EP 78 – Empowering Women in Finance with Dana Menzel
Photo: Patrycia Lucas
We are over the moon to have Dana Menzel on board for episode 78 of the Most Awesome Founder Podcast. Dana’s entrepreneurial path is impressively versatile. She started as a goldsmith, mastering the art of this filigree craft, and turned this into her first thriving jewellery business. Now, she is leaping into a whole new area, and we are excited to hear about this!
With roots spanning across international borders, Dana is carving out a space for herself as a female entrepreneur. She talks about the most significant challenges as a female entrepreneur in Germany, how she masters them, and what qualities she looks for in a co-founder.
An MBA and WHU accelerator graduate, Dana speaks to her education’s instrumental role in equipping her with the tools and networks vital in breathing life into her idea of a platform born from a desire to uplift women through financial literacy and independence since her master’s thesis provided some shocking insights in that regard.
(0:10) Dries introduction to the episode
(0:40) Dana’s background
(3:40) The intention of doing a goldsmith apprenticeship
(5:30) How did Dana pivot from a goldsmith to a more business life
(10:45) Dana talks about her newest endeavor, “Sayhitofinance ”
(13:50) How the idea came to pass: women often don’t deal with their finances themselves
(16:10) Community-building aspect of Sayhitofinance and how it benefits women
(21:15) What is the most challenging thing about being a female entrepreneur in Germany?
(27:55) The choice of being a solo founder and what a perfect co-founder would look like for Dana
(29:53) Advice for female entrepreneurs from Dana’s own experiences
(32:05) Dana’s recommendations for podcasts & books