New

Learning the Fundraising Dance

Jason Yeh
September 7, 2021
55
 MIN
Listen to this episode on your favorite platform!

If you enjoy Funded, please rate & review on Apple!

Listen on Apple Podcasts
New
September 7, 2021
55
 MIN

Learning the Fundraising Dance

Erin Carpenter grew up focused on becoming an entertainer with classical training as a ballerina. When she went to raise money, she found that the fundraising dance was surprisingly hard to learn.

Episode Summary

Erin Carpenter grew up focused on becoming an entertainer with classical training as a ballerina. Along the way, an embarrassing uniform mishap as a young dancer and continued frustrations throughout her career drove her to embrace an entrepreneurial fire that led to starting Nude Barre.  For this professional dancer, learning the fundraising dance was a struggle. After 10 years of bootstrapping and failing to raise money, she finally figured out the steps and eventually raised Seed capital from the likes of Serena Williams, Whitney Wolfe Herd, Jason Calacanis, and Freestyle Capital.  

Listen to learn what helped her find the way and launch the next phase of growth in her business.

----------

If you're looking for more fundraising content, grab my weekly newsletter packed full of strategies and insights around how to raise money: fundedpod.com/newsletter


Topics Discussed

  • Early childhood entrepreneurial instincts
  • Wanting to be an entertainer
  • Her embarrassing moment
  • Seeing an opportunity in her personal problem with dance tights
  • 10 years of bootstrapping
  • Pitching Serena Williams and Whitney Wolfe Herd
  • Joining Jason Calacanis' accelerator
  • Closing funding from Freestyle

Resources Mentioned

Follow Us

Erin Carpenter
Nude Barre
Funded
Jason Yeh (host)
Contact Us / Misc
  • Reach out to us on social or email me directly at jason@fundedpod.com if you have any questions or would like to share your story with us!
  • Subscribe to the Funded newsletter at fundedpod.com/newsletter
  • If you’re fundraising, make sure you send your materials via a document sharing tool. Even if they weren’t our presenting sponsor, we’d still recommend you use DocSend - www.docsend.com    
  • Vanta helps maintain SOC2, HIPAA, ISO27001 compliance by integrating directly into your systems and automating a lot of the time intensive process. Get $1000 off at vanta.com/funded

Episode Transcript

If you enjoy Funded, please rate & review on Apple!

Listen on Apple Podcasts