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Mary Meeker's new VC firm Bond raises $1.25 billion for its debut fund | Axios
This is issue No. 83 and the last issue had a 47% open rate. The top two articles from last week's issue were:
Together with Jane VC, we co-hosted our first workshop with 7 female founders and startup operators on consumer marketing this week. A massive thank you goes to our two amazing experts, Laura, former CMO of Zola and Rent the Runway and Natasha, CMO of Seedcamp. If you would like to get on our waitlist for future workshops, please register here.
With Bond, Mary Meeker makes history in launching the first female-founded, female-led venture capital fund to cross the billion-dollar threshold. How America’s obsession with long hours has widened the gender gap. The Instagram trap: Social influence is helping women build brands—as long as they follow the rules. What is it like to be a female founder in the Instagram era? Modern State of Fertility 2019. Meet the female founders who are building the Nike of esports. HBCUvc’s 31 Under 31: The future of VC. Mejuri raises $23M Series B to serve women buying jewellery for themselves. Laurene Powell Jobs turned her LLC into a VC machine.
FROM THE INVESTOR.
5 areas of Fintech that are ripe for innovation. — Medha Agarwal, Redpoint Ventures
Thoughts on health and wellness investing, the role of great mentors, and some current thinking on building venture careers. — Rebecca Kaden, Union Square Ventures
Transitioning from full-time engineering to VC and juggling motherhood with a high-intensity job. — Whitney Smith, Y Combinator Fund
A tale of two investors - It’s time for venture investors to dig deeper on diversity, starting with the right metrics. — Ellen K. Pao, Angel investor & Founder Project Include
How Warby Parker, Dia&Co, and Jopwell are building diverse and inclusive organizations. — Denali Tietje, General Catalyst
The Difference Between “Can” and “Should” — Bethany Crystal, USV
7 insights uncovered moving from operating to investing. — Lily Lyman, Underscore VC
FROM THE ENTREPRENEUR AND OPERATOR.
Why new developers should work at a small startup. — Lekha Surasani, Software Engineer, DocuTap
7 tips for using customer feedback to build rabid fans and make more money. — Leela Srinivasan, CMO of Survey Monkey
On running an enterprise startup in retail automation, using computer vision and what it takes to raise a Series B. — Ashwini Asokan, Co-Founder & CEO of Vue.ai
9 greatest mistakes to avoid when growing a startup and 5 ways to land your first 5 customers. — Marilyn Wo
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April 30th New York Female Founders Fund - Hiring for Inclusivity
April 30th San Francisco Female Founders Happy Hour - San Francisco
April 30th San Francisco Salesforce Ventures and Techcrunch's Include Office Hours
May 4th San Francisco Brunch with the Co-founder and CEO of Brandless - use the code Femstreet for 20% off
May 7th London How Healthy Minds Make Healthy Businesses
May 14th Stockholm Femtech event #13 with focus on B2B SaaS companies
May 20th London Funding and Financing Startups
May 31st San Francisco Founders + Funders by Women 2.0 and Seneca VC
Join us for the first Femstreet Community Meet-up in New York on May 15th 👉RSVP here.
Looking to break into VC? Diversity VC is introducing its Future VC internship programme; a development programme to support diverse talent into the industry through paid internships and training. Apply now!
🔥🔥A practical list of resources about venture.
The Fundraising Bible
Global directory for women in venture capital.
The VC Female Founders Dashboard
A database of 200 Black & Latinx Venture Capitalists you should know.
Juniors in Tech - A newsletter & job board for juniors in tech.
List of groups who cater or specifically includes African or Caribbean in Tech.
Download the Diversity and Inclusion toolkit for entrepreneurs.
Here are 588 women in the UK who could speak at your tech event.
Dealroom published a list of 4,500 female-founded European startups.
👉Access the Femstreet database of female-founded companies here. Not on our list yet? Submit your company here.