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Michelle Weinstein, AKA The Pitch Queen, is the host of Success Unfiltered, which features an array of unique and inspiring guests. She talks to all kinds of innovators and achievers, including multi seven and eight figure entrepreneurs, Shark Tank veterans, authors, performers, and investors.

Her guests share their most intimate stories, no holds barred. It’s the raw and vulnerable stuff that you don’t always hear about, like major rejections, epic failures, and unrelenting setbacks.
They share their most inspiring stories of overcoming adversity, never giving up, and achieving success beyond their wildest imaginations.

She created this podcast to help entrepreneurs realize that they are NOT alone. Everyone who has attempted something epic has had their share of setbacks, failures, and NOs. By sharing unfiltered stories from extraordinary individuals who overcame hardships and ultimately achieved their version of success, her hope is to inspire others to stay in the game and hold out for their own dreams.

Her mission and goal is to inspire rising entrepreneurs to break through barriers, overcome obstacles, and make a bigger impact in the world. It’s her passion to show people how to take action, own their value, and grow their top-line revenue. You CAN build a successful and flourishing business and make a global impact by doing what you love, and Success Unfiltered will inspire you ever step of the way!

Aug 10, 2020

Do you have what it takes to raise the money you need to turn your business idea into an actual business?

The truth is, entrepreneurs often find themselves needing money to get things going, but they also need to get things going enough so they can prove their idea will work. But how do you prove your value and show your ability to execute to investors?

In this episode of Success Unfiltered, David Rabie of Tovala shares how he went from having zero experience raising money to successfully getting several rounds of investments to turn his business school idea into an operating and quickly growing company.

Tovala is a revolutionary in-home cooking solution that combines a smart oven and fresh meal delivery service to make home cooking completely effortless. David leads the company while ensuring every decision stands by the founding vision. Tovala’s mission is to make it easier for people to eat well. As co-founder and CEO, Rabie has taken the company from an idea in business school to an operating and quickly growing company - with Tovala ovens and meals now in thousands of homes across the U.S. 

If you’re intimidated by the process of raising money and finding the right investors for your business, this episode is a must-listen!


Here’s a few things we talked about:

  • David shares a little bit about Tovala and the first big rejection he faced in business
  • David shares the difficult first round of raising money in order to build the team they needed
  • The biggest challenge David faced raising money that had nothing to do with the viability of his idea
  • Why a strong support system was key for David to keep pushing forward when things got tough
  • David shares the importance of following up to not only create relationships but to also show you can get things done
  • The biggest factor in a successful follow up system for fundraising
  • The major mistake David made early on in presenting his product to investors and what he would have done differently
  • Why David decided to say NO to a big investor (even though it cost him an huge amount of investment money) and why it’s so important to set boundaries on who you will to do business with
  • David shares what he would tell his younger self

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