Cindy Rakowitz – Featured Member – May

Cindy is a great leader in the community that is active with her own charity, Fit 4 The Cause, and a consistent mentor at 805 Startups and other organizations.

Cindy’s background is in PR and disaster control. She developed the bulk of her skills while acting as top executive at Playboy Enterprises.

You can learn more about Cindy here:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/cindyrakowitz/

We posed some interesting questions to Cindy and here are her responses:

How do you feel about finding a balance of personal and work life? Why do you feel this way? What do you do to achieve that goal?

Workaholics struggle with balance, but we remind ourselves that we work to live not live to work. I thought my newfound fitness addiction provided a balance opportunity from the crisis communications industry–and instead it became a philanthropic career when launching Fit 4 The Cause, Inc. This is the year that I’m going to find balance again through travelling and meeting some new groups of people.

How do you manage the many things you are worried about during you day?Seeking unbridled laughter.How do you manage expectations for yourself? Why is this important to do?

As a serial pleaser, I’m learning to set parameters. Burning out isn’t good for anyone.

How do you manage expectations from others? Why is this important to do?

I don’t struggle with honesty and full-disclosure. This way I don’t disappoint my peers.

How do you manage what is best for yourself versus what is best for the company? Why do you take this approach?

I always looked out for the greater good. Its in my DNA. Its a blessing and its most professional.

What do you feel is an acceptable number of hours for you to work? When would you make an exception to this? Why?

If you enjoy your work–your not counting the hours.

Do you/did you suffer from Impostor Syndrome? How do you manage this?

Its common to experience Imposter Syndrome when committing to public speaking or authoring a book. If you know yourself and thoroughly understand your area of expertise–you are inoculated against IS.

How important is your mental well being to your productivity and success? What do you do to support your mental health?

As a fitness professional, I promise that getting your heart rate up and challenging yourself through resistance training will make you feel invincible. Its especially gratifying when you workout with an awesome group of friends. This isn’t limited to a gym–it can be any sport!!!

How important is your physical well being to your productivity and success? What do you do to support your physical health?

I’m a master trainer! Duh!

How do you manage stress? Have you ever felt overwhelmed by stress? What was that experience like and how did you overcome it?

We all manage stress in our own ways. My favorite cross-training activity is enjoying Happy Hour with yummy tapas and a ginger martini or two.

How do you stay motivated? Have you ever felt burned out? What was that experience like and how did you overcome it?

I’m heading up our non-profit organization’s third gala this week. 
I probably shouldn’t be writing this in burn out mode. I’m managing this through getting plenty of rest and ensuring REM sleep.

How often do you celebrate your progress? What do you count as a progress worth celebrating? Why do you feel this is important to do?

In mid-life, the celebrations find you. Especially if you’ve accomplished extraordinary things.


Enjoy more with Cindy in this video from our January FEM event with Shawna Bigby Davis

Female Entrepreneurship Meetup – Ventura County – May 13


Come meet and learn from Elizabeth Ribons, long time entrepreneur, mentor, and consultant. Elizabeth is currently working towards launching a fantastic online network for women to reinvent themselves and pursue careers and business ventures.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/eribonsbbd/

This is an ongoing series of events throughout 2018 that will highlight inspirational women from our community.

We hope to encourage women to build relationships with one another in order to share their experiences pursuing their career or business, find peer support, and to become more active in the communities around them.

All are welcome. Be sure to bring a friend to this free event!


Want to Nominate an Exceptional Woman?

If you would like to nominate a woman to be a speaker at a future event, please contact us with their name and why they inspire you. Email Gary at Gary@805startups.com with your nomination.


Want to Attend?

RSVP Here:

Female Entrepreneurship Meetup

Monday, May 13, 2019, 7:00 PM

HUB101 – Cal Lutheran Center for Entrepreneurship
31416 Agoura Rd. Westlake Village, CA

17 805 Startups Attending

Come meet and learn from Elizabeth Ribons, long time entrepreneur, mentor, and consultant. Elizabeth is currently working towards launching a fantastic online network for women to reinvent themselves and pursue careers and business ventures. https://www.linkedin.com/in/eribonsbbd/ Stay tuned for another great woman to be announced for our panel! -…

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Monthly VIP Lunch #37 – Conejo Valley – May 17

Each month we hold a special lunch designed around building authentic relationships in an intimate environment, complete with food and drinks.

