a few events a week (and I lead a weekly community yoga class) and are growing in really cool ways. I'd love to share more if you're curious :)
Ashima's profile thumbnail
Thank you for sharing, Hannah! I'm going to look into this now!
lisastory's profile thumbnail
I'm a part of this great group with @HannahDrain!
HannahDrain's profile thumbnail
Happy to chat any time @Ashima!
avvinue's profile thumbnail
Hey Ashima! Iโ€™ve actually started a club of solo founders and we meet every week. Weโ€™ve been meeting for almost a year and weโ€™re like family! We just opened the doors for more founders that want to join, but really weโ€™re a small group just being a support system to each other. Let me know if youโ€™d like to join.
shreen's profile thumbnail
Read Lean Startup before you do anything else. Good luck!
Ashima's profile thumbnail
Thank you!!
avvinue's profile thumbnail
Yes! Recommend https://www.extrafounder.com โ€” they have a team thatโ€™s very engaged and active to connect with other solo founders.
Ashima's profile thumbnail
This is super interesting, this looks helpful
lisahn's profile thumbnail
@Ashima tons of great suggestions here already! If you are on Facebook groups, I will highly recommend the Women Founders Community (the largest group for women founders of startups):https://www.facebook.com/groups/FemaleFoundersCommunityIt's a global community with 11K+ members with experience ranging from new startup founders to experienced serial-preneurs. One of the most giving, helpful, and generous community groups I've been a part of ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
Ashima's profile thumbnail
Just joined! Thank you!
sharonk's profile thumbnail
Have you checked out Indie Hackers? The podcast is amazing and there's an online community too.
Ashima's profile thumbnail
I've heard of them and I'm on the Slack group, but I'll check out the podcast. Thanks!
Ena's profile thumbnail
I agree with this, Indie Hackers are a very helpful community.
rohre's profile thumbnail
Hey @Ashima - congrats on the company! I'm a former founder, now COO at FFA - femalefounders.org. We focus on supporting founders in the vc space, so the community is vetted. Free to join (app on website), and the main benefits are having access to the community (previously on FB, now transitioning to a Mighty Network), our monthly newsletter is chock full of great resources, and early access to events & programming we run. Hope we can help connect you with community - it's a lonely journey for sure.
Ashima's profile thumbnail
Signed up, thank you!
mal's profile thumbnail
New Entrepreneur Series is intimate and high impact, meets every two weeks for a check in. It just kicked off but you can join the next session: https://www.lessonsup.com/lessons/empowering-new-entrepreneurs
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Atlas is an integrative leadership group that hosts (bi?)monthly events and inner growth groups for early stage founders - https://www.atlasq.com/founders-against-burnout Have been to a couple of events so far and the format is v intimate and authentic (like here but only founders and in live-time video). Creates a foundation to connect w other people who were there really openly. Kari who started it just shared this about the next group -https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn%3Ali%3Aactivity%3A6763267841581031425/
shreyaparekh's profile thumbnail
Hi, just saw this post! I belong to https://www.sprinters.co/It's an amazing global community of female founders. Lot's of fab resources & people on there. Hope that helps. x
bareraadil's profile thumbnail
https://startupstarter.co/Hi @Ashima I found this startup community pretty much helpful.
divyakakkad's profile thumbnail
Female Founders Alliance - www.femalefounders.org Full disclosure - I am their VP of marketing, but I can say that the founder community is a solid support network. We work very hard in providing programming that is super relevant as well. Happy to chat anytime if you want to learn more :)
ClairePriestley's profile thumbnail
I also highly recommend checking out Pando:https://www.pandopooling.com/founders. We build communities (pools) that are intended to be an entrepreneur's most valuable resource. Let me know if youโ€™d like to connect and learn more!
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There's many "support groups" out there who love talking about ideas and business. If you are looking to really develop your idea and becoming truly invest-able, I definitely would recommend our community http://shetransacts.com You get matched with 5 fellow female founders at the same stage of your company who are in completely different industries, and go thru together developing your idea with both expert guided and structured peer-to-peer feedback on the app. This is super intimate group, protected with mutual NDA safezone, access to expert/advisor ongoing support to learn and grow, and IGI (our AI) constantly helping find resources for you as you grow. $100 moFor mentor ship I recommend https://owntrail.com/ FREE for nowFor media and press opportunities once your ready with your biz to promote I recommend this for female founders https://www.dreamersdoers.com/ Runs about $150 mo For learning about boards and advisors who are aligned to help female founders https://thefourthfloor.co/ $100 moBest fo luck! Community and collaboration is the key to success as an entrepreneur:-)