Alicia Syrett

Alicia Syrett

CEO

Pantegrion Capital LLC

Advice for entrepreneurs: “Bootstrap like crazy. Do your homework before meeting people via warm introductions.”

Years in industry?
15 + years in the financial industry

Who or what inspired your career in tech?
I went into the finance world because I always loved math growing up.  More recently, I became an angel investor after hearing other prominent angels speak about how much they enjoyed it.  I just finished a stint as an entrepreneur, and I was attracted to the opportunity to start a new challenge in my life, mentor entrepreneurs and make investments.

What has been your greatest career challenge and how have you handled it?
I’ve taken on a bigger public speaking role (e.g. appearing on TV, writing posts, giving talks), and I needed to build experience speaking my opinions with conviction.  The key is practice, practice, practice — and don’t let the trolls get to you.

What is your biggest career success to date?
Starting my own company.

What are your top 3 pieces of advice for women who want to start a business?
Just go for it.  Bootstrap like crazy.  Do your homework before meeting people via warm introductions.

What’s been your best hack ever? 
I write every idea down as it comes to mind, and I’m religious about making lists and crossing off items as they’re completed.

Who are your role models?
I am inspired by “the Notorious RBG,” Janet Yellen, Christine LaGarde, Sara Blakely, Frida Kahlo, Kirsten Gilabrand, Angela Merkel, Danica Patrick, Meryl Streep, and Lauren Bacall.

If you could go back in time, what’s one tip you’d give your teenage self?
Focus on listening, learning and building relationships.

Best career advice book? 
I’m not big on career advice books, but I did enjoy The Entrepreneur Equation by Carol Roth and Angel Financing for Entrepreneurs by Susan Preston.

What do you do when you are not kicking butt at work?
I try to live a balanced lifestyle and make time for healthy eating, sleeping enough and exercising.  I read voraciously.

Flats, heels or kicks?
Flats when walking all over the city and heels for business meetings.

Who are the women in tech you admire most and why?
I admire Melinda Gates.  I think she is doing incredibly innovative things while making a massive impact on our world.

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