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This Female Founder Raised $25 Million - Here's How

This article first appeared as part of Northwestern Mutual's Women & Careers Series on September 5, 2018. Lee Mayer was 30 in 2013, when she left behind her job as the vice president and general manager at an Internet company to co-found Havenly, a virtual interior design and e-commerce company. It was a giant leap of faith. While Mayer had business chops — she holds an MBA from Harvard Business School — she had zero experience in the world of interior design. But she was determined to give ordinary people access to the normally pricey services offered by interior designers. “It was exciting and felt like a big opportunity,” she says. Mayer invested some of her own money, and $150,000 of her

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