VCs off the Record
By WOCstar Fund
Join our host Gayle (Gay-lä) Jennings O’Byrne, co-founder of the WOCStar Fund and champion for female entrepreneurs (pause) as we go “off the record
VCs off the RecordJul 15, 2021
"Diversity is Everyone's Responsibility" w/ Oliver Libby, co-founding Managing Partner of H/L Ventures and CityRock Venture Partners
On this week’s episode, we sit down with Oliver Libby, co-founding Managing Partner of H/L Ventures and CityRock Venture Partners. The H/L family of companies represents a new kind of venture firm, dedicated to building high-growth businesses that add value to society, with a strong preference for diverse founding teams. In addition to H/L Ventures, Mr. Libby is also Chair & Co-Founder of The Resolution Project, Inc., a non-profit which works with undergraduate students launching new socially-responsible ventures. Resolution supports hundreds of young social entrepreneurs in more than 80 countries and across the United States.
Mr. Libby was recently recognized by Crains New York Business’ first ever diversity program awards and has been featured in the New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fast Company, Reuters for his work as an impact leader.
Listen in as we dive into the issues in Venture Capital world today, the new face of innovation, and how diversity is everyone’s responsibility.
You won’t want to miss this!
"Relentless & Resilient: How This Entrepreneur is Transforming the Tech Industry" with Courtne Smith, Founder & CEO of NewNew
We are back for Season 3 and we are SO excited! We are kicking it off with an amazing entrepreneur, Courtne Smith, founder and CEO of NewNew, a social decision-making app that lets you vote to control the outcome of other people’s lives.
Prior to NewNew, Courtne spent over a decade on Grammy-award winning artist Drake's management team where she handled his business endeavors and special projects. She is a born entrepreneur with a flair for fashion and innovation and attributes her success to her relentless and resilient spirit. Alongside her business partner, Filip Diarra, Smith has founded a hair-extension line called Tharen, a giveaway game app called Suprize. Her latest innovation, NewNew, has been backed by huge investors like Will Smith, Andreessen Horowitz and more.
Courtne is also one of less than 20 Black female founders in tech to have built an eight-figure, venture backed company. She is a true WOCstar!
Join us as we get real real with Courtne about everything from raising those first dollars as WOC in Tech to what has led to her continued success in all of her endeavors. Listen now!
"LightShip: How We Are Using Innovation & Inclusion to Disrupt the System" w/ Brian Brackeen, General Partner of LightShip Capital
For far too long, implicit bias and systemic racism have created huge gaps in the VC and startup world —favoring white, male founders, while ignoring the brilliant minds of so many others in our diverse world. The data is out there but yet we still aren't seeing capital deployed to the underrepresented.
As a former tech founder himself and a relentless advocate for underrepresented founders, Brian Brackeen has witnessed the difficulties of raising capital while black and has made it his mission to provide meaningful mentorship and funding in and outside Silicon Valley. Last year, Brian, alongside his wife and co-General Partner, Candice, launched Lightship Capital, a first-of-its-kind $50 million venture fund for underrepresented founders in the Midwest. The groundbreaking partnership with SecondMuse Capital will invest in early-stage startups launched by people of color, women, veterans, LGBTQ+ and people with disabilities in the Midwest and the South (“all the places other investors fly over or vacation in, including Miami,” Brian said).
Their hope for the fund is to make the VC world accessible to all founders and to provide much-needed funding that allows minority-founded startups not only to survive, but to thrive, and to create a more equitable future.
Join us in the first of our new series, Raising While Black, as we chat with Brian about his experiences as a black male founder and investor. This is one you won’t want to miss!
"Banking While Black: How This FinTech Boss is Changing the System" w/ Sheena Allen, CEO and Founder of Capway
We all know you need money to make money but you also need to "bank" money to use it especially as our world becomes more reliant on technology and touch-free. However, many lower-income, immigrants, and even young people do not have access to traditional financial services like banks. This week’s guest, Capway founder Sheena Allen, hopes to change this for the “underbanked” by restoring trust in and a fair banking system with her latest app.
