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Video: Womensphere Capital Forum

Womensphere has now posted the video from the first Womensphere Capital Forum, which I was honored to co-chair. We discuss advancing women’s leadership in finance and investment, and expanding capital access for women in business. Given I have 3 daughters plus a wife working in finance, this topic is close to my heart. Our speakers...

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Invitation: events for family offices, women in finance, and emerging managers

We hope you will join us at any of four upcoming events, all complimentary for qualified attendees: NYC, March 7: Access Alts Family Office conference. I’ll be presenting on disruption of investment management. NYC, April 27: the East Coast Family Office & High Net Worth Individuals Conference, organized by DC Finance. I’ll be leading a discussion among...

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The iconic VC-Backed founders are all White & Asian men. So why invest in diversity?

(co-written with Katherine Boe Heuck, a MBA candidate at MIT Sloan (class of 2022) and a past intern at Versatile VC, Metaprop NYC, and InQTel.) What can we learn from the best venture capital investments of all time? Well, we learn to invest exclusively in men, preferably white or Asian.  A year ago, we reviewed...

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Why are Alternative VCs investing in so many women & underrepresented founders?

A new wave of Alternative VCs are emerging who are using creative investing structures with some of the upside of traditional VC, but some of the downside protection of debt. Many are reporting that they’re seeing a more diverse pool of applicants than traditional equity VCs… even though virtually none have a particular focus on...

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Diversity, why international startups love NY, and why NY VCs love international startups

New York is now the second-most-active tech ecosystem in the US on all key metrics, after the Bay Area.  One of the drivers for that growth is that for European, Israeli, Latin American, and Eastern Canada-linked companies, the East Coast is much closer than California. New York venture capitalists like me recognize this trend, and...

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Raise capital with the skin you’re in: blunt truth from Don Charlton, Founder, JazzHR

How do you raise capital for your company when you’re not in the traditional social circles of the money people?  In particular, the VC industry is 76% white male and overwhelmingly straight; what if you do not fit into that bucket? I’m speaking on a panel this afternoon on fundraising for minority founders at the...

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HBS Alumni Angels NY accomplishments to date, and our new Chairman

 I’m happy to announce that Jason E. Klein, CEO of On Grid Ventures, will serve as the new Chairman of Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of Greater NY.  Jason is an experienced angel and company builder.  I’m shifting to “Chairman Emeritus” (an overly polysyllabic title).  I’ll still be an active involved member. In December 2010, Richard...

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Why are venture capitalists (76% white men) ignoring the future?

Why do so many venture capitalists ignore the single best predictor of the future: demographics? Paul Graham, cofounder of Y Combinator, observes, “Many suspect that venture capital firms are biased against female founders. This would be easy to detect: among their portfolio companies, do startups with female founders outperform those without? A couple months ago,...

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