I have worked with Alanna as a close advisor to Vive Lifestyle as I invested in the Company seed round. Throughout our numerous conversations before and after the investment, I have been impressed by her leadership skills, including her ability to deal with tough personnel situations (founder “demotion” being one of them). Throughout the life of the Company, Alanna demonstrated very strong communication skills, being transparent and honest, yet caring. In that, she was helped by her ability to make data-driven decisions. This eliminated a lot of useless debates and focused the Company or the investor communities on the true solutions to move forward the business. I would definitely recommend Alanna, it would be a pleasure to work with her in any capacity!
– Pascal Levy-Garboua – Entrepreneurial Mind
Alanna is an adviser for BOWTIE and also a friend/mentor/cheerleader and more for our company. Her keen business sense and masterful negotiation skills have been incredibly helpful for us. Moreover, her ability to understand customer wants and needs have helped shape our product in unquantifiable ways. She is a person who moves fast but also thinks deeply, an entrepreneur whom you can trust with a mission big or small.
I strongly endorse her ability to sell and her process around building a sales team. Having watched her work on her own start up and see what she has provided BOWTIE, I can confidently say that when it comes to developing a sales strategy and executing on it, she is unparalleled. We are lucky to have her.
– Ron Fisher – CEO & Co-Founder | Bowtie
I backed Alanna’s company Vive when I was an investor at Deep Fork Capital. During ____that time, we worked closely as her lead investor. She worked tirelessly to grow the service, and as CEO, especially in the early days, she was tasked with generating publicity and press, acquiring customers, growing the brand, leading product, and building a team. Alanna very quickly was able to handle all of these things and build a substantial following for Vive. Moreover, and perhaps more importantly, even as the company struggled in certain aspects, she dug in to re-think product and pricing changes that could resolve their problems and handled all of the challenges gracefully.
– Adam Besvinick – Anchorage Capital Group
Most recently, I wanted to single out friends Victor Echevarria, Tad Milbourn, and Alanna Gregory as founders and CEOs who unapologetically came up short of their vision but finished the work they started with grace. Each of them, for months, initiated new meetings, lobbied for employees, communicated with investors, never once complaining. They will be different people after this part of the journey, no doubt about that, and they will have built new muscle to arm themselves for the next journey.
– Semil Shah (http://blog.semilshah.com/2017/08/09/finishing-the-work/)