Everyone in attendance has an opportunity to introduce themselves, share what they are working on, share what they could help others with, and request feedback from the group.

Additionally, attendees get to add themselves to the VIP Directory that is shared with other attendees.


This monthly event is an amazing opportunity to really get to know a variety of people looking to support you and our community.

Our past lunches have included investors, government officials, corporate executives, educational leaders, students, startups, service providers, and top talent from the area–a healthy variety of stakeholders from your economy.

If you are attending, you can request for us to invite special VIPs from the area to attend as our guest in order for you to be able to meet them.


Want to Attend?

Tickets start at $75

You can get a ticket here:
https://www.805startups.com/product/vip-lunch-pass-conejo/

  • Supporters get 50% off the ticket price
  • Full Members get VIP status and can attend for free

You can sign up as a Supporter or Full Member here:
https://www.805startups.com/#pricing

Pitch to Your Peers – Conejo Valley – May 20

Pitch to your Peers allows you to pitch your idea or company to our community with the purpose of getting invaluable feedback.

It is a great opportunity to prepare before you pitch to investors, potential co-founders, strategic business partners, clients, or any other audience.

You can even use this platform to practice pitching to your boss for a raise.

Everyone gets up to 5 minutes to pitch. We have access to a projector screen. Be sure to bring a HDMI cable if you want to use it.

We will try to give you advice and insight into what your intended audience may connect with or be concerned with. It is as much a practice in empathy as it is in pitching.

The event also allows for you to build relationships with potential mentors, investors, clients, users, and more.

After the event we will have time for informal networking.

This is an ongoing series we are holding each month with Hub101 in Conejo Valley. Be sure to check them out: http://www.hub101.la/



Want to Attend?

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Pitch to Your Peers – Conejo Valley

Monday, May 20, 2019, 7:00 PM

Hub101
31416 Agoura Rd #105c Westlake Village, CA

12 805 Startups Attending

Pitch to your Peers allows you to pitch your idea or company to our community with the purpose of getting invaluable feedback. It is a great opportunity to prepare before you pitch to investors, potential co-founders, strategic business partners, clients, or any other audience. You can even use this platform to practice pitching to your boss for a …

Check out this Meetup →


Want to Pitch?


• What to bring
HDMI cable if you want to connect your computer to the projector screen

• Important to know
We are actively scouting for investment opportunities for our Investor Network that includes angels, accelerators, and VCs. Pitching is a great way to get on our radar.

Sign up to pitch here if you want a guaranteed spot:
https://www.805startups.com/pitch-to-your-peers-conejo-valley-registration/

Pitch to Your Peers – Conejo Valley – April 15

Pitch to your Peers allows you to pitch your idea or company to our community with the purpose of getting invaluable feedback.

It is a great opportunity to prepare before you pitch to investors, potential co-founders, strategic business partners, clients, or any other audience.

You can even use this platform to practice pitching to your boss for a raise.

Everyone gets up to 5 minutes to pitch. We have access to a projector screen. Be sure to bring a HDMI cable if you want to use it.

We will try to give you advice and insight into what your intended audience may connect with or be concerned with. It is as much a practice in empathy as it is in pitching.

The event also allows for you to build relationships with potential mentors, investors, clients, users, and more.

After the event we will have time for informal networking.

This is an ongoing series we are holding each month with Hub101 in Conejo Valley. Be sure to check them out: http://www.hub101.la/



Want to Attend?

RSVP Here:

Pitch to Your Peers – Conejo Valley

Monday, Apr 15, 2019, 7:00 PM

Hub101
31416 Agoura Rd #105c Westlake Village, CA

21 805 Startups Went

Pitch to your Peers allows you to pitch your idea or company to our community with the purpose of getting invaluable feedback. It is a great opportunity to prepare before you pitch to investors, potential co-founders, strategic business partners, clients, or any other audience. You can even use this platform to practice pitching to your boss for a …

Check out this Meetup →


Want to Pitch?


• What to bring
HDMI cable if you want to connect your computer to the projector screen

• Important to know
We are actively scouting for investment opportunities for our Investor Network that includes angels, accelerators, and VCs. Pitching is a great way to get on our radar.

Sign up to pitch here if you want a guaranteed spot:
https://www.805startups.com/pitch-to-your-peers-conejo-valley-registration/

Monthly VIP Lunch #36 – Conejo Valley – April 19

Each month we hold a special lunch designed around building authentic relationships in an intimate environment, complete with food and drinks.