Allen, a serial entrepreneur at heart, grew up in a small town with one bank. As a result, the people in her community, including family and friends, would keep their money in their home or use other fee-heavy alternative banking options.
She created her very first app with little tech experience and has since developed into an app machine, with five apps under her belt to date. In 2016, Allen had the idea to create the app and digital bank, Capway, which gave Sheena the title as the youngest female in America to own and operate a digital bank. The fintech company connects underserved millennials and Gen Z to today’s cashless economy.
Join us as we chat with Sheena about the challenges of banking while Black as well as what it takes to launch an app in this digital world.
Entrepreneurs and investors - you won't want to miss this!
"Gender, Diversity & Inclusion: How to Invest with Intention” w/ Suzanne Biegel, Founder of Catalyst at Large & Co-Founder of the GenderSmart Investing Summit
One of the biggest myths in impact and gender lens investing is the lack of data showing the power of investing in diverse and inclusive ventures or those with a gender lens. Investors tend to think “impact” or “gender specific” means soft and small and pass on these opportunities. Although this mindset is slowly changing, many still need data and facts to change their mind.
Well, the data is out there! A new report, Project Sage 3.0, from the Wharton Social Impact Initiative and consulting firm Catalyst at Large finds a dramatic increase in gender lens investing over the last few years, and helps to demystify the stigma around impact and gender lens investing.
On this week’s episode, we sit down with one of the leading experts in the field, Suzanne Biegel, Founder of Catalyst at Large and globally renowned speaker on gender-smart investing. She is also Co-Founder of the GenderSmart Investing Summit and co-author of Project Sage 3.0. Her work spans research, field building, and consulting in the area of gender-smart investing.
Join us as we discuss how applying a gender lens to impact investing and using powerful data can bridge the funding gap and build resilient communities even in times of crisis. The data is there and the time is NOW!
"The Rainmaker: Learning How to Thrive Not Just Survive in a Pandemic" w/ Vicki Vasilopoulos, Co-founder of TheElysians.com
On today's episode, Diana sits down with Vicki Vasilopoulos, co-founder of TheElysians.com, a platform for the U.S. market featuring exclusive, hand-crafted, fashion pieces, jewelry, and accessories made in Greece. These inspiring creators preserve their renowned Hellenic culture by reviving traditional techniques – like weaving and embroidery -- in a contemporary and sophisticated style that appeals to American consumers. Vicki and Elysians co-founder, Athina, recently received a $4,000 crowdfunded loan through WE Fund Crowd and Kiva which they attribute to saving their business during the pandemic. The loan of $4,000 will provide working capital to pay for the rising costs of wholesale inventory, fulfillment, and marketing. Join us in welcoming Vicki and Diana discuss the struggles of entrepreneurship and how WE NYC and crowdfunding has helped Vicki survive this past year.
"Nohmad: Mobilizing the business of Barbering & Beauty from End-to-End" w/ Shawn Rohder, Founder & CEO of Nohmad
As with almost every industry this year, barbers and beauticians have been struggling to find creative ways to do business as the pandemic forces shops to close down. Many in the industry have had to pivot but are running out of options. Luckily, our next guest, Shawn Rohder, has developed the perfect solution for everyone! His company, Nohmad, developed the rohver™ aka the mobile equivalent of the shop or salon. And they will introduce the nohmad™ app in 2021, a mobile platform that enables clients to connect, select and request a barber. Think UBER but for haircare! We could not be more excited to share this episode with you as we get real with Shawn about raising money as a brown or black entrepreneur and how he stayed motivated to turn his dream into reality.
Listen now if you are an entrepreneur or just a creative person enjoys the idea of building businesses!
Check out everything over at Nohmad.Com!
