san francisco, ca
co-founder & COO, Bitnami
Connect with erica:
The idea of a talented, tenacious and experienced group of operating female founders coming together to invest in other sharp, driven female founders with great visions was just too good to pass up! Because we’ve all done it ourselves, we are uniquely positioned to help founders navigate the challenges of getting a new venture off of the ground and setting it up for scale. I’m looking forward to working with my incredible partners, as well as the exceptional founders we will be supporting.
Total $ Bootstrapped
Areas of Interest for Investing:
Infrastructure software, cloud computing, enterprise software, fitness, health and nutrition
Advice for XX Entrepreneurs
1. Startups require more tenacity and perseverance than anyone who hasn’t founded one would know. Be prepared for it to take longer than you think to do just about everything - from fundraising to launch to scaling.
2. Trust your gut and be honest with yourself and your co-founders. Most of the mistakes I’ve made were because I was in denial about something - a client’s honesty or commitment to a deal or problems with a potential new hire. Your gut is right more often than you might expect.
3. Be a good, genuine person. The Valley is an exceptionally small place and how you do business will either help or hurt you tremendously over time. Remember that someone might move from one client account to another or even be on the acquisition team for your company in the future. If you screw them over, they will remember and it will come back to haunt you!
4. Don’t give up! Startups are hard. If you still believe that your company has a real prospect for success, just keep going! As Paul Graham says “rule #1: Don’t die!”
Erica is the co-founder and COO of Bitnami. With over 1 million deployments per month, Bitnami provides the largest source of applications and development environments to the world’s leading cloud service providers, such as Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Compute Platform, and Oracle Cloud Platform. Bitnami-packaged apps are consistent, secure, up-to-date, and can be deployed with a single click, either locally, in a virtual machine, in the cloud, or in a Docker container. Erica is a recipient of the Top 10 Women in Cloud award and serves on the board of directors of the Linux Foundation. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.