My guest today on ‘Panic With Friends’ is Joanne Wilson. When I think of Joanne I think of Julia Louis-Dreyfus and not because I have seen Joanne dance. Joanne is smart, funny and tells you exactly what is on her mind. She is a great friend.
Joanne invested in my last startup Wallstrip and was in charge of telling me that Lindsay needed a better wardrobe (there was no budget for wardrobe)!
We have continued to invest together over the years and I was excited to have her on the podcast to share her investment insights and some stories.
For more details on the episode and Joanne, read on below….
Guest: Joanne Wilson
Profile: Angel Investor, Blogger, Co-Founder Women’s Entrepreneur Festival at Gotham Gal Ventures
Fun Fact: Joanna is a fellow podcaster like yours truly. I’m a big fan of her podcast “Positively Gotham Girl,” which you can listen to here.
What’s the Panic About:
Joanne Wilson is a powerhouse. She’s a prolific investor, mom and wife and a champion of female entrepreneurs – not to mention a tough cookie who knows New York better than anyone I know. When she’s not crushing it in the investing world, you can find this self-described “insatiable foodie” cooking over on her Instagram. I met Joanne about 15 years ago when she and her husband (and previous Panic guest) Fred Wilson invested in my company at the time WallStrip. Joanne’s investing portfolio has grown since investing in me back in the day to include more than 130 companies. I’m not short of funny stories and memories shared with Joanne, so it was a blast to have someone as smart, quick and entertaining as her on the podcast. In this episode, Joanne and I chat about angel investing, New York, tech, real estate, the restaurant industry, entrepreneurship and more. Enjoy!
Post COVID, industries aren’t going to “back to normal” because it will all be new. Entrepreneurs have been inspired to reinvent themselves in these changing industries. And if there’s one place to watch this growth, it’s New York.
“If you want to be a really good angel [investor] these days, you’re best to focus on one to two industries and be deep in those industries.”
“I think everyone will reinvent themselves in the industry they are drawn to.”
“What is the point of building a 1980s glittering mall in 2020?’
Food for Thought:
Joanne and Fred aren’t the first married duo to both join me on Panic with Friends. If you’re in the mood to listen to another successful husband and wife chat with me, check out Joe and Christie Marchese’s episodes of Panic.