"How to Be Brilliant & Resilient in Difficult Times" w/ NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS) Commissioner Jonnel Doris
Our next episode is part of our bi-monthly podcast between the WOCstar Fund and the NYC Department of Small Business Services’ WE NYC Initiative featuring the stories of women entrepreneurs in the NYC community! As WE NYC celebrates their 5th anniversary this month, we will wrap our series with a very special guest and one of our personal heroes, NYC SBS Commissioner Jonnel Doris.
As Commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services (SBS), Jonnel Doris is charged with running a dynamic City agency focused on equity of opportunity, that leads to economic self-sufficiency and mobility for New York City's diverse communities. SBS actively connects New Yorkers to good jobs, creates stronger businesses, and builds a thriving economy in neighborhoods across the five boroughs.
We sat down with the Commissioner to chat about the impact of small business owners and the power of community and collaboration. Doris explains the many ways in which SBS is helping entrepreneurs through amazing initiatives like WE NYC and BE NYC and how he is committed to raising up our strong and diverse entrepreneurs. To quote the Commissioner, “small businesses are brilliant and resilient and we will get through this!”
Entrepreneurs, allies - you won’t want to miss this one!
"Better Catering, Bigger Causes - How this CEO Helps the Underrepresented Find Their Voice" w/ Deepti Sharma, CEO and Founder of Food to Eat
Our next episode is part of our bi-monthly podcast between the WOCstar Fund and the NYC Department of Small Business Services’ WE NYC Initiative featuring the stories of women entrepreneurs in the NYC community! In part two of this series, we sat down with Deepti Sharma, CEO and Founder of Food to Eat, an online marketplace where local businesses can order team meals from the best local restaurants, food trucks and caterers. Her goal is to help businesses feed employees great food and build stronger work cultures, while also helping local mom & pop food vendors - many of whom are immigrants - use technology to build sustainable catering businesses. We spoke with Deepti about her entrepreneurial journey and how her mission to serving underrepresented communities led to her involvement with WE NYC and now as a candidate for City Council.
Entrepreneurs, investors, and allies - you must listen to this episode! Check out we.nyc for more information!
"Esusu: Unleashing the Power of Data to Bridge the Racial Wealth Gap" w/ Esusu Co-Founders, Abbey Wemimo & Samir Goel
Over 70 million Americans are credit invisible which leads to financial exclusion and exorbitant interest rates. African Americans and other minorities are predominantly impacted and this issue has only grown with the pandemic.
Where you come from, the color of your skin, and your financial identity should not determine where you end up in life. This is beginning to change due to platforms like Esusu, the credit building app that gives renters credit for making monthly payments. Esusu focuses on unleashing the power of data to bridge the racial wealth gap. This app has the potential to help approximately 45 million Americans, who are currently marginalized from formally entering the financial system.
We spoke with Esusu cofounders Abbey Wemimo and Samir Goel to chat about the impact of Esusu and how their business is helping both renters and property managers during the current economic crisis.
"Playing Big: Using Confidence & Competence to Empower Your Business" w/ Diana Franco, Executive Director of WE NYC & Launch Services
Our next episode is part of our bi-monthly podcast between the WOCstar Fund and the NYC Department of Small Business Services’ WE NYC Initiative featuring the stories of women entrepreneurs in the NYC community! As WE NYC celebrates their 5th anniversary this month, we will highlight a few of the instrumental figures of this incredible initiative beginning with a very special guest, Diana Franco, Executive Director of WE NYC. We sat down with Diana to discuss the many programs and resources they offer for women entrepreneurs like virtual events, mentorship, educational workshops, legal assistance, and capital access products at no cost. As huge fans of WE NYC, we cannot wait for you to hear more!
Listen now and check out we.nyc for more information!
“The Power of Partnership: Unleashing Creativity through Collaboration ” w/ Natalie Nixon, President of Figure 8 Thinking & Peri Higgins, President of Evolve Advisors
It is a known fact that families need wealth to be economically secure and create opportunities for the next generation. A close examination of wealth in the U.S. finds evidence of staggering racial disparities between black and white households. Recently, the Institute for Policy Studies and Prosperity Now reported that if all things remain the same, the median African-American household wealth will be zero by 2053. Sadly, this has only been made worse with the pandemic and the many challenges of the past year.
