When Miki Agrawal wanted to raise funds for a project, she decided to throw a huge dinner party for a few friends -- and a lot of interesting, well-connected and deep-pocketed potential investors. That made it easier for Agrawal to be herself and to focus on impressing the people she needed to impress. The aim was "to put myself in a place that made me most authentically me while I was pitching to investors so that my best self came out when I needed me to appear the most," she explains.

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