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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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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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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Kathy Roma, Founder @ Nimb

Not only is Renata a vibrant speaker, but she is also an dedicated coach. No matter how many people she speaks to — a hundred or just one — she sticks to the point and gives valuable advice. I turned to Renata for help with a sensitive situation at work, and her analysis gave me a clear understanding what should be done and what is in my best interests.

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Jacob Stein, Partner @ Aliant, LLP

Renata has an extraordinary ability to deconstruct complex fact patters and rearrange them in a manner that offers an entirely new perspective. Without breaking my vision, she has set me on the right track and helped me clarify the project I've been working on. She possesses a rare mix of knowledge, skills and experience that could be extremely valuable to any company: she had been on different sides of the table -- whether as an entrepreneur, investor or client. This helps her to have a 360-degree view of business ventures of all kinds. I highly recommend her! 

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Liliana Pertenava, CMO @ Dnevnik.ru

Renata is well-known as a business-woman and a comprehensive venture specialist - and it is only a small part of her professional merits. During our cooperation, Renata has consistently demonstrated a strong work ethic and a dedication to success. Actually, Renata’s will-power, ability to work in high-pressure, fast changing environment and her business style - is a guidance for success. I highly recommend collaboration with Renata, or at least acquaintance, for it will uniquely increase the chances of your prosper.

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Timur Timurshin, Brand Manager @ SpeechPro

Renata and I cooperated on one of the projects, both in US and Russia. She combines wide erudition, high professionalism, positive spirit, which help her to work out the most appropriate and innovative solutions, even for very complex requirements . It is definitely a pleasure to work with her.

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