Living Cities, a non-profit dedicated to providing “economic security for all,” recently commissioned Figure 8 Thinking to conduct their study – Radical Collaboration for Black Wealth Creation - examining philanthropy's role in addressing this disparity. Join us for an insightful discussion with Natalie Nixon and Peri Higgins about the report and the power of partnership and creativity.
Natalie W. Nixon, PhD, is a creativity strategist, global speaker and president of Figure 8 Thinking, LLC. She emboldens companies to apply creativity and foresight for transformative business results. She is the author of The Creativity Leap: Unleash Curiosity, Improvisation and Intuition at Work and Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services Experiences and Beyond.
Peri Higgins' experience spans the investment banking, private equity, real estate and consulting industries. She is currently the President of Evolve Advisors, a management consulting firm that advises corporate and non-profit clients. Prior to her work in consulting, Peri raised $10 million to establish two real estate funds and managed the private equity portfolio of a privately held company.
Listen now to our discussion with these fabulous WOCStars!
"How to Connect Your Work & Your Mission - One TASK at a Time" with Matt Rickard, COO & Co-Founder of Task.io
In this episode, we join Matt Rickard, COO and Co-Founder of Task.io, a tech company focused on creating positive impact.
With over 20 years working with early stage, fast growing companies, Matt has become a bit of a serial entrepreneur but always maintained a focus on positive social impact. He attributes this to a 2008 trip to a tsunami orphanage which inspired Matt to get involved in the social sector. With his extensive experience working with early stage, fast growing companies, he has launched a number of social enterprise projects including his recent project, Task.io. The mission of Task is to provide tools that support the social and environmental missions of socially aware businesses & organizations. As businesses change their models around the globe this year, the Task team continues to help businesses connect to their mission and expanded their efforts around the globe.
Join us as we chat with Matt about what it takes to succeed as an entrepreneur while still making a difference with his work. Entrepreneurs, investors and allies - listen up to learn how you can make a difference!
"Unlocking The Power of Technology & Social Impact for REAL Change" w/ Samira Khan, Senior Manager of Global Impact at Salesforce.Org
In her role as Senior Manager of Global Impact at Salesforce.Org, Samira is focused on impact measurement and the SDGs and has worked on global social impact and innovation across corporations, governments, and the social sector for over twelve years. Samira's work spans the Americas, the Middle East, and Asia. She is a former strategy /management consultant at Accenture; and while with A.T. Kearney in Southeast Asia, played a leading role in starting their social impact organization. Samira is also passionate about youth empowerment toward the SDGs and gender.
We sat down with Samira to chat about social entrepreneurship and the power of using both technology and philanthropy to make a significant difference. Listen in as we discuss some of her #BigIdeas2020 and how we can get there with technology and innovation.
"Removing Barriers: The Truth About Social Impact Investing" with Dustin Shay, Senior Director, Partnerships @ Village Capital | Venture Partner @ Republic
“Entrepreneurship plays an essential role in solving major social and environmental issues, but the way we support it limits us.”- Dustin Shay
Over 90% of VC goes to male-founded teams; less than 75% of US VC is deployed outside of CA, NY, and MA; and less than 3% goes to Black or Latinx founders. Entrepreneurs are problem solvers, but the path to success is only open to a select few people - and most of those people are white, male, and urban. If we want entrepreneurial innovation to make progress on big social and environmental issues, we have to change how supporting entrepreneurship works. As Dustin stated, "If not us, then who? If not now, then when?"
Join us as we sit down with Dustin Shay to discuss how he is creating and scaling equitable pathways to success for entrepreneurs working on the biggest challenges society faces today.
Investors, allies, entrepreneurs - listen up for how you can really make a difference!
