Earlier in 2015 we had the opportunity to interview with Y Combinator. In preparation, we asked you following question:
"What does Dreamers // Doers *mean* to you?"
"The most valuable part of being involved with DD is having access to a community of highly engaged women who are rooting for each other to be successful. DD is different than other groups in its level of enthusiasm and activity. It has truly developed a culture for allowing women to enable the success of other women."
"The network of women gave me the confidence that I could start a business. Without role models with whom I could identify, I don't think I would have had the courage (or possibly the realization that it was actually possible) to take the leap."
"D&D provides an opportunity for me to be more me. I've also found a renewed spark for what I'm doing and a renewed sense of joy for what I'm doing."
"The major benefit is that I need not GO ANYWHERE to experience the rewards of D&D given its online nature. Other offerings seem so much to rely on in-person get-togethers which are extremely difficult for me primarily because I have a son and when he's not with the nanny I am 100% devoted to making his life wonderful and incredible. And if an event does not guarantee something special (and most cannot) I do not bother going."
"I've started other businesses before and it felt incredibly isolating and there was a lot of pressure. I always quit and went back to a day job. This time though having D&D has made a difference. I feel like I have a community and lots of support. I think if I'd had a support system before, I wouldn't have quit my entrepreneurial endeavors."
"None of the girlfriends I grew up with are starting companies, and this was the first time that I found true peers willing to listen - and provide advice from a woman's point of view."
"Seeing other women who have already done things makes it seem real and attainable. That makes it easy to bypass self-doubt because you might feel like no one else is trying to do what you are doing."
"We discuss anything from raising capital, maintaining personal balance, to how fertility issues affect our professional choices."
"I've been able to make connections with new clients, VCs, and other amazing founders who are working just as hard towards building their vision."
"I on-boarded one of my bigger clients through DD - they reached out to me after finding my profile in the DD directory."
"SO valuable to see other women doing various projects, you get to see the steps they are making. Helps break it down in your mind and makes it real and attainable. When someone asks for help for an event or a client you get to look under the hood."
"Being part of a majority: having a safe space to discuss issues related to the full spectrum of what it means to be a woman in business. I've found that women are surprisingly unwilling to use their voices in public forums and social media. This for me reinforces even more how powerful D//D is, because women are not having important discussions in other places online."
"It has improved my productivity and since joining I've had that extra boost to hit a number of key milestones. As a bootstrapper, it's also easy to get sidetracked since there's no investors breathing down your neck for milestones. Somehow with this group I get a sense of accountability to push forward "succeed for the group", even if no one is really keeping tabs on me like that. It's sort of like "earning my keep" I suppose."
"I love the interaction with younger women and older women. I can't tell you how much I love this aspect of D&D. I have learned so much from that. I have loved working with women 10+ years younger than me and seeing posts from older women in the group."
"Having an accountability group that's unbiased and not hyper-connected to my day to day. Sometimes I feel more comfortable sharing personal life events and struggles with everyone because they are outside my immediate network."
"I know that what I've done in 4-6 months with D//D would have taken twice as long to accomplish on my own - either because I don't know who to ask, or an intro might take months. D/D kind of pre-vets everything and you find out quickly if you're aligned."
"It is a circle of like-minded friends: as much as I love my own friends, they can't really relate to what I'm going through as an entrepreneur."
"The group is uninhibited. I do not see this anywhere else in a digital format."
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