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This is issue No. 158.

What an emotional week it’s been! We all had more screen time than ever and deserve a news detox. Hence, this issue is slightly shorter than usual. But hey, Christmas came early with Kamala Harris becoming the first female, first Black person, first Indian American and first Asian American person to be elected Vice President of these United States!


"If I could start OV all over again, I wouldn't raise the same amount of venture capital... It enabled bad business practices and bad decisions in terms of building a sustainable, profitable company."

Women and men in business, we're all here to turn a profit, to make money. But it's almost as if women can't talk about profit or making money. We can talk only about how the brand changes the world or makes our customers feel.” Tyler Haney spoke out about Outdoor Voices' missteps and what comes next. Elizabeth’ Yin’s Hustle Fund closes $30M for a new fund. Only 21% of tech unicorns are led by women. Inside the rise and fall of The Man Repeller aesthetic. Find out what women in tech say about being a woman in tech. Meet the new highest-ranking female CEO in the Fortune 500. The European VC female founders dashboard. Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya uses AR to celebrate badass women in science. Connie Loizos of StrictlyVC interviwed the Mirror Founder Brynn Putnam on her new Lululemon life.

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From The Investor

  • For many of us in tech, we’re going 9+ months strong working from home. We miss seeing colleagues in person, there may be distractions galore in a home office, and there’s no clear end in sight. How do you create models that give people the flexibility they need, but also allow your company to hit its targets? To find out, Femstreet recently hosted a discussion in partnership with Underscore VC and brought together with Katie Burke, Chief People Officer at HubSpot, Vitri Bhandari, VP People Ops & Strategy at Klaviyo, Alison Eastaway, VP of People at Sqreen, Tanya Bakalov, Founder & CEO of HelloTeam, and Lily Lyman, Partner at Underscore VC. Read the key takeaways here.

  • More on China tech: Lillian Li of Eight Road Ventures published a deep dive into the Ant group IPO before it was halted amidst regulatory changes. More thoughts on the halt were discussed here.

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🗓️ November 1
Beautystack Business Summit - The Winter Edition

Join an online marathon comprising of talks, workshops and inspiring sessions to help you level up your work post-lockdown. Hosted by Beautystack Founder, Sharmadean Reid, with guest speakers from the worlds of beauty, entrepreneurship, coaching, media and technology, this is a must-attend event for any freelance beauty, wellness or business professional. Secure your spot here.

🗓️ November 13
Women in Enterprise Monthly Breakfast

🗓️ November 18
The Future Founders Conference by YC - A virtual event for women globally. Apply here.

🗓️ PitchCollective Application.
Apply for January Venture’s virtual pitch event that allows founders to pitch multiple investors at once, without an introduction. Participating investors have included: January Ventures (previously Jane VC), Precursor Ventures, Hustle Fund, Unshackled Ventures, Equal Ventures, and many more.

And In Case You Missed It

Enjoy your Sunday after this rollercoaster week of all rollercoaster weeks. I’ll catch you next week 👋

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Written by Sarah Nöckel, Early-Stage investor at Northzone. All things workplace tech, data and enterprization of consumer. Born in Germany. Based in London. You can find me elsewhere on Twitter and Instagram.