"In Stereo: How I Raised My Voice & My Business" with Beatrice Dixon, Founder & CEO of The Honey Pot Co.
In our second episode of the series, we sit down with Beatrice Dixon, founder of the popular plant-based, black-owned feminine care brand The Honey Pot Company. Dixon is 1 of the first 40 women of color to raise $1 million in venture capital. It all started with a dream and a $21,000 loan! Today, The Honey Pot is a multi-million dollar company that sells plant-based feminine care products such as affordable natural washes, wipes, tampons, panty sprays, pads, lubricants and other herbal products at Target, Walmart, and multiple retailers.
As Dixon continues to grow her Honey Pot empire, she reflects on the challenges of spearheading a company through these challenging times and shares her experience fundraising as a Black female founder.
Join us as we chat about her entrepreneurial journey and the philosophy of amplifying your business and your voice “in stereo.”
“From Startup to Sleep Goddess: My Journey as a Latina Entrepreneur ” w/ Alexandra Zatarain, Co-Founder & CMO of Eight Sleep
Latinos currently represent 17% of the population in the United States, yet they are vastly underrepresented in the tech industry, where they only make up roughly 8% of the workforce? Although LatinX entrepreneurs are creating new innovations every day, the face of tech remains the same.
To kick off Season 2, we’ve teamed up with WE.NYC to showcase tech entrepreneurs from all backgrounds who are defying these odds, and taking new routes to enter this sector. In our first installment of the series, we chat with LatinX entrepreneur Alexandra Zatarain, the co-founder and CMO of Eight Sleep, a technology company focused on helping people sleep better through data and connected home products. The company makes high-tech mattresses and sleep products to turn bedtime into recovery time—filled with healthcare insights and analytics–with hope of sleep quality translating to life quality.
Join us as we talk w/ Zatarain about her journey as a LatinX entrepreneur and how she is giving back to other Latin entrepreneurs through her mentorship with WE.NYC.
If you are an entrepreneur, investor, or an ally, this is one episode you do not want to miss
“Creating Sustainable Impact thru Sustainable Investment” w/ Alberto Gomez-Obregon, CEO of CO_Capital (Formerly Director of Portfolio at Acumen)
In this episode, we join Alberto Gomez-Obregon, former Global Director of Portfolio at Acumen and recently announced CEO and Managing Partner of CO_Capital. We chat with Alberto about how he is helping to develop organizations that are creating change in a sustainable, scalable, and hopefully one day, profitable manner. He is very passionate about shaping the impact sector through conversations around innovative financing structures and the role of later stage investors in the space. And as we know, this conversation is more important than ever in today’s changing world! Listen up for some great tips on how you too, can be a tool for change!
"Redefine Wealth, For Good" with Angela Barbash, CEO of Revalue
In this episode, we sit down with Angela Barbash, CEO of Revalue, an independent registered investment advisory firm founded in 2013, and is located in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Ms. Barbash is active in various economic development and entrepreneurship initiatives, including providing mentorship and guidance to entrepreneurs and apprenticing new financial advisors. Join us as we discuss Angela’s unique journey into value-based investing and how her company is challenging conventional investment and redefining wealth, for good. Whether you are a new investor or entrepreneur or ally looking to make a difference, this is one episode you won’t want to miss! Listen now!
"The Art of Authenticity - How I'm Keeping it REAL as an Investor & Entrepreneur" with Noramay Cadena, Managing Partner of MiLA Capital
In this episode, we sat down with Noramay Cadena, co-founder of MiLA Capital, a LA-based seed-stage venture capital firm that invests in tech you can touch. With MiLA’s extensive experience in manufacturing and supply chain, they are helping startup founders tackle production challenges and get to market in a capital-efficient manner. In 2020, she was named one of 50 renowned women globally in robotics and one of the top 100 influential Latinas in the United States. We chatted with Noramay about her journey as both entrepreneur and VC and her excitement at the growing intersection of technology and manufacturing. Listen in for some fabulous advice from this badass WOC!