Everyone in attendance has an opportunity to introduce themselves, share what they are working on, share what they could help others with, and request feedback from the group.

Additionally, attendees get to add themselves to the VIP Directory that is shared with other attendees.


This monthly event is an amazing opportunity to really get to know a variety of people looking to support you and our community.

Our past lunches have included investors, government officials, corporate executives, educational leaders, students, startups, service providers, and top talent from the area–a healthy variety of stakeholders from your economy.

If you are attending, you can request for us to invite special VIPs from the area to attend as our guest in order for you to be able to meet them.


Want to Attend?

Tickets start at $75

You can get a ticket here:
https://www.805startups.com/product/vip-lunch-pass-conejo/

  • Supporters get 50% off the ticket price
  • Full Members get VIP status and can attend for free

You can sign up as a Supporter or Full Member here:
https://www.805startups.com/#pricing

Monthly VIP Lunch #35 – Conejo Valley – March 15

Each month we hold a special lunch designed around building authentic relationships in an intimate environment, complete with food and drinks.

Everyone in attendance has an opportunity to introduce themselves, share what they are working on, share what they could help others with, and request feedback from the group.

Additionally, attendees get to add themselves to the VIP Directory that is shared with other attendees.


This monthly event is an amazing opportunity to really get to know a variety of people looking to support you and our community.

Our past lunches have included investors, government officials, corporate executives, educational leaders, students, startups, service providers, and top talent from the area–a healthy variety of stakeholders from your economy.

If you are attending, you can request for us to invite special VIPs from the area to attend as our guest in order for you to be able to meet them.


Want to Attend?

Tickets start at $75

You can get a ticket here:
https://www.805startups.com/product/vip-lunch-pass-conejo/

  • Supporters get 50% off the ticket price
  • Full Members get VIP status and can attend for free

You can sign up as a Supporter or Full Member here:
https://www.805startups.com/#pricing

Pitch to Your Peers – Conejo Valley – March 18

Pitch to your Peers allows you to pitch your idea or company to our community with the purpose of getting invaluable feedback.

It is a great opportunity to prepare before you pitch to investors, potential co-founders, strategic business partners, clients, or any other audience.

You can even use this platform to practice pitching to your boss for a raise.

Everyone gets up to 5 minutes to pitch. We have access to a projector screen. Be sure to bring a HDMI cable if you want to use it.

We will try to give you advice and insight into what your intended audience may connect with or be concerned with. It is as much a practice in empathy as it is in pitching.

The event also allows for you to build relationships with potential mentors, investors, clients, users, and more.

After the event we will have time for informal networking.

This is an ongoing series we are holding each month with Hub101 in Conejo Valley. Be sure to check them out: http://www.hub101.la/



Want to Attend?

RSVP Here:

Pitch to Your Peers – Conejo Valley

Monday, Mar 18, 2019, 7:00 PM

Hub101
31416 Agoura Rd #105c Westlake Village, CA

45 805 Startups Went

Pitch to your Peers allows you to pitch your idea or company to our community with the purpose of getting invaluable feedback. It is a great opportunity to prepare before you pitch to investors, potential co-founders, strategic business partners, clients, or any other audience. You can even use this platform to practice pitching to your boss for a …

Check out this Meetup →


Want to Pitch?


• What to bring
HDMI cable if you want to connect your computer to the projector screen

• Important to know
We are actively scouting for investment opportunities for our Investor Network that includes angels, accelerators, and VCs. Pitching is a great way to get on our radar.

Sign up to pitch here if you want a guaranteed spot:
https://www.805startups.com/pitch-to-your-peers-conejo-valley-registration/

Brad Weber – March Featured Member

Brad is an amazing mentor and member. He is always happy to hear what others are working on and offers up an near endless torrent of insight to the community.

Brad’s startup roots go back to the bubble years and he has some really great stories about the old wild west days of online tech. He has been involved in a variety of aspects of startups, but his passion is finding ways to help businesses grow.

Brad has recently been leveraging his experiences and insights to found charitable startups, innovating new ways to improve the care of those dealing with illness.

His current project, Avita Group, represents that.

We are extremely excited to also have the honor of Brad leading a workshop at our March 27th Innovation & Growth Fair. Brad will be helping educate the community on ways to raise money without relying upon VCs.

Be sure to visit the workshop or say hi to Brad at another future event.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradweber https://www.avitagroup.com/