26/30: Thank You Michael Dingle

If you ask Michael Dingle how we met, he’ll tell you I “attacked” him on Twitter. I’ll leave the exact adjectives up to your imagination.

All I know is he was tweeting about female founders through move the dial and so I tweeted back at him. As soon as he followed me back, I slide in those DMs so fast I could put any thirsty creep to shame. Never underestimate the determination and resourcefulness of an ambitious woman. Within minutes I had his and his assistant’s emails and was booking a time for mentorship. It was fall 2017.

We had our first call in early Dec 2017. I was just closing my Angel Round while negotiating adding on my first Silicon Valley VC firm on – Boost VC. All from Sault Ste. Marie. Michael knows Teresa Martone so he knows “The Soo”. And as you’ve heard I’m always pretty excited when someone knows and likes where I’m from.

Michael makes me feel safe. I can tell him I want to be a billionaire and he won’t laugh at me. I can tell him my deepest fears with my company, and maybe even cry a little, but he never loses faith in me.

Michael also makes me feel strong and powerful. He acknowledges my outsized achievements bursting from my under 30, 5’2” frame. He says that I get government money for my company like no one he’s ever seen before. He says that I am very resourceful and a hardworking self-starter who gets the job done. 

Thank you Micheal for your unwavering encouragement. Thank you for all the calls, emails, and chats. Thanks for the bird bread, coffees, and recommending I try Negronis (long before Stanley Tucci made them cool again)! Thank you for modelling an enviable family life all the while crushing it professionally. Thank you for reminding me to take care of me and–if all else fails–to anchor myself to my values through this process.

Thank you, Michael.

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