“Say What? The Truth About What the Heck the SEC Really Does” w/ Martha Miller, Director, Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation
If you are like us, you are a huge fan of Showtime’s drama series “Billions” and secretly wish you were Bobby Axelrod or maybe you are a Chuck fan. We promise not to tell! Either way, you may be afraid of the SEC and a little confused about what they actually do. In this episode, we had the honor of chatting with Martha Miller, Director of the Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation at the SEC. We discussed how she is making the SEC a “hip” and very helpful place for small businesses and new investors alike in her role as Director of the SEC’s newest office. Entrepreneurs, investors, and allies - listen up as this is one of the best episodes yet!
“Raising $$ Ain’t Easy: How to Build Capital, One Relationship at a Time” with Stefanie Thomas, Impact America Fund (IAF)
Have you ever wondered what makes a successful Venture Capitalist? Or how the relationship really works between a VC and an entrepreneur? Being a VC isn't just having billions and power suits. It’s all about the people! In this episode, we had the pleasure of speaking with Stefanie Thomas from the Impact America Fund (IAF), about the importance of building relationships and the value of the VC/founder partnership. As a member of IAF, Stefanie has emerged as a voice of “Black Women VCs” (Fast Company). She works at the intersection of founder diversity, technology for impact, and the deployment of capital within untapped markets. Her vast array of experience will leave both investors and founders wanting more!
"How I Am Making It as a Black Woman, Inventor and VC-Backed Startup" with Jessica O. Matthews, CEO & Founder of Uncharted Power
On this week’s podcast, we are joined by one of our very own WOCstar founders and companies that we’ve invested in, Jessica O. Matthews. Check out an honest discussion about her journey and training to be an inventor, venture-backed entrepreneur, and a fabulous unapologetic black woman. Learn how her team is using focus, resilience and grit to make energy accessible to all. Ms. Matthews’ many accomplishments include: two degrees from Harvard, 11 patents and a Harvard Foundation Scientist of the Year award. All this has led to her transforming our daily lives society in a big way as an inventor and CEO of Uncharted Power, a full-scale renewable energy company.
“Getting Uncomfortable - Part 2: Changing the Nature of Bias” w/ Katherine Klein, Vice Dean of Wharton Social Impact Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania
We are back with Katherine Klein, Vice Dean of Wharton Social Impact for another fascinating episode! Join us as we dig deeper into the psychology behind “selection bias” and how that has impacted not only hiring practices in business but the world of venture capital. We chatted with Katherine about her work at Wharton and how we all need to “get a little uncomfortable” with ourselves if we are going to make any sustainable progress in this movement. We never have enough time with Katherine but this episode has us very excited and hopeful about the work she’s doing! Listen now!
“Getting Uncomfortable - Part 1: The Future of Impact Investing” w/ Katherine Klein, Vice Dean of Wharton Social Impact Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania
Join us as we sit down with Katherine Klein, Vice Dean of Wharton Social Impact (WSII) for an interview you won’t want to miss! In her unique position as Vice Dean at one of the nation’s leading business schools, Dr. Klein leads WSII’s research on the goals, structure, management and financial performance of impact investing, private equity and venture capital. She is literally shaping WSII’s vision and strategy, research, partnerships, and, in turn, the future of the investment world. We sit down with Dr. Klein to discuss how she envisions the “new normal” and the impact this will have on, not only universities, but the business world and investing in general. This interview was so good we had to break it into two episodes! You don’t want to miss it!
“Oh, The Things You Can Learn From A Civil Rights Legend About Investing and Economic Justice” w/ Marc Morial, President & CEO of the National Urban League
As the President of National Urban League, former Mayor of New Orleans and a Louisiana State Senator, Marc Morial has become one of the leading voices in the battle for jobs, education, housing and voting rights equity. We invited Mr. Morial to discuss how we can use the current pandemic and state of race relations to transform the way we operate as Americans.
