Nathalie Molina Niño is a badass businesswoman and investor who I have enormous respect for. So when she asked me to review her forthcoming book, Leapfrog: The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs, I said yes right away. As someone who is starting my own venture I couldn't wait to dig into the fifty hacks she proposes—especially for women of color—to launch, fund, and grow our businesses.
Nathalie's core premise is that in order for women to be successful we must stop waiting in line and playing by the old rules, particularly since so many of them don't apply to us. Drop out of college? Raise a million dollar "friends and family" round? Ditch our blazer for a hoodie? She thinks not.
The book is filled with advice that I wasn't expecting—like running your business as if it already is or will eventually spawn a franchise. And her voice, which I believe must have been a channeling of her Ecuadorian grandmother, offers the right combination of tough love to keep the pages turning. But the best parts of the book are the moments when her words catapulted me out of my comfort zone, like when she writes that I need to get comfortable pissing people off. I finished the last page inspired enough to realize my bold vision and grounded enough to take the next baby step. Leapfrog is the new playbook for the modern entrepreneur who is redefining success on her own terms, and Nathalie is clearly rooting for all of us.