- Alumnae Spotlight
Lisa Tsou '90: The Winning Pitch
"Basically, I have the best job in the world because I get to work with exciting, high-energy founders on their businesses, all day, every day."
Lisa Tsou ’90 began working with technology and new media startups when she graduated from law school in 1997. From her work on Wall Street helping companies such as DoubleClick, TheKnot.com, and Mapquest with financing to helping the acquisition of websites including ApartmentRatings.com, DoItYourself.com, and BBOline.com, Tsou knows how start-ups need to present themselves to investors in order to raise the money they need to take their business to the next level.
Today she runs a consulting firm called "The Winning Pitch," which helps entrepreneurs craft their story, articulate their strategy, and refine their presentation into the perfect pitch to make the impact they want on their audience. “Basically, I have the best job in the world because I get to work with exciting, high-energy founders on their businesses, all-day, every day,” says Tsou.
Tsou also sit on the board of and oversees the mentorship program at Women Founders Network, an accelerator which helps to launch and fund women-led companies from across the country (and sometimes beyond). The organization’s flagship event, its annual Fast Pitch competition, provides finalists with prize money and services, but more importantly, exposes them to leading early-stage venture capitalists, angel investors and Los Angeles business executives who are judging the event.
Tsou is no stranger to a women supporting women, and credits her Marlborough education for preparing her to work with entrepreneurs by encouraging her to think deeply about problems and challenges. “It’s not always the most comfortable place to be, but it’s where the magic happens.”