To quote Mr. Morial, “this is not gonna be changed with a single move, or a single swipe, a single switch, one bill, or just one or two initiatives on the ballot. It is gonna take a long term, sustained effort to do it because the racial wealth gap has been in the making since 1619. This is an opportunity for transformation.”
We will discuss how economic justice and social justice are necessary for real change, and that begins with putting our dollars behind more than just the movement. Change begins NOW! So listen up for how we can all make a difference!
"Digging Deeper: How to Use This Moment" with Shila Nieves Burney, founder & managing partner of ZANE Venture Fund
Join us as we chat with Shila Nieves Burney, Founder & Managing Partner at ZANE Venture Fund about how to smartly build your company and invest wisely in the evolving markets.
The founder of Zane Venture Fund’s first introduction to venture capital was not ideal. Weeks before trying to invest in a fintech startups, her daughter was hit by a bullet when mother and daughter were innocently caught up in gun violence. Zane sustained non-life-threatening injuries and it would have been understandable if Burney decided to quit. Instead, she dug in deeper. She has recently launched a 12-week pre-capital program for diverse teams called Zane Access. In this episode, we dive into how founders can leverage the current times to find their passion and change the way they do business. Whether you are an entrepreneur or an investor, this episode will leave you with a new way to think about how you do business!
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“Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” w/ Kimberly Marshall, Advisor at Goldman Sachs and Founding Board Member of Black Angels Miami
In this episode, we sit down with Kimberly Marshall of Goldman Sachs and Black Angels Miami to discuss how we can all impact the world by funding, building and advising companies, products and teams that we can believe in. Through her work with Goldman Sachs and Black Angels Miami, Kimberly invests in and advises high growth companies, with particular interest and experience in transportation & logistics, future of work, consumer FinTech and underrepresented minority entrepreneurs and investors. She shares how and why she makes her investment decisions and the best practices for growing your portfolio both personally and professionally in today’s busy universe. Make sure you have a pen and paper ready as this is one episode you won’t want to miss!
“Humble Wisdom” with Harry Alford, Humble Ventures
Join this episode of “VCs off The Record” as we sit down with Harry Alford, Co-Founder of the venture development firm, humble ventures. Harry founded humble ventures to support diverse entrepreneurs and drive innovation opportunities for industry leaders. Whether in venture capital, education, or sports, Harry's career has always centered around inclusion. We chatted with Harry about his investment philosophy which focuses on innovation capabilities versus market strategy. He shares his belief that consulting and programming generate deal flow which can lead to profit. This episode is full of some fabulous nuggets and advice to use not only when investing but in how you look at the world. Listen now!
“Reimagining Capital: Builder Capitalism Building and Investing like a Badass ” with Nathalie Molina Niño, builder capitalist at O3 & author of LEAPFROG, The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs
Join us as we sit down with one of our trusted WOCStar advisors and esteemed mentors, Nathalie Molina Niño to discuss builder capitalism and investing in this ever-changing world. Molina Niño is an entrepreneur, builder capitalist (at O³) and tech globalization veteran focused on high-growth businesses that benefit women and the planet. She is the author of LEAPFROG, The New Revolution for Women Entrepreneurs (Penguin Random House, Tarcher Perigee) and serves as a Venture Partner at Connectivity Capital Partners. She shares with us tips she has learned along the way in becoming a successful author, teacher, and now builder capitalist. We get real with Nathalie on how to tackle gender bias to being a successful “operator” and raising “smartly.” Trust us when we say, you won’t want this episode to end so sit back and enjoy!
VCs Off The Record Trailer
Welcome to “VCs Off the Record” podcast for startups and investors wanting brutally honest insight and info about raising capital or investing in startups. Truth hurts but a bad investment, bad investor meeting or getting ghosted by a VC hurts more. I’m your host Gayle (Gay-lä) Jennings O’Byrne, co-founder of the WOCStar Fund and champion for female entrepreneurs (pause) and we are “off the record!”