Loralyn Mears PhD

Loralyn Mears is a freelance columnist at Grit Daily covering coaching, startups, women-in-tech, and investors along with wine-food pairings. She spent over a decade playing with mosquito DNA, got her PhD, decided she would rather market science than be at the bench and has never looked back. Along the way, she’s wined and dined her way around the globe. Today she runs "Toasted Marshmellow" and helps companies with their go-to-market strategy whenever she's not cooking for her teenage step kids who are *always* hungry.

Why a Collaborative Approach to Venture Funding is so Unusual – and Effective

In the circle of entrepreneurship, the same topics tend to come up over and over again. Who’s fundraising, which startup is a good investment at this time, what’s the one to watch, who’s looking for Board members and which startups are garnering a bad reputation for being difficult to work with. Recently, we gained insights into the best practices of selecting, retaining and working with a Board. It was there, at a panel discussion regarding the role of Boards that Grit Daily caught up with...

Monday Motivation: We’re a Procrastination Nation

Monday Motivation here we come! We see you – coffee cup in hand, trudging through the dark cursing your commute. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back! If you’re more of a podcast person versus someone who reads, listen to our Monday Matters content on Spotify. Check out our Grit Daily podcast channel. This column is for those of you who slog through your Monday mornings. If you lament the end of the weekend and dread returning to the office, you may need our Monday Motivation quick tips. Studies...

Wine Down and Chill is Getting Hitched

Ready to wine down and chill? Return here each Friday to find food, movie, wine and music recommendations that are paired in a theme. Read on for an easy, no-recipe-required fabulous dinner paired with an affordable wine, some music, and a viewing suggestion. We’re here to help you sit back, wine down and chill. All paired up Weddings are more than a summer event. Many couples are now having autumn weddings and, quite often, hosting them in vineyards. Winter weddings, particularly around...

Why Your Startup Needs an Advisory Board: Tips on When and How to Form One

Over the past few months, there have been numerous pitch contests. Each one offers startups the opportunity to learn through the mistakes – and successes – of other entrepreneurs who have made a pitch. Although there are numerous tips offered related to the pitch itself, one aspect appears to be routinely overlooked: an Advisory Board. Prospective investors on the receiving end of the pitch frequently lament the non-existence, under-utilization or absence of advisors. The investment industry...

Monday Motivation: Why Milestones Matter

Monday Motivation here we come! We see you – coffee cup in hand, trudging through the dark cursing your commute. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back! If you’re more of a podcast person versus someone who reads, listen at our Monday Matters content on Spotify. Check out our Grit Daily podcast channel. This column is for those of you who slog through your Monday mornings. If you lament the end of the weekend and dread returning to the office, you may need our Monday Motivation quick tips. Studies...

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