Judy Robinett - Reinventing Funding

Judy Robinett is a startup funding expert, super connector, bestselling author, keynote speaker and investor, known as “the woman with the titanium digital Rolodex.” With 30+ years of experience as an entrepreneur and corporate leader, Judy has served as the CEO of both public and private companies and in management positions at Fortune 500 companies. She consults internationally with businesses looking for U.S. investors.

Judy was managing director of Golden Seeds Angel Network, the third most active angel investment group and one of the largest in the U.S.; the CEO of publicly traded Medical Discoveries; and served on the faculty of Goldman Sachs’s 10,000 Small Businesses program.

Author of Crack the Funding Code: How Investors Think and What They Need to Hear to Fund Your Startup and How to Be a Power Connector: The 5-50-150 Rule, #1 of The Top Ten Business Books of 2014 by Inc.com, Judy has been profiled in Inc., Forbes, Venture Beat, Huffington Post, and Bloomberg Businessweek as a sterling example of the new breed of “super connectors” who use their experience and networks to accelerate growth and enhance profitability. She is also coauthor of a chapter in Crowdfunding for Dummies, by Sherwood Neiss, Jason W. Best, and Zak Cassady-Dorion.

Judy has been on the advisory boards of Illuminate Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm based in Menlo Park, California; Pereg Ventures, a venture capital firm based in New York; and Springboard Enterprises based in Washington, DC.

A member of the Department of Commerce team that defined performance criteria for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Performance Excellence in Healthcare, for which she received an award from President Bill Clinton, Judy has given over 400 speeches worldwide for audiences at Deutsche Bank-London (TedX invitation only event), MIT, BIO-Europe, ActionCoach-Sao Paulo, Brazil (2019), CalPoly, AT&T, Westinghouse, and the Department of Energy.

Tune in to hear Steve, Mary, and Richard chat with Judy about her journey to the funding game and cracking the funding code.



In This Episode

Steve’s family trip to LA leads to a new series on Reinventing Gang Life

Judy’s journey to the funding game

It was born out of frustration

Reach out to her personally, any time

Different funding options for people with ideas

Start with the angels

Cracking the funding code

The investors want their money back

Where do you go with ideas?

Professional investors don’t sign an NDA

Two reasons a startup fails


Previously On Reinvention Radio

Reinventing Your Calling – In this episode, tune in to hear Keith Yackey chat with Steve, Mary, and Richard about finding your calling and positioning yourself as the “go to” expert in your industry.