The Managing Director of Techstars LA shares the story of her journey as an entrepreneur. She will talk about how she transitioned from a McKinsey consultant to a tech founder, how she raised money, grew her company and sold it, and the mistakes she made along the way. She’ll also provide an overview of the new Techstars LA accelerator program and how she’s applying what she learned as a founder to helping other entrepreneurs.
Anna Barber is the Managing Director of Techstars LA, an accelerator program that is part of the global Techstars network. After graduating from Yale and Yale Law School, she started her career as a corporate lawyer focused on public company transactional work and spent two years at McKinsey as a strategy consultant to retail, media and financial services companies. She served as VP Product at Petstore.com and two other early stage e-commerce companies, before transitioning to Los Angeles where she started a talent management firm and produced two feature films. In 2006 Anna sat next to a woman on an airplane who became her business partner in her next startup, Scribble Press. Anna was most recently GM and VP Partnerships at Fingerprint Digital, after exiting Scribble Press to Fingerprint. During the past decade she has served as an advisor, strategy consultant and coach to many other entrepreneurs, with a focus on product roadmap, commercialization, business development and financing.
She loves the concept-to-launch phase, go to market strategy, fundraising strategy and growth planning. In her coaching work she focuses on building high performance teams and helping founders grow with their companies. She believes in the power of storytelling and creating harmony between personal and company goals. Find her @annawbarber.