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How VCs can help more women to get ahead
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This is issue No. 105 and the last issue had a 49% open rate. The top two articles from the last week's issue were:
How founders are using Instagram to mentor the next generation of entrepreneurs.
5 things before you start a SaaS company.
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Melinda Gates is committing $1Bn to gender equality. All-women co-working space The Wing comes to London. Zola, the $650M wedding portal, taps the travel market with an expansion into honeymoons. Stitch Fix expands beyond the ‘Fix’ and added direct selling to its platform to boost its bottom line and acquire more customers. Natalist raises $5M from Katrina Lake, Julia Cheek, Rock Health to redesign the prenatal experience. Kauffman Fellows Research Center analysed US venture-backed startup data from over 90,000 companies going as far back as the year 2001 and found that gender-inclusive founding teams have greater success in fundraising and innovation.
From the Investor
How VCs can get more women to get ahead.
- Rebecca Kaden/ Union Square Ventures
“Entrepreneurship is hard, and survival requires access to resources and supportive communities.”
On raising children on technology.
- Joanne Wilson/ Gotham Gal Ventures
🎙️How software companies form competitive advantages.
- Astasia Myers/ Redpoint Ventures
How to measure marketplace liquidity.
- Julia Morrongiello/ Point Nine Capital
On the power of managed marketplaces and the factors to consider in whether to go unmanaged vs. managed, and to what degree.
- Li Jin/ A16z
This week at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, established VCs Theresia Gouw, the founder of a new firm called aCrew Capital, and Floodgate co-founder Ann Miura-Ko explained what they see as two distinct paths to the top of VC.
From the Founder & Operator
PagerDuty’s Jenn Tejada on recruiting a diverse leadership team and building an inclusive culture.
“It’s important to address talent and culture like any company would address any other big problem, like churn or competitive differentiation.”
The process that will help you find a strong co-founder to work with.
- Gloria Lin/ Timber
The complete guide to non-sucky SaaS transactional emails.
- Val Geisler/ Fix My Churn
ClassPass founder Payal Kadakia’s advice for early-stage entrepreneurs.
- Payal Kadakia/ ClassPass
On the importance of testing and strategies for vulnerability/security testing.
- Tanya Janca/ Microsoft
How to plan a Product Management career.
- Whitney Doyle/ Lifesize
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FTL Speaker Night - How mentoring can supercharge your career
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Curated in London by Sarah Nöckel, Founder/Editor in Chief & B2B SaaS Investor at Dawn Capital - firstname.lastname@example.org