Brianna McDonald:

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Brianna is President the Northwest Region of the Keiretsu Forum angel investment community, the largest and most active venture investor globally. Brianna tells us which businesses are likely to be funded – and not funded – due to the coronavirus climate. She feels there will be a shift to reinvestment instead of newer investments. They are looking at companies that have at least 12 months of runway in the bank. She feels a lot of businesses will grow out of the coronavirus period. She sees ideas turning into businesses constantly.   Grants and loans, even from parents or friends, may be an option for new businesses.  In the coronavirus arena, life science businesses are going well. Even gaming business and accessories are doing well because more people are at home. wellness businesses, testing companies, more insulated companies.

She feels there will be fundamental shift in the evolution of the human species including unintended consequences of
overdoing something like washing your hands.  There is a lot of stress in repivoting your business. She feels that working from home with 3 kids is very difficult, trying to keep calm and have patience. She talks about screen time, game nights, and getting outside. Teachers want to be back in the classroom, and parents want them there, too.

Listen to one of her most interesting thoughts about a huge positive that will come out of the coronavirus!



About nanmckay

Nan has been President of Nan McKay and Associates, Inc. since 1980. She started Nan McKay Connects LLC in 2019 and has started 4 other businesses over the last 50 years. She has received numerous awards including the Allan Anderson Award of Merit from Minnesota National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, the Section 8 Administrators Award, in 2018 the National Association of Women Business Owners’ (NAWBO) Signature Award for Southern California, and in 2019 she was selected by NAWBO as the California Woman Business Owner of the Year. She was co-founder of Minnesota Women in Housing and has served on the Board of Directors for the National Leased Housing Association for many years. She has two buildings named after her in Minnesota, a 10-story elderly high-rise, the Nan McKay Building, and a family subsidized development, McKay Manor. Nan now hosts four podcast shows featuring stories of women empowerment, oral history makers of affordable housing and community development, and stories of ordinary people coping with COVID-19 pandemic.;

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