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Fran Hauser

Startup Investor & Advisor

May 2012 — Present

Startup Investor | Best-selling Author | Keynote Speaker | Former President, Digital @ Time Inc.

About Me

Fran Hauser is an author, keynote speaker and investor at the intersection of women’s empowerment, career fulfillment, and collective wellbeing. Fran has invested in over 25 female-founded companies across CPG, media & publishing, and wellness. Her writing, speaking and investing is informed by 15 years spent in media, where she rose through the ranks at Time Inc. to President of Digital. She is the best-selling author of The Myth of the Nice Girl: Achieving a Career You Love Without Becoming a Person You Hate which has been translated into six languages and was named “Best Business Book of the Year, 2018” by Audible. Fran regularly speaks at conferences and organizations to pioneer the notion that one does not have to choose between kindness and strength, and that the most effective leaders lead with both.


Author, The Myth of the Nice Girl at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Apr 2019 — Present

Columnist at Refinery29, Inc.

Mar 2018 — May 2020

Speaker at All American Entertainment

Feb 2016 — Present

NonProfit Board Member at GlobalGiving

Feb 2012 — Present

President, Digital -- Style & Entertainment Group at Time Inc.

Feb 2011 — Feb 2014

President, Digital -- Style & Entertainment Group at Time Inc.

Nov 2008 — Mar 2011

President, PEOPLE Digital at Time Inc.

Feb 2007 — Nov 2008

General Manager, PEOPLE Digital at Time Inc.

Jan 2006 — Feb 2007

General Manager at Time Inc Interactive

Feb 2003 — Jan 2006

Vice President & General Manager at AOL Movies/Moviefone

Jan 1998 — Jan 2003

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