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Cara Delzer

Moxxly CEO & Co-Founder Tech San Francisco, CA
About Cara
Cara Delzer is the CEO and Co-Founder of Moxxly. A former South Dakota farm kid turned Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Cara’s professional past includes teaching 1st grade with Teach For America, investing in and serving in leadership roles in education innovation companies, and running the comics and sports memorabilia businesses at eBay. Up next: smart breast pumps at Moxxly. Cara holds a BA from Harvard and an MBA and M.Ed from Stanford. Cara is the mom of two toddlers and dreams of traveling the country as a (admittedly average) folk singer.

"Don't forget your roots." My mom has written me an email almost every day since I moved away to college in 2000. Early on, in each message, she would sign off with "don't forget your roots," later shortened to DFYR. Her fear, at the time, was that I'd run off to college (Harvard) and let the big city and the fancy university change me from the idealistic, small town girl that I was.

Almost 20 years later, the notion of DFYR sticks with me. It encourages me to look for opportunities to look back on my path and recognize what experiences, influences, and hands up I was given to get to where I am today and to stay true to my values, no matter what.

Interested In

Collaborating, Finding a Mentor, Friendship, Hiring Talent, Mentoring, Networking

Words you live by/quotes you love

"Don't forget your roots." My mom has written me an email almost every day since I moved away to college in 2000. Early on, in each message, she would sign off with "don't forget your roots," later shortened to DFYR. Her fear, at the time, was that I'd run off to college (Harvard) and let the big city and the fancy university change me from the idealistic, small town girl that I was.

Almost 20 years later, the notion of DFYR sticks with me. It encourages me to look for opportunities to look back on my path and recognize what experiences, influences, and hands up I was given to get to where I am today and to stay true to my values, no matter what.

Best advice you've ever been given

After a disappointing round of performance reviews when a peer got promoted and I didn't, I asked for feedback on how I could improve. Shall I act more like my colleague that had recently been promoted? Shall I be more outspoken, quieter, what? My manager shook her head and told me that in order to advance on my career path, I needed to be more myself. Lean into my strengths, bolster my weaknesses, and bring forward more of what makes me uniquely talented.

Personal Passions, Charities, Hobbies:

I'm passionate about supporting mothers in the workplace and helping other companies understand that there can be easy, win-win strategies for attracting, retaining, and delighting working parents. We're doing our part at Moxxly to design an office-friendly pump system, but this is a part of a broader ecosystem that we need to support women as they enter and navigate motherhood. I'm passionate about music. We recently invested in a piano and have guitars, ukuleles, and a dozen toddler shaker eggs for jam sessions. I want our house to be a place where people feel comfortable making and enjoying music, no matter the skill level.

What is your biggest business challenge right now?

Marketing & Social Media

Name one thing that scares the shit out of you:

Family tragedies. Regrets about inaction. Snakes.

What is one thing that would be game-changing for your business right now?

We're counting the days 'til our market launch!

If you could tell your 20 year old self one thing, what would it be?

Don't be afraid to get off a known career path to chart your own.

Why do you want to be a part of heymama?

I'm constantly seeking out a peer group that understands the crazy mix of demands placed upon mothers today. I love the entrepreneurial nature of the community and it's a forum that I know I could learn from, contribute to, and delight in-- a triple hit!

xx Cara Delzer

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