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For women entrepreneurs (and anyone sick of the status quo), this smart, unapologetic collection delivers 50 proven hacks to leapfrog over obstacles and succeed in business.

Think the most critical factor for becoming a great entrepreneur is grit, risk taking, or technical skills? Think again. Despite what every other business book might say, historical data show the real secret ingredients to getting ahead in business are being rich, white, and male. 

Until now. Leapfrog is the decades-overdue start-up bible for the rest of us. It's filled with uncompromising guidance for winning at business your way. Leapfrog is for entrepreneurs of all stripes who are fed up with status quo advice - the kind that assumes you have rich friends and family and a public relations team.

Refreshingly frank and witty, author Nathalie Molina Niño is a serial tech entrepreneur, the founder and CEO of BRAVA Investments, and a proud daughter of Latinx immigrants. While teaching budding entrepreneurs at Barnard College at Columbia University and searching the globe for investment-worthy start-ups, she has met or advised thousands of entrepreneurs who've gone from zero to scalable business. Here she shares their best secrets in the form of 50 "leapfrogs" - clever loopholes and shortcuts to outsmart, jump over, or straight up annihilate the seemingly intractable hurdles facing entrepreneurs who don't have family money, cultural capital, or connections.

©2018 Nathalie Molina Niño and Sara Grace (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"A must-read for any woman who has a great idea and the nagging thought that doors are closed to her; Molina Niño helps to blow them open." (Publishers Weekly)

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wow, not your typical business advice book

I’m an experienced entrepreneur (in biotech/pharma) so I didn’t expect to learn a lot from this book, but I wanted to read it anyway because I know Nathalie Molina Nino is an extraordinarily interesting, engaging person. However, I found Leapfrog enlightening in several areas and I’m already employing some of the hacks! Nathalie has her own compelling voice and ideas which could form a satisfying book on their own, and then she brings into play an amazing network of entrepreneur friends with their unique perspective and earned wisdom. Somehow with all these various voices, it doesn’t feel disjointed at all. Nathalie’s style is at the same time fun and serious - both guilty pleasure and productive homework.

Being a woman entrepreneur has been a constant hurdle for me personally and I’m excited to see building awareness of conscious and unconscious bias in business. Nathalie's mission to accelerate society’s painfully slow movement towards equality by helping us leapfrog our businesses is much appreciated. While some of my favorite hacks are specific and practical, the word ‘hack’ understates the depth of some of the best advice in this book, which speaks to finding your truth, learning how to tell your honest story, and stepping up your generosity. Okay, I’m on it!

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The book every latina entrepreneur & go getter needs

I read so many self help books and have a backgrounds in tech currently starting my own consulting firm . I’ve never been able to relate to much business advice being latinx, conscious , while trying to navigate the biz world & tech world as a brown latinx woman and this was eveything I needed affirming some leap frogs I’ve done and felt like I was “cheating” but showing me new ones and reminding me that if I am to serve my community I need to lead by community to create wealth for me and us all.

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Finally a book on women’s entrepreneurship for people like me!

So grateful for this book. Wow! Having grown up the oldest of six to a roofer in Iowa, it’s been disappointing and depressing to read startup advice for people (even women entrepreneurs do this) who went to Ivy League schools and come from or are married to money. Or worse, when these folks assume that people like me can achieve the same outcomes through the same process, because everyone in their bubble has been able to. It’s not real. But this book is! Straight talk from a woman who gets it, and has found alternatives for women like me. One million thank you’s! If you’re a female entrepreneur and you weren’t born with a silver spoon in hand, get this book. And get another for your girl!

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A must read!

Brilliant! Hacks mixed with stories. The way to learn while being entertained... Road to successes!

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essential

great advice, great philosophy, made me fall in love with the author. I want to be like her when I grow up, problem is I'm older than her! seriously, the BEST book for women entrepreneurs I have read.