Chris Nguyen, Financial Systems @ Sequoia Capital

I've had over 7 formal mentors in my life and Renata tops this list as the most clear and helpful mentor. Before Renata became my mentor, I felt stuck and was overwhelmed by options. Each option seemed like a good use of my time but ultimately resulted in marginal progress. Having Renata in my corner feels like I have an unfair advantage. Her advice draws from not only her own VC experiences but also from hundreds of VCs who were interviewed in her book. She is sincerely invested in my success, replies quickly, and thoroughly prepares before every meeting. I now have a clear path forward, am constantly excited about my future and can focus my time on actions that will move the needle. Thank you Renata.

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Kishore Daggubati, Founder & CEO @ Autonow.io

I was particularly impressed by Renata's ability to tweak the words and provide product-centric literature. She helped me to communicate the vision of autonow effectively. She is very professional and is always looking forward to helping entrepreneurs connect the dots! It's rare to find such a kind and talented personality!

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Gleb Nikitenko, Assistant Professor, Director of Entrepreneurship Programs @ University of San Francisco

Renata was a guest speaker on several occasions at the University of San Francisco (USF) in the graduate and undergraduate entrepreneurship programs. Not only is she a wealth of knowledge in a wide variety of areas, from venture funding to operations and sales, having been involved in virtually all essential aspects of business operations, she is also incredibly approachable, engaging, and responsible as a speaker and a mentor. Such combination of qualities is a truly rare find, and especially for very early-career entrepreneurs that we are educating and professionalizing at USF. Renata is a wonderful resource for students, faculty, and everyone else, who may want to engage her for speaking and training opportunities and as a consultant.

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Latisha Taylor, Principal @ Health Measured Ventures

It’s both my pleasure and honor to acknowledge Renata for presenting her “After “Me Too” talk to the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day San Francisco | Silicon Valley community as Mayor London Breed’s office officially proclaimed November 19th Women’s Entrepreneurship Day. Renata’s candid style and applicable business cases won over the packed house the moment she began speaking. And to no surprise, before and after the event, she has continued to connect and work with business owners in the WeDO community. So much so, bringing her back and nominating her as an advisor for next year is a “no-brainer”. So, if you get a chance to bring her into your organization or conference, do it before someone else books her.

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Sasha Alexandra Raskin, Co-Founder and VP @ Ahura A.I.

I can’t possibly say enough good things about Renata. She’s so incredibly approachable. I was nervous about reaching out (nothing to do with Renata, I just have a lot of hang ups about doing it). She put me so at ease though and right away. She was also SO responsive. I don’t even know her that well and had never met in person and she responded to me quicker than people I’ve known for years. She offered a level of feedback to our deck that even people who want to be on our board of advisors didn’t! It was incredibly thoughtful, incisive, detailed, knowledgeable, and critical (without being cruel). On top of already having gone above and beyond, she continues to be responsive with all sorts of questions I have. And again, to an incredibly thorough level. To be honest, it’s hard to believe she’s a person, and just one person at that. I thought you’d either have to be a robot or have a massive team to do what Renata singlehandedly does! She has helped me set new life goals—If I do even a fraction of what she does to help others I will impress myself! Anyone would be lucky to get to work with her. Endless thanks and gratitude to you Renata!

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Bryan Besecker, Vice President, Investment Strategist @ BNY Mellon

Renata is a fantastic mentor, educator, and supporter. Her unique combination of interests, experiences, career perspective, and industry knowledge in startups and venture capital are unparalleled. I have been even more impressed with her ability and desire to help and look forward to each conversation and advice I am able to receive. Through participation in the VC Academy Venture Capital Executive Program, it has been a pleasure getting to know Renata and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a mentor and/or to learn more about VC and startups.

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Priya Kuber, CMO @ GUN INC

Renata is a mentor who meets you exactly where you are. She gives you no illusions about the work ahead, fully equips you to build your own unique set of tools to fight battles. She is also clear with her boundaries and allows you to hold yours. That being said, she is not a mentor for the weak-willed. She would see and say something real, that you would have a hard time believing at first, then prescribe the most efficient (and the toughest) route for you to feel the answers within yourself. She believes in experiential learning that helps you build a new neural pathway towards thinking like a "zero waste entrepreneur". Most importantly, after working with her, you start asking the right questions, a skill that can be translated to any leadership role that you might take on, for the rest of your life. I'm grateful to be mentored by her.

