A born entrepreneur, is it any surprise that Anu Duggal became a champion of women founders? As the woman who introduced India to its first wine bar as well as its first flash sale site, entrepreneurship is in her DNA. Her current company, Female Founders Fund, bets on brilliant female entrepreneurs, and often bets well (Eloquii, Zola, and Rent the Runway are just a few of the companies in FFF’s growing portfolio). Add to that, Anu is also a Rubin Museum Board Member, passionate cook, and fluent French speaker. Read on to learn more about this modern day renaissance woman.
Q: Female Founders Fund is the ultimate women supporting women business model.
What do you look for when you invest in a female founder?
A: We look for resilience, proven track record of success, empathy and the ability to sell
as key characteristics in our founders.
Q: Female founders face a lot of hurdles, but what are their competitive advantages?
A: Women are more open to asking for help in situations and are great managers.
Q: What do you think is the most exciting thing about being a woman in 2017?
A: 2017 has been an incredibly empowering year for women despite the current political climate. From the Women’s March earlier this year to the recent Stitch Fix IPO, this year has seen women leading by example across many industries.
Q: How do you unwind at the end of a long day?
A: I love to walk home from our office in Soho to the West Village. Usually followed by a glass of wine at home or with a friend at a nearby wine bar.
Q: You have such chic personal style. Is there a woman whose style you admire or draw inspiration from?
A: DVF has an incredible sense of personal style which is timeless and yet still feels so contemporary.
Q: What is your go-to outfit?
A: I’m a huge fan of jumpsuits in the spring/summer with sandals, and love wrap dresses with boots in the fall/winter.
Q: What is something you have yet to check off your bucket list?
A: Brazil and exploring more of South America.
Q: Last but not least, what do have bragging rights to?
A: Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro!
Casey Cancellieri is a writer, product manager, and fashion enthusiast living in NYC.