The Importance of Self-Advocacy: Deb Dutta’s Journey from Product to Founder

Sophie Alcorn speaks with Deb Dutta, CEO of Criya

In this episode, Sophie speaks with Deb Dutta, the founder of Criya, who shares her journey from corporate product management to entrepreneurship and offers valuable insights for aspiring founders, immigrants, and anyone navigating the complexities of self-advocacy.

Deb emphasizes the importance of making it easy for decision-makers to say yes. In the realm of immigration, this means showcasing professional excellence and identity clearly, whether through applications or competitions. Kria has empowered users to secure positions at major companies like Amazon and Walmart, highlighting the tool’s efficacy in streamlining the immigration process.

The Challenges of Self-Advocacy

One of the key challenges in entrepreneurship is mastering self-advocacy and storytelling. Deb shares her experience transitioning from pitching corporate visions to pitching investors as a founder. Crafting a compelling narrative without coming off as boastful requires finesse and practice, particularly when seeking funding.

Deb candidly acknowledges the dark nights of the entrepreneurial soul, where doubt and burnout loom large. However, she emphasizes the importance of persistence and surrounding oneself with a supportive network. Entrepreneurship is a journey of constant growth and adaptation, where challenges serve as opportunities for learning and refinement.

For Aspiring Entrepreneurs

Despite the hurdles, Deb’s journey serves as a beacon of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs. Her authenticity and openness in sharing her story offer valuable insights for those embarking on their own entrepreneurial endeavors. Through Criya and other initiatives, Deb continues to make strides in supporting immigrants and entrepreneurs alike.

Moving Forward

Deb’s insights remind us of the resilience required in both entrepreneurship and immigration. As we navigate these landscapes, let us draw strength from Deb’s journey and embrace the challenges as opportunities for growth. Together, we can cultivate a community of support and empowerment for all those striving to make their mark in the world.

Deb’s story serves as a testament to the power of perseverance and advocacy in entrepreneurship and immigration.

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