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Maryam Beria, Portfolio Manager @ Aperio Group

As a growing professional, having Renata's counsel and mentorship by my side has been truly invaluable. She leverages her several years of professional industry experience to mentor with a selfless, supportive, and direct approach. Renata does not take her responsibilities as a mentor lightly, and is truly committed and invested in the success of those who she chooses to mentor. I value her sincere reliability - just recently I needed some guidance on professional decision and reached out to Renata, she offered me her full attention calling me on a Sunday to discuss. I highly recommend reaching out to Renata, not only is she an amazing person but also a brilliant mentor that is truly passionate about empowering mentees to achieve their goals. 

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Ikram Mansori, Founder @Curah

Having Renata as a mentor and bringing her on as an advisor has been a change for the better. I am honored to receive her feedback in all types of forms and shapes. She is clear and concise and would bring up thoughts, recommendations and suggestions that we weren't able to think of. Her spirit screams women empowerment and her affirmations mean we can go far. She has a talent of making the right connections and seeing beyond the initial first impressions.

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Alexander Izryadnov, Co-owner & CEO @ Vinci Agency

Just wanted to write a brief comment on Renata's latest book. This is certainly a must-read book for both future venture investors and startup founders. Renata George gives you an insider look on the way venture capital functions, supports it with numerous studies, charts and graphs, sums up the best practices, but what is more important she gives you a unique chance to look inside investors’s brains to understand how their venture capital mindset really works. And it is well written too.

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Barbara Janczer, Product Manager @ Splunk

Renata made an enormous difference to our business, an early stage startup, as one of our first advisors. She is playing a key role in our success due to her excellent coaching and insights into the Silicon Valley Venture Capital world. She is an incredible adviser and advocates for start-ups and in particular female founders. She brings the insights, intelligence, honesty and spirit that helps founders and teams stay in the game. Renata sincerely cares about her business partners and her work – she truly wants you and your team to succeed! 

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Lisa Gus, CEO @ WishKish

Renata has put together an amazing program that I haven't really seen a parallel to - an easy, approachable way to part the veil over what it means to be a VC for someone who had only contemplated this field in a vaguest of terms. Now, armed with what I am learning through the program, I know that this is something I am able to contribute to, and in fact am doing just that as an Entrepreneur in Residence at a venture fund, even as I continue my role as a founder of WishKnish. Thank you for doing this, Renata, and I very much looking forward to continue working with you!

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Basile Bedelek, Investment Analyst @ Flashpoint Venture Capital

I've just finished the book "Venture Capital Mindset" from Renata George and I celebrate my first 2 months in this industry with Buran Venture Capital. So even if I get hired before reading the book, it is an excellent set of tools to understand better how VC works, and probably to get tricks to get in touch with them whether as an entrepreneur or a candidate. If #VentureDeals is a must read for all VCs and entrepreneurs to understand the terms (and terms) and get the hard skills, Venture Capital Mindset is really about Mindset and is therefore a really good supplement. Thank you Renata.

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Alex Dolinskiy, Founder @ Coursalytics

Renata is an outstanding professional and an amazing human being possessing the knowledge and strength to empower others. She offers intellectual honesty and insight that can help you reach an entirely new level of self-awareness and understand your business and your industry. Renata’s expertise in the VC industry can be a real source of both knowledge and inspiration for anyone just starting to explore this field.

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Irina Ruzavina, Manager @ Antirubstvo, Recruiting Firm

We regularly hire Renata to mentor the clients of our recruiting company who want to work in the venture capital industry. As a recruiter, I'd like to point out that Renata always tries to learn as much as possible about her mentees' background, motives and drives for a career change before giving any advice. Renata has extensive domain knowledge and expertise in venture capital investing, financial analysis and planning. Not only can she give an overview of a subject, but she also shares some very specific details, which cannot be learned unless one has been deeply immersed in the industry.

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Val Miftakhov, Founder @ eMotorWerks

Renata has been very instrumental in helping our company get theright exposure during our funding search. She provided deepinsights into our business model and helped us drive our businessplan to the next level. Renata has an enormous amount of energyand focuses it very well on her client's needs.

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