Love this. "Write the damn check!" My co-founder and I, both Latina, have had our share of people wanting to "mentor" us and tell us how inspiring we are. But as we hit each goal post for actually getting the checks we find that the goal posts for funding our inspiring startup keep moving. That's why I so appreciate our investors who actually wrote checks. Heading over to check out Screendoor now.


I haven’t written a blog in a long time because things have been a bit crazy around here — in a good way. In six months, user numbers for Forgotten Trail are up 400%, for Making Camp Premium, 600%, for Making Camp Bilingual, users have doubled.

Every day something new…


Today is one of those days I randomly rant. I’ve been trying to expand my horizons beyond statistics, programming and martial arts, so I have taken to reading books reviewed in the New York Times and LA Times and random novels checked out of the library.

I have reached two…


One of our first investors told me,

“The one guarantee I can make about a startup is that the company you end up with is not going to be what you envisioned when you started out.”

Wise man, as evidenced by the fact that he invested in two of our…


I’ve written about the challenges of finding a mentor previously, Why the cool kids won’t hang out with you.

Let’s be frank, if you are old and pumping gas, not too many people are interested in you as a mentor, but the last few years have been good here at…


One thing I gained from judo was the importance of persistence. There are no doubt a lot of people who have better technique than me. They had better instructors who came from famous clubs, maybe even the Kodokan. I started at the Alton YMCA.

There are probably lots of people…


For much of my life, I have had haters who I have never met. My daughter, Ronda, has the same thing, times one thousand.

Who hates strong women?

There are four types of people who either hate strong women, or pretend they do. Two of those particularly hate strong, successful women. The other two…


Credit where credit is due, I owe this epiphany to two people — comedian Kevin Hart, whose autobiography, I can’t make this up, I highly recommend, and two-time judo Olympian, Pat Burris.

I was a teenager and had just won the U.S. Open. It was the second time I had…


When I was young, I was training three times a day — judo, running, and weightlifting. Occasionally, I would run indoors at the University of Minnesota field house around the baseball field. There weren’t many female athletes back then, so I got a lot of stares. …


Every now and then, I run into people from judo who say,

“Hey, we never see you around any more? Why is that? What happened to you?”

I wrote this years ago for a project on the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation, and our Country Manager for Strong Mind Studios, our…

annmariastat

President, The Julia Group & CEO 7 Generation Games If it touches a number, we do it. 4 daughters, 4 degrees, 1 world championship.

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