When Miki Agrawal wanted to raise funds for a project, she decided to throw a huge dinner party for a few friends -- and some potential investors and other interesting people. 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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