From the Golf Course to The Shark Tank: Kim Cayce’s journey to becoming an investor

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Show Overview:

When Kim Cayce was a junior golfer she shared the course with the likes of Tiger Woods. Now, an entrepreneur focused on advancing women in business, Cayce shares how life skills from a professional golf career teed up success in entrepreneurship, investing and more. 

 

About GFGF:

The Get Found Get Funded podcast is at the intersection of entrepreneurship and social justice where we focus on entrepreneurship as a possible path to wealth creation — specifically for Black and Latinx communities.

 

Featured Guest: Kim Cayce

Kim Cayce, Founder & CEO of The She Suite. 

With a passion for empowering women to break through their limits and reach their full potential, Kim is an expert in advancing women in business and an active advocate for women’s entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation. A former professional athlete who has competed on tours around the world for 5 years, Kim now teaches audiences how to utilize the same strategies in business that elite athletes use to perform at a world-class level.

The She Suite: Is an organization that advances women in business through professional development and leadership training programs.

  • Instagram: @KimCayce, @theshesuite
  • Twitter: @KimCayce
  • Facebook: @itskimcayce, @theshesuite

 

Key Takeaways: 

  • The skills athletes gain from the field work nicely with the skills it takes to be a successful entrepreneur 
  • Networks are all around you.
  • Athletes make great entrepreneurs, they just need access to the right information.
  • Paying it forward is how you make the change you want to see in the world.

 

Timestamps:

01:00 – Intro 

02:10 – Becoming a Professional Golfer

03:56 – Starting a FinTech Company

5:30 – Going Back to School

9:41 – The Hustle of Golf

12:18 – Building Networks 

13:09 – Having Faith 

15:20 – Going on Shark Tank 

24:38 – Becoming an Investor 

26:56 – Joining Citrine Angels

29:36 – Focusing on Raising Female Investors 

34:41 – Launching a New Company 

35:56 – What Makes a Great Pitch 

43:00 – Social Equity and Creating an Open Network

44:01 – Failing Forward

47:36 – Philanthropy and Giving Back

50:20 – Outro

 

Items Mentioned in the Show:

Citrine Angels: Women Investing in Women: www.citrineangels.com  

 

Quotes from the Show:

  • “You're giving [early stage companies] that money because they're so early stage there's no proof of concept, there's no market made. They just needed to be able to take the next step in the process and you're really betting on the jockey not the horse. You're betting on the entrepreneur and you're giving them the fuel they need to move their car down the road.”
  • “I really want to pay it forward the same way some of the male angels who helped me along when I was just getting started paid forward their success to me, I want to pay that forward to other women and, you know, let them know that there are people supporting them and encourage them to keep moving forward with their ideas.”
  • “New golfers don't get drafted by the Golden State Warriors and wind up with a $50 million contract right out of college. So you really have to learn how to hustle. And figure out ways to pay for your travel.”
  • “Athletes make great entrepreneurs. They go on to use their athletic skills and the things they learn in competition to be great business people. But golfers are at a little bit of a disadvantage because they don't spend their professional careers on teams, and playing with teams and learning that team dynamic can be so important to business success. I felt like I needed to get immersed in that kind of team building environment.”
  • “It was a really fun and exciting transition to go from being a pro athlete traveling all over the world to an office. I think as an athlete, I always had this strange fantasy about going to work and sitting at a desk and getting to wear a business suit and having a 401k. I was like obsessed with a 401k.”
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